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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Tour snapshot
A hop-on hop-off tour of downtown Chicago makes sightseeing easy 
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Known as a world-famous hub for architecture, art, and politics, the lakeside city of Chicago has a wealth of must-see sights. Know exactly where to go in the Windy City on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour, complete with several stops covering everything from the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms in the Art Institute to the Adler Planetarium. Plus, this hop-on-hop-off tour means you can take charge of your own sightseeing itinerary.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • 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
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Audio commentary provides important historical context 
  • See highlights including the Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
What to expect
Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to audio commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone. You have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores. Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  The night tour includes views of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • 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
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Audio commentary provides important historical context 
  • See highlights including the Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
What to expect
Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to audio commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone. You have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores. Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  The night tour includes views of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5096CHICAGO
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Audio Guide
  • Live Bus Tracking
  • 7.30pm Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour included with Deluxe only (1st May - 31st October 2021)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please note Deluxe Inclusion - Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour only runs 1st May - 31st October 2021
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Location Name: You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour starts at Navy Pier Location Address: Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour Begins at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Inclusions
  • Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Audio Guide
  • Live Bus Tracking
  • 7.30pm Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour included with Deluxe only (1st May - 31st October 2021)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please note Deluxe Inclusion - Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour only runs 1st May - 31st October 2021
Departure details
  • Location Name: You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour starts at Navy Pier Location Address: Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour Begins at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 15 Jun 2021
A note from Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for real-time bus tracking information. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.0
759 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Terrible
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1 042 contributions
The big plus for us, visiting Chicago as tourists with a teenage granddaughter and not knowing our way around, was using the bus as transportation. We bought the single day ticket, but you can also do a two day. We picked it up near our hotel and then figured out the closest Big Bus stops (helped by their app) to all of the sights we wanted to see. We crammed as much as we could into a day, but given the expense of taxis and rideshare, it may be as easy (and maybe as economical) to use it for a two day visit if you download the app before you visit and plan what you want to see. The Big Bus tour itself provided some interesting information we would not have known otherwise and gave us a sense of where things were and how far we could walk. If you are looking at it as strictly an informative "all about Chicago" tour I would hesitate. We were there on a weekday and getting on and off at some stops was difficult because there is no guarantee that seats will be available. It all depends on how many people want to get off at each stop. You may not be able to sit together with family or friends, or have to wait for the next bus, which can be as much as an hour. There used to be Big Bus ticket shacks at the various stops, but they figured out it is cheaper to have you buy tickets online and use your phone.
Written 1 August 2021
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Just Get in the Car
Philadelphia, PA706 contributions
We took the kids on one of these during our recent visit to Chicago. For five people, it was almost $200. But we figured it was an all day activity, and it would get us all over the city.

The bus itself isn't bad. You get headphones and narrators tell you about the town. But if the bus is crowded (or if the weather is bad) and you can't sit up top, you are going to miss a lot.

They run about every 30 minutes, so you will need to plan your schedule around it. We missed one, and the kids were bored for awhile in front of the Hancock Tower. And their app didn't seem to work in showing just where the buses were.

But we did get a nice scenic drive through the entire city. The drivers on all the buses were friendly as well.

