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Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Tours in Chicago, IL

Skydeck Chicago Trolley Location Chicago, IL 60606
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Featured in bustling Chicago, Illinois, The Red & Green Trolleys and Big Red Double Decker Buses let guests hop on and off to visit a variety of top area attractions. The two-hour tour covers 13 miles of Chicago’s downtown area and the Loop, covering an assortment of shops, restaurants, museums, stores and more. Using the All Tours Ticket, guests can explore at their leisure for up to 48 hours.


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Rising from the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a cultural, architectural, and historic showcase. Welcome to your urban adventure! With 7,000 restaurants and 77 neighborhoods, Chicago offers innumerable choices. Your tour ticket gives you rides, guides and the chance to make this city your own. Called an architect's playground, Chicago is now your playground.

Ride The Red & Green Trolleys® and our Big Red Double Decker Buses. Your Hop On Hop Off Tour ticket gives you transportation to the most famous Chicago attractions. You will enjoy our two hour Downtown Tour, covering 13 magnificent miles of Chicago's downtown and the Loop. We encourage you to take your time and hop on and hop off all day!
With the All Tours Ticket you can go visit a Chicago attraction or museum, shop until you drop, or enjoy lunch and just explore and you have 48 hours to use it.

The Downtown Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour runs all year long, seven days a week except for inclement weather days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our vehicles run approximately 10-15 minutes apart so you can hop back on with your ticket all day.
All ticketed passengers receive a FREE Garrett Popcorn sample and much, much more!

It's said that all roads lead to Chicago. Our staff and your CHICAGO GUIDE will help you have the most fun with the greatest ease. With diverse backgrounds, our tour guides and drivers have one thing in common -- a passion for Chicago. While you tour everything from underground streets to internationally-acclaimed skyscrapers, we're excited to share our knowledge. This is your ticket to Chicago. Enjoy the ride!

Hours of Operation:
Downtown Tour: Operates daily beginning at 9am. You can Hop on and off until 5pm with the last full tour beginning at 5pm. Operates Year Round (excludes inclement weather days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).

E-Tickets can be presented at boarding locations beginning at 9:00 AM.

Route subject to change. No boarding or exiting from Chicago Trolleys and Double Deckers except at the designated stops.

PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES: It is required that you contact CHICAGO TROLLEY at least 48 hours prior to the date of travel at the number listed on your E-Ticket.

