Chicago Bus Tours

Like most modern metropolises, Chicago has a wide array of mass travel options to take you virtually anywhere you want to go in the city. Few of these options compare to the Chicago Bus tours that you can take to enjoy the grandeur of Chicago’s architectural wonders.

Over the years, we have taken a number of these tours ourselves, and want to share with you a few of our favorite Chicago bus tours that you can enjoy next time you visit Chicago.

5 Favorite Chicago Bus Tours

Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tours – The first tour that we want to discuss is the best choice for those looking to explore Chicago’s downtown and lakefront. The hop on and hop tour is exactly what it sounds like. You can hop on at various sites around the downtown area, and then hop off to get a closer look at specific Chicago landmarks like the Hancock Building, Sears Tower, Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and other famous Chicago spots. The great thing about the tour is that you can get either a single day, or a two day pass, so you can visit the various locations at your own pace.

CTA Bus – OK! I know this is not a tour company, but the Chicago CTA travels through most major streets in the city. If you really want to get a taste of the real Chicago, try out the CTA. It is not a guided tour, but you still get to see some of the best sites. Bus Routes 134, 135, and 136 go through Lake Shore Drive, while routes 151 or 143 are best for going down to Lake Michigan.

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Chicago Grand Tour – This option is part walking and part bus tour. A half day trip that takes you from the south side of the city (Check out President Obama’s former neighborhood and residence), through the iconic downtown, to the North side of the city (Wrigley Field and Water Tower Place.) Additionally, the tour includes a ticket to the 94th floor of the Hancock Building’s 360 Chicago. On a clear day you can see Wisconsin, Indiana, and even Michigan.

Excursions Into the Unknown – Perhaps you want to tour the supernatural side of Chicago? If so, then you will want an expert ghost hunter to lead the tour. Dale Kaczmarek is a leading ghost research expert, who tours the haunted Churches, Gangster hideouts, and more. Note: This tour starts in Chicago Ridge. If you are coming from the city, take the CTA Red line to 95th Street (last stop). Then take the 381 Bus west to the mall.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Bus Tour – No list of Chicago tours would be complete without an architecture tour. The Chicago Architecture Foundation bus drives through Frank Lloyd Wright neighborhoods and lets you explores the city skyscrapers from comfortable trolleys. Chicago has been defined by its world class architecture since the end of the 19th century. See for yourself what makes this city a wonder of steel and stone.

Which Chicago Bus Tour Should You Take?

With so many different options for bus tours, think about the best options for your needs? Do you need something simple to get you from point A to B, or do you want a full tour with all the bells and whistles. When you know what you want, it will help you choose the right tour for you. In the meantime, let us know in the comment area below which Chicago bus tour you took, so we get your thoughts on the quality of the tour.