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Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

1. Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

Experience the best of Chicago at your own pace from the unique vantage point of a Big Bus tour. Board our open-top, double-decker bus as you take a relaxing ride through the city's most iconic landmarks, from the Magnificent Mile to Millennium Park. Hop on and off at our convenient stops throughout the city to discover Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods and world-famous attractions including 360 CHICAGO, Willis Tower, the Chicago Riverwalk, Museum Campus, The Bean, and more. Spend your day shopping on Magnificent Mile, riding the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, or sampling authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. With our flexible and convenient tour, create your own itinerary and explore the city at your own pace. Track bus arrivals in real time with our free downloadable app so you always know when the next bus is coming. Marvel at the stunning skyline as you enjoy professional digital commentary in multiple languages, with earbuds provided. Hear expert insight into Chicago's rich history and culture, as well as tips on the best places to eat, drink, and shop. With comfortable seating and panoramic views, our Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour is the perfect way to see the city. Hop off the tour as many times as you like within the validity period of your ticket and simply hop on again when you're ready to keep exploring.

Chicago: Underground Pedway & Downtown Secrets Walking Tour

2. Chicago: Underground Pedway & Downtown Secrets Walking Tour

Come experience Chicago's famous "Pedway" – the mysterious underground tunnels downtown that keeps us all warm & dry in bad weather. Wandering the Pedway, through hidden corridors of stained glass and even underground swimming pools, you'll access interiors that seem to come up out of nowhere. In the first part of our 2-hour walk, we'll familiarize you with what "The Pedway" is and how to use it. You'll walk under full blocks of buildings, up and down staircases, accessing a variety of buildings' interiors through the Pedway's secret passages. We'll see things like hallways of stained glass, underground swimming pools, and more! In the second part of our walk, we'll use what we've learned in the first part to navigate our way through the newer and more complicated section of the Pedway that most locals have never even seen. Ending with a fabulous interior (in one of the most unique architectural designs in the country!) near Millennium Park, you’ll be in the perfect central spot for continuing your exploration of downtown Chicago on your own after the tour!

Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

3. Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

This Historic Treasures of Chicago tour covers the most significant historic architectural landmarks in Chicago’s Loop. Your expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center, will focus on great cultural buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which harkened back to earlier time periods and were designed in revival styles such as Beaux Arts, neo-Georgian and neo-Gothic. Marvel at exteriors and interiors of dazzling beauty and startling originality, and get a glimpse inside some of the city's most beloved buildings.    The highlights of this walking tour will include the Chicago Cultural Center, home to the world's largest Tiffany dome; the iconic Marshall Field's department store, now Macy's on State; and the Palmer House, a beautifully restored hotel from the 1920s.  Tickets purchased for experiences run by the Chicago Architecture Center help build the greater Chicago community. When you hit the pavement on a walking tour, set sail on an award-winning river cruise (Chicago's First Lady), or visit the Center, you’re helping fund Chicago Architecture Center education initiatives like Girls Build!, Teen Fellows and the Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition. Or you may be helping to keep programs like Open House Chicago free for participants for years to come. As a certified nonprofit, all Chicago Architecture Center ticket purchases directly support local education efforts and community engagement projects.

Chicago: Classic Food Walking Tour with Bike or Kayak Rental

4. Chicago: Classic Food Walking Tour with Bike or Kayak Rental

Combine an enjoyable walk around Chicago's downtown to see some of the city’s top sites with stops to sample some of the city’s famous tastes. On this 2.5-hour guided walk, you'll get to taste the foods Chicago is best known for inventing and doing right. Enjoy deep-dish pizza, the original recipe brownie, a Chicago-style hot dog, and a classic Italian beef sandwich. Enjoy a VIP craft beer sample for an additional $19.99/person fee for 3 craft beer sample pairings (offered upon arrival). Leave the planning to the local experts. Bobby’s Bike Hike was awarded the following three awards just this year: “Top 10 Food Tours in America” by USA Today, “Top 20 Food Tours in the World” by TA, and “Top 15 Vacation Ideas in USA” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Seize the opportunity for the ultimate Chicago fusion of flavors and sights in a single, unforgettable day! Along the way, you’ll see some of Chicago's most iconic spots including the Magnificent Mile, the Wrigley Building, Chicago Threatre, Millennium Park, the Chicago Riverwalk, the Art Institute, and the world famous Bean. By the end of the tour, your stomach will be full of delicious food and your head will be full of fascinating knowledge about Chicago. During the colder months, the tour makes use of the unique underground Pedway system that connects much of downtown and keeps you warm and cozy. On warmer days, you’ll walk at street level to enjoy the large promenades of the loop. The leisurely walking pace is suitable for people of all fitness levels. As a delightful bonus, enjoy a FREE 2-hour Bike or Kayak rental within +/-3 days of your tour date. Glide along Chicago's world-famous 20-mile Lakefront Trail on a comfortable hybrid bike, or paddle the serene waters of Lake Michigan at Ohio Street Beach, a picturesque gem in the heart of Chicago. FREE 2 HOUR BIKE or KAYAK RENTAL INFO: As an additional perk for booking this particular tour, you will get a FREE 2-hour bike or kayak rental (to be used within (+/-) 3 days of your tour booking. Terms below: To be used within +/- 3 days of your tour booking. Bike rentals take place at Bobby’s Bike Hike World Headquarters, 540 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL60611. Bike shop is open year-round (excluding Thanksgiving & Christmas). Kayak rentals take place at Ohio Street Beach, Bobby’s Kayak, 550 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Kayak shop open mid-May to mid-October, weather dependent. Offer excludes Saturday Bike/Kayak rentals between Memorial Day (end of May) Weekend to Labor Day (early September). Kayaking only available from June-September) No discounts for not using this activity or issues due to weather restrictions.

