Lincoln Park Blues and Gangster Tour

Lincoln Park Blues and Gangster Tour

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Join Free Tours by Foot as we venture through one of Chicago’s well known neighborhoods, Lincoln Park.  Famous for hidden gems, hired guns, and hot guitars, our guide will lead you through the neighborhood to view the unique and residential streets.  You’ll walk the footsteps of Chicago’s notorious gangsters and learn about how prohibition effected Chicago.  We’ll walk through Lincoln Avenue Bar District and hope to hear the strains of blues guitars from the pubs and music venues. The tour ends at Lincoln Park, the park which the neighborhood is named after.  You will be steps away from visiting the Lincoln Park Conservatory or the Lincoln Park Zoo.

  • History of Blues and Chicago Gangsters
  • DePaul University
  • Biograph Theatre where Dillinger was killed
  • Red Lion Pub
  • Oz Park
  • Architectural gems by Bruce Graham and Louis Sullivan
  • Site of St. Valentine’s Day Massacre


Lincoln Park Conservatory Lincoln Park Blues


Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 10 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: A block east from the Fullerton Red/Brown line stop at the corner of Chicago Lincoln Park meeting point statueHalsted/Lincoln/ Fullerton in front of the giant statue (map). Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo!

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just over one mile (1.6km).

When: View our full tour calendar.  Tours are on Central Standard Time!

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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About the author

Manager | Chicago & Los Angeles

Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!