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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.
  • 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

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Tour picks up from most downtown Chicago hotels. We can return you to your hotel if you just take the Mini Bus tour. For those choosing the Mini Bus and Boat Tour, your tour ends at the boat dock at Michigan Ave and Wacker Drive. You are responsible for finding your way back to your hotel after the river cruise.
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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY See it ALL Chicago Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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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 Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Small-Group City 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 Small-Group City 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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star-5
Great tour of the city....
Pierre_D
, Jul 2022
This was a great tour and our guide Rick was very knowledgeable and funny. We had a great group, and the sites he pointed out would have never been discovered on our own. Highly recommended. The smaller tour size was perfect.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Fantastic
Martin_K
, Jul 2022
The history of Chicago. Seeing historical buildings. The boat tour was the best. I enjoyed how the staff was explaining about Chicago. She was amazing
star-5
Loved small van and boat tour
Robert_B
, Jul 2022
Rick was the BEST guide ever. Really showed off Chicago and Kyle on the boat tour was funny and amazingly knowledgeable. Won’t ever take big on off bus tour again. Small van and stops were perfect
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Informed and Fun.
Robyn_T
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the info from Rick on the bus and Mike on the boat. Just enough time spent on both parts. Great!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Comfortable tour without the crowds
Charlette_F
, Jul 2022
I had a great time. I picked this minibus tour because I don’t like crowds and lots of noise and this was such a great decision! The bus was air conditioned and very comfortable. Loved hearing the history of the buildings on both the bus tour and the architectural boat tour. I liked how we made a few stops so we can venture out and take pictures. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. I would do this again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Boat tour is great!
Susan_A
, Jul 2022
Boat tour was the best. The guide was excellent…..shared so much interesting information and seemed to love doing so. We learned many new facts.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Outstanding
Mary_M
, Jun 2022
Rick was amazing and funny! He showed us many landmarks and popular movie locations. I enjoyed the tour even in the rain!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful tour
Mamachaki
, Jun 2022
This is a fabulous way to really see and learn about Chicago. Rick was our driver and tour guide. He did an outstanding job. There were stops along the way and that was great. We combined it with the architectural cruise. The cruise was amazing. I highly recommend this tour package. We learned so much and got some great photos.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great driver, great tour!
William_H
, Jun 2022
Funny, informative, interactive! Constant banter with our driver-guide, who clearly loves showing people his city. What a great tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Seeing the sites of...
Barbara_A
, Jun 2022
Seeing the sites of Chicago that I heard about, the Chicago river, Soldier Field, and many more. Had a great guide, Rick
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Intro
Jenny_O
, Jun 2022
It was great introductions to Chicago’s Loop. Many photo stops. AC van is nice since it was a hot day.
star-4
The complete tour, it was...
Betty_W
, Jun 2022
The complete tour, it was very enjoyable. We will gladly be back for another tour this year. Thank you for everything.
star-5
Best Sight Seeing Tour!
Aubrey_B
, Jun 2022
The tour guide (Rick) was the best. He was friendly, knowledgeable, funny and did a great job keeping us in the know.
star-5
Great overview of Chicago!
Diana_N
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable and a good sense of humor. The sights we saw gave us a good overview of Chicago. We want to come back and see more. We'd like to take the river cruise as well. We didn't have time, but will definitely do it next time!
star-5
Great way to see the city
Bonnierubincm
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Rick, was very personable and entertaining. He made the tour so interesting. Highly recommend.
star-5
Highly Recommended
Jamie_S
, Jun 2022
Rick is a great guide. He was funny, friendly and informative. Never a dull tidbit of Chicago history. He took us to all the interesting landmarks in and around downtown. I recommend this city tour above the rest. And take the tour on your FIRST day in the city to get the lay of the land. The architecture boat tour was okay. We could have skipped that, and still been happy.
star-5
Must to have
ArunPrakash_M
, Jun 2022
Knowledgeable guide. Short but perfect. Better combine flexible boat tour as well. Hotel pickup is appreciated.
star-5
Great City Tour!!
Shana_P
, May 2022
In town for a quick weekend, my husband and I booked this tour as first timers to Chicago. We had a wonderful time and learned so much about the city. Rick was a great guide, funny and personable. Answered all the questions thrown at him and kept us entertained. We had 4 photo stops as well as many opportunities for pictures from the bus. It was a great snapshot and history lesson. Thank you so much for a great day!
star-5
Excellent Chicago tour
Barbara_S
, May 2022
Great tour. Rick was our driver and tour guide. He was excellent. Well worth the price. Given this was a minibus tour it was a small group of people. I think there were eight of us. Much nicer than a big crowded bus.
star-5
Fun in Chicago
Paul_Z
, May 2022
Good time, lots of laughter and educational . I would highly recommend this tour for the whole family.

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