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Chicago South Side Tour with Optional River Cruise

Chicago, United States
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See the landmarks of Chicago’s South Side on a 2-hour coach tour through this historic, diverse and culturally-rich neighborhood. Take in views of Jackson Park and the University of Chicago, pause at the foot of the stunning Lake Point Towers then watch the bustling crowd at Navy Pier. Get a glimpse of American history as you explore President Obama’s former neighborhood and see the President and First Lady’s home; with an optional upgrade, you can finish your trip with a scenic cruise along the Chicago River.
  • Comprehensive tour of Chicago’s South Side
  • Discover Chicago’s rich culture, beauty and history
  • Pass by the city’s top highlights, including Grant Park, the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and more
  • See President Obama's old neighborhood and house
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Upgrade your tour to include an exciting Chicago River cruise!


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Great Tour and Chicago Hot Dog Too
Juanita S
, Sep 2019
Great tour of Chicago South Side! Our tour guide/driver (Joshua) was very knowledgeable about Chicago history. He was upbeat and entertaining. We got to see many places while riding on the bus and the driver slowed down so we could take pictures. You don’t get off the bus much on this tour, but at one of the tour stops our driver/guide let us get off the bus to buy a “famous” Chicago hot dog. Yummy! We did not go on the River Cruise but we really enjoyed the 2-hour Chicago South Side Tour. Tip: The tour does not start at 17 E Monroe Street (Palmer House Hilton Hotel). Gray Line changed the tour start location and you must now board the bus at the Gray Line Office. You can get directions to Gray Line from the Palmer House Concierge.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Juanita, we are so glad that you enjoyed your tour with Joshua! We will be sure to let him know about your nice comments about him. Thank you for taking the time to leave this nice review!
Great experience
, Jul 2018
The tour guide was knowledgeable and make the trip fun and entertaining. My daughters and I had a great time. He even had recommendations for other fun activities during our vacation.
The tour guide was very...
Susan A
, Sep 2017
The tour guide was very knowledgeable but his pattern of speech was hard to understand. He spoke in an uneven cadence, and also too fast.
It was fun and educational but the...
, Oct 2014
It was fun and educational but the river cruise was too long. It wasn't exactly what I expected but I did learn a lot. But the river cruise was too long but it might have felt longer because our 11 mo old baby was very fussy. On the bus tour we got a glance at Obama's house, A house that came out in Ferris Bueller, some great views of the city by either the aquarium or the planetarium.
It was wonderful! Your tour through...
Robin M
, Sep 2012
It was wonderful! Your tour through the blue-green waters of its canals (yes, like Venice but wide) with skyscrapers soaring up all around us was nothing short of magnificent.
I guess our driver was an Obama fan...
Mary Margaret N
, Aug 2011
I guess our driver was an Obama fan, for he mainly talked about him and where his hangouts were
Guide was very knowledgeable, spoke a...
Dwight F
, Nov 2007
Guide was very knowledgeable, spoke a little too fast at times but well worth it.
There were four of us, and we all...
Joyce R
, Jun 2007
There were four of us, and we all totally enjoyed the trip. The driver was very informative and really knew what he was talking about. We're looking forward to another tour.

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