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Art Institute of Chicago Tours

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Art Institute of Chicago
Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute showcases 300,000 works of art ranging from ancient works to pieces created by today’s foremost artists. More than 1.5 million visitors from across the globe flock to the museum annually, making it one of Chicago’s most-visited destinations.
 
The Basics
In addition to permanent collections that include Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic, the Art Institute hosts about 30 special exhibitions each year. These special exhibits showcase the talents of the museum’s world-renowned curatorial staff and highlight specific elements within collections, scientific research, and other innovations. Even the building itself is a work of art—it was constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which later became the World’s Fair.
 
You may visit the museum independently or as part of a group walking or Segway tour. Purchase skip-the-line access so you can spend more time browsing the collections than waiting in line. Admission to the institute is included in both the Chicago CityPASS and Chicago Explorer Pass cards. It’s also a stop on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wheelchairs and strollers are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Hearing-assist devices are available at the Michigan Avenue checkroom and sign language tours and tours with sighted guides are available with advance notice.
  • Dining options include a cafe, outdoor dining, and an upscale Italian restaurant.
 
How to Get There
The museum is located in downtown Chicago adjacent to Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park. There are two easily accessible entrances: one from the historic main building at 111 S. Michigan Avenue and one from the Modern Wing at 159 E. Monroe Street. Several parking garages are nearby, or you can choose valet service. A number of city bus and L Train routes pass within a block or two.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from 10:30am–5pm, except Thursdays, when it is open until 8pm. General admission is free to all Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5–8pm. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
 
Gardens at the Art Institute of Chicago
The institute’s works of art aren’t confined to walled buildings—they extend into several outdoor spaces as well. You’ll find traditional flower gardens, mature trees, shade-loving plants, succulents, and more on the grounds, plus one-of-a-kind sculptures, outdoor installations, and reused architectural fragments. The perfect place to take a break from the hubbub inside, the gardens provide a much-appreciated respite to museum visitors looking to take a quick breather.
Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603-6404, USA
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24 Tours and Activities to Experience Art Institute of Chicago

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Chicago CityPASS

Chicago CityPASS

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Get the most out of your trip to Chicago as you enjoy discount access to five of the city’s top attractions with the CityPASS. This easy-to-use mobile ticket grants you free entry into top-tier sights including the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and the Field Museum as well as a choice of the Art Institute of Chicago or Adler Planetarium, and Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Plus enjoy a wealth of useful Chicago tips and savings at a variety of other venues and retailers.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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$109.00

Go Chicago Explorer Pass with SkyDeck and 360 Chicago

Go Chicago Explorer Pass with SkyDeck and 360 Chicago

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The easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace, the Go Chicago Explorer Pass saves you up to 45 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions, tours, and activities from among more than 30 top sites, including SkyDeck, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, a shoreline sightseeing cruise, a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$66.00
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

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Get the perfect introduction to the wealth of sights in the Windy City during this 4-hour Chicago day tour. Discover the many landmarks spanning both the city's North Side and South Side, enjoying a scenic ride along Lake Michigan on Chicago's Outer Drive along the way. You'll also have the chance to admire the city's Washington and Grant Parks, explore inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see Adler Planetarium and visit the iconic Wrigley Building. This Chicago in a half day tour also includes transport between all sites and tour narration.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.95
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Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with Skip the Line Access

Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with Skip the Line Access

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Enjoy admission to more than 26 of Chicago's most popular attractions with the Go Chicago™ Pass. Create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace. Save your pass, available as your 'ticket' after purchase, on your mobile device; don't waste time redeeming vouchers. This pass offers something for all members of the family. Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago. The Go Chicago™ Pass is available in 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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$118.00
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Best of Chicago Tour Including a Deep-Dish Pizza

Best of Chicago Tour Including a Deep-Dish Pizza

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Tour Chicago's sights aboard a luxury coach and enjoy some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza on this 5.5-hour guided tour. Visit sites like the Hancock Tower, the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Loop. Pass through neighborhoods such as Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Gold Coast. Top off your tour with a visit to one of Chicago's most popular pizza restaurants to sample the famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

2-Hour Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

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Soak up the Windy City’s festive holiday feel and explore local landmarks with ease on this Segway tour in Chicago. Hop onto your Segway and spin through Chicago’s Millennium Park to the Loop. With your guide, you'll watch skaters enjoying the ice rink, explore Michigan Avenue and admire festive department store displays. See the German Christmas market stalls at Daley Plaza, where locals sip hot chocolate and munch 'bratwurst,' and enjoy the atmosphere beneath the city’s Christmas tree. Get the personalized feel of a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.10
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Discover Chicago in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure around the Chicago Loop — to the historic buildings, famous streets and plethora of real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of the Windy City. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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Private Chicago City Mini Bus Tour

