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Chicago North Side Panoramic Tour

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Key Highlights

  • View some of the world′s most famous skyscrapers
  • Admire Picasso′s vast steel sculpture
  • See the river that flows backwards and turns green once a year
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    2 hours

    Start time

    01 Oct – 31 May: 10:00am and 2:00pm
    01 Jun – 30 Sep: 09:30am and 1:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in downtown Chicago. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).
    If you are not staying in a downtown hotel please make your way to the Grayline office on the 2nd Floor, Talmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago.

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in downtown Chicago or Talmer House, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Experience the vitality and excitement of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

    Drive through the bustling business district and see the street immortalized by Frank Sinatra in the song “Chicago”.

    Cross the Chicago River, famous for flowing backwards and turning green on St Patrick’s Day.

    Marvel at the many architectural icons soaring above you. They include the Wrigley Building, Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings. And admire the massive sculpture gifted to the city by Pablo Picasso.

    Make a short stop at glorious Lincoln Park Conservatory, a tropical paradise under glass. And don’t forget to check out the Park’s splendid Indian totem pole.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach for your exciting Chicago North Side Panoramic tour. If you are not staying in a downtown hotel please make your way to the Grayline office on the 2nd Floor, Talmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago to join the tour.

    With your English-speaking guide, you will drive past many of the highlights of Chicago, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. There will be a 20-minute stop on the way. Key points of your tour include:

    The Loop: The historical center of downtown Chicago, so-called because it lies within the loop created by the route of the elevated train system.

    State Street: Dates from the early days of Chicago’s development. In the 1900s it became a famous shopping center. Frank Sinatra, in the song ‘Chicago’, refers it to “State Street, that Great Street”.

    Richard J. Daley Plaza: An important public space where major events are held. It features a massive steel sculpture by Pablo Picasso.

    Wacker Drive: A double-decked thoroughfare. The upper level is intended for local traffic and the lower level is for through-traffic and trucks servicing buildings on the road.

    Chicago River: The flow of this river was actually reversed in the 19th century by a spectacular feat of engineering. The purpose was to stop pollution of Lake Michigan. On St Patrick’s Day the river is colored green with eco-friendly dyes.

    Wrigley Building: The headquarters of the Wrigley (chewing gum) company. Built in 1920, it is one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks.

    Magnificent Mile and Michigan Avenue: Chicago’s most exclusive shopping area. It has famous upscale stores – such as Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom – luxury boutiques such as Cartier and Hermès, and many famous restaurants and hotels.

    Water Tower Place: A 74-story skyscraper containing a hotel, offices and apartments, plus an elegant seven-level shopping complex.

    John Hancock Center: This 100-story building is an architectural icon and one of the world’s tallest buildings.

    Lincoln Park: One thousand acres of greenery, lagoons, flower gardens and a zoo. The park also houses a splendid replica of an Indian totem pole.You will have a 20-minute stop at Lincoln Park Conservatory, where tropical palms, ancient ferns, orchids and aquatic plants thrive in a beautiful 19th century glasshouse.

    Wrigley Field: Built in 1914, this baseball stadium has been the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916.

    Chicago Botanic Garden: A 385-acre garden with world-famous plant collections situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes.

    Chicago History Museum: Founded in 1856, the museum has been severely damaged by fire twice, but nevertheless houses a large and important collection.

    Newberry Reference Library: A research library for the humanities and social sciences founded in 1887.

    At the end of your sightseeing tour, you will be dropped back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.