I would recommend for a good sight seeing trip, but for how much you are paying, you probably want to get an early start on your day.
Written 11 July 2022
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Sandra W
2 contributions
Friends
We take a hop-on hop-off tour in every city we vacation in that has one. This one did not disappoint! They also stopped at every stop, even if it looked like no one was there to be picked up or let off, which was good and not all buses have done in some other cities.
It would be very helpful to have a real-time view of where buses are and to have information about where the stop is if a stop on the map is inaccessible though. This can be confusing and the chat feature with customer service is not helpful. Either it was an automated response or the person responding didn’t actually answer our question.
Written 18 July 2022
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Terry T
Springfield, MO30 contributions
Love the route, stops and dependability. BUT, they have removed the live docent from the bus who narrates, real time, what you could and should look for on both sides of the street giving a history of the city and the various buildings/sites you pass as you go. Up until COVID, they have always done the live guided tours. NOW, their solution is a very poorly done audio tour where you plug a set of wires earphones into the bus receptacles at each seat and listen to the recorded audio. The problem with this approach is that it is not very informative at all, has a bunch of music on it to fill the time, and it is not gel-codes to locations so there is very little specific narration of what you are about to see or are passing by as the bus proceeds along its route. SO, the bus tour is now really nothing more than a reliable taxi ride to high traffic areas within Chicago. In my opinion, it is no longer worth the money I paid for it in 2018 or 2019 when the route and fee included a live host (docent) to narrate your trip and answer questions about places of interest. Very, very disappointing!
Written 25 July 2022
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Paula F
1 contribution
Horribly disappointing. First thing I do when I visit any new City is take a narrated bus tour to learn the lay of the land and historical, economic, and fun facts about it. For $60 adult 2 day rate(no discount for seniors) I was handed headphones which I plugged in. Only 2 channels, and they were playing the same music. No facts, narrative about the neighborhoods, buildings or anything. All our female bus drive told us was the stops, like museum (not naming it). Was it the Art Institute, childrens’ or planetarium? We were on the second level so couldn’t ask her. Her drawl was hard to understand and we were not able to go to 2 of the stop because “Our president was in town”. We assumed it was for the United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Convention but she never said for what. We learned noting from her other than to sit, not stand because she didn’t want to have to have the supervisor throw us off the bus. She must have been a former school bus driver who knew nothing to share about the City of Chicago. Why give out earphones if there is no narrative? Ripoff taxi service that you have to wait 30+ minutes for.
Written 11 May 2022
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Jamee E
1 contribution
Workers not concerned with Customer Service or customers with disabilities. Day one was raining off and on. My partner and I were waiting at Stop 5 to catch the tour bus to Stop 7 and the bus drove right past stop five, even though we were waving in the rain and waiting in the spot they had left people off the day before. Stop five was moved a bit past the hotel due to construction. We had to take a cab to the Aquarium. At 2pm we tried again to catch a bus. As two people who walk with canes, walking towards stop seven in the cold and rain we flag down the bus in between stop 6 & 7. The driver saw us, waved us toward the stop #7. Waited until we were about fifty feet away and then drove off. The next bus real time showed 55 minutes way. We could not stand in the rain and cold for another 55 minutes and had to take an Uber. On Day 2 we were able to get onto the bus in the morning at Stop 5. We rode until Stop 1. At Stop 1 I spoke to the Lead person about the mix up the afternoon before and he said I do not believe that and walked away. On the new bus at stop four we instructed to disembark and move to another bus, we all got off walked to the other bus and were told to go back to the first bus. No communication over the bus speaker as to what was going on. Back on the bus we were to get off at Stop 5 and the bus drove right by it. I asked the driver to stop so we could get off as that was our stop and he said we would have to ride to stop seven again and take another bus all the way around and they may stop. I spent the money for a 2-person 2 -day ticket and was thoroughly disappointed with the service not to mention the lack of courtesy or understanding for the disabled.
Written 4 May 2022
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Brian F
3 contributions
Family
Buyer beware! I would leave a lower rating if possible. This company oversells tickets and then refuses to provide refunds. I have done the hop-off tour and found that you are lucky to get seats at times but what is beyond excuse is the evening tour where only one bus runs. They sell more tickets than there are seats in the bus. If you arrive after seats are taken, they don’t care. There is not another bus. They say come another day. Come within the next 6 months. They tell you to go to the website for a refund but they will only give you the run-around on the website. There are no refunds. That is no solution if you are on vacation. You have options when buying tour tickets. Beware of this one! With lots of tour operators in Chicago, you can see the city without being defrauded.
Written 16 June 2021
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Jill M
10 contributions
Friends
We rode the Big Bus 3 different times on August 11, 2022. The first guy (wish I knew his name) was a 5 star rating. He used his own voice for the tour, telling us everything that was around and different facts about the city. He had to go on break so we had to switch busses. The second lady was so horrible that I wanted to throw a chocolate bar and tampon at her. She stopped the bus at one point to yell at a family that was using the crosswalk in front of her. The family was using the crosswalk to cross the street. Bus should have waited. Later on the same family gets on the bus and you can tell they were not from America and she continued to yell at them. I could tell they felt bad and confused for the mix up. Then we had zero communication from her about the places around. People who was on the previous bus was confused why details were not given but then we realized we needed ear buds. The first driver spoiled us where we didn't think we needed it. She also yelled at a few people who got up in their seats as well. I think she could of handled that in a more professional manner. In my opinion, and not knowing about the ear buds until the 3rd trip, I thought taking a bus around has the same effect. And watch out for those low branches while sitting on top deck.
Written 13 August 2022
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Bee80204
Denver, CO3 844 contributions
I’ve ridden on these buses in three different cities and I’m a fan. It is comforting to ride with other people on a tour especially when I travel alone. And the freedom of being able to get on and off at the stops you want makes it fun. I bought my ticket online and downloaded their app. Couldn’t figure out how to link my ticket to the app but the app was useful in getting descriptions of the different attractions. There is also an ‘if lost’ option which shows you where the nearest stop is. Another option is the route map with where the buses are in real time. I don’t know how good it was as it didn’t seem to work when I looked.
I showed up to the stop I picked without knowing what time the bus was coming. I had to leave according to his schedule so I was prepared to wait. The ticket agent scanned my ticket - which was sent via email - and printed out a paper ticket which I could show whenever I needed to board again. He also took a photo for me against an interesting backdrop on a nearby building. The bus came 5 minutes after I arrived which was super lucky for me. Masks are required when you go through the bus or in the enclosed seats but not if you sit up top.
There is narration and fun quizzes piped through the sound system. If people are conversing it makes it hard to hear so I made sure to check my map to keep track of stops. So much to see on both sides of the bus since the architecture of Chicago is interesting. I love the ornate sculpting on the buildings. My favorite is the Chicago Tribune building.
I got off at the Magnificent Mile / Water Tower stop to visit an old church and Bloomingdales which I saw from the bus. And then I got off at Portillo’s on a whim as some people were discussing their famous hot dogs and I needed lunch.
Didn’t want to wait for the bus to come round again so I walked and caught a ride share back to the hotel. It was a fun tour with favorable weather and friendly associates.
Written 26 September 2021
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Bill C
Bridgeport, CT4 contributions
Couples
Our driver pulled over in front of shula’s and left the bus for ten minutes, no explanation was ever given. Everyone was left confused and directly in the sun. People boarded the bus without paying and an elderly couple who were waiting at the next stop 100 yards away walked all the way up to shulas thinking they were in the wrong spot. The driver was rude to them for not waiting down the street, how could they have known? They couldn’t have known because there was no company employee there to print tickets or provide information.

