Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour

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This comprehensive half-day tour of Chicago is the perfect introduction to the Windy City! Discover the highlights of Chicago’s North Side and South Side and enjoy a scenic drive along the Outer Drive. Pass by Chicago's beautiful Washington Park and Grant Park, and make a 20-minute stop at the fascinating Lincoln Park Conservatory. Stop for photo opportunity at the Adler Planetarium, see the impressive Wrigley Building and more. You'll come away with a fantastic overview of the best Chicago has to offer!

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  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Get an in-depth look at the beautiful Windy City on this 4-hour coach tour of Chicago! Take a scenic bus ride through the South Side and travel through the beautiful Grant Park. Visit the Adler Planetarium with its impressive sky dome and pass by the Art Institute of Chicago, which boasts a world-renowned collection of impressionist art. Pass the Orchestra Hall, home of the famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and drive by President Obama's old neighborhood!

On the North Side, travel by the striking Richard J Daley plaza with its magnificent Pablo Picasso sculpture created specifically for Chicago. Cross the Chicago River and see the famous Wrigley Building and Wrigley Field. Spot one of the tallest buildings in the world, the John Hancock Center, and continue through Lincoln Park’s acres and acres of lush greenery and lagoons.

See the Itinerary section below for a full list of sights seen on this exciting Chicago tour.
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Inclusions for Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour

  • Narrated coach tour
  • Local taxes
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Exclusions for Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
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North Side sights:

  • Loop and State Street
  • Richard J Daley Plaza with its Picasso sculpture
  • Wacker Drive
  • Chicago River
  • Wrigley Building
  • Magnificent Mile and Michigan Avenue
  • Water Tower Place
  • John Hancock Center
  • Lincoln Park
  • Wrigley Field
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • Newberry Reference Library

South Side sights:

  • Grant Park
  • Soldier Field
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Joseph Petrillo outdoor band shell
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Orchestra Hall
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • South Commons
  • Jackson Park
  • University of Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Lake Point Towers
  • Navy Pier
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Additional Info

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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.

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318 reviews by the users

  • Fantastic

  • Southside was nothing but an Obama rally. Could have done without that. He was a good driver. Northdside was very interesting.

  • A 4 hour bus ride around the city with commentary. Wouldnt call it grand.

  • The bus was clean and comfortable. The driver was very knowledgeable. So much so, that we almost experienced whiplash from swiveling our heads back and forth to see various sites. I realize traffic in downtown Chicago is impossible to navigate at the best of times, but some parking accommodations would be nice or the chance to exit the bus for a brief walkabout. It has to be negligent driving when the driver is expected to navigate the huge bus through traffic and narrate the tour information. How about an assistant on board?

  • It is a good tour if you have just a few hours to explore Chicago or as an introduction to the city during a longer stay. You will see many landmarks which you may want to take a closer look at later. It does not replace walking streets of Chicago. There were two nice stops. Narration was limited to announcing what's on your left and what's on your right, with very little of history. I personally would like a deeper guidance. Guide on my tour, Anton, was pleasant, humorous, friendly, offered to take photos. I would recommend to take an additional architectural river tour on First Lady. This one is excellent.

  • Difficult to find start of tour. Person selling and collecting tickets was indifferent. Had to walk 1/2 mile from ticket sale place to tour bus. No tour guide on bus, just driver who drove by places too rapidly. Also everybody had difficulty hearing what he was saying due to poor sound system which he wouldn't turn up, and his accent. Left tour half way through.

  • It's a 4 hours I suggest to do as first thing if it's your first time in Chicago. Allows you to orient better in the town and decide then what to visit and where to spend your time. You visit also areas which are far from down town and you have a good and complete view of the town

  • Very poor -waste of time and money. Driver drove too fast before we could peek thru the bus window what the guide was uttering the name of building. In the second half of the tour thru south side of Chicago THE GUIDE sat on his rear and the driver drove the BUS with ONE HAND AND HOLDING THE MIKE IN ONE HAND UTTERING THE NAME THE BUILDING AS HE DROVE thru the whole one and half hour . IT WAS QUITE UNSETTLING TO GO THRU THE LAST ONE AND HALF HOUR.Very untrained and irresponsible crew . Bad choice of closed in bus for this kind of tour - hard to see any thing on the other side of the road. I would never buy another trip thru Viator.

  • We enjoyed this tour. We recommended it to another couple.

  • The South Side tour was a joke. Driver was horrible. Could barely understand his erratic robotic black William Shatner sounding voice that ranbled on like a broken record. Even worse was his heavy short stopping brake foot turning the bus into a painful roller coaster ride through Hyde Park.

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