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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise provided by See it All Chicago Tours

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Guided Chicago city tour includes areas that many other tours skip
Duration:
2–4 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    2–4 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    10
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Check many Chicago landmarks off your must-see list on this small-group sightseeing tour aboard a minibus. Cover more ground than on foot, and hit lots of highlights over the tour. See Museum Campus, the Rookery, and Lincoln Park, accompanied by in-depth commentary from your guide. Upgrade to include a Chicago architecture tour by boat, one of the most popular tours in the city.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention
  • Air-conditioned minibus can travel where larger coaches can't navigate
  • Upgrade to include a popular Chicago River architecture boat cruise
What to expect
Begin your Chicago sightseeing adventure with convenient pickup from most downtown Chicago hotels, where you board a climate-controlled minibus with your group of 12 or fewer. The small group ensures personalized attention from your guide. Journey through downtown, known as the Loop, and listen as your guide details its historical and architectural heritage. Head to some north-side neighborhoods that other tours miss, such as Lincoln Park and Gold Coast, to see how locals live. Check out the Museum Campus and Millennium Park, and get epic photo ops of the Chicago skyline. Upgrade to include the popular architecture boat cruise on the Chicago River, which often books up. The onboard commentary sheds light on the city's architecture and the river’s place in history. If not taking the boat tour, you are returned to your hotel. Otherwise, you are transported to the boat departure point and are responsible for your return transport.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention
  • Air-conditioned minibus can travel where larger coaches can't navigate
  • Upgrade to include a popular Chicago River architecture boat cruise
What to expect
Begin your Chicago sightseeing adventure with convenient pickup from most downtown Chicago hotels, where you board a climate-controlled minibus with your group of 12 or fewer. The small group ensures personalized attention from your guide. Journey through downtown, known as the Loop, and listen as your guide details its historical and architectural heritage. Head to some north-side neighborhoods that other tours miss, such as Lincoln Park and Gold Coast, to see how locals live. Check out the Museum Campus and Millennium Park, and get epic photo ops of the Chicago skyline. Upgrade to include the popular architecture boat cruise on the Chicago River, which often books up. The onboard commentary sheds light on the city's architecture and the river’s place in history. If not taking the boat tour, you are returned to your hotel. Otherwise, you are transported to the boat departure point and are responsible for your return transport.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5538MINI
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Three photo stops
  • Transport by 12-passenger, air-conditioned minibus
  • Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour (if option selected)
  • Complimentary pickup at most DOWNTOWN CHICAGO hotels
  • Masks must be worn at all times in tour vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Shoreline Sightseeing
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Duration
2–4 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Tour picks up from most downtown Chicago hotels. We can return you to your hotel if you just take the Mini Bus tour. For those choosing the Mini Bus and Boat Tour, your tour ends at the boat dock at Michigan Ave and Wacker Drive. You are responsible for finding your way back to your hotel after the river cruise.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You MUST contact the local supplier to reconfirm your reservation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Masks must be worn while inside tour vehicle
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Three photo stops
  • Transport by 12-passenger, air-conditioned minibus
  • Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour (if option selected)
  • Complimentary pickup at most DOWNTOWN CHICAGO hotels
  • Masks must be worn at all times in tour vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Shoreline Sightseeing
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Tour picks up from most downtown Chicago hotels. We can return you to your hotel if you just take the Mini Bus tour. For those choosing the Mini Bus and Boat Tour, your tour ends at the boat dock at Michigan Ave and Wacker Drive. You are responsible for finding your way back to your hotel after the river cruise.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2–4 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You MUST contact the local supplier to reconfirm your reservation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Masks must be worn while inside tour vehicle
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    The Magnificent Mile
    Navy Pier
    Millennium Park
  • 1
    Chicago River
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Buckingham Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Lincoln Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Gold Coast
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
  • 4
    The Rookery Building
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Chicago Skyline
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    The Art Institute of Chicago
  • 6
    Shoreline Sightseeing
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Frank D
Chicago59 contributions
Jul 2021
We live in Chicago, but we were hosting a couple of people who were seeing our beautiful city for the first time. We thought that the Chicago City Minibus Tour sounded like a perfect introduction to the city. It gives a good overview of many of the city's most iconic sights. The minibus was able to pick us up in front of the Doubletree Hotel just east of Michigan Avenue. Rick gave us a great tour. He is knowledgeable of the city and it's history. He also includes a good amount of humor in his commentary. In 2 hours our guests were able to see far more of the city than we would have been able to show them. They were very impressed. We did not take the optional Architecture River Cruise. The Chicago City Minibus Tours is one of the best tours in Chicago.
Written 6 July 2021
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See_it_All_Rick
ONE of the best?? Just kidding. Thanks for the kind words, Frank. I'm very happy that we were able to show off our great city.
Written 11 July 2021
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MaGuzman
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
My favorite part of this experience was how personable Rick our guide was. He was kind, communicative, encouraged travelers to question and comment on their views of the city. He tried to be funny ( kidding, he was). Rick becomes your friend from Chicago! Take the tour, get Rick! P.s. Rick was so kind… he offered to circle back to drop ppl off at their favorite spot… after the two hours of showing us around. No charge… no gas money..
Written 20 March 2022
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See_it_All_Rick
Some reviews resonate more than others. This is one of them. Thanks!
Written 24 March 2022
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Demi M
Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
Our guide was patient, informative, and entertaining. Everyone during our bus tour enjoyed seeing the sites together and it was very well timed and organized. The river cruise tour was worth it, great views even during the rain.
Written 17 October 2021
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See_it_All_Rick
Thanks! Reviews like this definitely bring a smile to my face.
