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$12 for adults; $5 for children/students/seniors

Dive into the vice-filled past of Rock Island with this fascinating walking tour through the era during which the city was run with an iron fist by gangster John Looney.

During this tour, you'll learn about:

  • The story of John Looney, a Rock Island gangster who began his career as a lawyer but soon shifted to...other pursuits

  • The creative tactics that Looney used to maintain and grow his power in Rock Island

  • The many historic buildings still standing around downtown Rock Island that played host to business and organizations important in Looney's rise to power

  • The events that led to the downfall of Looney and his fellow mobsters

Where to meet: We'll meet outside the H&R Block office at 1610 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL (map). Free street parking is available along 2nd Avenue.

Who to bring: Despite the subject matter, this tour is appropriate for all ages.

Tour route/timing: The tour will last about 90 minutes. This route will take us around downtown Rock Island and involves about 1.5 miles of walking, so please plan accordingly. The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

What if it rains? This tour runs rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!


Do something different this weekend.


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Brendan: tour guide, van driver, email responder, etc.


If you have a larger group, consider booking us for private tour. We can run this same tour or some fun variations for your group any day of the week!

Thanks for choosing altSTATES! We look forward to meeting you soon.


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