Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour

The Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago:1-Day Discover Tour is the most flexible way to sightsee Chicago's tourist attractions.

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What you'll do

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Visit the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • The only pass in Chicago to include the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour!
  • Includes a one-day Chicago sightseeing bus pass.
  • Visit 11 stops around the city where you can hop on or off.
  • Enjoy the informative commentary along the way.

You can be your own guide, picking and choosing which top sights are right for you and getting on and off as you please. See Chicago's famed skyscrapers, the Magnificent Mile, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Millennium Park, and many more with the Hop On Hop Off Chicago!

Along your journey on the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago, you'll learn all about the city's famous architecture, landmarks, and history through the entertaining audio narration.

Head up to the top deck for a bird's-eye view of the city and to capture some social media-worthy snaps. Just remember to wrap up warm, they don't call it the Windy City for nothing.

To get the most out of your pass, plan where you want to stop off before you go.

Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago highlights

360 Chicago at 875 N.Michigan Ave – if you want the city's best view, you will have to go up high. Are you're feeling brave? Check out Tilt – a segment of the building that's tilted over the city at a 30° angle. Your bravery will be rewarded with a commanding view of the Magnificent Mile from 1,000 feet up. Probably not one for those scared of heights.

SkyDeck at Willis Tower – some say Willis Tower gives you a better view of Chicago. On the 103rd floor, you'll find The Ledge - a series of glass bays that jut out of the building so you can see the city right beneath your feet.

Adler Planetarium is built on what was once an artificial island on Lake Michigan that now has a permanent land link to the city. But, you're probably more interested in what's going on above than below. There are three planetariums to choose from to get the best view of the stars and planets along with exhibitions about space exploration.

Millennium Park – this 24.5-acre green space in the heart of the city is a must-see for visitors. A former industrial wasteland, it's now a hub for cultural events and family gatherings. It's also home to the famous bean, so get your phones ready for that all-important selfie.

Go City is a better way to sightsee. Your pass includes Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago 1-Day Discover tour tickets, plus admission to dozens of top Chicago attractions for one money-saving price.

Experience Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour and many other attractions with the All Inclusive Pass.

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Know before you go

Getting in
Show your pass at any of the below stops. Your Big Bus ticket starts at the time of redemption. Once redeemed, you will need to show only your Big Bus ticket to the driver when boarding a Big Bus. 

Please note: you may redeem your pass for a Big Bus ticket only once per life of the pass. The ticket is valid for the day of redemption, not 24-hour periods.

Big Bus Chicago stops

  • Skydeck Chicago & Willis Tower: 319 W. Jackson Blvd (opposite Willis Tower/Skydeck entrance)
  • Millennium Park & The Art Institute of Chicago: 200 S. Michigan Ave (in front of Potbelly's)
  • Hilton Chicago & Grant Park
  • Adler Planetarium 500 E. Solidarity Drive (bus loading zone near entrance)
  • Museum Campus (by the Shedd and Field Museum)
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago: 441 N. Columbus Drive (across the street from NBC Towers)
  • Navy Pier: 600 E. Grand Ave (Big Bus tent @ north end of park)
  • Water Tower & The Magnificent Mile: 163 E. Pearson St (near the corner of Michigan Ave)
  • 360 Chicago: 150 E. Chestnut St (near the corner with Chestnut St)
  • Hard Rock Cafe: 614 N. Clark Street (in front of the Rock'n'Roll McDonald's


Q. What is the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour?
A. The Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour is a sightseeing tour that lets you explore the city's top attractions at your own pace.

Q. How many stops does the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour have?
A. The tour has 12 stops that cover all the major landmarks and attractions in Chicago.

Q. How often do the buses arrive at each stop?
A. Buses arrive at each stop every 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic and other factors.

Q. Can I get off the bus at any stop and rejoin the tour later?
A. Yes, you can get off the bus at any stop and rejoin the tour later, as long as your ticket is valid for the day.

Q. What is included in the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour?
A. The tour includes an informative audio commentary, a free guidebook with maps and discounts, and the flexibility to explore Chicago's attractions at your own pace.

For more information, visit the Big Bus website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Tours run daily

First tour: 10AM
Last tour: 5PM

We recommend visiting the Big Bus Discover Tour Details for the most up-to-date information on hours of operation. 

Closings & holidays

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and the day of the Chicago Marathon. 

Service may occasionally be disrupted due to severe weather, major city events, or festivals, outside the control of Go City or Big Bus. Please check the Big Bus Service Information page for info on any service disruptions.

Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Discover Tour

(877) 285-4796

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