John Dillinger Alley where the gangster was gunned down in Chicago, Illinois. John Dillinger Mural in Chicago.

John Dillinger Alley where the gangster was gunned down.

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John Dillinger was once a notorious gangster and the FBI’s “Public Enemy No. 1.” His crime spree occurred during the Great Depression, when he and his gang were responsible for robbing banks, breaking out of jail, and killing and injuring numerous men. That all ended on July 22, 1934, when the FBI were tipped off that he was watching the movie “Manhattan Melodrama” at the Biograph theater (now Victory Gardens Biograph Theater). After the film was over, the gangster ducked into the alley and was shot down by the FBI in a hail of gunfire. Today the John Dillinger alley is a Chicago roadside attraction worth checking out.

John Dillinger Alley where the gangster was gunned down in Chicago, Illinois. John Dillinger Mural in Chicago.

For many years the alley where John Dillinger was shot was just that, an alley, with nothing commemorating the fateful day. Though it was a popular stop for history buffs and people taking a Chicago crime tour, the nondescript alley was easy to ignore.

John Dillinger Alley where the gangster was gunned down in Chicago, Illinois. John Dillinger Mural in Chicago.

But, in July 2020, on the 86th anniversary of his death, that changed. Today you can find a mural of John Dillinger along the wall along with a quote from the mob man himself.

John Dillinger Mural in Chicago. John Dillinger quote: "All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it's happened I guess I'm just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy."

“All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy.”

John Dillinger Alley where the gangster was gunned down in Chicago, Illinois. John Dillinger Mural in Chicago.

The mural was painted by local artist Gabriel Moskolis of Lymelite Studio and features a portrait of Dillinger alongside a nod to Takito Street, the Mexican restaurant that shares a wall with the alley.

John Dillinger Alley where the gangster was gunned down in Chicago, Illinois. John Dillinger Mural in Chicago.

Looking for more Chicago roadside attractions? Also look for OZ Park Wizard of Oz statues and the Walk Disney Birthplace.


John Dillinger Alley

Address: 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See


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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

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