The Chicago History Museum is taking a hard look at “Crime in Chicago” throughout the month of November 2011. Through a series of seminars, tours and films, the CHM will revisit infamous crimes from the past and juxtapose their historic patterns with the present. Participants in the crime series will be able to explore the who, what, when and where of Chicago crime; get a handle on today’s inner-city gangs; and re-examine one of Chicago’s most notorious criminals.
Highlights for Crime in Chicago include:
Saturday, November 5.
Check out haunts and haunted locations of the “Chicago Outfit” on a bus tour that will highlight various infamous crime scenes along with the residences of some of the city’s most notorious gangsters. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45.
Tuesday, November 8.
Mob expert Arthur Bilek will talk on the History of the Mafia in Chicago beginning with its earliest days, through the prosecutions of the 1990s, to the recent Operation Family Secrets. 7p.m. $10 (members $8).
Saturday, November 12.
A bus tour, “Murder and Mayhem in Chicago,” will examine the crime history and its implications in neighborhoods on the North and Northwest Sides of the city. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45.
Sunday, November 13.
The Chicago History Museum will screen “Madness in the White City”. The film is on H.H. Holmes, one of America’s first serial killers. Holmes’ story is an intriguing one–he operated a dummy hotel during the 1893 World’s Fair that was used primarily for murder. 1:30 p.m. The screening is free with museum admission.
Tuesday, November 15.
John M. Hagedorn, inner-city gang expert and professor of criminal justice, will lead a discussion and exploration of the historical roots of gangs in Chicago and contemporary gangs along with their historical representations. 7p.m. $10 (members $8).
Saturday, November 19.
Explore the criminal history of Chicago neighborhoods and its historical implications on a bus tour, “Murder and Mayhem in Chicago,” that showcases crime history on the South and West Sides of the city. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45.
The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.