Chicago Fact: Grant Park has seen two events of great importance for American culture - the 1968 Democratic Convention protests and the 2008 election night acceptance speech of Barack Obama.
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Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Founded in 1994, this unique transportation company has entertained and informed millions of locals and visitors on their all-day sightseeing tours and private charters. Today, the 75 vehicle fleet includes San Francisco-style Trolleys, open-top Double Decker buses and one Land Yacht.
The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. offers a unique and professional transportation service to entertain clients or guests that seek insider's tips on the best of Chicago, or for interesting travel options to transport business and social groups. The affiliated Coach USA companies also provide deluxe motor coach charter service to destinations throughout North America if that is required.
The popular tour company has earned two Chicago Visitor's Choice Awards, including honors for Chicago's Best Tours/Transportation and for Best Service.
Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company provides day-long tours throughout the city with the popular Hop On and Hop Off Signature Tour. With this tour, riders now receive a complimentary souvenir t-shirt, a sample of Garrett Gourmet Popcorn's famous Chicago mix, and a Hershey's chocolate bar as added tour amenities. The tour offerings provide riders access to an entertaining and informative tour and low-cost transportation to key cultural, shopping, dining and attractions.
Red-vested ticket sales agents for Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company are posted throughout the city, steps from most hotels, for on-the-spot purchases. Tickets can also be purchased at the Park Shop in Millennium Park.
For ticket purchases and more information, visit www.chicagotrolley.com or phone 773-648-5000.
The 2010 season rates for all-day tour access are: Explore Chicago multi-day ticket $35; Explore Chicago Child ticket $17; Signature Tour adult ticket (one day) $29; Signature Tour Senior (65 and older) and military (one day) $24. Tickets purchased between May 28 and September 6 include North, West and South neighborhood tours. For added savings, riders can purchase tour tickets online and save 10 percent off of regular rates.
Tours operate daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Vehicles depart the designated stops every 10-15 minutes. Last chance to board during summer tours is 6 p.m.
Recognized as a distinctive part of the fabric of Chicago, trolley or double decker bus transportation can be chartered for all types of events. This is a genuine Chicago experience for businesses that organize private shuttles for meetings, dinner transportation, or corporate outings. For wedding celebrations, the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company provide transportation that keeps the entire wedding party together on the big day! Party trolleys also provide a great way to celebrate life's moments including birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, and social events.
Major special events featuring Chicago Trolleys & Double Deckers include the 2008 Obama Election Night Rally in Grant Park, Chicago's Air & Water Show, Chicago White Sox World Series parade, and The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
The San Francisco-style Trolleys seat 32 and are ADA handicap accessible by request, while the open-top Double Deckers seat 70 (20 below/50 above). The comfortable Land Yacht provides a lounge-like setting for 24. For needs that cannot be otherwise accommodated, the affiliated Coach USA companies offer many additional types of vehicles for charter.
For more information, call 773-648-5000 and ask for Charter Sales, or visit www.chicagotrolley.com.
The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company manages the Park Shop, located next to Park Grill in Millennium Park at 11 N. Michigan Avenue. Here, visitors can purchase tour tickets and pick up the souvenir t-shirt included with the Explore Chicago Tour ticket. In addition, those interested in attending the Blue Man Group production can purchase discounted admission tickets at this destination. The retail shop features a selection of Chicago souvenirs, Chicago sports memorabilia, postcards and other gifts.
Store Hours: 10:30 am to 7:00 pm daily (extended hours during Park events)