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Chicago City Tour with Architecture River Cruise Option
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Chicago City Tour with Architecture River Cruise Option

By See it All Chicago Tours
Recommended by 97% of travellers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Check many Chicago landmarks off your must-see list on this small-group sightseeing tour aboard a minibus. Cover more ground than on foot, and hit lots of highlights over the tour. See Museum Campus, the Rookery, and Lincoln Park, accompanied by in-depth commentary from your guide. Upgrade to include a Chicago architecture tour by boat, one of the most popular tours in the city.
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Ages 0-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 2–4 hours
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Guided Chicago city tour includes areas that many other tours skip
  • Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention
  • Air-conditioned minibus can travel where larger coaches can't navigate
  • Upgrade to include a popular Chicago River architecture boat cruise

  • Local guide
  • Four photo stops
  • Transport by 12-passenger, air-conditioned minibus
  • Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour (if option selected)
  • Complimentary pickup at most DOWNTOWN CHICAGO hotels. Combination bus and boat tour ends at the boat
  • Entry/Admission - Shoreline Sightseeing

Begin your Chicago sightseeing adventure with convenient pickup from most Downtown Chicago hotels, where you board a climate-controlled minibus with your group of 10 or fewer. The small group ensures personalized attention from your guide. Journey through Downtown, known as The Loop, and listen as your guide details its historical and architectural heritage. Head to some North Side neighborhoods that other tours miss, such as Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast, to see how locals live. Check out the Museum Campus and pass by Millennium Park, and get epic photo ops of the Chicago skyline. Upgrade to include the popular architecture boat cruise on the Chicago River, which often books up. The onboard commentary sheds light on the city's architecture and the river’s place in history. If not taking the boat tour, you are returned to your hotel. Otherwise, you are transported to the boat departure point and are responsible for your return transport.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • 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 (a great idea), your tour ends at the Shoreline Sightseeing boat dock at Michigan Ave and Wacker Drive. You are responsible for finding your way back to your hotel after the river cruise.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Infants must sit on laps
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5538MINI

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travellers can participate
        • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
        • You MUST contact the local supplier to reconfirm your reservation
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5538MINI

