Chicago River Ghosts and Gangsters Kayak Tour

What to expect
  • Paddle down the Chicago river while listening to stories about Chicago's seedier side
  • Learn how the railroad boom led to the emergence of a seamy underbelly
  • Get in a great workout while listening to riveting stories
  • Hear about the colorful cast of characters in Chicago's past, including Big Jim Colosimo and Al Capone.
Everybody knows that if you're looking for ghosts and gangsters, there's a few obvious places to look. Ghosts: old houses on hills, cemeteries. Gangsters: Gentleman's clubs and speakeasies. But HERE'S a place you might not think of where you can find stories of both: The Chicago River!

Follow your guide through the downtown segment of the Chicago River, which borders city skyscrapers like Willis Tower. As you paddle, you'll listen to sordid tales about the Windy City, including how its explosive boom in the mid-1800s (following the construction of railroads) led to Chicago's gritty side coming out.

You'll hear about crime lords, from Big Jim Colosimo, Papa Johnny Torrio, to the kingpin himself, Al Capone. This is a great way to learn about Chicago's darker side!

Note: Please enter the name and gender of each participant in the special request box. Maximum passenger weight for kayaking is 275 lbs (125 kg).
Key Highlights
Price $65.00 per guest
Duration / Session 2.5 hours
# Sessions 1
All sales final; There are no refunds.

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