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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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icon2 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
  • Tour is given in English, but handouts are available in Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese
  • Upgrade to include a boat tour on the Chicago River
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 passengers ensures a more personalized experience
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most downtown Chicago Hotels
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Local guide
Three photo stops
Transport by 12-passenger, air-conditioned minibus
Hotel pickup and drop-off to most downtown Chicago hotels
Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour (if option selected)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from most downtown Chicago hotels, board your climate-controlled minibus with a small group of 12 people or fewer. Embark on a sightseeing tour which has won Chicago's Concierge Preferred award several years running. 

Listen to historical and informational commentary from your guide as you admire the world's first skyscrapers in downtown Chicago, known as ‘the Loop’. Take in panoramic views of Lake Michigan and other sights through the oversized windows on the minibus.

Drive through several Chicago neighborhoods like Gold Coast and Lincoln Park to get a feel for daily life in the city. Make photo stops at Museum Campus, which boasts the best view of the Chicago skyline, and other locations like the Willis Tower and Millennium Park. Please see the Itinerary section for a full list of attractions visited.

Optional Upgrade: For more sightseeing by water upgrade your tour to include a boat ride down the Chicago River. This open-top boat tour provides an in-depth look at the architecture of Chicago. Additionally, learn about the role the river has played in the city’s history.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
The Magnificent Mile
Chicago's main shopping street
Pass By:  
Navy Pier
Popular tourist attraction
Stop At:  
Millennium Park
The extremely popular home of The Bean, Pritzker Pavillion, Crown Fountain and more. We slowly pass by it on the tour and can drop you off there at the end if you wish.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago River
See the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Marina City, the Chicago River and much more at this stop!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Buckingham Fountain
One of the most beautiful fountains in the world. It's the fountain seen in the opening credits of Married W/Children!!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museum Campus
The VERY BEST skyline view!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Park
1,600 acre park. Home of the Lincoln Park Zoo, beautiful gardens, fountains, sculptures and much more.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Gold Coast
Popular nightlife district and upscale residential area. Cool restaurants, The Original Playboy Mansion, brownstones and more!
Stop At:  
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
Once the tallest building in the world, still the tallest in North America. See the outside of it at our Rookery stop.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Rookery Building
One of the world's very first skyscrapers. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the beautiful lobby. It was also used as Elliott Ness' office in the movie The Untouchables!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago Skyline
One of the most beautiful skylines in the world, from the BEST perspective in the city.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Art Institute of Chicago
Home of the second most French impressionist paintings. Also American Gothic, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Nighthawks, and much much more!
Stop At:  
Shoreline Sightseeing
The most popular tour in the USA, according to Tripadvisor. If option selected, enjoy a 75 minute cruise on the stunning Chicago River.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You MUST contact the local supplier to reconfirm your reservation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY See it ALL Chicago Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This tour is especially recommend for first time visitors as an introduction to the city." See review
  • "of us had a very enjoyable 2 hour guided tour that seemed to be semi-private." See review

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Fun tour
Krista_k
, May 2021
I enjoyed being in a mini bus vs a large tour bus. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Highly recommended mini bus/architectural river cruise tour of Chicago
Karen
, May 2021
Very informative guide, had lots of good information, good driver, comfortable minibus. Architectural tour: again an informative guide, both were open for questions. Very enjoyable combination of tours. Would recommend highly to get a great glimpse of Chicago.
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Thanks Karen!
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Chicago
Gary_H
, May 2021
Very good tour. Hit many high architectural spots and guide was very knowledgeable. Small group so was lots of fun.
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Thank you, Gary!
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Humor and Hospitality
HeroicDogdotcom
, May 2021
Rick was humorous and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour very much and glad we added the optional boat tour. The girl from Shoreline did a wonderful job...and it was only her fourth time giving the tour!
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Bus tour big thumbs up 👍
Deborah_B
, May 2021
Highlight of our Chicago trip - Rick was knowledgeable, fun & Funny. We are so glad we took bus tour in addition to River tour- very worthwhile!
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Glad that you enjoyed the tour(s)!
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Great Chicago city tour
KAREN_W
, May 2021
Booked this tour at the last minute and so glad we did. Rick, our driver and guide was very informative and took us to see all the city highlights. Would definitely recommend.
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Worth the money
Bobo828
, May 2021
Very good tour for first timer in Chicago. Very knowledgeable guide point out all the highlights and History about Chicago. Have lots of fun during the tour. Highly recommend.
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We are very happy that we chose the mini bus.
David
, May 2021
Driver/Tour Guide was very good and knowledgeable. Cruise was awesome also. Did not allow the light rain to ruin the adventure 😂.
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Great way to see the city
Geoff
, Mar 2020
Great experience for our family. Rick was a great tour guide! This was much more intimate than a large bus.
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Fun tour
Emmanuel_A
, Mar 2020
My family and I recently traveled to Chicago for the first time , we are from California and we took the tour! It was a very pleasant experience , the driver was very professional
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