The first civilian bombing in the United States occurred right here in Chicago, in the West Loop, on the night of May 4, 1886. At the time of the first nationwide strike for the 8-hour workday, a rally was organized to protest police brutality against rioting workers on the previous afternoon at the McCormick Reaper Works at Wood Street and Blue Island Road.
The Express Tour
Would take up to 45 minutes and focus on the main event of the bombing and an overview of the trial and execution.
The Main Tour
Would last around 60-90 minutes (West Loop, Loop, & the Hubbard/Dearborn area of downtown.
The Nerd Tour
Would be a good three-four hours and include Old Town at North Ave. and Sedgwick as well as police headquarters at 35th and Michigan Ave. and the cemetery at Forest Park). Travel by CTA (a Day Pass would be needed) or vehicle is recommended, but the two shorter tours are certainly do-able on foot.