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        About the operator
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        • See it All Chicago Tours
          724
          Chicago, Illinois
          Joined in March 2012
        • peteraK3440AT
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Tour to explore Chicago and see what to do
          Excellent tour from a very knoledgeable and friendly guide Rick. We had a good laugh with him all the way around, he got us to some gret spots for photos and kept the whole group engaged. Well done and thanks!
          Written June 8, 2024
        • Mary M
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          City sites and significance tour
          All the significant city sights with ample time to take pictures. Super history and significance stories too. Great way to start your trip and plan your logistics.
          Written June 3, 2024
        • 61sheilaha
          0 contributions
          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          Not quite as I expected....
          Chicago was great, I enjoyed visiting it for the first time. However, this mini-bus tour was very disappointing. Given that it rained on the day of our tour, but it did not rain the whole time. Rick the tour guide was rushing for people who wanted to go down and take pictures (including myself and my friend) and was only given a measly 3 minutes when it clearly said in the description that there are 10 minutes for people to stop and take pictures. He even mentioned during the trip that 49'er fans are MEAN. We are from the bay and support our team Niner's...there is no need for him to comment on such. Every sports event regardless of where you are, there will be some fans that are not to your liking, but NOT ALL 49'er fans are mean! We felt that he discriminated against us for being from the Bay Area. My friend said something to him because she felt offended, and so did I and yet my friend tipped him at the end of the tour. I think because he's been doing this job for a long time, he's seen it all, and knows it all thus his patience for first-time visitors is nonexistent, affecting the mood and experience of visitors who signed up and paid for this tour. I would not suggest taking this tour to anyone, not because of my bad experience but because you can walk to all the spots that this tour will take you. If you are staying downtown area, just walk the Magnificent Mile (Michigan St.) and you'll see it all and stay as long as you want without being rushed.
          Written May 30, 2024
        • Mkbigcat
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fun Guide and Tour
          Rick was a great driver, knowledgeable, and able to navigate through and around all the construction going on downtown.
          Written May 23, 2024
        • Ray M
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Chicago tour
          Rick was great . Really informative and interesting . Small tours like this are more personal .The rain did not detract from our visit
          Written May 9, 2024
        • 278afshanu
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fun trip with great guide
          This was a gun and informative trip with Rick. He is very knowledgeable about the city and the architecture, and made it a fun trip as well
          Written May 1, 2024
        • gabiandmike56
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic Tour
          The city tour we did with Rick was very interesting and informative. He gave us a great overview of Chicago and gave us ample opportunity to take photos and go for short walks. His tips were great,especially the one about the deep pan pizza and the defibrillator. We would recommend a tour with him anytime.
          Written April 11, 2024
        • SuggestionGuru
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Book as your first Chicago activity for an excellent overview tour & optimize your trip!
          I was thrilled to discover this one-of-a-kind highly recommended mini van tour, and it certainly lived up to its reputation. Rick’s knowledge of Chicago’s key attractions was impressive. He not only provided insightful historical context but also shared intriguing tidbits about the neighborhoods and landmarks we visited. Rick’s delightful sense of humor added an extra layer of enjoyment, making the tour feel personalized and engaging. Going the extra mile, Rick generously offered us a plethora of recommendations for dining and additional sightseeing experiences, including an unforgettable architecture boat tour. my only regret was that I didn’t do the tour the first opportunity I had in Chicago so that I would’ve had a broader overview of how to strategically spend the rest of my time. If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, I wholeheartedly recommend reaching out to Rick for an unforgettable experience.
          Written March 30, 2024
        • g0shir
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Chicago city tour.
          Very informative and relaxed. Driver , I believe his name was Rick, made us comfortable and he was very knowledgeable about the city of Chicago!
          Written March 24, 2024
        • 865taral
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great for families
          We loved our minibus tour. It was the perfect size for just a few groups. Our guide was fantastic- knowledgeable, on time, humorous, and had great suggestions of what to do next. We would absolutely do this again and recommend it highly. (We went as a family of four with two teens/preteens who didn't want to walk the whole city but wanted to see a lot. This was perfect.)
          Written March 19, 2024
        • rmmr2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommend!
          Wonderful tour, and Rick is a delightful guide, knowledgeable, funny, and welcoming. He loves the city and makes you love it too. Another reviewer mentioned a problem with traveling solo, but that doesn't really make sense. I was there on my own, as was a woman from Alberta, and Rick made each of us welcome and comfortable. The city is beautiful, and the tour gives you a great overview. I recommend doing it when you arrive so you have time to see more of what you like best.
          Written February 23, 2024
        • jenrn0707
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful Experience, Highly Recommended
          Tour guide was professional, courteous and very knowledgeable. He went above and beyond to educate and accommodate. Also added a bit of humor to engage the group which we all enjoyed. Learned a great deal about Chicago and some great recommendations to consider during the remainder of our stay. My 15 year old son I highly recommend this tour!
          Written February 21, 2024
        • Michelle T
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great way to see the city
          Myself and two teen daughters loved the tour. It was the perfect amount of stopping and getting out to see things and driving by others. We got a great sense of the city through the tour. The commentary and information provided was interesting. I would highly recommend this to anyone young or old.
          Written February 19, 2024
        • andrebF7078AP
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A tour in the Chi!
          The tour was amazing! They picked us up & dropped us off at our hotel! They also let us get out a take some pics for make'n memories! If your in the Chi we highly recommend take'n the tour 1st then planning your vacation or get away! And our guide was absolutely fantastic! He gets 2👍🏽👍🏽!
          Written February 11, 2024
        • kathyhA4018BA
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent tour!!!
