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Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

Activity provider: Big Bus - Chicago

Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

Activity provider: Big Bus - Chicago

From US$ 44.99 per person

This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago takes you on an extensive route, showcasing the best the city has to offer. The tour travels through Grant Park and Millennium Park, to the city’s top skyscrapers, and to other top attractions.

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Audio guide included
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  • See Chicago's top sights like the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building
  • Hop on or off the bus any of the 12 conveniently-located stops on the route
  • Enjoy live guides as they offer informative commentary about Chicago
  • Cross the the Michigan Avenue Bridge and travel down the Magnificent Mile
  • Upgrade your experience by booking a ticket to the Chicago Architecture Center
Full description

From your vantage point on the double-decker sightseeing bus, you'll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the 875 N Michigan, the Willis Tower, and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's impressive landmarks as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop on and hop off as many times as you wish to visit attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. You’ll travel down the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. The bridge connects the north and south sides of the city. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. There are 12 stops, where you can hop off to visit attractions and explore places of interest.

The stops are conveniently located to make navigating your way around the city easy, and with a choice of 24- or 48-hour tickets, you can take your time discovering Chicago.

With the 48-hour ticket, enjoy a non-stop panoramic sightseeing bus tour through Chicago at night too. Admire the illuminated skyline from the Museum Campus and see River North's vibrant nightlife scene. Take one loop from Michigan Avenue to the Magnificent Mile and the Cultural Mile. In addition, be sure to take advantage of admission to the Chicago Architecture Center, included if an appropriate option is selected, to dive deeper into the city that invented the skyscraper. So don't wait, just hop on an exciting journey through Chicago.

  • Hop-on Hop-off tour of The Big Loop
  • Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center (if option selected)
  • Free Wi-Fi, bus app, and bus tracker
  • Guide
  • Audio guide
  • Night tour (48-hour option only)
  • Admission to attractions

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Meeting point

Please redeem your pass at Stop 1, Chicago Riverwalk, with one of the local tour guide's representatives. Once you redeem your voucher, you will have the freedom to hop on and hop off any of Big Bus Chicago's 12 stops.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The bus service is closed on Thanksgiving (November 28) and Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Your pass is valid for either 1 or 2 calendar days from the time of first use (depending on option chosen). It is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase
  • Children under the age of 3 may travel free of charge but must be accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child) and cannot occupy a seat that's meant for a fare-paying passenger
  • The activity provider reserves the right to deviate from the service route whenever it is reasonably prudent to do so, given circumstances beyond their control
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 332 reviews

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The first driver we had was wonderful. Very energetic and full of knowledge. She would tell us a little about an area or building and then tell us to listen to the recording which gave us more information on what we just saw. The second driver, not so much. He relied heavily on the recording. Which was different from our first driver, and was hard to hear on the top of the bus. So the second half of our trip around Chicago was kind of a blur.

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May 9, 2022

The best way to see downtown! The fact that you can get on or off at any of the 12 stops was so great. And you’re ticket last for 12 hrs I didn’t even realize when booking it but really made our next day as well. they have headphones to listen to an automated tour but we enjoyed the driver’s info more. We will definitely book again thank you!

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April 4, 2022

The tour itself was excellent. I was impressed that at many stops there was an employee before we boarded. My only difficulty was in finding the start point. The address given for "redeeming vouchers" was just a stop on the street, & I saw no sign. The phone number given for contact indicated it opened @ 9 AM but it was not "open" when I called it twice. Then when we finally saw the bus the employee said "Oh we don't start till 10." Very poor handling. It was also curious that no hotel or tour people in the area seemed to know anything about it, but we finally found a person who "thought" it might be where it in fact was. Quite frustrating for even seasoned travelers who are used to finding the way around easily.

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July 10, 2021

Product ID: 65119