It was the most unprofessional ten minutes I’ve ever seen on a tour, period. Just communicate with your passengers, it’s so easy.
Written 25 June 2022
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gretchenl250
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Best Chicago evening tour!
Charlie was the best guide! Awesome energy and so entertaining! We would take this tour again and again.
TeresaHT48
TeresaHT48
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Dissatisfied customer0
purchased a Groupon for June 11, 2022 as my first time visiting Chicago and paid over $61 for two people. Had to r
rudbel777
rudbel777
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Chicago Nights with Yuri
We were in Chicago from July 2 - 5 and decided to take advantage of the Chicago Night Tour. We truly enjoyed the to
raphaelmW4190WD
raphaelmW4190WD
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A tel no would be helpful to talk to a rep in real time
Couldn’t find the bud at the listed location and there was no tel no to call. Waiting for my refund.
845skylerd
845skylerd
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Nice bus ride
Very relaxing trip that made it easy to see a lot of the city. Price was a little bit high and prevents me from giv
Navigate57081007982
Navigate57081007982
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Amazing tour
The driver was amazing!!! She was sweet and her voice made our experience better! This girl needs to put her voice
cortneyd248
cortneyd248
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Worth the money!
Great time had by all ages in my group. It was freezing! Dress warmer then you think or bring 🥃 to keep you warm.
Discover180401
Discover180401
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Very good
We did the night bus tour. William Field was our driver and narrator. He was on point with every land mark. It w
Bri2312
Bri2312
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Arrive Early to check in for tour
I suggest you check in between 645-7 for the Tour. We arrived around 650 to check in. I had pre-ordered our tickets
Cynthia T
Cynthia T
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Pretty cool night tour
When we arrived at Navy Pier, it was chilly and raining. The Big Bus representative allowed us to board the bus and
AndrewD4308
AndrewD4308
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Robbed
Never have I experienced such a painful & tortuous recorded narrative. Totally spoilt the experience and could not
adamrT4388SK
adamrT4388SK
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Overall good experience
Took the night tour it was quiet good the tour guide was informative. Highlight is the Brooklyn bridge crossing. W
AmyC201529
AmyC201529
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Great way to see and get around the city!
This was a great way to see the highlights of Chicago and get a feel for what we wanted to see more of! Our tour g
klod29
klod29
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Good fun
Booked the two day tour online (hint: it is easy to do and usually cheaper). Although stop 11 was initially hard to
Joannalmoore625
Joannalmoore625
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Best travel and tour
Takes you by all the downtown tourist places inside the loop. Good information and good way to get around. A bus go
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