Chicago: Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour

5. Chicago: Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour

Segways are amazingly fun and there is no better way to tour a world-class city like Chicago than on your own personal set of wheels--a Segway! Our 5-7 mile Lakefront Chicago Segway tour lets you learn about and view and many Chicago's attractions in a highly unique way. As you glide effortlessly and enjoy the lakefront, you can learn the history of our city from your friendly and professional tour guide. Immerse yourself in the area's countless attractions, gorgeous parks and gardens, and stunning photo opportunities. See sights like Grant Park, the BP Bridge, the Bean, and the Buckingham Fountain, as well as generous views of Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Segways are safe to use, easy to learn, and fun to ride. We offer a thorough training session from our certified guides before we begin the tour.

Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

6. Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

Glide around the streets and parks of Chicago on a leisurely guided Segway tour. Perfect for Chicago newbies and veterans alike, the tour uncovers quirky facts about one of America’s most energetic destinations. Begin with a training session to become familiar with the unique self-balancing Segways, before exploring the Windy City in a fun and futuristic fashion. Start your Segway experience at Millennium Park and continue to Grant Park to stop and admire the famous Buckingham Fountain Ride to Museum Campus to soak up spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and beautiful lakefront. Capture pictures to share of the expansive views of the sea-like Lake Michigan. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Chicago: City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture Cruise

7. Chicago: City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture Cruise

Start with a pickup from most downtown Chicago hotels. Board your climate-controlled minibus and embark on your guided sightseeing tour. Begin in the heart of downtown Chicago, at The Loop. Here you'll see incredible architecture, including the world's first skyscrapers. You'll even go inside one that features a beautiful lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The stop also includes views of The Chicago Board of Trade and the Willis (Sears) Tower. After The Loop, head through Grant Park, which is known as the city's front yard. The centerpiece of the park is the Buckingham Fountain. Museum Campus is up next, with three museums, Soldier Field, and the most spectacular skyline views in the city. After a 10-minute photo stop, travel past Millennium Park, featuring The Bean, before heading up north along Wacker Drive, which parallels the Chicago River. Arrive in the fancy Gold Coast nightlife area and residential neighborhood - one particularly interesting sight here is the original Playboy Mansion.  Then, take a trip through part of Lincoln Park, and end the tour by zipping along Lake Shore Drive, past beaches, and old mansions, before being dropped off at your hotel. For those wanting the ultimate Chicago experience, add on the option of the world-famous architecture cruise of Chicago. After your minibus tour and a short break, climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River. Marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Gain insights into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. An expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well as the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building and more.

Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour

8. Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour

Start the tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater. Explore the bustling city where the first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago. Then, head towards the Chicago Pedway. This unique feature of Chicago is used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Make your way above ground at City Hall, and admire its classic interior design and architecture. Next, visit a spot for a tasty sweet treat, and a local tradition, Chicago-style popcorn. Take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower). From there, visit another delicious destination for locally made chocolates from a Chicago staple. Meander through the beautiful parks along Michigan Avenue, finishing at picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Travel by ‘L” train or ride share with your guide from Millennium Park up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination. Your food tour starts with a very well-known Chicago fare, the Chicago-style hot dog. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you’ll get a chance to try your guide’s favorite version. Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza. An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. Your guide will take you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself. After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich, the Italian beef. Sample this sandwich in a real Chicago institution with no-frills decor. Our tour ends here, and your guide will be happy to direct you back to your accommodation or share tips for what else to see in the city.

Must-See in Chicago: Architecture, History & Culture Tour

9. Must-See in Chicago: Architecture, History & Culture Tour

Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) and then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture. Next, enjoy a local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. Along the way, enjoy views of the world-famous Wrigley Building and the incredible Chicago Tribune building. Your second tasty confection is locally made chocolate from a Chicago staple. Round up your tour in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Here, your guide will conclude your tour and point you in the right direction toward more amazing sights, great lunch spots, or drink recommendations.

Chicago: Ultimate City Attractions Bike Tour

10. Chicago: Ultimate City Attractions Bike Tour

This tour takes you through some of Chicago's main sights by bicycle. Ride along the lakefront visiting parks and gardens as the refreshing lake breeze races across your face. Glide by Buckingham Fountain as it sprays high into the sky and reflects the sunlight. Coast through the green spaces and monuments of Millennium and Grant Parks, the Museum Campus and Burnham Harbor. As you cruise by, get a glimpse of some of the most popular attractions in Chicago while your guide shares their history and explain's the city's massive collections of historical artifacts that are unique to these world-renowned museums.  Finally, ride back as you view one of the world’s most beautiful skylines and its lovely lakefront, perfect at any time of the day.

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4.6
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We enjoyed it! Very interesting and informative. I would have liked to enter more buildings but it was nice anyway. Our guide was pleasant to listen to.

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Kaylee, was very knowledgeable and fun!

Haley was great and we learned a lot. The teenagers even thought it was fun.

Very knowledgable guide, impressive architecture, perfect group size!

It needs to have more stops, like go yo the zoo, "beach" sights