Tours & activities by The Local Tourist from Viator

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 24, 48 or 72 hours
From USD $40.00

View price calendar

The lakeside metropolis of Chicago is famous for its striking skyscrapers, world-class museums and colorful political history. Explore the Windy City at your own pace during a hop-on hop-off bus tour with 14 stops strategically located near the city’s top attractions. Hop off along the Magnificent Mile to shop, see the great city at heart-stopping heights from Willis Tower’s Skydeck or '360 Chicago' at the John Hancock Center, visit the Art Institute or Shedd Aquarium, or snap a selfie in front of the shiny steel bean in Millennium Park. Live commentary on board the bus is provided.
Board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 14 stops to start your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago, and listen to live commentary through provided earphones to find out fun facts about the city and its iconic architecture. 

The full circuit takes about about 2 hours, but you can hop off and back on as many times as you like within a 24-, 48- or 72-hour period, depending on option selected when booking. Buses run regularly, giving you flexibility to discover the city at your leisure.

The bus route takes you through Grant Park, known by locals as Chicago’s ‘front yard,’ 319 acres (129 hectares) located in the city’s business center. Perhaps hop off at Millennium Park and gaze at your warped reflection in the world-famous Cloud Gate, more commonly known as ‘The Bean,’ an outdoor art installation made of polished stainless steel. Or if you're an art lover, don't miss the nearby Art Institute of Chicago, home to 300,000 works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and American eras of painting, including Nighthawks by Edward Hopper and American Gothic by Grant Wood.

As the bus crosses the Chicago River and rolls onto the Magnificent Mile, you can admire some of the tallest buildings in the United States, like the John Hancock Center and the historic Water Tower. If you like heights, hop off to visit '360 Chicago' at the John Hancock Center to enjoy a bird's-eye vantage point of the city. See below for the complete list of stops.

Hop-on hop-off bus stops:
  1. Fort Dearborn
  2. Chicago Theater
  3. Willis Tower & Skydeck Chicago
  4. Palmer House Hilton
  5. Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park
  6. Chicago Hilton and Grant Park
  7. Adler Planetarium
  8. Shedd Aquarium
  9. Field Museum (near Soldier Field)
  10. Sheraton Towers and Loews Chicago
  11. Navy Pier
  12. The Water Tower (near the Magnificent Mile)
  13. 360 Chicago at the John Hancock Center
  14. Hard Rock Cafe

Recent Photos of this Tour

Schedule details

Select a month to view a calendar of availability and departure details.

Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
You may board at any of the 14 stops
Departure Time:
For the duration of the winter months, buses run every 55 to 60 minutes from 10:00am to 4:00pm
24, 48 or 72 hours

Pricing information

Click the link below to check pricing & availability on your preferred travel date. Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.

24-Hour Pass
Code: 24HR

Hop-on hop-off pass valid for 24 hours.

USD $40.00
Pricing details
48-Hour Pass
Code: 48HR

Hop-on hop-off pass valid for 48 hours.

USD $50.00
Pricing details

Pricing information

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour


  • Hop-on hop-off pass for 24, 48 or 72 hours
  • Live commentary on board
  • Use of earphones on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Any attraction admission or other activities
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. What's this?
Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: SHIRLEY C, November 2016

Great tour, gave us a great overview of the city.

Reviewed by: Bill C, October 2016

This tour is a definite must-do! Our first tour person was SO good, clear, concise and ever-so-informative. We hopped off and on at Navy Pier and finished the tour. Our second tour person wasn't as good as our first one he was a bit negative, but overall it was a fabulous tour! Kudos to both bus drivers we had as well the way they get around the city with all those tight turns is incredible. We definitely recommend this bus tour to anyone that visits Chicago. Our overall experience of Chicago is a total thumbs up! Great city, very nice people and delicious food!