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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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

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
Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour (if option selected)
Complimentary pickup at most DOWNTOWN CHICAGO hotels
Masks must be worn at all times in tour vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour picks up from most downtown Chicago hotels.

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
Pass By:  
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.
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!
Pass By:  
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.
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
  • Masks must be worn while inside tour vehicle
  • 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
  • "We are so glad we took bus tour in addition to River tour- very worthwhile!" See review
  • "I highly recommend if you need a tour of Chicago!" See review

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Excellent
Amy_V
, Sep 2021
Very nice experience and tour guide was very nice. My husband and I were very impressed with the stops and views. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
And Thank You too, Amy!
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Best Chicago Tour
Dr_J
, Sep 2021
The tour was excellent! Rick was funny, witty. Knowledgeable about the city. He knew both historical and Pop culture. The short stops were perfect! I have been traveling for the last 3 weeks to various city for my bday and I did not want to go on another tour. But I am glad I did! PS.. I am a Philly girl so not easily impressed!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you very much for such a nice review. It is much appreciated.
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star-3
Excellent city tour. Just didn’t appreciate the remarks on Trump Tower
Beth
, Sep 2021
My husband and I did the city mini bus tour with Rick. Rick was extremely knowledgeable about the city. Overall it was an excellent experience. Several stops along the way to get out and look at points of interest. However Rick needs to not imply his political views when pointing out such things as Trump Tower.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for mentioning how much you enjoyed our Chicago mini bus tour. On the tour we do see The Trump Tower. However, I do not say or "imply" anything about Donald Trump, either positive or negative.
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star-5
Magical city
Carole_M
, Sep 2021
Rick was great Great insight about the city of Chicago. Wonderful experience. GO GIANTS Todd and Carole Marcaletti
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks Carole. And how about that Giant sweep of the Cubs.
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star-5
Awesome bus and boat tours
Roy_S
, Sep 2021
Chicago is like New York City in Venice, a little more condense and beautiful. The bus narrator and the boat narrator did an excellent job besides being jovial and funny. We thought it was two hour tours, but the bus tour took two hours and the boat a ten minutes less. We would have loved to continue on the boat forever.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for the nice review, Roy.
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Great overall tour
April_G
, Sep 2021
Rick did a great job narrating the tour. Was able to stop at some great sights. Time of tour was perfect.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you, April. 😃
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star-5
Amazing time
Myra_V
, Sep 2021
Scott the driver was awesome! He had us laughing the whole tour and also telling us history around chicago. My husband and I really enjoyed it! We were there visiting from Florida and absolutely recommend this tour for anyone visiting!
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Enjoyable and Informative
Srikar
, Sep 2021
Pretty enjoyable bus trip. The guide was very funny and Informative. Boat trip was excellent. Shout out to Victor—fantastic educator
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Informative Tour
Fred_N
, Sep 2021
Started with bus tour of sights in the city followed by Architectural Boat Tour. On the boat tour are guide was Jack who was extremely knowledgeable . One of the best guides I have been with. Highly recommend the combined tour.
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Fast, Fun and Interesting!
Richard_M
, Sep 2021
Chicago is a great town. It was my wife's first visit. This tour was great for both of us. It's a relatively quick way to get acclimated or re-acclimated with Chicago's Lakeshore and Loop area. Rick, our tour guide, is knowledgeable and funny (albeit a little corny). He keeps things moving along so the time is well spent. He dispenses a lot of facts but flavors them with interesting and often humorous anecdotes. Tour van is a nice size, big and roomy interior but small enough for Rick to expertly maneuver and park for several quick outdoor excursions. Highly recommended! PS: Tried to upload a few photos but wasn't able to.
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