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Chicago Fact: The Loop is so named because Chicago's elevated train tracks (locals call it The El) surround the area.

Hop On Hop Off Tour

Voted Chicagos Best Tour / Buy Now and SAVE
Our HOP ON HOP OFF Tour has been the gold standard for an entertaining & informative tour as well as low-cost transportation to shopping, dining & attractions. Enjoy some special Chicago treats including a FREE T-shirt (Explore Pass only!), Hershey bar from the Hershey Store and Garrett popcorn sample!
Offered By: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
Operates: Daily Through Jan 1 2016 Excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
Tour Length: Approximately 2 hours
Departs From: 12 Locations. Tours usually leave approximately every 20-25 minutes daily between 9am & 4pm. Come anytime you want!
Price: Explore Chicago Adult Pass (Multi-Day Ticket -Good for up to 3 consecutive days!) - $45.00 Online Price $43.00

Rising from the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a cultural, architectural, and historic showcase. Welcome to your urban adventure! With 7,000 restaurants and 77 neighborhoods, Chicago offers innumerable choices. Your tour ticket gives you rides, guides and the chance to make this city your own. Called an architect's playground, Chicago is now your playground.

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Ride The Red & Green Trolleys® and our Big Red Double Decker Buses. Your Hop On Hop Off Tour ticket gives you transportation to the most famous Chicago attractions.  You will enjoy our two hour Signature Tour, covering 13 magnificent miles of Chicago's downtown and the Loop. We encourage you to take your time and hop on and hop off all day!

With the Explore Chicago Pass you can go visit a Chicago attraction or museum, shop until you drop, or enjoy lunch and just explore and you have 3 full days to use it. The Signature Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour runs all year long, seven days a week except for inclement weather days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our vehicles run approximately 20-25 minutes apart so you can hop back on with your ticket all day.

You can now get a lot more then just our Signature Tour to go on.  Come check out our 3 Neighborhoods Tours! We'll take you north to Lincoln Park Zoo, south to the Museum of Science and Industry and west to Little Italy. All ticketed passengers receive a FREEFREEGarrett Popcorn sample and much, much more! Look at our specials and promotions page for a sneak peak at all the goodies you can get with your purchase of a ticket.

It's said that all roads lead to Chicago. Our staff and your CHICAGO GUIDE will help you have the most fun with the greatest ease. With diverse backgrounds, our tour guides and drivers have one thing in common -- a passion for Chicago. While you tour everything from underground streets to internationally-acclaimed skyscrapers, we're excited to share our knowledge. This is your ticket to Chicago. Enjoy the ride!

* Route stops and timing are subject to change. Please call 773-648-5000 or check the website to confirm route changes and pricing.

Hours of Operation:

Signature Tour: Operates daily beginning at 9am. You can Hop on and off until  5pm with the last full tour beginning at 4pm.  Operates Year Round (excludes inclement weather days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).

Tickets can be purchased at most boarding locations beginning at 9:00 AM. For locations without a ticket booth, you can board the trolley and purchase a ticket from the next available sales staff. Remember you can save by buying online!

Route subject to change. No boarding or exiting from Chicago Trolleys and Double Deckers except at the designated stops.

Group Ticket Sales:

Groups of 15 or more receive 20% off our regular retail price per ticket. Advanced sale must be set-up through our Group Ticket Sales Department 2 weeks prior to the tour date. To pre-purchase group tickets, please call Nick at 773-890-2011. In charge of meal planning? Consider tesori!

Explore Chicago Adult Pass (Multi-Day Ticket -Good for up to 3 consecutive days!) - $45.00 Online Price $43.00
Kids Explore Chicago Pass (3 thru 11 / under 3 Free) (Multi-Day Ticket -Good for up to 3 consecutive days!) - $18.00 Online Price $17.00
Signature Tour Ticket (Good for 1 day- Valid for Signature Tour ONLY) - $35.00 Online Price $33.00

No refunds will be given for unused tickets. Route stops, timing and pricing subject to change. Tickets purchased online can be redeemed at any of our numbered tour stops.

PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES: It is required that you contact CHICAGO TROLLEY® at least 48 hours prior to the date of travel at 773-648-5000 seven days a week.

