Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

90 Reviews 4.5 Write a Review
From USD 26.1
Lowest Price Guaranteed

Tour Information

Tour Details

Overview

The lakeside metropolis of Chicago is famous for its striking skyscrapers, world-class museums and colorful political history. Explore the Windy City at your own pace during a hop-on hop-off bus tour with 14 stops strategically located near the city’s top attractions. Hop off along the Magnificent Mile to shop, see the great city at heart-stopping heights from Willis Tower’s Skydeck or '360 Chicago' at the John Hancock Center, visit the Art Institute or Shedd Aquarium, or snap a selfie in front of the shiny steel bean in Millennium Park. Live commentary on board the bus is provided.

Know More about this tour

Board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 14 stops to start your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago, and listen to live commentary through provided earphones to find out fun facts about the city and its iconic architecture. The full circuit takes about about 2 hours, but you can hop off and back on as many times as you. Buses run regularly, giving you flexibility to discover the city at your leisure.

The bus route takes you through Grant Park, known by locals as Chicagos front yard, 319 acres (129 hectares) located in the citys business center. Perhaps hop off at Millennium Park and gaze at your warped reflection in the world-famous Cloud Gate, more commonly known as The Bean, an outdoor art installation made of polished stainless steel. Or if you're an art lover, don't miss the nearby Art Institute of Chicago, home to 300,000 works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and American eras of painting, including Nighthawks by Edward Hopper and American Gothic by Grant Wood.

As the bus crosses the Chicago River and rolls onto the Magnificent Mile, you can admire some of the tallest buildings in the United States, like the John Hancock Center and the historic Water Tower. If you like heights, hop off to visit '360 Chicago' at the John Hancock Centerto enjoy a bird's-eye vantage point of the city. See below for the complete list of stops.

Stop 1: Fort Dearborn
Stop 2: Chicago Theatre
Stop 3:The Willis Tower & Skydeck Chicago
Stop 4:Millennuim Park & Palmer House Hilton
Stop 5:Art Institute of Chicago
Stop 6:The Chicago Hilton & Grant Park
Stop 7:Alder Planetarium
Stop 8:Shedd Aquarium
Stop 9:Field Museum
Stop 10:Sheraton Towers & Loews Chicago
Stop 11:Navy Pier
Stop 12:The Water Tower
Stop 13:The John Hancock Observatory & 360 Chicago
Stop 14:Hard Rock Cafe

Inclusions for Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

  • Hop-on hop-off bus
  • Live commentary on board (English Live Guide, Spanish Recorded Audio)

Exclusions for Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Itinerary:

Choose from one of the following options

Classic
1-day hop-on hop-off: Our sightseeing bus tours of Chicago take you on an extensive route, showcasing the best the city has to offer. From the great vantage point of our double-decker buses, you'll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers and impressive landmarks. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish, you can take your time discovering Chicago.  

Premium
1-day hop-on hop-off plus night tour: Enjoy a Panoramic Night Tour of Chicago, as we take you on an illuminated, non-stop, 1.15 hour tour of Chicago by night (Night Tour add-on available May 1 – Sept 30).

Deluxe
2-day hop-on hop-off plus night tour and lake tour: Along with the best tours Big Bus has to offer, we partnered with Shoreline Sightseeing at Navy Pier, to include a wonderful, 45 Minute cruise along Chicago’s skyline on the beautiful Lake Michigan. (Night Tour and Lake Tour add-on available May 1 – Sept 30).

Night Tour
See Chicago in a different light on our panoramic Chicago Night Tour. Tours begin at Stop 11: Navy Pier at 7PM. Please note that the Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 3pm will be valid for 24 hours from time of redemption

Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points

Panoramic night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat (if option selected)

Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
Reviews

Write A Review

90 reviews by the users

  • This is the best way to see the city. The guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The service is reliable. It's easy to return to the bus after hopping off to visit what's of interest to you.

  • This is the best way to get the lay of the land. It was so nice not to try to drive and sight see. I really enjoyed the Navy Pier. As we were traveling we saw Eataly. I had heard about it so we hopped off and walked over to enjoy the incredible foods. It was easy to hop back on and get to our car.

  • Excellent way to see the city

  • A lot easier to get around using the Big Bus.

  • A good overview of the city.

  • This is a good way to see the sights of Chicago, we had Bongi and Larry the driver, Bongi is amazing and made us laugh. Good trip!

  • We always make an effort to ride the hop on hop off bus on the next day of our arrival when we travel. It gives you a panoramic view of the city, an insight that will prove valuable in guiding you to other points of interest on your own. The guide was people friendly and very helpful when we ask questions pertaining to specific location of interest. We have never been disappointed. We highly recommend this bus tour. It is a fool-proof way of learning and seeing around the city. Enjoy!

  • Great value for money, great way to see all of the tourist sites before you decide where to get off. We went round the whole way and then stopped off where we wanted.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • A great tour. We did this on our first day in Chicago in order to get familiar with the city. One of the best things we did. Darias, our driver was so much fun. Sam was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Also met Antone who was a ticket agent and had a great conversation
    with him. Just a great company and would like to find out more info if this company is available in other cities because I will definitely use them again.

  • Show More
USD 19.91