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Big Bus Tours: A Perfect Introduction to Chicago, Illinois

By: Amy Nance

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Chicago, Illinois is packed with iconic landmarks, big-city sights and cultural attractions. How will you see it all?

With a flexible hop-on, hop-off policy, engaging guides and comfortable, open-top buses, exploring Chicago’s best attractions and sights is as easy as it gets with Big Bus Tours. Choose a one-, or multi-day ticket, and you’ll get the time and the insider’s knowledge to size up the city on your own schedule. Big Bus Tours also offers handicap accessibility, pre-recorded Spanish audio tours and even a free cup of hand-roasted coffee from one of Chicago’s finest, Corner Bakery. No worries if you want to spend hours at landmark attractions such as Navy Pier or Millennium Park; stops are frequent and many, making it possible for you to experience the key destinations in Chicago on your own terms.

Hop-On, Hop-Off

Pace yourself: Big Bus’s 14 stops are scattered throughout the city on “The Big Loop,” an efficient circuit that runs by all the major landmarks. Since there’s no cap on how many times you can hop on and hop off, you can jump off on a whim to explore Grant Park or take more than a minute to snap a selfie at the Old Water Tower (or don’t get off at all – the whole tour takes around two hours). Buses come by every hour, so rejoining where you left off is simple. Stops usually include several attractions and landmarks within the area.

Hopping on a Big Bus Tour for unmatched views of the city

Hopping on a Big Bus Tour for unmatched views of the city
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Top Deck Views

Chicago is a city known for its unique architecture, soaring John Hancock Tower and the Chicago River that cuts right through the city. See all of it without obstruction from the Big Bus’s top deck, where the views are as amazing as the fresh air (if you prefer climate-control, there are seats down below). While the route was carefully designed to lead to the city’s biggest attractions, it was also arranged to give visitors a real sense of the depth and beauty of downtown Chicago. Keep your eyes open and your camera poised. And if it starts raining, no problem; Big Bus staff will hand you a free poncho.

Cruising around Chicago on a Big Bus Tour

Cruising around Chicago on a Big Bus Tour
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Top Notch Tour Guides

The city comes alive in the descriptions and anecdotes each guide gives throughout the tour. Informative, entertaining and well-paced, they give you the scoop on everything from The Field Museum to 360 CHICAGO and all points between (a handy map helps you follow along). With each introduction to a new attraction, you have time to decide if you want to hop off and explore, or just sit back and learn more while the bus ambles past. Ask questions about a site and your knowledgeable guide will help, as well as offer little-known-facts and historical nuggets that make for a rich narrative of Chicago.

Knowledgeable guides add a personal touch to their tours.

Knowledgeable guides add a personal touch to their tours.
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Getting There

Chicago is easily reached from international destinations via Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Once you are in downtown, hop on Big Bus Chicago from one of their 14 stops around the city.

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