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.
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.