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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
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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
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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Great experience!
Edwin_T
, Aug 2021
Both the mini bus and river cruise were great!! Guides were very knowledgeable concerning the city and its architects. Accompanying city fun facts were given from long time city dwellers serving as guides. I highly recommend the tour for first time visitors.
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Great tour for the family!
Ashley_M
, Aug 2021
Our driver was very comedic and made this a very enjoyable tour. He stopped at landmarks and let us take some great photos! The tour was as long as posted and I did not feel cheated one bit! The bus was comfortable and was nice and cool. I definitely recommend this tour for some fun sightseeing around the Chicago area and neat facts.
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Enjoyable tour
GARY_B
, Jul 2021
Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was well informed and he was entertaining as well. The stops were short, but adequate.
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Excellent tour!
Julia
, Jul 2021
Rick was very informative and accommodating. We enjoyed getting off the bus for photos at all the perfect spots. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Joe also did an outstanding job explaining the architecture and pointing out great photo shots on the architecture river cruise.
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Great way to see the city!
Gail
, Jul 2021
The tour guide was great.. very knowledgeable and funny.. he kept our interest and there were many photo ops.. definitely recommend this tour to see the city!
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Thanks Gail.
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Two tours made a great day in Chicago!
joan_d
, Jul 2021
Both tours were well worth the money. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and professional. Don’t know how they remember all the dates and names of architects etc and were very friendly and easygoing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the very nice review of both the mini bus and boat tours!
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Relaxing, entertaining, and educational
Jaclyn_W
, Jul 2021
Greatest way to see the city! Learned a lot of history and enjoyed the air conditioning. Great driver my three year old was able to nap! Enjoyed the bus ride more than the boat ride. Who knew Chicago had so many architects!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much Jaclyn! I'm really happy that you enjoyed the tour!!
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Great Tour
Cheryl_S
, Jul 2021
Great tour! Guide was knowledgeable and had a terrific sense of humor! Saw all the highlights and learned a bit of Chicago history!
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Young critics
Nydia_B
, Jul 2021
Highly recommend! my group of tough young critics had a great time! The stops were great for pics. Good laughs and great info. All 6 agreed 5 out 5 stars.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks to all 6 of you for the great review. It is much appreciated!
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Excellent and fun tour
Allison_P
, Jul 2021
Wonderful experience with our tour bus driver! Very knowledgeable and funny! Answered all of our questions and offered to take pictures when we made stops for pic opportunities!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks Allison!
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