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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Operates daily starting at 9:00 am with the last tour departing at 4:00 pm.
  • Hop on or off at the stops of your choice.
  • Full tour circuit is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours long.
  • Most buses are wheelchair accessible.


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) Chicago Theater
(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) Shedd Aquarium
(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 9:00 am with the last bus leaving at 4:00 pm from stop 1. Times vary depending on the time of year. A full circuit takes 2 - 2.5 hours with pick-ups every 15-30 minutes.

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London, United Kingdom
"So disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
We were so excited to experience Chicago and learn about some of the city’s history, however, taking a tour with the Big Bus company wasn’t able to provide either. We were visiting friends who had relocated to the States 8 months ago from London and decided to have a day out with their son exploring the city. We started our day with Ken, who was providing some detail but we couldn’t hear everything he was saying and he spoke very softly. Our friends were not impressed with him as he was missing out some vital and interesting facts. We decided to get off the bus and join another one in order to experience a new guide. In total we experienced 3 of your guides and our experience went from mediocre to down right dreadful! We learnt more from our friends 15 year old that had only lived in the USA for 8 months then we learnt from our final tour guide Kris. Kris is probably the worst tour guide i have ever come across. We didn’t pay money to come on the bus and listen to a guide commentate on those skateboarding on the street or rave about how amazing New York was. We also didn’t pay money to hear him plug his own Instagram and provide life coaching advice. It was such wasted money and it has put us off Big Bus altogether, which is such a shame. We won’t be using the company again in any other city, as we can not guarantee we would actually learn anything about the city we are visiting.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"Short but ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
The ride is not impressive but ok to get a quick tour around the city. Nice tourguides whom really try to make it a nice tour. Just get out and in the bus makes it wothwile to take this tour.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"Shay and Darius were great!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
We went on the night bus tour with Shay and Darius! They were both excellent. Shay was so funny and had a lot of knowledge of the city. She kept us entertained. There were a few unexpected detours due to blocked roads and she knew the information on alternate routes. She told us when to have our cameras ready. I highly recommend the Big Bus tour with Shay and Darius!!
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London, United Kingdom
"Great tour guide Matty"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
My wife and I bought a 48 hour 'deluxe' ticket for the hop on hop off bus, which included an hour's night bus tour. The real highlight was the guide Matty, apart from being knowledgeable he was very funny and had the best impression of Trump we have ever heard.
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Gail H
Chicago, Illinois
"Tour guide kept saying she was tired"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
We rode with ‘Shay’, leaving at 3 pm. We like to take the bus tour every few years, coming in from the suburbs. We like this company and always learn something new - we seek out the very same company in other cities that we visit. This time, we got 2 hours of: she was tired, she was hot, why her voice was wearing out, that she has no life. First time tourists missed a lot of Chicago info that we’ve heard on other of your same tours. Maybe shorter work shifts??
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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 9:00 am and the last tour departs from stop 1 at 4:00 pm. 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.