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Adriana B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Good for adults, would not recommend for small children "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2016 NEW
This activity is great for adults with fee hours to get a taste of Chicago. Most of the guides are very knowledgeable with nice, easy to understand voices. Lots of trivia information and fun facts. There is even a tour in Spanish (thanks Gustavo!). It is your basic tour bus with the advantages of hop on/off bus. For grown ups. Let's talk about the children's experience: small children lost the enthusiasm for the second deck after a while (too hot/cold/windy),disregarded the historical facts (witnessed many children from toddlers to middle schoolers complaining about the tour) and didn't appreciate being "trapped" until we reached the child oriented attractions (could not care less about Trump building, they only wanted Navy Pier). While driving and finding parking in Chicago may be bothersome, It is a mistake to think the bus will make it easier to move around downtown: you are forced to take the whole route. Taking public transportation is as exciting for children, cheaper (7 years old and younger ride free) and faster. The double deck bus Is not stroller friendly. The general tour doesn't go to Lincoln park zoo. And then we had an unpleasant experience: around noon we left the Maggie Daley Park, we saw the bus approach the stop and we ran to catch it. While getting on the bus we heard the male guide ask in a sarcastic way "why these people keep catching up with us?" It sounded demeaning and I take offense that he thought it was correct to make fun of a mother running while carrying a toddler. Even the driver called him down to check if we were okay. Didn't waste time talking to him and got off the next stop. Hope this review helps families with small children: choose a couple of places to visit and take public transportation. Children will enjoy more.
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Columbia, Missouri
"Christmas Light Tour Horrible "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2016 NEW
Save your money. For a two-and-a-half-hour tour you get to sit on the bus an hour and a half. You have two half hour stops but there are so many people you can't enjoy either the Christkindlmarket or the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. We did not get to do everything as advertised.
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Damira C
Cleveland, Ohio
"Good general tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2016 NEW
It was a great tour. Daniel made it 100% worth it. He was funny and engaging. Non of those boring "this is this designed by...". A very good overall tour of the city.
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Nashua, New Hampshire
"Best way to see Chicago"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2016 NEW
Becoming a big fan of these "hop on, hop off" bus tours in many cities. Chicago Trolley was no exception. Many convenient locations and not much waiting (15 minutes was the longest we waited, and in many times, they were sitting there waiting), and most importantly outstanding staff and service. Great tour of the city, from the North side, to Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Willis tower (which has previously been known for years as The Sears Tower - for those who dare, don't miss "The Ledge") Magnificent mile, every stop desired for first timers or seasones visitors to Chicago. If you get lucky, you will catch a double decker and your tour guide will be Lance Romance. The man knows the city and knows how to energize and inform his customers. We bought the 48 hour pass for a surprisingly calm November weekend. Spent 90% of our time on the top deck (much better view). Multiple convenient stops. Very walkable between stops is you get off at Stop 3, lets say, and want get on at Stop 7. Wish I could remember his name, but one tour guide sang an incredible few bars of "Love was made for you and me". As good as it was, he knows he is best keeping his current job, but it was something I will never forget. We'll worth it. Awesome service!!!
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Saskatchewan, Canada
"Good way to see the city"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2016 NEW
We hopped on near Union Station and then again near aquarium/museum. Did not wait long for a bus either time. The number of stops are reduced once evening rolls around but it ended up not being a big deal for us as the kiddos were not interested in the crowds at Navy Pier. We rode during the week and had no trouble getting seats up top. We enjoyed the first tour guide more than the second (I didn't get names) as he seemed to have less of a chip on his shoulder and tended to point out things we found more interesting but overall, I would recommend this as a great way to tour the city.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Tours

What does hop on hop off mean?
Our Hop On Hop Off Tour ticket gives you transportation to the most famous Chicago attractions. You can get on or off the trolley at any one of the trolley stop locations. You will enjoy our two hour Downtown Tour, covering 13 magnificent miles of Chicago's downtown and the Loop.

What operating hours does the trolley run?
Our Downtown Tour begins daily at 9 a.m. with last day tours starting at 5 p.m. Excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

Where do we board the trolley?
You can board a trolley at any one of the 12 trolley stop locations.

Where are the stops located at?
1) SKYDECK CHICAGO - On Jackson across from the SkyDeck entrance
2) MICHIGAN AVE BRIDGE - NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave
3) BLOCK THIRTY SEVEN - W. Side of State between Washington and Randolph
4) ART INSTITUTE/MILLENNIUM PARK - Across from Museum at Michigan and Adams
5) HILTON CHICAGO - NW corner of Michigan and 8th near bus stop
6) MUSEUM CAMPUS - At the south main Field Museum entrance
7) SHERATON HOTEL - N of corner of Columbus & N. Water, across from NBC Tower
8) NAVY PIER - Blue tents on north side of horseshoe driveway
9) MAGNIFICENT MILE - NE end of Michigan Ave bridge
10) WATER TOWER - SE corner of Pearson and Michigan
11) 360 CHICAGO (FORMERLY JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY) - SE corner of Delaware and Michigan
12) HARD ROCK / RIVER NORTH - W side of Clark between Ontario and Ohio

How often do the trolleys run?
Tours usually leave approximately every 10-15 minutes daily between 9am & 5pm. Occasionally there can be delays caused by traffic or weather.

Do tours operate in inclement weather?
We still operate our open-top buses on cold or rainy days.  With Chicago’s unpredictable weather, we’re unable to offer refunds due to weather, however, we’ll try to make these days comfortable for you.