Have you always wanted to see where notorious Chicago mob bosses like Al Capone and Sam Giancana lived, where they enjoyed some quality time with their wife and kids after a day spent planning murder and mayhem? Now’s your chance! Starting May 21, mob author John J. Binder takes people on his Oak Park River Forest Gangster Tour titled “There Goes the Neighbor Hood.”
Binder’s exterior tour will visit fourteen houses which were previously owned by major hoodlums, including Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Sam Giancana, Sam Battaglia, “Tough Tony” Capezio, and "Machine Gun Jack" McGurn. He will discuss the criminal careers of the former owners, the interesting features of each home, the family's time there, and answer questions from the audience.
The tour lasts a little more than two hours and is a deep immersion into the history of organized crime in Chicago from Prohibition to almost the present day. It is by luxury bus with no walking required. The bus departs from and returns to the Oak Park Visitor’s Center, 1010 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301.
Please call the Visitor’s Center at 708-848-1500 to get tickets ($30 per person, $27 for seniors and active military). We can accommodate larger groups on the regularly scheduled tours and I also do custom tours (including a separate tour of Chicago gangland sites).
2017 dates for the Oak Park River Forest Gangster Tour “There Goes the Neighbor Hood” are:
- July 23
- September 17
- October 15
Times are 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Also be sure to check out John J. Binder’s new book:
- Al Capone’s Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition
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