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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

Chicago, United States
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This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
  • Experience Chicago’s highlights on a half-day guided tour
  • Take a narrated coach tour with your expert guide
  • Explore Chicago’s North Side and South Side
  • See the fascinating Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Museum Campus, the Shedd Aquarium and more
  • Enjoy admission to the 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory) for amazing city views
After meeting the group at the Palmer House Hilton hotel, get comfortable aboard your coach for a grand tour of the Windy City, culminating in a visit to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). 

Listen to onboard commentary as you motor through the South Side via Grant Park, where your guide points out the open-air stadium of Soldier Field and the sky dome of Adler Planetarium. Pass by Shedd Aquarium, view the Field Museum of Natural History, travel through the residential area of South Commons and get a glimpse of President Obama's old neighborhood.

Heading to Chicago’s North Side, view the Picasso sculpture in the open-air courtyard of the Richard J Daley Center. Driving across the Chicago River, you’ll see Wrigley Field and the Wrigley Building, a skyscraper on the Magnificent Mile near the massive shopping complex at Water Tower Place. 

On arrival at the Hancock Center, disembark your coach to ascend one of the tallest buildings in the US. You hop on a 39-second elevator ride to the 94th floor at 360 Chicago, an open-air observation deck formerly called the John Hancock Observatory. From 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the Magnificent Mile, you can see the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on a clear day!

After you soak up the postcard views, your 4-hour tour ends with hotel drop-off back to the original departure point.
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360 Chicago Observation Deck
Explore Chicago’s North Side and South Side on this comprehensive guided city tour! See Chicago’s highlights and visit the impressive 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory) for magnificent views of the Windy City!
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Grant Park
Take a narrated coach tour with your expert guide through the South Side and travel through Grant Park, known as the ‘front lawn of the city.’
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Soldier Field
See Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.
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Adler Planetarium
See the Adler Planetarium with its massive sky dome.
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Field Museum
See the Field Museum of Natural History, and travel through the South Commons, a new 'close- in' residential community. You'll also get to pass by President Obama's old neighborhood and see where he used to live!
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Picasso Statue
On the North Side, travel by the striking Richard J Daley plaza with its acknowledged masterpiece, the Pablo Picasso sculpture, created exclusively for Chicago.
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Chicago River
Then, drive over the Chicago River.
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Wrigley Field
See the famous Wrigley Building and Wrigley Field.
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Water Tower Place
Soon you’ll see Chicago's elegant seven-level shopping complex and the renowned Water Tower Place.
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John Hancock Center
Pass by one of the tallest buildings in the United States, the 360 Chicago (John Hancock Center).
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360 Chicago Observation Deck
Here, you’ll get to de-board and enter this impressive building. Hop into one of the world’s fastest elevators for a 39-second ride to the 94th floor of the 360 Chicago. On a clear day, you can see up to 80 miles away and view four states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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The Magnificent Mile
Experience the open-air Skydeck, 1,000 feet above Chicago's Magnificent Mile, and admire the dynamic city below.
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Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre zoo in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lincoln Park Conservatory
Step into beauty and tranquility. Feel the clean, oxygen-rich air. Smell the fragrant tropical flowers.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Millennium Park
a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans
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University of Chicago
a private, nondenominational, culturally rich and ethnically diverse coeducational research university located in Hyde Park
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Buckingham Fountain
Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan.
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Museum of Science and Industry
It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark now on the campus of the University of Chicago in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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Guaranteed Rate Field
Home of the Chicago White Sox!
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What is the maximum group size during Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Terrible tour
, Dec 2018
This tour is not good. The bus driver hardly told us any facts about the city, he highlighted points that were not interesting. The tour did not start on time, we sat in the bus for 45 minutes between the north tour and south tour, then when we finally got going, driver stopped the bus, got out and went in a store to get himself a drink. The only redeeming value of the tour was a stop at a hotdog cart for Chicago style hotdog.
Good tour of Chicago
Oliver N
, Oct 2018
I like the tours of the North and South side of Chicago. I just wished we stopped a bit more so we can take pictures of places like Wrigley Field. It's kind of hard sometimes to hear the driver because of the noise outside, but he did a good job in describing in detail all of the places we looked at.
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Johnny H
, Oct 2018
The Chicago Grand Tour fully met our wishes and expectations. Most worthwhile! Tour Bus Driver was outstanding. The tour cost was appropriate.
Mitchell was absolutely wonderful...
, Jun 2018
Mitchell was absolutely wonderful. He knew all the history and details of every little corner. He was so informative, kind and made us all feel very welcome. I definitely recommend taking a tour with Mitchell, you will not regret it.
Ride was fine except the bus...
, Jan 2018
Ride was fine except the bus driver/speaker sounded like a recorder. He sounded like a boring recorder. After five minutes it gets annoying.
We had a very efficient tour guide...
, Dec 2017
We had a very efficient tour guide who could crack jokes, Anton is his name. He could make your day special. We went to all amazing city views and Anton, our guide, let us get off to take pictures of Barrack Obama's house and let us have a taste of the famous hot dog stand without ketchup.
My wife and I took the complete tour...
Jim & Rosemarie
, Nov 2017
My wife and I took the complete tour 4 hours It was comprehensive and complete of all the spots that any tourist would want to see. Tour guide was very knowledge and a native of Chicago. He allowed us to stop at the Obama mansion to take pictures. I exchanged my online tickets at the gift store at the basement of Palmer House where the tour began and ended. Your tour provides tickets to the John Hancock Observatory but the tour does not take you there. They told us that they stopped that part of the tour. You have to make arrangements yourself to visit. We went on our own on a different day with the tickets provided. In my opinion, Viator should drop advertising the tickets with part of the tour. When we got there we had to wait 30 minutes in line. A fast pass was not provided by Viator. Even though the view was spectacular, it has become a Disney tourist trap with mandatory picture taking, gift shop exit,fast pass, and an extra fee for their new daredevil fandango called the Tilt. They need to clean up their act and revert back to their original concept of being a picture taking observatory. Since John Hancock sold the building, it has become nothing but a money making tourist trap!!! DROP THE TICKETS AS PART OF THE CHICAGO GRAND TOUR.
The tour was great. Be careful with...
James H
, Nov 2017
The tour was great. Be careful with the meeting point. You actually need to go inside the Hotel to the Gift shop and register. We waited outside so missed the departure. Luckily we found the attendant who lead us a couple of blocks to meet up with the coach. Service was great and was a great introduction to the city. Personally had a bit of trouble with the Chicago accent but it just added to the atmosphere.
Anton was great, could not understand a...
, Nov 2017
Anton was great, could not understand a word that Leon said for two hours.
but for the fact we covered north...
Nicholas z
, Oct 2017
but for the fact we covered north and south side of Chicago did not enjoy very much but for the conservatory, a stop on the northern leg of the journey the guide was nice enough but scripted and if interrupted seemed to me to get perturbed also we were told to enter a pick up hotel that was listed in the drop down , so that we'd be picked up at the hotel at 10am but , glad I called, to find out they did not pick up at hotel, we had to hurry to palmer house hotel to get the bus if I had not called we'd have been still waiting, missed tour, in front of our hotel, a pick up spot listed????!!!!

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