Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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from $29.00
the low down
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.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Chicago, Illinois , United States of America
  • 1- or 2-days
customer reviews
out of 5


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.

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what to expect

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 Chicago’s ‘front yard,’ 319 acres (129 hectares) located in the city’s 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 875 N Michigan (Formally the John Hancock Center) and the historic Water Tower. If you like heights, hop off to visit '360 Chicago'  to enjoy a bird's-eye vantage point of the city. See below for the complete list of stops.

Stop 1: Chicago Riverwalk
Stop 2: Chicago Theatre & State Street
Stop 3: Skydeck Chicago & Willis Tower
Stop 4: Millennuim Park & Palmer House Hilton
Stop 5: The Art Institute of Chicago
Stop 6: Hilton Chicago & Grant Park
Stop 7: Alder Planetarium
Stop 8: Museum Campus
Stop 9: Maggie Daley Park
Stop 10: Sheraton Towers & Loews Chicago
Stop 11: Navy Pier
Stop 12: The Water Tower
Stop 13: 360 Chicago
Stop 14: Hard Rock Cafe

  • Choose from one of the following options

    1-day hop-on hop-off

    2-day hop-on hop-off 


    2-day hop-on hop-off  
    One time Panoramic Night Tour

    Panoramic Night Tour
    75 minute night time tour. Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 

    All tickets include the following 

    • Receive a complimentary sample of Garrett Popcorn (from 1st May 2018)
    • Free Drawstring Backpack available at the Park Shop from May – September. *while supplies last
    • Other offers: Foodlife, Hard Rock Cafe, and more
    • Free ‘Big Bus Tours’ App with Bus Tracking
    • Free WiFi

inclusions and exclusions

  • Hop-on hop-off bus
  • Live commentary on board 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • N/A
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • 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
cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.