Operates: All Year Round Except for the Days Noted Above
Tour Length: Approximately 2 Hours
Departs: Every 20-25 Minutes from the Stops Listed Below
Be sure to re-board by 4:30 - 5:00 PM to reach your end-of-day destination

Tour Map

Stop 1


NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave


  • Meet our Signature tour here
  • Take a stroll, board a boat tour, hail a water taxi, or eat on the river at Dick's Last Resort 
  • Hike the levels of the drawbridge, find its friezes and reliefs honoring Fort Dearborn and city history
  • Stop into the Bridgehouse Museum to learn more about Chicago's amazing bridge system






Stop 2



W. Side of State between Washington and Randolph

  • Pick up your FREE T-shirt at our Explore Store! (With Explore Pass only)
  • Visit New York Jewelers, the largest shop on historic Jewelers Row and pick up your FREE gift bag and $50 gift card
  • Visit the iconic Chicago Theatre 
  • The perfect place to shop and dine in the heart of the loop.
Stop 3

Across from Museum at Michigan and Adams
  • Explore the top Impressionist collection in the country and works from ancient times to today at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Steps from the Art Institute, tesori offers Italian-inspired cuisine, global wines and craft beers.
  • Stroll through the famous Millennium Park to take pictures with Cloud Gate ("The Bean"), hear music at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion and dine at the Park Grill
Stop 4


NW corner of Michigan and 8th near bus stop


  • Waltz through the Hilton's ballrooms, mini-museum and Kitty O'Shea's pub
  • Listen to the blues at Buddy Guy's Legends.
  • Enjoy Grant Park's gardens, sculptures, solitude, and gorgeous lake views
  • Feel the waters of Buckingham Fountain and Lorado Taft's Fountain of the Great Lakes


Stop 5

At the south main Field Museum entrance

  • Chow down on Chicago's famous hot dogs at Kim & Carlo's stand.
  • Step inside the famous Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium!
  • "Bear Down" and tour Soldier Field
  • Honor the police or spot the ancient Roman column in Gold Star Park.
Stop 6


N of corner of Columbus & N. Water, across from NBC Tower 
  • Delight in river views from this hotel or watch Centennial Fountain spray.
  • Watch news and syndicated shows filmed at NBC


Stop 7
Blue tents on north side of horseshoe driveway
  • Come see Garrett Popcorn's vintage kettle and popper located in the Family Pavillion Food Court. While you're there, get your FREE sample of famous Garrett Popcorn 
  • Chicago's #1 year-round attraction! 15 story ferris wheel, IMAX, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, restaurants, shopping and much more!
  • Step into the world of Forrest Gump and enjoy lots of shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 
Stop 10


NE end of Michigan Ave bridge

  • Shop, shop, shop, shop, shop in the Magnificent Mile
  • Buy Cubs stuff, watch WGN Radio live, and find your stone in the Tribune Tower
  • Take a break in Plaza of the Americas
  • Visit famous buildings like the Wrigley, the Intercontinental, and the Trump Towers
  • Grab some "cheezborgers" at Billy Goat Tavern
Wrigley Building 
Stop 10


SE corner of Pearson and Michigan

  • Shop til you drop at the world's first (and Chicago's largest) vertical mall!
  • Visit the historic Water Tower exhibits and visitor center
  • Get dolled up at American Girl Place
  • Visit an all-new Garrett popcorn location
  • Pick up your FREE Hershey Bar from the Hershey Store!

Stop 10


SE corner of Delaware and Michigan
  • Chicago's Best Views of the Lake and 4 states as voted by Chicago Tribune readers, Tripadvisor and Yelp reviewers.
  • Sits 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile and with breathtaking 360 degree views of the city skyline, it delivers unique perspectives of Chicago, interactive learning opportunities in 7 languages and 'Tilt' - the exhilarating way to experience Chicago from a whole new angle.
  • Enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails at The Grill! (Where Hollywood eats)
Stop 11


W side of Clark between Ontario and Ohio

  • Enjoy Legendary American Cuisine, Memorabilia, and Rock Shop at the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Eat in this district's pizza places, hot dog joints, flagships or upscale steak houses
  • Explore your wild side among the flora and waterfalls of Rainforest Cafe
  • Howl at the Moon's dueling piano bar is a few blocks south
  • Browse the legendary Jazz Record Mart


Hard Rock Cafe 
Stop 12


On Jackson across from the SkyDeck entrance

  • Step outside the tallest building in the city! At 1,353 feet and 103 floors, the Ledge's glass boxes will let you experience the Windy City like never before!
  • Compare modern steel to classics like the Brooks and the Civic Opera as you walk to the Merc or CBOT
  • Play millionaire at the Money Museum





Show: West Neighborhoood Tour Details
North Neighborhood Tour Details
South Neighborhood Tour Details

Tour Map



Tour Length: Approximately 2 Hours

Departs: Every hour and a half from Stop #1

Stop 1


NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave
  • Meet ALL of our tours here.


