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Big Bus Chicago: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Ticket With Optional Night Tour, Classic Lake Tour & more!

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Key Highlights

  • Discover Chicago and its attractions at your own pace
  • The Hop-On, Hop-Off route with over 14 stops, cover all the major attractions of the city
  • Choose from a Classic, Premium and Deluxe ticket and enjoy additional benefits!
  • Learn about the history of Chicago from an English guide onboard
  • See the attractions of the city illuminated on a night tour
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the famous Lake Michigan
  • FREE WiFi on all buses!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Your hop-on, hop-off ticket is valid for 1 or 2 days

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Buses: Buses depart between 9:00am and 4:00pm, every 15-25 minutes
    Full loop: 2 hours

    Panaromic Night Tour: 7:45pm, 8:15pm and 8:45pm
    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Lake Tour: 45-minute cruise operates every hour from 10:30am to 6:30pm.
    Please redeem your e-voucher with a Big Bus Tours staff member before collecting your ticket from the Shoreline Sightseeing Dock at Navy Pier (Stop #11).

    Timings are subject to change.

    Meeting Point

    Hop-on,Hop-off bus: You may board the bus at any of the designated stops.
    Night tour: Departs from Stop 11, Navy Pier.
    Lake Tour: Please redeem your e-voucher with a Big Bus Tours staff member before collecting your ticket from the Shoreline Sightseeing Dock at Navy Pier (Stop #11).

    Ending Point

    You may finish the hop-on, hop-off bus tour at any of the stops.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Create your own Chicago itinerary with the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour. Head to the Magnificent Mile for shopping; admire the stunning architecture and landscape of Millenium Park; visit the Field Museum and Art Institute of Chicago or see over 32,000 aquatic animals at the Shedd Aquarium. An English speaking guide in the bus will share useful information about the attractions.

    You have a choice of three tickets – Classic, Premium and Deluxe with validity 1 or 2 days, so that you can plan your own sightseeing itinerary. Your ticket includes discounts at Giordano’s Pizza, chocolate purchase from Ghirardelli, hand-roasted coffee from Corner Bakery and free discount booklet valid at selected retailers. Enjoy free WiFi on-board and also an opportunity to add a panoramic night tour and a cruise on Lake Michigan!

    Wondering where to begin the Chicago tour? Click here for the hop-on, hop-off route map

    Itinerary

    Take this Chicago hop-on, hop-off tour to explore the major attractions in the city at your own pace. Board the open-topped, double-decker bus and hop on and hop off at any of the 14 designated stops. Some of the attractions covered on the route include:

    Fort Dearborn
    Chicago Theatre
    Willis Tower & Skydeck Chicago
    Palmer House Hilton
    Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park
    Adler Planetarium
    Shedd Aquarium
    Field Museum (near Soldier Field)
    Sheraton Towers and Loews Chicago
    Navy Pier

    You may also upgrade your hop-on, hop-off ticket to include more options with Classic Ticket, Premium Ticket or Deluxe Ticket as follows:

    Classic Ticket
    Includes hop-on, hop-off ticket valid for 1 day + FREE Drawstring Backpack (May 04 – Sept 30) + Discounts and Free Offers at select partners (Corner Bakery, Giordano’s, Ghirardelli and Hard Rock Café)

    Premium Ticket
    Includes hop-on, hop-off ticket valid for 1 day + Non-stop Panoramic Night Tour + FREE Drawstring Backpack (May 04 – Sept 30) + Discounts and Free Offers at select partners (Corner Bakery, Giordano’s, Ghirardelli and Hard Rock Café)

    Deluxe Ticket
    Includes hop-on, hop-off ticket valid for 2 days + Non-stop Panoramic Night Tour + Classic Lake Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing + FREE Drawstring Backpack (May 04 – Sept 30) + Discounts and Free Offers at select partners (Corner Bakery, Giordano’s, Ghirardelli and Hard Rock Café)

    75-minute Panoramic Night Tour (with Premium & Deluxe Ticket only):
    Discover some of the famous sites at their floodlit best in one exciting loop. See the entire skyline lit up from the Museum Campus, discover River North’s vibrant nightlife scene in this 1 hour 15 minute tour. This non-stop panoramic tour ensures you see the best of Chicago lit up at night.

    Classic Lake Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing (with Deluxe Ticket only):
    Enjoy a relaxing 5 Minute cruise along Chicago’s skyline on the beautiful Lake Michigan and learn about the history of the city with commentary on-board. See spectacular views of the city from the lake. Tour has hourly departures from the Shoreline Sightseeing Dock at Navy Pier.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hop-on, hop-off bus ticket
    • Live English commentary on all buses
    • Panoramic night tour (with Premium & Deluxe ticket only)
    • Classic Lake Tour (with Deluxe ticket only)
    • 10% off at Giordano’s Pizza
    • 10% off Chocolate Purchase from Ghirardelli
    • FREE Cup of Hand-Roasted Coffee from Corner Bakery
    • FREE Drawstring Backpack (May 4 – Sept 30)
    • FREE Discount booklet
    • FREE WiFi on all buses

    Exclusions

    • Entrances to attractions
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Coffee offer valid on day of ticket only. Giordano’s Coupon is valid at the 223 W. Jackson & Navy Pier locations only. Ghirardelli offer only available at 400 N. Michigan Ave.

    Voucher information : You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    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.

    Buses are wheelchair accessible.

  • reviews
    • Big Bus was Great!

      My wife and I both very much enjoyed using Big Bus to tour downtown Chicago. Every stop was just a short walk to sites we wanted to visit. When we return next time we want to...

      Donald Rossman, United States, 24/Sep/2017
    • Really worth doing!

      We parents were a bit reluctant but it was actually a very nice family experience! Will definitely book through isango again. Only it was a hassle to print the paper version of...

      Gina Vandenbergue, United States, 25/Aug/2017
    • ver good source to go sight seeting intown

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      sophie wu, United States, 22/Sep/2017
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