Live Guides

Our entertaining and experienced English-speaking guides provide an exciting and educational commentary throughout the duration of your tour.

Pre-recorded Commentary

Educational and informative pre-recorded commentary is available in Spanish on selected buses. Listen in via complimentary headphones distributed when you board the bus.

14 Different Stops

There are 14 different stops where you can hop off the bus to visit attractions and explore places of interest. You can hop on and hop off the bus as many times as you like within the validity period of your ticket, and you can start and end your tour at any Big Bus stop.

Frequent Service

Our buses run by each stop every 12-17 minutes, and we have 14 stops where you can hop on and off the bus. A complete circuit of our Big Loop (Red Route) day tour takes approximately 2 hours. The first bus departs Stop #1 at 9:00am, and the last bus departs at 5:00pm. Each stop has been carefully selected so that you are within easy reach of one of Chicago's key attractions or landmarks. Explore the sights at each stop for as little or for as long as you like - when you’re ready to continue the tour, simply hop back on one of our sightseeing buses.

Free Refreshments

Each ticket entitles you to a variety of great benefits, including:

  • A free cup of hand-roasted coffee with any purchase from Corner Bakery** (cafe locations: Michigan & Wacker; 444 Michigan; Palmer House, Santa Fe & St. Clair St.)
  • 10% discount at Giordano's Pizza (223 W. Jackson & Navy Pier locations)
  • 10% discount at Ghirardelli Chocolates + free Big Bus Chocolate*** (400 N. Michigan Ave.)
  • $5 discount when you spend $35+ at Hard Rock Cafe (63 W. Ontario St)
  • Free Rewards Voucher Booklet, containing discounts and special offers for a great range of Chicago's most popular attractions, bars, restaurants and more
  • Free clear poncho when it's raining
  • Free Drawstring Backpack - this offer is only available from our Millennium Park shop while stocks last (Big Bus Stop #4: Millennium Park - near "The Bean")

**This offer is only available on the date of ticket redemption
***This offer is only available at participating locations