Chicago Prohibition Tour

Chicago Pizza Tours

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Activity #6570
  • Join us for an unmatched culinary experience on this pizza bus tour through many of Chicago's best neighborhoods!

  • Sometimes a pizza tour isn't a party until we throw in adult beverages. This tour combines the best of Chicago...Pizza & Cocktails!


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Description

"A Sip Of History" - sums up your experience aboard the original Chicago Prohibition Tour!  Visit four former speakeasies that still operate today and taste cocktails from an era nearly a century ago.

"We hold the 18th ammendment to be Unconstitutional"

We'll educate you not only about Prohibition and it's consequence in Chicago, but also how Prohibition affected the nation as a whole.  You'll learn what led to the 18th amendment's ratification into the constitution, enforcement under the Volstead Act, and ultimately its repeal.  The history of Prohibition is rich. From fathering the "Jazz Age", to influencing a sexual revolution to the famous/notorious characters that lived it, you'll hear the stories on a 3.5 - hour speakeasy crawl.

“A Sip Of History on our bus driven tour will be unlike any other Chicago experience.  It will be fun, educational, and thought provoking.”
Jonathan Porter, owner

Each former speakeasy we visit will have a different feel to it.  Stops include:
  • A downtown tavern built in 1872
  • A lounge in Wicker Park
  • A neighborhood bar in Old Town
  • A restaurant in the downtown Loop.
All participants must be 21 or older to attend this tour.  Beverages are not included.  This is an adult tour about breaking the law in America, there will be colorful language and expect to be treated like an adult.

What Is Not Included?

  • Beverages - Your ticket provides you the opportunity to take a tour, but you are on your own for whatever libations you'd like to indulge in.
  • Commemorative photos - please be sure to bring your cameras and take lots of pictures.  If you email them to us, we'll load them to our gallery!
  • Parking at the starting location - We recommend public transportation.  If you have to drive, please plan your route and parking.

Meeting Location

River North Neighborhood (Chicago, IL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
Prohibition Tour
Sat, May 21  4:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Other
 
This was such a great evening Information was almost too much - I knew little about Prohibition and Speakeasy's - it was all explained so well I understand it all now.

Bus was comfy Guide was friendly Didn't take long to meet the other guests Food suggestion was excellent and Oh yes the cocktails Weeeel I'll let you decide

A must for your Chicago visit
Rating: 5
Fabulous introduction to chicago
Sun, May 15  4:00 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
 
Very informative, good fun and a great guide in Sydney
 
Rating: 5
Awesome
Sun, May 15  4:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Sidney was great could talk more on subject than I can about my life, fun stops
Rating: 5
Sydney Great host!
Sat, May 14  4:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
We had a wonderful time and it lived up to the other great reviews we have seen here. Great stories and historical knowledge. Our tour guide Sydney was a wonderful guide who was funny and knowledgable. She kept everyone entertained for all three hours. She even influenced us to go on another Chicago Pizza tour! Thanks Sydney!!
 
Rating: 5
Lots of fun!
Sat, May 14  4:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
A lot of fun, very entertaining, nicely paced. We ate prior, most places had very nice menus that you could definatly order appetizers from. It's also done early enough you could eat at the last stop.
 
Rating: 5
Great tour
Sat, May 7  4:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Excellent time for out of towners. Got a chance to see the city, go to cool bars, and learn some history while hanging out with cool people! Sydney was very knowledgable, energetic and fun!
Rating: 4
Prohibition tour
Fri, May 6  4:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
The tour guide was great! Wonderful speaker, told a great story, shared a LOT of history, and answered everyone's questions. All of the stops on the tour were unique abs very interesting.
Rating: 5
Fantastic
Fri, May 6  4:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
What a great tour, I learned a lot about prohibition and our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.
Rating: 5
Kinda like a thinking man's pub crawl
Sun, May 1  4:00 PM Unspecified 40-49 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our tour guide was the lovely Sydney who imparted a heap of information in a very entertaining way. If I was allowed to wander off to the bar during my school years I might have finished with a diploma.

If you have any interest in the prohibition period then I highly recommend this tour. If not, take the tour anyway because you get to visit 4 great pubs.
Rating: 5
Chicago Prohibition Tour
Sat, Apr 30  4:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Had a great time on this tour, Sydney, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, thorough and a lot of fun! We had lots of laughs. Met some great people on our tour. Would highly recommend this to anyone!
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Do I need proof of age?
Absolutely, Chicago is very strict about checking identification for people consuming alcoholic beverages. The minimum age for this event is 21 years old.
Will beverages and food be provided?
You are responsible for all beverages and food on this tour. Please bring cash or a credit card! We will have recommendations for you to order with the bartenders.
How many speakeasies do we visit?
The tour features 4 speakeasies.
Can children come?
No, this is a 21 and over tour and IDs will be checked by every speakeasy.
What if I’m late?
You might miss the tour! We leave right on time, and to be fair to the whole group, we cannot wait for late arrivals. If you are not familiar with the meeting location area, please make sure to leave plenty of time to find it. Refunds cannot be provided.
How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 3.5 hours.
What if the weather is bad?
Weather won't stop our tour, it goes on rain or shine! You'll be comfortable on our bus year round!
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts at the Green Door Tavern in River North and ends about 1.5 miles away at Exchequer Restaurant in the loop. Transportation back the starting point will not be provided. Further directions will be provided upon purchasing your tickets.
What should I bring?
We recommend bringing a camera, and cash to pay the bartenders for any drinks you would like while on the tour. There will also be opportunities to purchase food, so please bring extra cash or a credit card for that. Lastly, please remember to bring your valid, government-issued ID.
How did you select the locations?
Just trust me on this one ;-)
Who is this tour appropriate for?
Anyone over the age of 21 who enjoys cocktails and Prohibition history.
What if I need to use the restroom?
You may use the restroom at any of the speakeasies.
How large is a tour group?
Tours take out a maximum of 20 people.
Can I leave my belongings on the bus?
The bus driver will stay on board the bus while we are visiting different speakeasies, but we ask that you please do not leave any valuables on the bus.
May I tip?
Tour guides, bartenders, and drivers welcome tips at your discretion.
Is parking available?
We do not offer parking, please check for street parking but remember to read signs for any restrictions.
Can I book a private tour?
Private Tours are available, please email your request in. Weekends are typically booked solid with regular tours.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

All participants must be age 21 or over with valid ID.
Each attendee must be age 21 or older and have proper government-issued ID. Each establishment will be asking for ID from tour participants, and refunds will not be provided for those under age 21 or without sufficient ID.

Chicago Pizza Tours

After several successful years in the Chicago tourism industry with a focus on pizza, we decided to take a plunge into the amazing history that is Prohibition.  It all started when Jonathan Knotek one of the head tour guides and writer for Chicago Pizza Tours approached Jonathan Porter the owner of Chicago Pizza Tours with an idea that would ultimately end up being the Chicago Prohibition Tour.  It started out as a "craft cocktails" themed tour but quickly morphed into a Speakeasy tour that would feature craft cocktails from the era with an amazing look into the very rich history of Prohibition.

During the winter season of the pizza tour, Jonathan & Jonathan spent enormous amounts of time researching and cross referencing information to piece together the story of prohibition in the U.S. with a focus on Chicago.  "We were floored at the reception we received from current establishments that operated as speakeasies during the period."  Wanting to tell their story as a way to showcase people's Chicago experience was a natural fit.

After months of planning and replanning, the very first version of the Original Chicago Prohibition Tour was developed and ready to showcase.  Our patrons could see Chicago the way it operated nearly one hundred years ago in a time when the Wets and the Drys fought for control of the United States.
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