Private Chicago City Mini Bus Tour

Don’t miss Chicago’s famous sights (now including Wrigley Field!) and fabulous views on this award-winning private sightseeing tour of the city. Travel through Chicago with an expert guide on a comfortable minibus, stopping at iconic locations like early skyscraper "The Rookery" (Frank Lloyd Wright architecture), Museum Campus (for the BEST skyline view in town), Millennium Park (The Bean), Buckingham Fountain, The Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, Chicago River, The Gold Coast, Lake Shore Drive and more! Along the way, your guide will provide historical and informational commentary about the area and its beautiful attractions. Your private tour ensures a more personal experience. If you would like to take the tour at a time other than what is offered, please note in special requests field when booking. The best way to tour at this time! Sanitized vehicles with just your group.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$250.00
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Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Take a walk back in time through the history of Chicago's Loop on this app-enabled tour. After downloading the app and tour to you smartphone, you and your party will listen to author Amy Bizzarri, an author and expert in Chicago history, as she leads you through walking tour of the city. The GPS-enabled tour will trigger commentary at just the right times, and you can stop and start whenever you like for a flexible experience that lets you move at your own pace. Highlights include Daley Plaza, the Chicago Theater, Berghoff Restaurant, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • 50 minutes
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$5.34
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Private Segway Tour of Chicago

Private Segway Tour of Chicago

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There's no better way to tour the world-class city of Chicago than on a Segway! On your very own private tour, we will cruise around the parks and along Michigan avenue and show you the best that Chicago has to offer. If you are passionate about history, architecture, hauntings, Al Capone, and gangster or more, just let us know! We will customize the tour to fit your interests!
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.95
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Chicago Walking Tour: Must-See Chicago

Chicago Walking Tour: Must-See Chicago

Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute introductory tour to Chicago featuring some of its most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Chicago Theatre and more! Get a brief overview of more than a dozen buildings—as well as Chicago landmarks like Millennium Park, the Loop and the Chicago River—on this whirlwind tour. There are lots of photo opportunities along the way, so be sure to bring your camera!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.95
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2-Hour History of Chicago Architecture and Art Segway Tour

2-Hour History of Chicago Architecture and Art Segway Tour

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Explore the art and architectural highlights of Chicago on a Segway during this guided tour. This family-friendly tour takes visitors by the outdoor sculptures, landmark buildings, and iconic skyline of the city. Accompanied by educational and informative commentary, this city tour saves you from hours of walking and lets you see all of Chicago's top art and architectural attractions in one tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.10
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$75.10

Historic Chicago South Side Tour with Chicago Style Pizza

Historic Chicago South Side Tour with Chicago Style Pizza

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See the sights of Chicago's South Side on a tour that takes you south of the Loop along Michigan Avenue and South Lake Shore Drive. Pass by attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, former President Obama's home, the University of Chicago, Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, Museum Campus, and Buckingham Fountain. Then head to Exchequer Restaurant and Pub for Chicago-style pizza.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.95
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Chicago Land and River Architecture Tour: Historic South Side

Chicago Land and River Architecture Tour: Historic South Side

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See the architecture of Chicago's South Side by both land and on a Chicago River boat tour. Traveling south of the Loop along Michigan Avenue and South Lake Shore Drive, you'll pass by sights such as the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, and former President Obama's home.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.95
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$73.95
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Historic Chicago South Side Tour and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Historic Chicago South Side Tour and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

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Discover the historical sights of South Chicago on a 2-hour group walking tour. Select the morning or afternoon start time, depending on your preference. Follow your guide to Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Obama's House, and other sites that define the historical South Side. Pause for photos and ask questions at any time. You also get a free ticket to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, which you can use at anytime until 10:30pm.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.95
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$55.95
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Chicago City Mini Bus Tour