          This tour is well worth every penny and more! Our driver, Rick, was friendly, knowledgeable, funny and interacted well with all of us. He was full of nuggets of information about the city, landmarks, famous people, and pop culture. Rick made us all feel comfortable and safe with his excellent downtown Chicago driving skills. Highly, highly recommend this tour!!
          Written February 10, 2024
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        Jennifer B
        Holland, MI15 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We thoroughly enjoyed our minibus tour of Chicago. Even though we’ve been to Chicago multiple times and are familiar with the major landmarks, this was a fun way to see more of the city and learn new things. Rick was a great guide - very knowledgeable and a fun sense of humor to boot! Definitely recommend!
        Written March 7, 2020
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        Thank you very much, Jeb! Locals (and near locals) usually enjoy our tours as much people from across the globe. That's our goal.
        Written March 9, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Demi M
        Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2021 • Couples
        Our guide was patient, informative, and entertaining. Everyone during our bus tour enjoyed seeing the sites together and it was very well timed and organized. The river cruise tour was worth it, great views even during the rain.
        Written October 17, 2021
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        Thanks! Reviews like this definitely bring a smile to my face.
        Written October 24, 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        MaGuzman
        Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2022 • Couples
        My favorite part of this experience was how personable Rick our guide was. He was kind, communicative, encouraged travelers to question and comment on their views of the city. He tried to be funny ( kidding, he was). Rick becomes your friend from Chicago! Take the tour, get Rick! P.s. Rick was so kind… he offered to circle back to drop ppl off at their favorite spot… after the two hours of showing us around. No charge… no gas money..
        Written March 20, 2022
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        Some reviews resonate more than others. This is one of them. Thanks!
        Written March 24, 2022
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        prece78
        El Paso, TX5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2021 • Family
        Mini bus tour was awesome. Well worth it and a lot of info about city. Our driver was very informative and knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. Love that tour is semi private with photo stop opportunities
        Written July 24, 2021
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        Thanks for the nice review. We agree that our photo stops are a big part of the tour.
        Written August 7, 2021
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        Jet585394
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        On a snowy Saturday morning my daughter and I were picked up from our hotel by Paul - and the magic started there. As first time visitors to Chicago it wouldn’t have been possible to achieve the kind of overview he provided by any other means. The tour was interesting, informative and fun. It provided a context for the rest of our brief stay and we found his tips about places to visit/eat/drink very useful. The fact that numbers were restricted to a minibus made it all the more enjoyable and Paul went to trouble to create a sense of group and relevance to the passengers. We were unable to do the Optional Architecture River Cruise because of the time of year, but it would definitely be on our list if we return to this fascinating city.
        Written March 3, 2020
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        Adrineh G
        San Francisco, CA55 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Family
        We’re in Chicago for a week long family vacation and decided we wanted to do some kind of tour within the first couple of days to decide exactly what we wanted to do while here. We are a family of two adults with 3 teens and we ALL loved the tour. It’s a perfect length and let’s you get a lay of the land as well as makes stops for some great photo ops. If you’re looking for a 5 hour detailed tour of the history of Chicago, this tour isn’t it (we weren’t). What you’ll find is a very personable tour guide with great insights and knowledge about the city. We left with exactly what we wanted out of this tour and we were pleasantly surprised at how great the experience was. Will definitely recommend to all our friends and family!
        Written August 16, 2023
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        Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure showing your family around Chicago.
        Written August 18, 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Robert M
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        We took this tour on our first visit to Chicago and really enjoyed it. It is a small company with a smaller bus. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and humorous. We were there in January and was having a hard time finding a river
        cruise that was operating. Although not his company he was able to find us one and also recommended a great restaurant for dinner. Highly recommend!!
        Written January 10, 2020
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        JoandBarry
        Hunston, UK728 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My husband and I did the joint small bus tour and boat tripon our first day of our stay in Chicago to get a feel for the city. Our tour guide for the bus tour was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. We went around the city with him explaining various land marks we probably would have missed had we not gone on the tour. At tje end of our tour he dropped us off near the stand for the boat and gave us some tops about where we could eat lunch etc. Overall we had a lovely time and the tour really helped us find out more about the city and get our bearings.
        Written August 15, 2022
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        johndc210
        Pearl, MS10 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We had a great time on both parts of the tour. On the bus portion, the driver was great! He was on time picking us up at the hotel, and he explained what was up everywhere we went. I liked his sense of humor, and all of us appreciated how solicitous he was while giving the tour. The stops along the tour seemed well planned (with the exception of the Alexander Hamilton statue stop). At the end of the tour, he gave us directions on how to get to the boat tour ticket office (mere steps away) and exchange our vouchers for an actual ticket.
        The boat tour was fabulous! Very interesting architecture in the city, and the docent/guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. Stories were very good too.
        All in all, this was a fantastic tour, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it!
        Written May 17, 2022
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2023 • Family
        This is a good quick tour of downtown Chicago. Lakeshore drive was closed for a bike event and we were not able to drive on it. This happens once a year and it unfortunately happened to be our day. Our guide did a great job finding other sites to show us and got us close to the lake to show some sites, but just farther away than normal. I would recommend this tour for first times.
        Written September 4, 2023
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