Stop 2

E of Wentworth Street next to Nine Dragons Wall

  • Experience the food and shopping of Chinatown

Stop 3

Next to DiMaggio Statue 1/2 block W of Loomis Street

  • Experience the food and shopping of Little Italy
Stop 4

Jackson Street E of Halsted

  • Experience the food and shopping of Greektown


Tour Length: Approximately 2 Hours

Departs: Every hour and a half from Stop #1


Stop 1

NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave

  • Meet ALL of our tours here.


Stop 2


Stockton drive just south of Webster Ave

  • Explore the city's largest public park and pilot a paddle-boat in the lagoon
Stop 3

Halsted in front of Briar Street Theater

  • If you haven't seen Blue Man Group, you haven't seen Chicago
  • Everyone loves the hilarious show the Chicago Tribune calls "the perfect entertainment"






Tour Length: Approximately 2 Hours

Departs: Every hour and a half from Stop #1

Stop 1


NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave
  • Meet ALL of our tours here.


Stop 2

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY Past the CTA bus stop in front of the north entrance

  • The only remaining building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, The Museum of Science and Industry is now the largest science museum in the western hemisphere!
  • Wander through 14 acres of hands-on exhibits, including a 13-foot giant heart, a 40-foot tornado and so much more!!

Operates: May 1st - September 30th

Tour Length: Approximately 2 Hours


Stop 1


NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave

  • Catch ALL of our tours here.




Stop 2

Blue tents on north side of horseshoe driveway


  • Chicago's #1 Attraction! Music, food, IMAX, fireworks and more.
  • Enjoy one-of-a-kind views of the skyline at night from the 150-foot ferris wheel!

Stop 3

NE end of Michigan Ave. bridge


  • Shop, shop, shop, shop, shop!
  • Admire the spectacularly illuminated Wrigley building with the historic Water Tower in the distance
Stop 4



  • Watch the sunset from the Observatory and Open Air Skywalk at 1,000 feet above Michigan Avenue.
Helpful Tour Tips

tip 1 Hang on to your Explore Chicago Pass! It can be used to ride the trolleys and double deckers on all four of our tours for up to three consecutive days. Since it's impractical ride every tour in one day, strategize your Explore Chicago itinerary! And if you want a specific type of vehicle, your wait time may increase.

tip 2 For safety, passengers are not permitted to stand on the trolleys or buses. Occasionally a vehicle arrives with no available seats. Don't worry: another vehicle will arrive soon!

tip 3 Chicago's festivals, drawbridges, and traffic sometimes cause delays and re-routes. These conditions may alter arrival times at tour stops.

tip 4 Our tours vary in length. The hop on, hop off feature lets you determine how much time you spend on each tour!

tip 5 Our Signature Tour begins daily at 9a.m. Please refer to your ticket for last reboarding time. Allow extra time at each stop for wait time and boarding at the end of the day.

tip 6 We still operate our open-top buses on cold or rainy days. With Chicago's unpredictable weather, we're unable to offer refunds due to weather; however, we'll try to make these days comfortable for you.

tip 7 The Official Guide Book is NOT your ticket. You received your tour ticket at time of purchase. Please keep your ticket with you at all times: it is needed to board all of our tour vehicles.

tip 8 The North, South and West Neighborhoods tours operate daily on specific time schedules found with the maps in the Official Guide Book. The Neighborhoods Tours will run through January 4th, 2015. THESE TOURS ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Please visit us again in May!

tip 9 If you're traveling with 8 or more people, it may be beneficial for you to split up during the day. You'll find it easier, especially in peak-season, to board with a smaller group.

tip 10 To make your Chicago visit even more affordable, take advantage of the valuable coupons in the back of your Official Guide Book.

tip 11 We also offer savings on many famous and fun Chicago attractions. See a ticket agent for details!

tip 12 Save shopping time and buy all Chicago souvenirs at the Explore Store. Coupons are in the back!