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Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Multiple departure times and locations available
Great overview and orientation of the city
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 14 stops to start your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago, and listen to live commentary through provided earphones to find out fun facts about the city and its iconic architecture. The full circuit takes about about 2 hours, but you can hop off and back on as many times as you. Buses run regularly, giving you flexibility to discover the city at your leisure.
The bus route takes you through Grant Park, known by locals as Chicago’s ‘front yard,’ 319 acres (129 hectares) located in the city’s business center. Perhaps hop off at Millennium Park and gaze at your warped reflection in the world-famous Cloud Gate, more commonly known as ‘The Bean,’ an outdoor art installation made of polished stainless steel. Or if you're an art lover, don't miss the nearby Art Institute of Chicago, home to 300,000 works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and American eras of painting, including Nighthawks by Edward Hopper and American Gothic by Grant Wood.
As the bus crosses the Chicago River and rolls onto the Magnificent Mile, you can admire some of the tallest buildings in the United States, like 875 N Michigan (Formally the John Hancock Center) and the historic Water Tower. If you like heights, hop off to visit '360 Chicago' to enjoy a bird's-eye vantage point of the city. See below for the complete list of stops.
Stop 1: Chicago Riverwalk Stop 2: Chicago Theatre & State Street Stop 3: Skydeck Chicago & Willis Tower Stop 4: Millennuim Park & Palmer House Hilton Stop 5: The Art Institute of Chicago Stop 6: Hilton Chicago & Grant Park Stop 7: Alder Planetarium Stop 8: Museum Campus Stop 9: Maggie Daley Park Stop 10: Sheraton Towers & Loews Chicago Stop 11: Navy Pier Stop 12: The Water Tower Stop 13: 360 Chicago Stop 14: Hard Rock Cafe
Choose from one of the following options
Classic 1-day hop-on hop-off
Premium 2-day hop-on hop-off Deluxe 2-day hop-on hop-off One time Panoramic Night Tour
Panoramic Night Tour 75 minute night time tour. Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off.
All tickets include the following
Receive a complimentary sample of Garrett Popcorn (from 1st May 2018)
Free Drawstring Backpack available at the Park Shop from May – September. *while supplies last
Other offers: Foodlife, Hard Rock Cafe, and more
Free ‘Big Bus Tours’ App with Bus Tracking
Hop-on hop-off bus
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 3pm will be valid for 24 hours from time of redemption
Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
You may board at any of the 14 stops
Night Tour starts at Navy Pier
Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket May - September 9:00am - 5:00pm, Every 10-15 minutes
October - December & March - April 9:00am - 4:00pm, Every 20-30 minutes
January - February 10:00am - 4:00pm, Every 60 minutes
Night Tour May: 7:30PM June-September: 7:30PM, 8:00PM, and 8:30 PM October: 7:00PM