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Chicago: 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Architecture Cruise

Product ID: 266792
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Discover the highlights of Chicago with a 2 days Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, admission to the Chicago Architecture Center, and a Shoreline Architecture River Cruise with this combination package.
About this activity
Valid 2 days
(from first activation)
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Chicago's most prominent sites, with stops at the Willis Tower, 875 North Michigan Avenue Center and the iconic Bean
  • Cruise down the Chicago River, taking in the history of the city and views of the skyline
  • Visit the Chicago Architecture Center and learn about the influence Daniel Burnham and Meis Van der Rohe had on Chicago architecture
  • Enjoy Chicago at night and experience the art instillation of Art at the Mart.
Full description
The hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. There are 13 stops, where you can hop-off to visit attractions and explore places of interest. The stops are conveniently located to make navigating your way around the city easy to find. 

Take in the city's impressive landmarks as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. From your vantage point on an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus, enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the 875 North Michigan Avenue Center, also known as the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower, and the Wrigley Building. Visit attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. Travel down the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge, over the Chicago River, which connects the north and south sides of the city.

Located just steps from stop 1, be sure to take advantage of your admission to the Chicago Architecture Center to get a deeper insight into the city that invented the skyscraper. Hop off the Bus at stops 1 or 10 to redeem your Shoreline Architecture River Cruise voucher. Travel up and down the Chicago River experiencing the Marina Tower, the Wrigley Building, and more as you hear about how Chicago transformed into the city it is today.
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour for 1 day
  • Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center
  • 75-minute Shoreline Architecture River Tour
  • Free WiFi
  • App and Bus Tracker
  • Complimentary bag of Garrett's Popcorn
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Redeem your voucher with a Big Bus Representative at any Big Bus stop. Main stops are located at: Stop 1: Chicago Riverwalk: 98 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 - on the southwest corner of the bridge. Stop 3 Skydeck and the Willis Tower: 233 W Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 Stop 6 Hilton Chicago 720 S Michigan Ave Stop 10: Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 - look for Blue Tents Stop 11: Water Tower and The Magnificent Mile, 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Your pass is valid for 2 calendar days
• The Architecture Cruise ticket can be used up to 6 days after the issue of the Hop-on Hop-off ticket
• The tours do not run on the day of the Chicago Marathon (October 13th), Thanksgiving (November 28th), and Christmas Day (December 25)
• Children under the age of 3 may travel free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult to 1 child)
Customer reviews
Overall rating
3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
Review summary
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Big Bus - Chicago

Product ID: 266792