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We used this bus many times! Even for night tour- Guide was hilarious!
We didn't have a ton of time in Chicago and had done these bus tours in other cities and it didn't disappoint. It was a great way to see everything and choose 1-2 things to get out and see more of for the day.
This is the best way to see the city. The guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The service is reliable. It's easy to return to the bus after hopping off to visit what's of interest to you.
This is the best way to get the lay of the land. It was so nice not to try to drive and sight see. I really enjoyed the Navy Pier. As we were traveling we saw Eataly. I had heard about it so we hopped off and walked over to enjoy the incredible foods. It was easy to hop back on and get to our car.
This is a good way to see the sights of Chicago, we had Bongi and Larry the driver, Bongi is amazing and made us laugh. Good trip!
We always make an effort to ride the hop on hop off bus on the next day of our arrival when we travel. It gives you a panoramic view of the city, an insight that will prove valuable in guiding you to other points of interest on your own. The guide was people friendly and very helpful when we ask questions pertaining to specific location of interest. We have never been disappointed. We highly recommend this bus tour. It is a fool-proof way of learning and seeing around the city. Enjoy!
Great value for money, great way to see all of the tourist sites before you decide where to get off. We went round the whole way and then stopped off where we wanted.
A great tour. We did this on our first day in Chicago in order to get familiar with the city. One of the best things we did. Darias, our driver was so much fun. Sam was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Also met Antone who was a ticket agent and had a great conversation
with him. Just a great company and would like to find out more info if this company is available in other cities because I will definitely use them again.
This was my first time taking one of these Big Bus tours, as we normally do the smaller more personal when in a new city. However, this was money well spent and got you where you needed to go.
I did not get to use the hop on and off as much as I would like, as I simply had other tours to hit, and limited time to do so. However, I did get through most of it and found it a solid experience.
I already purchased my tickets in advance, so I simply showed up to the Navy Pier to jump on. When you purchase your ticket online, you get a list of all of the places the bus will stop, so you can actually jump on any of those locations. I simply picked Navy Pier as I was already down there.
You have a guide and map that talks you through what you are seeing and gives you a bit of History as you swing through the town. I liked riding up on top where you could take plenty of pictures, although as the day progressed, the tour gets pretty busy and everyone is jammed in like sardines.
This bus tour passes by all of the major touristy things you want to do if you are looking to see Chicago. You can get off at any of those locations to spend more time there, then jump on the next bus. I believe they say they come around every 10-30 minutes.
You also get a number of freebies as detailed in the documentation they give you along the route. I recall a backpack, some candy, among other things. That was unexpected and a nice touch adding value to your tour.
I do not know that it is quicker than an Uber to get around the city. However, for the VALUE you are paying and if you are doing a lazy day where you can wait for the hop on and off, this is an awesome ROI to be sure. The guides were pretty good and upbeat, nothing bad to say in that regard.
Excellent buses which travel very 10 mins so never too long to wait.
Our guide for our main tour was Ian. cannot praise him enough. his knowledge of the city was superb and he broke up the tour commentary perfectly by telling jokes and interacting with the passengers.
if you visiting Chicago for the first time this is the way without doubt to get your bearings and see the sights of this wonderful city.
I booked this tour as a time filler but ended up loving it! Would definitely take this tour again and would recommend it to friends.
It is a great tour! It really helps you get an idea about where to go and what to see in Chicago. The tour guides we had were excellent, telling fun and interesting stories about the city. We had a wonderful time.
This was my first time using big bus and it was awesome. Lance Romance was our tour guide for the 2 days we used the bus and he was engaging, funny and very informative about things to do in the city. I highly recommend using this bus four the convience, price compared to cabs can't be beat.
Very nice tour - Chicago is beautiful in any time of the day. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Viator is a great site to book trips and the prices are good.
Very friendly staff and knowledgeable. Provided information and entertainment along the way. Easy access at stops, with frequent opportunities to hop on/off.
Highly recommend this to get to know Chicago
Our guide Frank made the experience a Pleasure. He was informative and entertaining. The city of Chicago is wonderful and Frank enlightened us adding knowledge to its beauty. Although it is a "hop on/off" we wanted to complete the loop with Frank. We did hop back on later, and made a few Hops.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. In fact we made almost three rounds of the tour. Being able to get off at certain stops for as long as you wanted and reboard on another bus was a big plus. It also made a great way just to get from one location in the city to another without a lot of walking or paying for other transportation. The tour guides were very good and informative with a lot of background information about the sites and places of interest as well as tips on eating places. Do they get a little kick back for this? Doesn't matter. It was interesting. A great way to see downtown Chicago!
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