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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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The lakeside metropolis of Chicago is famous for its striking skyscrapers, world-class museums and colorful history. Explore the “Windy City” at your own pace, with the choice of a Classic, Premium or Deluxe ticket, all which include a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour with stops strategically located near the city’s top attractions. Hop on to experience sites like the Adler Planetarium and Navy Pier or hop off along the Magnificent Mile to shop, see the great city at heart-stopping heights from Willis Tower’s Skydeck or visit the Chicago Architecture Center, which is included in the Premium and Deluxe tickets.
  • A hop-on, hop-off tour of downtown Chicago makes sightseeing easy 
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Live onboard commentary provides important historical context 
  • See highlights including the Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
What to Expect
Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the 14 designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to live commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone. The full circuit takes two hours, but you can hop on and off at any stop you choose. You’ll have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You’ll cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores. Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  The night tour includes 75 minutes of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 
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Important Information
Departure Point
You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
Departure Time
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Return Details
You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • Hop-on, hop-off, open-top, sightseeing bus tour.
  • Live Guide
  • Complimentary Bag of Garrett's Popcorn
  • Complimentary Drawstring Backpack from the Park Shop (May 10th - September 29th) )
  • Panoramic Night Tour included the Deluxe ticket.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Live bus tracking
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 3 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We were excited to see the City on the Big Bus but were very disappointed. We got on at stop 1 and waited over a half hour to leave the stop. The bus left and skipped stop 2 & 3 due to the Columbus Day parade, So we got off at stop 4. When we checked the app we walked to stop 8
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Was in North Chicago for a couple days and decided to stop downtown on our way home and do a tour. Found Big Bus on tripadvisor. Uploaded the app as well as the SpotHero app to reserve a parking space. Didn't know what to expect, I'm a country girl and a little intimated by the
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Enjoyed Big Bus tour! But it was a cool, windy, sunny day before the Chicago Marathon. Buses were slow and detoured. Still informative worthwhile tour of Chicago.
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Luca was a wonderful guide. We enjoyed every part of our two hour tour! It was a great way to see the city. We went back to two places of interest to spend more time there.
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The only thing missing from the route is Wrigley Field. The buses are regular and decently priced. It is so easy to hop off somewhere and hop back on. It can be windy up top.......!
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