OverviewExplore Chicago's Loop and South Loop neighborhoods located right downtown. You'll visit renowned neighborhood establishments, sample delicious beer, and learn how well beer pairs with Chicagos vice history - including gambling, saloons, crime bosses like Al Capone, and other nefarious activities in the 1800s and 1900s!
Know More about this tourOn this tour you will learn the basics of Chicagos vice history, all the way from the citys first vice district, the Sands, to the infamous levy district and the associated debauchery, to Capone and the mob. Explore the basics of different beer styles and beers influence on criminal enterprises, especially during Prohibition.
We take great pride in visiting locally-owned establishments. These places not only provide friendly service, but they also have character and are unique places that add to the neighborhoods.
First, we will visit an old Chicago bar and restaurant where Capone himself was known to hang out. Next, we will make a stop at one of the oldest bars in the city, started by a one of the many German immigrants that moved to Chicago, still holding liquor license No. 1 after Prohibition. After, we will stop by a blues club that was started by Buddy Guy, one of the ultimate legends in the business, and finally, visit a new microbrewery that pays homage to Chicagos vice past.
Note that we will be making the following substitutions during the winter months to make the tour more weather appropriate and accommodate our vendors:
December: First Draft will be subbed in for Berghoff
January: Brandos Speakeasy and First Draft will be subbed in for Buddy Guys and Vice District
February-March: First Draft will be subbed in for Vice District
Please also note also that other food tastings will be subbed in for pizza in January-March. Other location substitutions are possible from time to time based on our vendor schedules.
As you can see, there is a lot that is offered on this tour youll learn about Chicago history, primarily as it relates to vice and youll be surprised by how many incredible stories we share. Youll taste delicious beer from visiting unique, local establishments, with great variety on both. Youll also walk and get a feel for these interesting neighborhoods the Loop and South Loop are some of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and we have no doubt that youll want to explore the area even more.
Combining it all together with great people, including you, and it makes for an unforgettable experience. In short, our tour is a really unique experience that is fun and memorable.
Inclusions for Loop And South Loop Beer Tour
- Professional guide
- Beer tastings (if option selected)
- Pizza pairing at one location
Exclusions for Loop And South Loop Beer Tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Minimum age is 21 years
In the special requirements field at check out, please note if you have any food allergies
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
- If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
- Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.