01 Jan - 31 Mar: Thursday - Monday
01 Apr - 31 Dec: Daily
01 Apr - 30 Sep: 9:30am, 11:30am & 1:30pm
01 Oct - 31 Mar: 9:30am & 11:30am
Your tour ends at the starting point
See the bustling business districts including the famous ‘Loop’ and the Magnificent Mile.
Visit beautiful parks and gardens – Grant Park, Jackson Park, Lincoln Park and Washington Park Admire the tropical paradise in the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Look at the graceful 19th century buildings, including the Museum of Science and Industry, with its lovely campus, and the University of Chicago, modeled on Oxford and Cambridge.
Gaze with wonder at the modern architecture of this thrusting city – the Aon Center (faced with granite), the Hancock Tower (100 stories high) and the gleaming white Wrigley Building.
As a special add-on, this tour includes admission to 360 Chicago - the city's iconic observation deck. Ninety-four stories up, you’ll feel on top of the world and see for up to 80 miles on a clear day. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great family outing.
Make your way to the designated meeting point.
This is a comprehensive tour of everything that Chicago has to offer. With your English-speaking guide, you’ll drive through both the North Side and South Side business and residential districts.
On your drive-past tour, you will cover virtually the entire length of the scenic Outer Drive. Some of the highlights you will see on the way 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: In the early days this was the main route south through Illinois. In the 1900s it became a famous shopping center. Frank Sinatra, in the song ‘Chicago’, refers it to “State Street, that Great Street”.
• Wrigley Building: The gleaming white 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.
• John Hancock Tower: This 100-story building is an architectural icon and one of the world’s tallest buildings.
• Grant Park: A large park often referred to as the ‘city's front yard’. It is the site of Soldier Field Stadium, currently home of the Chicago Bears football team
• Adler Planetarium: Opened in 1930, this was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.
• Aon Center (formerly Amoco Oil Building):. One of Chicago’s tallest buildings. Originally clad in Italian marble, it was refaced in the 1990s using white granite.
• Jackson Park:A beautiful 500 acre (2 km²) park. In 1893, it hosted the World’s Colombian Exposition, which celebrated the founding of America 400 years earlier.
• Washington Park: Interesting sights here include a Museum of African American History, a sculpture garden and the lovely Fountain of Time.
• University of Chicago: One of the world's foremost universities. The layout is modeled on the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
There will be two stops on the tour:
• One will be at the glorious Lincoln Park Conservatory, where tropical palms, ancient ferns, orchids and aquatic plants thrive in a beautiful 19th century glasshouse. It is situated in the Lincoln Park, a sprawling one thousand acres of greenery, lagoons, flower gardens and a zoo.
• Another will be at the Museum of Science and Industry to enable you to photograph the breathtaking view (if necessary, a substitute stop will be made.) It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the World's Columbian Exposition. Snacks are available for purchase at the Museum stop.
You will also visit the dramatic 360 Chicago, one of America’s tallest buildings. Here, the world’s fastest elevators will transport you to the Observatory on the 94th floor in just 39 seconds. On a clear day you can see up to 80 miles away and view four states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
At the end of your fascinating sightseeing tour, tour ends at the Palmer House.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details
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