Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes (including hotel pick-up)Start time
01 Jun - 30 Sep: 09:30am and 11:30am
01 Oct - 31 May: 10:00am
Your hotel in downtown Chicago. (We 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 do not require the pick-up service please arrive, 30 minutes before departure time, at the main ticket office, inside the ‘Feelings Gift Shop’ on the Ground Floor of Palmer House Hotel, 17 East Monroe St., Chicago
The tour ends at the pizza restaurant or at Palmer House Hotel, 17 East Monroe St.
Learn how far-sighted Chicago residents campaigned to keep the city beautiful and the lake accessible to the public. Admire the glorious parks such as Grant Park and Lincoln Park created as a result of their efforts. You’ll also see the award-winning Millennium Park, the world’s largest roof-garden and a worthy recent addition to the delights of Chicago.
Plus, you will view the renowned Museum Campus with its world-famous institutions like the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
Although the tour is mainly drive-past, there will be two photo-stops and at the end you will sample one of the most celebrated Chicago specialties – a delicious pizza!
For your Chicago Grand Sightseeing Tour and Pizza, you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach. If you do not require the pick-up service, please make your way to the tour operator ticket office inside the ‘Feelings Gift Shop’ on the Ground Floor of Palmer House Hotel, 17 East Monroe St., Chicago. Please arrange to arrive 30 minutes before departure time.
This comprehensive coach tour with an (English-speaking) guide takes approximately 4 hours and shows you all the main sights of ‘Windy City’. It covers the North Side and South Side business and residential districts, the Loop, Downtown Chicago, and the Lakefront.
This is principally a ‘drive-past tour but there will be photo-stops at Adler Planetarium and Lincoln Park Conservatory. Highlights include the following:
Grant Park: Proudly referred to as Chicago's ‘front yard’, glorious Grant Park is the city’s principal downtown park.
Millennium Park: Completed in July 2004, Millennium Park has become the world's largest rooftop garden and has won awards for its design. It lies within Grant Park and covers an area previously occupied by railway yards.
Museum Campus and Adler Planetarium: The Adler Planetarium is part of the lake front's ‘Museum Campus’, and is well known for its world class sky theater and collection of astronomy artifacts. You will make a photo-stop here and enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s skyline.
Field Museum of Natural History: A huge museum containing over 21 million specimens, of which only a small portion are ever on display. Prize exhibits include a complete Tyrannosaurus Rex and a large collection of other dinosaurs, plus a diverse taxidermy collection including two elephants, and a large collection of Native American artifacts.
Shedd Aquarium: Contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world.
Soldier Field Stadium: Home of the Chicago Bears Football Team and a memorial to American soldiers who died in wars, hence its name.
Art Institute of Chicago: Renowned for its collection of Impressionist art .
Orchestra Hall: Home of the famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Amoco Oil Building: Eighty stories high and completely faced in white granite.
Lake Point Towers: Once the world's tallest apartment building – an architecturally stunning structure of glass and curves.
Lincoln Park: This beautiful Park has around 1000 acres of greenery, lagoons, flowers, and is home to the Chicago Zoo. It also contains a wonderful Conservatory constructed in the 1890s by a well-known Victorian architect and filled with tropical palms and ferns. You will have a photo-stop at Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Lake Shore Drive: Originally intended for leisurely outings for the wealthy in their carriages, Lake Shore Drive is now an expressway running parallel alongside the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Hyde Park’s Midway Plaisance: Known locally as the 'Midway', this is a mile-long linear park on the South Side of Chicago that used as a center of amusements during the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.
After your tour, you can enjoy a Chicago Style pizza and soft drink at one of the most popular pizza restaurants in Downtown Chicago.
The tour ends at the pizza restaurant or at Palmer House Hotel, 17 East Monroe St. There is no hotel drop-off and you should make your own arrangements for returning to your accommodation.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
If you are not taking advantage of the hotel pick-up service please arrange to arrive at the start point 30 minutes before departure time.
If you require a vegetarian pizza, please request this at the time of booking