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Chicago Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

By See it All Chicago Tours
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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Check many Chicago landmarks off your must-see list on this small-group sightseeing tour aboard a minibus. Cover more ground than on foot, and hit lots of highlights over the tour. See Museum Campus, the Rookery, and Lincoln Park, accompanied by in-depth commentary from your guide. Upgrade to include a Chicago architecture tour by boat, one of the most popular tours in the city.
from
RM 208.78
per adult
from
RM 208.78
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
Duration:
2–4 hours
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Guided Chicago city tour includes areas that many other tours skip
  • Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention
  • Air-conditioned minibus can travel where larger coaches can't navigate
  • Upgrade to include a popular Chicago River architecture boat cruise

  • Local guide
  • Three photo stops
  • Transport by 12-passenger, air-conditioned minibus
  • Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour (if option selected)
  • Complimentary pickup at most DOWNTOWN CHICAGO hotels
  • Entry/Admission - Shoreline Sightseeing
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Begin your Chicago sightseeing adventure with convenient pickup from most downtown Chicago hotels, where you board a climate-controlled minibus with your group of 12 or fewer. The small group ensures personalized attention from your guide. Journey through downtown, known as the Loop, and listen as your guide details its historical and architectural heritage. Head to some north-side neighborhoods that other tours miss, such as Lincoln Park and Gold Coast, to see how locals live. Check out the Museum Campus and Millennium Park, and get epic photo ops of the Chicago skyline. Upgrade to include the popular architecture boat cruise on the Chicago River, which often books up. The onboard commentary sheds light on the city's architecture and the river’s place in history. If not taking the boat tour, you are returned to your hotel. Otherwise, you are transported to the boat departure point and are responsible for your return transport.

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Tour picks up from most downtown Chicago hotels. We can return you to your hotel if you just take the Mini Bus tour. For those choosing the Mini Bus and Boat Tour, your tour ends at the boat dock at Michigan Ave and Wacker Drive. You are responsible for finding your way back to your hotel after the river cruise.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5538MINI

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You MUST contact the local supplier to reconfirm your reservation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Chicago Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
  • Face masks while recommended are no longer required on this tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5538MINI

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    The Magnificent Mile
    Navy Pier
    Millennium Park
  • 1
    Chicago River
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 2
    Buckingham Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Lincoln Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
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    Pass by
    Gold Coast
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
  • 4
    The Rookery Building
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 5
    Chicago Skyline
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Pass by
    The Art Institute of Chicago
  • 6
    Shoreline Sightseeing
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