Written 24 October 2021
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Chad R
22 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the tour with Rick who is an excellent driver and guide. He knows all sorts of facts and history about the Chicago area and throws in some jokes here and there. Definitely recommend doing this tour at the beginning of your trip as Rick takes you all around the city so you can go back and see more or what you liked. Would definitely recommend to friend or family member. Thanks Rick! Chad and Colleen.
Written 5 January 2020
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johndc210
Pearl, MS2 contributions
We had a great time on both parts of the tour. On the bus portion, the driver was great! He was on time picking us up at the hotel, and he explained what was up everywhere we went. I liked his sense of humor, and all of us appreciated how solicitous he was while giving the tour. The stops along the tour seemed well planned (with the exception of the Alexander Hamilton statue stop). At the end of the tour, he gave us directions on how to get to the boat tour ticket office (mere steps away) and exchange our vouchers for an actual ticket.
The boat tour was fabulous! Very interesting architecture in the city, and the docent/guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. Stories were very good too.
All in all, this was a fantastic tour, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it!
Written 17 May 2022
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prece78
El Paso, TX2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Mini bus tour was awesome. Well worth it and a lot of info about city. Our driver was very informative and knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. Love that tour is semi private with photo stop opportunities
Written 24 July 2021
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See_it_All_Rick
Thanks for the nice review. We agree that our photo stops are a big part of the tour.
Written 7 August 2021
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LizLovesTobago
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you only have half a day in Chicago, do this. Our host, Rick, was supremely knowledgeable about his city, humorous, respectful and thoughtful. We got a good tour of the main sights, with perfectly timed info to make sure we got the photos we wanted. The group was deliberately small and the minibus was comfortable. If we could give six stars, we would. Thanks Rick, especially for finding my lost glasses and bringing them back to me!
Written 4 January 2020
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Jennifer B
Holland, MI15 contributions
We thoroughly enjoyed our minibus tour of Chicago. Even though we’ve been to Chicago multiple times and are familiar with the major landmarks, this was a fun way to see more of the city and learn new things. Rick was a great guide - very knowledgeable and a fun sense of humor to boot! Definitely recommend!
Written 7 March 2020
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Thank you very much, Jeb! Locals (and near locals) usually enjoy our tours as much people from across the globe. That's our goal.
Written 9 March 2020
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Jet585394
1 contribution
Feb 2020
On a snowy Saturday morning my daughter and I were picked up from our hotel by Paul - and the magic started there. As first time visitors to Chicago it wouldn’t have been possible to achieve the kind of overview he provided by any other means. The tour was interesting, informative and fun. It provided a context for the rest of our brief stay and we found his tips about places to visit/eat/drink very useful. The fact that numbers were restricted to a minibus made it all the more enjoyable and Paul went to trouble to create a sense of group and relevance to the passengers. We were unable to do the Optional Architecture River Cruise because of the time of year, but it would definitely be on our list if we return to this fascinating city.
Written 3 March 2020
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Debra
Mundelein, IL1 contribution
We had an amazing tour with Rick on the Chicago City Minibus Tour! My husband and I are residents of a northern suburb who grew up in Chicago. For our anniversary we decided to stay local and spend a couple of days as tourists in Chicago. We viewed sites and heard facts that were new to both of us!! We’re very glad we chose this tour and would highly recommend it.
Written 24 February 2022
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See_it_All_Rick
Thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you both on the tour!
Written 24 February 2022
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Lamendez75
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Informative
Best city tour I’ve taken by far. Rick provided us with a lot of history, humor, restaurant recommendations and mos
CocoChanel0608
CocoChanel0608
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Informative and Fun!
Rick was AWESOME and my family enjoyed the tour. Our hotel was not on their list of pick up hotels but he accommoda
Katherine S
Katherine S
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Seeing the Windy City with wit and wisdom
Great way to start our trip to Chicago. Our guide was prompt with our hotel pickup even though our hotel was not on
veeteegee
veeteegee
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Highly recommended tour!
Rick was so knowledgeable, personable, and made the experience an incredibly enriching one for everyone on our bus.
893patinab
893patinab
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Excellent
Rick was very patient, pleasant, had a good knowledge of Chicago and made the tour a great fun. I would recommend R
Bridgekris987
Bridgekris987
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Good tour!
Rick was a great tour guide; company offers hotel pick-up! Good to do early in your stay to help plan the rest of
Elizabetharrabito
Elizabetharrabito
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Great overview of Chicago
We enjoyed our tour of Chicago with our very knowledgeable and amusing tour guide Rick. Great first tour to get an
Wang0107
Wang0107
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Safe and interesting trip in Chicago
We did the tour pack (Chicago downtown minibus tour plus boat tour). We drove pass by quite a lot very amazing arch
Nomad675230
Nomad675230
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Loved it!
This tour was great! Rick was fantastic. We got to stop several times for pictures. Lots of laughs. Great experienc
ShannonDobson
ShannonDobson
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You don't want to miss out on this tour!!
This was one of the best Chicago tours I have been on! It was very personal. The tour guide kept it entertaining f
gracie92110
gracie92110
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Great introduction to Chicago
This was a great orientation to Chicago and gave us lots of ideas for where to go next. Highly recommend, especiall
WarrenK65
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Knowledge and witty, great tour, money well spent.
Knowledge and witty, Rick was an ideal guide to introduce us to Chicago and the major sights. Taken very early on
alleneasler
alleneasler
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Great intro to the city
Great introduction to Chicago. I wished it was a bit longer, but it still a great tour. Tour guide was hilarious gu
Escape608428
Escape608428
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Perfect afternoon tour
Perfect tour. Saw many highlights and beautiful buildings in Chicago. Rick, tour guide, gave interesting and info
885eunicer
885eunicer
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Best tour in Chicago!
Rick was an amazing tour guide. He was funny, engaging and knowledgeable. He stopped at great spots that resulted i
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