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Visiting Chicago’s Prohibition-era underworld with new gangster tour

By David Amoruso

Chicago has seen its fair share of violence. It was infamous during the Prohibition years for its gangland killings and notorious Mafia boss Al Capone. Starting June 14, you will be able to visit many of these historic underworld sites with the brand-new Chicago Prohibition Gangster Tour.

Based on 25 years of research and lasting two and a half hours, the bus tour visits various interesting places, such as the location of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the sites of the murders of Dean O’Banion, Hymie Weiss, “Big Jim” Colosimo, and John Dillinger, and the attempted hit on Jack McGurn.

The tour is guided by John Binder, author of Al Capone’s Beer Wars and The Chicago Outfit and a consultant on numerous organized crime documentaries. He operates ChiTown Gangster Tours and shares his vast knowledge on the subject. During the luxury bus tour he answers all your questions. The tour involves no walking, but does make a few stops where you are welcome to exit the bus to get a closer look at the sites where gangland activities once took place.

Gangsters Inc. interviewed Binder about his most recent book, Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition. In it he debunks many myths about this period, especially regarding the amount of murders. “Let’s get to the facts here,” Binder told us. “Virtually every conclusion I’ve seen previously drawn about gangland violence in Chicago during Prohibition is pretty much wrong.”

What is the right story? For that you will have to read our interview, buy and read his book or book a spot on his tour. You will not be disappointed.

For more information, including how to buy tickets, go to www.chitowngangstertours.com

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