615lisat615
615lisat615
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Chicago from the Streets
Rick was so adept in finding ways to show our group the sites of Chicago. The short breaks were just right for some
rillitoboy
rillitoboy
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Great time in Chicago
Great time on the tour the guide was informative, and it was a very good tour of the city of Chicago. The Driver pi
SylviaP1981
SylviaP1981
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Putting Around Downtown
Easy directions to the pick-up location and nice to have a more intimate setting, since this was a minibus. Rich wa
Estrella C
Estrella C
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Great tour!
Excellent experience! Rick was personable, very informative and genuinely interested in ensuring we all had an enjo
CarstK
CarstK
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Loved this Tour!
Rick was an excellent guide and provided such great information about the various highlights of the city. He did it
haleysY3267KZ
haleysY3267KZ
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Great time!
Super Informative with funny notes plugged in! Rick was a blast and it was neat to drive and see everything (even i
CarlS292
CarlS292
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Great Tour
Great bus tour that hits many of the prominent sites in Chicago including a stop at the Buckingham Fountain. Highly
Lamendez75
Lamendez75
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Informative
Best city tour I’ve taken by far. Rick provided us with a lot of history, humor, restaurant recommendations and mos
CocoChanel0608
CocoChanel0608
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Informative and Fun!
Rick was AWESOME and my family enjoyed the tour. Our hotel was not on their list of pick up hotels but he accommoda
Katherine S
Katherine S
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Seeing the Windy City with wit and wisdom
Great way to start our trip to Chicago. Our guide was prompt with our hotel pickup even though our hotel was not on
veeteegee
veeteegee
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Highly recommended tour!
Rick was so knowledgeable, personable, and made the experience an incredibly enriching one for everyone on our bus.
893patinab
893patinab
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Excellent
Rick was very patient, pleasant, had a good knowledge of Chicago and made the tour a great fun. I would recommend R
Bridgekris987
Bridgekris987
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Good tour!
Rick was a great tour guide; company offers hotel pick-up! Good to do early in your stay to help plan the rest of
Wang0107
Wang0107
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Safe and interesting trip in Chicago
We did the tour pack (Chicago downtown minibus tour plus boat tour). We drove pass by quite a lot very amazing arch
Nomad675230
Nomad675230
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Loved it!
This tour was great! Rick was fantastic. We got to stop several times for pictures. Lots of laughs. Great experienc
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Frank D
Chicago59 contributions
We live in Chicago, but we were hosting a couple of people who were seeing our beautiful city for the first time. We thought that the Chicago City Minibus Tour sounded like a perfect introduction to the city. It gives a good overview of many of the city's most iconic sights. The minibus was able to pick us up in front of the Doubletree Hotel just east of Michigan Avenue. Rick gave us a great tour. He is knowledgeable of the city and it's history. He also includes a good amount of humor in his commentary. In 2 hours our guests were able to see far more of the city than we would have been able to show them. They were very impressed. We did not take the optional Architecture River Cruise. The Chicago City Minibus Tours is one of the best tours in Chicago.
Written 6 July 2021
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See_it_All_Rick
ONE of the best?? Just kidding. Thanks for the kind words, Frank. I'm very happy that we were able to show off our great city.
Written 11 July 2021
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MaGuzman
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
Couples
My favorite part of this experience was how personable Rick our guide was. He was kind, communicative, encouraged travelers to question and comment on their views of the city. He tried to be funny ( kidding, he was). Rick becomes your friend from Chicago! Take the tour, get Rick! P.s. Rick was so kind… he offered to circle back to drop ppl off at their favorite spot… after the two hours of showing us around. No charge… no gas money..
Written 20 March 2022
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See_it_All_Rick
Some reviews resonate more than others. This is one of them. Thanks!
Written 24 March 2022
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Demi M
Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
Couples
Our guide was patient, informative, and entertaining. Everyone during our bus tour enjoyed seeing the sites together and it was very well timed and organized. The river cruise tour was worth it, great views even during the rain.
Written 17 October 2021
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See_it_All_Rick
Thanks! Reviews like this definitely bring a smile to my face.
Written 24 October 2021
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Chad R
22 contributions
Couples
We took the tour with Rick who is an excellent driver and guide. He knows all sorts of facts and history about the Chicago area and throws in some jokes here and there. Definitely recommend doing this tour at the beginning of your trip as Rick takes you all around the city so you can go back and see more or what you liked. Would definitely recommend to friend or family member. Thanks Rick! Chad and Colleen.
Written 5 January 2020
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JoandBarry
Hunston, UK600 contributions
My husband and I did the joint small bus tour and boat tripon our first day of our stay in Chicago to get a feel for the city. Our tour guide for the bus tour was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. We went around the city with him explaining various land marks we probably would have missed had we not gone on the tour. At tje end of our tour he dropped us off near the stand for the boat and gave us some tops about where we could eat lunch etc. Overall we had a lovely time and the tour really helped us find out more about the city and get our bearings.
Written 15 August 2022
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johndc210
Pearl, MS2 contributions
We had a great time on both parts of the tour. On the bus portion, the driver was great! He was on time picking us up at the hotel, and he explained what was up everywhere we went. I liked his sense of humor, and all of us appreciated how solicitous he was while giving the tour. The stops along the tour seemed well planned (with the exception of the Alexander Hamilton statue stop). At the end of the tour, he gave us directions on how to get to the boat tour ticket office (mere steps away) and exchange our vouchers for an actual ticket.
The boat tour was fabulous! Very interesting architecture in the city, and the docent/guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. Stories were very good too.
All in all, this was a fantastic tour, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it!
Written 17 May 2022
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prece78
El Paso, TX2 contributions
Family
Mini bus tour was awesome. Well worth it and a lot of info about city. Our driver was very informative and knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. Love that tour is semi private with photo stop opportunities
Written 24 July 2021
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See_it_All_Rick
Thanks for the nice review. We agree that our photo stops are a big part of the tour.
Written 7 August 2021
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mamachaki
Notasulga, AL22 contributions
This is a wonderful tour to take to really see Chicago. Rick was our tour guide. He was great. He really knows about the city and gave us a great tour. We had stops along the way. That was great.
We also did the architectural river tour with this tour. This is a must. This excursion gives you a wonderful overview of the various architectural buildings in this fabulous city. Guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was outstanding. Do not miss.
Written 24 June 2022
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LizLovesTobago
4 contributions
Couples
If you only have half a day in Chicago, do this. Our host, Rick, was supremely knowledgeable about his city, humorous, respectful and thoughtful. We got a good tour of the main sights, with perfectly timed info to make sure we got the photos we wanted. The group was deliberately small and the minibus was comfortable. If we could give six stars, we would. Thanks Rick, especially for finding my lost glasses and bringing them back to me!
Written 4 January 2020
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Paula M
Belmont, NC47 contributions
I think my daughter & I must have just taken this tour on a day when the driver was distracted. He seemed more interested in the passengers who were coutinuing on to the boat tour. They did not pick us up at out hotel but a couple of blocks away. We only made two very brief stops. The tour was listed as 2 to 4 hours. Our tour was only about one and a half hours. At that point he stopped to take some other passengers to the boat tour. we were told we could wait 15 minutes and be taken to our hotel
Not very accommodating. So again we walked several blocks to our hotel.

I think on a good day this could be a very good tour. The driver was very knowledgeable of Chicago history and sights.

I think they have an option that does not include the river tour. I would suggest this if your really want to see the Chicago landmarks. There are lots of boat tours.
Written 16 July 2022
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See_it_All_Rick
Sorry that you did not enjoy your experience to the extent that almost everyone else does. We did ask you to go just one (1) block down the same street for the pickup due to your hotel being difficult to stop in front of and you said it was fine. Our tours are 2 hours long and include 4 photo stops. 4 hours refers to the Mini Bus tour plus the boat tour. You were asked to wait up to 10 minutes to be returned to your hotel, but said you were going to take a taxi cab to the Magnificent Mile.
Written 17 July 2022
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