Big Bus Sightseeing Tours in Chicago, IL

Shedd AquariumChicago, IL 60605
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Showcasing some of the best attractions and landmarks the Windy City has to offer, Big Bus Chicago Sightseeing Tours offers a live-guided tour aboard an air-conditioned double-decker bus. Guests can choose a 24-, 48- or 72-hour ticket to hop on and hop off at their leisure, stopping at several locations around the city. Panoramic views of the city include the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower, the Wrigley Building and more.


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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, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building.

Take in the city's impressive landmarks whilst our tour guides provide an 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 like the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.

Our hop-on, hop-off buses and conveniently located stops make navigating your way around the city easy, and with a choice of 24, 48 or 72 hour tickets, you can take your time discovering Chicago.

(1) Fort Dearborn (2) ChicagoTheater (3) The Willis Tower & SkyDeck Chicago (4) Palmer House Hilton (5) Art Institute & Millennium Park (6) The Chicago Hilton & Grant Park (7) Adler Planetarium (8) SheddAquarium (9) Field Museum (10) Sheraton Towers & Loews Chicago (11) Navy Pier (12) Water Tower Place (13) John Hancock Observatory & 360 Chicago Observatory (14) Hard Rock Café

Tours depart daily from 9am and last bus at 4pm from stop 1. Times vary depending on time of year. A full circuit takes 2 - 2.5 hours with pick-ups every 15-30 minutes.

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Tammy S
Kansas City, Kansas
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2017 NEW
I was hesitant about spending $100 for my family of four to tour the city on a bus. We had already done the Seadog cruise and learned a significant amount about the buildings and had driven around much of the city and thought we had seen enough. It was our last day and we were headed back to KC on Friday. I am so glad I spent the money and got Ms. Bea as our tour guide with Ms. Alexis as the driver. They seemed to work very well together as the bus would stop and pick-up people, Ms. Bea would let Alexis know when everyone was seated and it was good to go! Ms. Bea seemed to enjoy her job, thus, she was good at it. This is was I hoped for, but didn't expect when I booked the tour. It was a pleasant surprise! She was very knowledgeable, friendly, very energetic and funny. She made the tour worthwhile. She even remembered people she had seen before on another day or an earlier tour. She seemed to care about the people on the bus and truly enjoyed her job. Thanks Ms. Bea and Alexis for a great last day in Chicago!
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Bay Area Houston, Texas
"Great Bus Tour on a Beautiful Sunny Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2017 NEW
Our party of six adults caught the bus early in the afternoon. It's a fun tour, whether you ride it straight through, start to finish like we did, or hop off and on for a snack or to check out one of the interesting attractions along the way. Nonstop it is about a two-hour tour but this could be stretched to last a good part of the day if you want to go that route, and the wait between buses is short. Our tour guide was Luis and he did a wonderful job giving us background information on the history of the city and many architectural points of interest with plenty of local trivia and humor thrown in. I have taken bus tours in other cities and I will say he represented the city of Chicago better than some of those other tour guides. He made Chicago sound very appealing and welcoming whereas some guides will make you not want to visit a city a second time. There were a large number of Spanish speaking folks on our bus and I noticed that there were headphone jacks that appeared to be for a Spanish audio, but none of them seemed to have headphones. Our guide, Luis, was fortunately fluent in Spanish and was able to include them in the narration. If he had not been the guide, that group would not have been able to be properly included in the tour. Great double duty! All in all, the Chicago architectural tour was a wonderful experience and would be fun for anyone who is at all interested in architecture and/or how the city came to be what it is today.
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Paul M
"Great tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2017 NEW
My wife and I done this tour and it was very good. The tour guides are very good and you learn loads about the city.
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Hot Springs, Arkansas
"Great way to see Chicago!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2017 NEW
In Chicago for a few days for a conference. We did the two day pass for the Big Bus, and we are so glad we did! Yesterday we did the hop on, hop off and we able to see many areas of the city. Ryan did a great job narrating and our driver David was wonderful! We got off at the Navy Pier and had dinner, and hen caught the first bus out for the night tour. Don't miss the night tour! It was awesome! Lance entertained us and kept us laughing, and Pam, our driver, was great at navigating that bus through the city. We really enjoyed it, and we're looking forward to hopping back on today and also taking the lake tour. I would definitely recommend this tour while you're in Chicago!
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"It depends on your Tour Guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2017 NEW
Overall, this is a great thing to do to see the city and orientate yourself. We did three buses as its hop on and off and buses are every 7 min which is excellent. However, one of our operators mumbled a bit. The tour guides need to enunciate clearly - mumbling into your microphone is useless and makes you look less credible. Remember, your audience are from all over the world so the clearer you speak, the more enjoyable this will be for everyone. The night tour we did was excellent, I highly recommend seeing Chicago at night all lit up. However, it gets VERY cold at night, so bundle up! It might have been 25 during the day, but at night it was so cold the lady in front of me had to abandon her seat and go down into the covered part of the bus.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Bus Chicago Sightseeing Tours

How do I redeem my E-ticket?
Please print your ticket and present it to a member of Big Bus staff at any one of our hop-on, hop-off stops before you start your tour.

What kind of bus is the Big Bus Tour?
It is an open-top, double-decker bus. An entertaining commentary is provided in English by a live guide. You can hop-on and hop-off at any of the Big Bus stops to visit attractions and places of interest.

On which days does the tour operate?
Big Bus Tours Chicago runs every day of the year. Occasionally severe weather and special event days could affect service.

What time do tours start and how often do buses run?
Our service operates daily and the first tour is at 9am and the last tour departs from stop 1 at 4pm. Timings are subject to change, so please check with a member of Big Bus staff.

Where can I start the tour?
You may board our buses and start your tour at any of our ‘hop-on, hop-off’ stops.

How long does the tour take?
A full circuit takes approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Please allow for more time if you plan to hop-on and off at any of our stops.

Is the commentary available in my language?
We have live guides providing commentary in English.

What is the child policy?
A child ticket is available for children between the ages of 5 - 15. Children under 5 may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Are the buses wheelchair accessible?
Yes, most of our buses are wheelchair accessible. Please Big Bus for further information.