A Visit to Chicago’s Dark Side
Never in my life did I anticipate hearing gunshots on a bus. Luckily, my group had been warned and trained to duck! This was no ordinary tour of Chicago.
I was looking to learn a little more about Chicago’s seedy history, so Chris and I took an Untouchable Tour of the city. For an hour and forty-five minutes our tour guide, Johnny Three Knives, and driver Winky introduced us to Chicago’s dark days.
|Our driver, Johnny Three Knives, was a wealth of gangster information.|
|We spent the entire tour on a very comfy bus. You won't have time to step off the bus to take pictures.|
|During the tour, Winky occasionaly played gunshots over the radio. Every time we heard shots, we had to duck.|
|I had no idea how much of Chicago was influenced by the Capone Era. For example, I had no idea the the term Lollapalooza was linked to an alderman election scandal. Lollapalooza is held at the Pritzer Pavilion pictured above.|
|I also learned that "Chicago" was originally a Native American word that meant smelly onion.|
|This is the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. The City of Chicago doesn't want to rebuild the garage because it has the potential of being a tourist attraction.|
|At the end of the tour, we had the opportunity purchase gangster swag.|
While the tour was a little cheesy, I did get an education! If you are interested in taking a fun look at Chicago, I recommend visiting their site to book a tour.