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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Tours begin daily at 9:00 am with the last loop beginning at 5:00 pm.
  • Tours available year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
  • The tour includes 12 “hop on, hop off” trolley stops.
  • Tours operate rain or shine.


from Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Tours
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 9:00 am. You can Hop on and off until 5:00 pm with the last full tour beginning at 5:00 pm. 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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Mickie T
Lemont, Illinois
"Must do for the Holiday Lights Tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2017 NEW
This was the way to kick off our Holiday Season! We went with another couple and had a fantastic time. The seats in the trolley are a bit cramped and uncomfortable but the tour itself is well worth the time. We got to see all of the Holiday Lights with a stop for a delicious Red Velvet cupcake from Sprinkles, a stop at the Christkindl Market in Daley Plaza and a stop at Lincoln Park Zoo for the Zoo Lights. It was great not having to deal with the traffic and letting someone else do the driving.
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San Antonio, Texas
"Holiday Lights Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2017 NEW
Skip the Holiday Lights Tour. First, the advertisement is very misleading. It shows a picture of a cupcake on a you are going to get off the trolley & enjoy a scrumptious cupcake. Instead, a fella jumps on the trolley and slings these brown paper bags at you with red velvet cupcakes in them...not what you want to eat in your lap on a dark trolley. Next, the driver drove thru some of the darkest, most unattractive parts of downtown to avoid traffic. But he "tried" to entertain you with Christmas trivia. The Christkindlemarket (first stop) was so crowded on a weekend that you couldn't even breathe, so 30 minutes was hardly enough time to traverse the 2 blocks to/from the bus. Right after that, our driver (Bobby), stopped the trolley for about 20 min on the side of the road for a single passenger to find a restroom (even though we had just left a place with restrooms). This caused our next stop at the zoo to be shortened significantly. The zoo lights were nice, but we only had about 20 minutes to enjoy them because the driver parked almost 2 blocks away from the venue (and because the driver had stopped the trolley for a single driver to take a bathroom break). We also didn't even drive along the lake because we were behind schedule (due to the bathroom break). There was lots of sitting, lots of dark side streets of Chicago, and lots of Christmas trivia, if you like that sort of thing. Also, this event went 2 hrs & 45 minutes, so we were delayed getting to our next event, once again because of the bathroom break for a single customer on board.
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Plymouth, Indiana
"Trolley tour of the city"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
We wanted to tour the city a bit on a cold day, and opted for trolley tour via suggestion of our hotel. The route was nice and certainly a variety of points of interest. While our guide was well versed on historical information, she was a bit too negative in her political comments and opinions under the guise of humor, We learned several items of interest about buildings and stages Chicago has gone through, but her bantering opinions were non stop and not humorous. We got off just over half way of the route. Take the trolley tour again? Eh, not in a hurry.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
"Like fingernails on a chalkboard!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2017
I normally enjoy "hop on, hop off" tours. They give interesting information about an area and then let the consumer decide which places to explore in more depth. This route looked inviting and I eagerly plopped down my money. But Emily, oh my gosh, EMILY. Our tour guide could not make it through a single sentence without at least 3 "ums". I couldn't even focus on what she was saying because, "um, um, um, you know, um...". It was painfully annoying, fingernails on a chalkboard annoying. "So, um, our um next stop, um,um, um, we'll be um looking at um..." It was so unprofessional. Do they even screen their tour guides?? I couldn't take it, got off at the second stop and rather than wait half an hour for the next bus, I walked to other places on the route that I was interested in seeing. Eventually, I hopped on another bus with another tour guide. I was really enjoying the trip until our first stop when the guide announced she would be getting off to break for lunch and her replacement would guessed it, EMILY. I gave up. Got off the bus and walked all the way back to my hotel. Wasted nearly $40. I'm giving it a 1 rather than 0 because I got over 5 miles of exercise out of the deal. (and you can't rate a 0).
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
"Slow way around city"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2017
It was a rainy day. Couldn’t see out the windows and if you did you got wet. Bus was on timed you wasted time. Decided to get Off and spend time at The Field museum which was great. Took forever to return to beginning of tour route. Wouldn’t recommend this tour.
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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 9:00 am & 5:00 pm. 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.