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Details

  • 3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

Discover the underground world of the Prohibition-era speakeasy on an entertaining adults-only tour that takes you to four historic Chicago bars. Learn why the sale of alcohol was banned for more than a decade in the United States, and the subsequent popularity of illicit establishments where liquor, jazz, and mobsters ruled. An air-conditioned coach shuffles you from bar to bar, so feel free to buy a drink or two. This small-group tour, limited to 20 people, ensures a more customized experience with your guide.

Highlights
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Printed guide to follow along with drink recommendations.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, 33 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Return Details

Exchequer Restaurant & Pub, 226 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Operates

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

What to Expect What to Expect

Meet your guide at the Green Door Tavern to start the 3.5-hour journey to four historic Chicago speakeasies used during Prohibition that still operate today. Bring your government-issued ID, money to purchase drinks, and a camera for photo ops.
Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach between stops, and learn about the 1920s cocktails typically found in each establishment. If you like what you see and hear, purchase signature drinks to taste for yourself. As you sip craft cocktails made by expert bartenders, your enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide explains the key players of Prohibition. Hear stories about the lawmakers and the lawbreakers, including Al Capone and other famous Chicago gangsters who became powerful during the dry years of Prohibition.
Each former speakeasy that you visit has a different character. Stops include a downtown tavern built in 1872 that is decorated with antiques and Americana collectibles that give it an old-school Chicago vibe. Then pull up a stool at a cocktail lounge in Wicker Park where great blues music pumps from an old jukebox. You'll also enjoy a neighborhood bar that claims to be the oldest and longest-running tavern in the Old Town district. Wrap up at a downtown restaurant rumored to be a favorite hangout of Al Capone where historic newspapers, photographs, and posters line the walls of the bar.
Your tour ends downtown in the Chicago Loop.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Not Available

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

26 Reviews
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Gordon H

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03, July, 2019

Sydney and Meredith made the trip simply delightful. We followed their suggestions for drinks, and weren’t disappointed. I was glad there was time to eat as well as drink as we saw the backrooms and basements of the 13 years of Prohibition. Try the Lemon Drop at Lucky’s. Avoid the Chicago Handshake at Maggie’s Still.

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Louise K

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03, July, 2019

This was a very fun and interesting tour, our guide was awesome, knew her stuff and made it fun!
The bar staff was ready for us and service was awesome. The background and history for each bar was incredible interesting.

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Karen H

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24, January, 2019

This was the best tour we have ever been on! Sydney knocked it out of the park. Not only is she knowledgeable about the history of prohibition in Chicago, she is incredibly witty and customized the experience to ensure everyone was having a great time. We are already planning on taking the tour again with more friends and family members. This is truly a "can't miss" Chicago experience!

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jrieck31

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20, August, 2018

Sidney is probably the most entertaining tour guide I've ever had. Lots of laughs, good drinks, and learned some stuff to boot. Highly recommend.

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Rebecca K

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04, August, 2018

We had Sydney as a guide, and she was fantastic. She knows her history, she was fun, and the tour was great.

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Jill F

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09, July, 2018

This is fun tour --education and cocktails! Definitely for adults with a sense of humor only as some of the presentation is

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Kathy W

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18, April, 2018

We had an amazing tour with Sydney! Extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Learned many interesting tidbits about Prohibition and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Martinis at Club Lucky are the best! Thanks for a great afternoon, we highly recommend it.

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Elizabeth B

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24, March, 2018

This tour was amazing!

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dlyons10

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21, March, 2018

A great experience - took this tour in the middle of winter and it was a blast. The bus provided is a great asset and is pulled up to the door of each establishment. The cocktails were excellent and it's easy to make new friends and find a few gems to re-visit after the tour. Cheers!

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Jennifer S

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26, February, 2018

The tour was great!! The guide was amazing, full of knowledge and very funny. Really gave us a complete picture of prohibition. We also enjoyed some.great drinks!

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Brett W

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09, February, 2018

This tour was amazing!

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Robert R

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22, January, 2018

Great tour, great guide. This was worth every penny.

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Jason A

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20, January, 2018

Sydney was a great tour guide and we had a lot of fun!!

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Gaetana D

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06, January, 2018

This tour was fantastic. We loved the history, the host - jonathon you rock, and the venues too. Perhaps one thing that could be cool is some kind of written synopsis of the history you told that could be grabbed at the end. Not to take away from but to enhance the tour. Thanks again :)

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Wendy C

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26, December, 2017

We really enjoyed this tour! Loved hearing the history of each bar we visited. I do wish they would've included a free signature drink at each one but we still had fun. Would definitely recommend doing this!!

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Greg T

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03, December, 2017

We loved this tour, giving us the opportunity to visit 4 different venues all unique with their own background and stories. So good to see them all still running today, each place was very busy.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative, sharing history and answering questions along the way.
Was great to see the variety of venues and enjoy with time for a couple of drinks at each place, some ofvtheparticipantscalsonhadvtime to order yummy food. We met some great people on the tour, from all over the world .
The meeting place The Green Door was easy to find ,we walked from our hotel, the hidden tunnels, back rooms andcsecret passageways were very cool and the stories were fascinating.
We discovered the Moscow Mule and have been enjoying this drink ever since back home , a great reminder of an awesome tour.
At the end of the tour in the city last stop was a busy bustling restaurant that serves AMAZING pizza pie , so we stayed there for tea , this stop was central and easy to walk back to our hotel, or near the train and bus stop if needed.
We loved the two stops in the middle as they were out of the city and in suburbia, our guide also explained these areas, and we loved seeing these areas of Chicago , so an additional bonus.
Overall this was very well organised, interesting and lots of fun , have encouraged others to do this tour , they have and loved it as well :-
Happy travels people !!
Cheers from Australia

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Marilyn M

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30, November, 2017

Fantastic tour

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Sharon M

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13, November, 2017

We enjoyed this tour so much. It is essentially a drinking tour with history thrown in. It starts at The Green Door Tavern which is a great drinking hole with a speakeasy in the basement. Food is good there and we ate before the tour started. The guide was very knowledgable with the prohibition history, and the speakeasy in the basement is awesome. The other bars were good and the history given to us on the bus between them was so good - you got a feel for old time Chicago. cant reccommend this tour enough - if you love the idea of a little Chicago history and a lot of drinking - then this is the one for you - enjoy

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Laura H

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05, November, 2017

Very cool. Went to different bars and learned the history about the bars, while getting to try some drinks at the bars.

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Kylie A

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05, November, 2017

We really enjoyed this tour - we learned a lot of history and the drive through the neighbourhoods is something we wouldn't have seen had we not done this tour.

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