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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Kim B
"We loved Wanda!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2018 NEW
We’re visiting Chicago this weekend from New York and Wanda was our tour guide- she was an absolute delight! She provided such interesting facts about the city, and you can tell she’s so passionate about where she lives. It really made our trip! And the driver, Miguel, was so helpful when we hopped on and off. Thanks, guys! Love, the 3 ladies from the top deck in the front, Saturday afternoon :-)
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Cleveland, Ohio
"Yesterday’s tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2018 NEW
We took the Big Bus tour from the Sheraton hotel stop to see the city. We got on the bus and found no heat. We sat on the bottom floor. We were told we could get off and wait for another bus. Explanation given: no cover over the open second floor. We sat shivering with gloves, hat, scarf and coat buttoned up. At on stop, they had us get off and get on a bus with a covered second floor. A little better, but still needed to be bundled up to handle the lack of heat. The second issue we had: getting off and getting back on at a stop in the downtown area. We waited about 35 minutes (were told every 20 mins). There was no sign for the Big Bus stop. The bus came by and didn’t stop at all. I ran after the 4:00 - 4:20 bus and it rushed by. I ran a block or so trying to wave the bus driver down. She didn’t stop. The bus stopped at a red light. I knocked on the door; the lady bus driver opened the door and said she couldn’t let me on because I was not a the phantom bus stop. She was rude and we were both running and very cold. Bottom Line: rude bus driver and quite cold bus.
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Darrin L
"Big bus Chicago tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
Very good overview of the downtown city area. It was raining the day we did it so we stayed on the bus the entire time. It took a couple of hours. They point out the interesting sites along the way. We had Lance for the narration and he was fabulous! A lot of humor with the narration! He had everyone laughing as we toured the city. Would definitely recommend this as it gives you a general layout of the city and which places you’d like to see in depth. On a nice day you can jump off and see what you’d like and just hop back on to see more of the city.
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Blanchard, Louisiana
"Lovie & Poppie at Chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2018 NEW
We took the big bus tour of Chicago and got to see a whole lot of attractions that Chicago has to offer. We sat on the top deck and had a very good guide that gave us a lot of information about the buildings and many venues and sights of the city.
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Connie H
Redington Shores
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2018 NEW
This is the BEST way to get around the city. Our guide was GREAT, very informative and funny. Definitely, the best way to see downtown. You can get on and off all over town at there stops.
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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.