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.


from Big Bus Chicago Sightseeing Tours
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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Daniel M
"Night tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
We did the night tour and the sun set was so spectacular. Our guide was relatively young but seemed to be knowledgeable about the sights.
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Mike M
Des Moines, Iowa
"Great value, hope for Pat to be your guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Went during the week so it was not packed. Started off with a guide that seemed to stress the amount of money that was spent on living in certain parts of town, how much was spent at stores, what it cost to eat at certain restaurants, rent, etc...which is okay for awhile but after 30 minutes I get it, it is expensive to do anything here. Then I changed busses and got Pat and the whole tour changed. He was informative and told us things about the town and was funny. Great value and you get to see town without the stress of traffic.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2017 NEW
This was the funnest bus tour I have ever been on. Frank was so GREAT, very funny and so informative!!! He loves what he does and it shows. Great time!!! Thank you Frank!!
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Bernice P
"2 days in chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2017 NEW
We drove to chicago while visiting indianapolis. We only planned to spend the day, but after meeting Trevon Frazier and speaking with him he convinced us to spend an additional day...and boy are we glad we did! Trevon took such good care of my husband, baby, and I! He's so professional, knowledgeable, charismatic, and all around great guy! It was such a pleasure meeting someone of his caliber on a first time trip to chicago. This guy deserves a raise and promotion! The bus tour from the top deck was absolutely amazing!!!! We thoroughly enjoyed what we saw of Chicago. We decided we're going to need to come back and spend a week next time.
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Amber K
"Mostly great "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2017 NEW
Bongi and another tour guide were amazing! Two of the other tour guides had no idea what was going on. The drivers were all stellar, navigating the crazy traffic like pros. We got the tour with the go Chicago card and were very satisfied with the convenience of the hop on hop off feature and the availability of stops and time of day that the bus ran. The only hitch was the poorly marked stops, we couldn't figure out where one was by any signs but it was clearly marked on the map. It was great to be able to visit places at your own pace and not have to worry about waiting more than 15 minutes for the next bus. It's so great to sit up top and see the sights. We went when it was cold and rainy but that didn't deter the guides; we were given plastic rain coats and they were just as enthusiastic as when they were dry and comfortable downstairs :)
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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.