Chicago City Mini Bus Tour

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PLEASE NOTE: Our mini buses are disinfected after each tour. We will do our best to make each tour fun, informative and as SAFE as possible! Freshly discounted private tours are also available. They will be the best way to travel for a while. Select the Private Tour category. Enjoy Chicago’s famous sights (now including Wrigley Field!) and fabulous views on this award-winning small-group sightseeing tour of the city. Travel through Chicago with an expert guide on a comfortable minibus, stopping at iconic locations like early skyscraper "The Rookery" (Frank Lloyd Wright architecture), Museum Campus (for the BEST skyline view in town), Millennium Park (The Bean), Buckingham Fountain, The Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, Chicago River, The Gold Coast, Lake Shore Drive and more! Along the way, your guide will provide historical and informational commentary about the area and its many attractions. The small-group atmosphere with maximum of 10 people ensures a more personal experience. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.95
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Millennium Park Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Millennium Park Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

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On this two-in-one tour, you won’t just discover Chicago’s highlight public park: you’ll also do so in the company of a professional photographer, who will capture portrait shots as you explore. Pick from multiple daily tour times, and meet your private guide at Millennium Park. You can look forward to seeing park highlights like Anish Kapoor’s "Cloud Gate" sculpture (better known as “The Bean”), Lurie Garden, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain, and more. Following the tour, receive high-quality digital photos of your experience.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Loop

Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Loop

There's one place in Colorado where hip meets history. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Denver, we make a loop around LoDo and the Business District in search of storied buildings, public art and ballparks. Along the way you'll find fashionable warehouses, meet heroic athletes and tempt your taste buds on the 16th Street Mall. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your Denver scavenger hunt today!
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$12.00
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1-Day Chicago City Tour(Chicago Departure) CH1

1-Day Chicago City Tour(Chicago Departure) CH1

Itinerary will be change in the winter (11/5-4/1 every year) due to certain attraction close for winter. 1. Stand on top of 360 Chicago and enjoy Lake Michigan and the great skyline at 1000 inches from the heart of downtown Chicago. 2. Walk around the ironic site Millennium Park admiring its postmodern architectures. 3. Visit one of the top three art museums in the United States -- The Art Institute of Chicago for its encyclopedic collections. 4. Take in the amazing urban view of the city by a helicopter tour. 5. Grab a bite of authentic Chicago at Giordano’s Pizza, Garrett Popcorn, Portillo's Hot Dog. 6. Boarding at Downtown Chicago,departs everyday in winter itinerary.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$59.00
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$59.00

Chicago Instagram Walking Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Instagram Walking Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

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Our Chicago Walking Instagram Tour will take you to the most Instagrammable spots in Chicago all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, some amazing architecture, & a ton of great photos then this is the tour for you. The morning will start with meeting with your friendly local guide at the meeting point. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Chicago and exploring the most famous locations in the city. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM- Meet your Guide at the Grand Subway Station 10:10 AM- Walk along Magnificent Mile 10:20 AM- Stop at Wrigley Building & admire Tribune Tower 10:50 AM- Explore Pioneer Court 11:20 AM- Explore Millennium Park & see Cloud Gate 11:55 AM- Check out an Iconic fountain 12:20 AM- Chicago Riverwalk 1:00 PM- Explore Navy Pier 2:00 PM- Get dropped off by your guide at Millennium station
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$249.00
Price varies by group size
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$249.00
Price varies by group size
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Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour will take you to the most iconic and delicious spots in Chicago all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, great photos, and a ton of delicious food then this is the tour for you. The day will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Chicago and dining at the most famous and delicious food spots in Chicago. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, yummy food and much much more! ==== Full schedule 11:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Grand subway station 11:05 AM - Taste the famous Portillos hotdogs 11:45 AM - Enjoy an Al’s Italian Beef Sandwich 12:35 PM - Drool lover a Chicago favorite deep dish pizza 1:25 PM - Take some Garrett's Popcorn to go 1:35 PM - Check out Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building 2:05 PM - Try the delicious Do-rite Donuts 2:20 PM - Walk to Buckingham Fountain 3:00 - Get dropped off at the Millennium Subway Station
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$289.00
Price varies by group size
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$289.00
Price varies by group size
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Chicago Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

If you're looking for an exciting and stress-free day exploring the wonders of Chicago, then this is the tour for you. We can’t wait to show you around! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secret spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:15 AM – Check out Buckingham Fountain 10:45 AM – Arrive at Michigan Avenue Bridge 11:15 AM – Awe at the Chicago Cultural Center 12:15 PM – See Cloud Gate and explore Millennium park 1:00 PM – Lunch time 2:00 PM – Go to Chicago Theater 2:30 PM – See Garfield Park Conservatory 3:00 PM – Check out the Greetings from Chicago mural 3:30 PM – Snap a cool pic outside of Wrigley Field 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$749.00
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$749.00
Price varies by group size
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