1-Day Chicago Explore Windy City Tour from Chicago
Depart from:Chicago, IL
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Visit Chicago (Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Lake Michigan Cruise, Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, University of Chicago, Willis Tower).
Child rates: Child rates apply to those who are 0-12 yrs old. Customers are welcome to use child safety seats on that have lap and/or shoulder belts/harnesses. Children sharing a room with 2 adult passengers pay the same price as a third or fourth adult. Please note that each hotel room can only accommodate up to 4 guests of any age.
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On this tour, we will get to see the magnificent architecture of Chicago over the course of one day. After guests have been picked up from the specified departure location, we will visit places like the Willis Tower, Millennium Park, the Chicago Board of Trade, the United Center, the campus of the University of Chicago, Navy Pier, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Old Chicago Water Tower, and Michigan Avenue. If time permits, we will also get the chance to take an optional Cruise of Lake Michigan and visit museums (Optional , depend on time). Afterwards, guests will be dropped off at the specified location to end this tour. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.
At the time of its construction in 1973, Chicago, IL's Willis Tower was the tallest building in the world and remained so for twenty-five years. It is still the second-tallest in the US and eighth-tallest in the world.
The Museum Campus provides 57-acres of scenic greens and footpaths near three natural science museums: Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History. Situated near Lake Michigan, it also offers a view of the Chicago skyline.
Located in Chicago's busy Loop area, Millennium Park was opened in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art park. The Pavilion and Great Lawn is now a popular spot to host concerts, and the iconic Cloud Gate is located in this park.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 6:00am - 11:00pm
This iconic Art Deco building in downtown Chicago was constructed in 1930. As its name suggests, it is the headquarters of the Board of Trade. In 1978, it was made a National Historic Landmark.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 2:00pm
This arena is home to the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and the Blackhawks of the NHL. It was built in 1994. The plaza in front of the stadium has statues of athletes like Michael Jordan and Bobby Hull.
Consistently ranked among the world's top 10 universities, the University of Chicago dates back to 1892. It has been associated with 89 Nobel Laureates, 49 Rhodes Scholars, and 9 Fields Medalists, and has made incredible contributions to the sciences.
Both a designated Chicago Landmark and a member of the US National Register of Historic Places, this is Chicago's most popular tourist spot. It is home to a small theme park and fairground, as well as a minigolf course.
This lovely cream-white building sits right along the Chicago River and marks the beginning of the Magnificent Mile. It was built to hosue the Wrigley Gum Company. Its tower was designed to resemble the Giralda of Spain's Sevilla Cathedral.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Merchandise Mart for a longtime was the largest building in the world and has always been a Chicago landmark. Rich in history and gorgeous to behold.
Completed in 1964, these very distinctive towers were the first buildings in the US to be built with tower cranes. The apartment complex covers an entire city block and gets its name from the marina at its base.
It is the home of the Chicago Tribune, Tribune Media, and tronc, Inc. The Tribune Tower is a neo-Gothic structure, listed as a Chicago Landmark and is a contributing property to the Michigan - Wacker Historic District.
Nicknamed "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park sits right on Chicago's waterfront. It is home to gardens, museums, live performance venues, several pieces of art, like a monument to Abraham Lincoln and the Agora, a collection of headless statues.
Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. It throws as much as 15,000 gallons of water into the air every minute.
Opening Hours: Sun Apr 15 - Oct 31 8:00am - 11:00pm
The Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station was built in 1869 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Now defunct, the building serves as an art gallery for locals and tourists alike.
Part of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue is one of the city's major roadways, running north-to-south through the heart of downtown. It is home to many famous buildings and upscale shops.
Visitors to the Chicago, IL area can enjoy scenic ventures out on the waters of Lake Michigan, one of the United States' "Great Lakes." This unique view of the wonderful Chicago skyline is a fantastic opportunity for photos.
With a famous, award-winning design, the Adler Planetarium, which sits right on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, strives to inspire interest in the cosmos in its visitors. The Doane Observatory is located inside.
Chicago's Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. It is home to Sue, the largest and most-complete T-rex skeleton ever found. Its collection contains more than 24 million specimens and reports.
Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-11 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm, Last entry time is 4:00pm, closed on Christmas
The Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 25,000 fish and other marine animals of more than 1500 species. It has been honored as both a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of Chicago's most popular attractions by attendance, this is th largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Its attractions include a full-size replica coal mine, German subs from World War II, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft.
Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (3-11 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:30am - 4:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas
The Art Institute is the 2nd-largest art museum in the US after the Met in New York. It houses pieces by renowned painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, as well as an extensive collection of African-American art.
Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child $19; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19|Opening Hours: Fri - Wed 10:30am - 5:00pm, Last entry time is 4:30pm, Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Local tour guides and driver
Adler Planetarium (Optional)
$20 (3-11 yrs)
$25 (Over 65 yrs)
Art Institute of Chicago (Optional)
$19 (Over 65 yrs)
Field Museum of Natural History (Optional)
$15 (3-11 yrs)
$19 (Over 65 yrs)
Lake Michigan Cruise (Optional)
Museum of Science and Industry (Optional)
$18 (3-11 yrs)
$28 (Over 65 yrs)
Shedd Aquarium (Optional)
$22 (3-11 yrs)
$31 (Over 65 yrs)
Willis Tower (Optional)
$15 (3-11 yrs)
$23 (Over 65 yrs)
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
Meals and beverages
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, personal insurance costs, etc.
Gratuities for guide and driver ($ 8.00 per passenger per day)
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Terms & Condition
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Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to Gotobus through web mail at Contact Us. Your refund request will be answered and processed promptly. If you do not receive any reply
within 2 business days, that means your request is not received successfully; thus, the tour status remains "confirmed". Please contact us immediately
at 617.354.2101. Cancellation penalties per person as follows, there is 6% handling fee add-on to the penalties.
Cancellations received up to 15 days prior to departure will incur a penalty of $175 per booking.
Cancellations received within 7-14 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
Cancellations received within 7 days of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
We cannot grant refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour.
Itinerary Variations: We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
Tour Cancellation: We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements (e.g. minimum number of passengers) or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, Gotobus' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers. We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.