Discover the basics of Chicago’s criminal past — from the sinister Sands district to Al Capone and the local mob scene — on this educational and entertaining walking tour through some of the Windy City’s most popular downtown watering holes in some of its oldest neighborhoods.
Visit the Loop and South Loop neighborhoods and explore the basics of different beer styles and their influence on criminal enterprises, especially during Prohibition times. Visit locally owned establishments on a 1.5-mile journey rich in history, like the Exchequer Pub, an old-school Chicago bar and restaurant where Capone himself was known to spend his time, and the Berghoff, one of the oldest bars in the city started by German immigrants. (FYI: they still hold the first liquor license after Prohibition.)
Also included are stops at Buddy Guy’s Legends, a club started by the blues legend himself, and Vice District Brewing, a microbrewery that pays tribute to Chicago’s sordid past.