Tour Chicago with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co For a Real Chicago Experience

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Experience the beauty, architecture, culture of the City of Chicago in a Chicago Tour riding on top of a Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co bus.


I’ve lived in Chicago all my life and I’ve taken my kids into the city many times. We’ve driven in the car around the city, we’ve taken the train into the city, we’ve walked around the city to experience parts of it but nothing compared to our experience riding on top of a Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. Tour Bus and being able to hop off and hop back on at the designated location stops.


When you drive around Chicago you don’t get to see everything there is to see, your too busy trying to navigate your through traffic and watching the street signs to really experience the culture, the tall buildings, the stores, the sites, or the people.  Riding on top of the Double Decker Bus with the luxury of seeing it all from above with a tourists view. It really is an incredible must have experiences for guest of Chicago and anyone wishing to know a little more about the beautiful city of Chicago.


The tour guide was fantastic. She told us about the city and past history of Chicago. Shared stories about the people who helped shape our city. She told us about the stops and places that were coming up on our drive and people were even allowed to get off and get back on. Each stop was only 5 minutes but if you hurry you can get off and take a few photos and get right back on.

The Chicago Double Decker tour guide was even happy to answer any questions the riders had. She was sure to warn the riders on top about the tree’s that hung low so no one would get wacked in the face or head by a branch.


The best part of riding on top of the bus other than not having to look through a glass window was being able to have the best view and see it all from above. Driving past well known popular Chicago spots like Water the Tower, Michigan Ave shopping, Millennium Park, Navy Pier (which is where we caught the bus), drive past the Museums – Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium and so much more.


The tour we took was the Night Tour. The Night Tour showcases Chicago’s dazzling skyline and illuminated landmarks after the sun goes down. Beginning at Sheraton Hotel the Night Tour makes stops at the Skydeck, Hilton Chicago, Navy Pier and the Hancock Tower featuring 360 Chicago, allowing passengers to hop-on or hop-off throughout the evening.

The Night Tour operates daily from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is approximately 90 minutes in duration.  It really is a great deal for the time you spend traveling and being able to get off and jump back on is the best part especially if your on a day time tour. This will allow you to get off the bus stop off for lunch, do a bit of shopping, and sight see a bit and take photos of the beautiful city of Chicago.


My family and I really loved the Trolley Tours. We talked about taking the Double Decker tour in the past and just never got around to it. I’m really happy that we were invited to experience this tour to share our experience with my audience.  I think it is really an incredible adventure and I look forward to bring my kids down and other family members to do it again and this time during the day so we can experience getting off and touring our beautiful city. We caught the Trolley near Navy Pier that day and enjoyed walking around before hand. Next time I think we’d like to make a whole day of touring the beautiful city of Chicago with Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.

Next time we’ll bring a light jacket. It did get a little chilly riding up top with the wind from driving and the sun going down.

Thanks so much for your hospitality and the Best riding tour of Chicago we’ve ever experienced!


For exact departure times and tracking options for all tours, visit All
Chicago Trolley Tours run through September (with the Downtown Tour running year-round), and each tour is included with the Three Day, Two Day and One Day tickets.

Ticket Information

Tickets are sold as a Three Day Ticket ($52 for adults/$50 online), a Two Day Ticket ($49 for adults/$47 online) and a One Day Ticket ($39 for adults/$37 online). Tickets for children ages 5 – 15 are $19/$18 online and are good for up to three days; children four and under ride free. Tickets include treats from Garrett Popcorn as well as a coupon book with over $100 in savings at partner venues.

Tours operate daily with vehicles departing the designated stops beginning at 9 a.m.
Passes can be purchased in-person at various stops along the tour route or in advance online at Groups of 15 or more receive a 20% discount off the regular retail price per ticket.

To receive this group rate, tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 773.648.5000.

About Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company

Founded in 1994, Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. operates its famous “hop on hop off” tour year-round, stopping and starting at 13 different attractions downtown. From May through September, they also offer neighborhoods tours and a night tour as part of your ticket package. Not only are they the largest tourism transportation company in Chicago, but they also drive for more than five thousand private events for locals each year all over downtown, the suburbs, and throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

They provide festive and classic transportation for company outings, weddings, convention shuttles, school tours, parades, and parties. They have thirty-nine trolleys and twenty-seven open-top double decker buses. They’ve won numerous Chicago Visitors’ Choice Awards for Best Tours and Best Service, as well as Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence the past five years in a row.

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11 Responses

  1. Sara Zielinski says:

    I would love to visit chicago this sounds like a great experience.

  2. Cynthia R says:

    Chicago is one of my favorite cities. Went for a wedding for a few days and was able to see and do a lot.

  3. heather says:

    I am planning a trip there soon and I think I will take one of these trips.

  4. hannah says:

    how fun, I had no idea chicago had a doubledecker. I imagine it could get pretty loud up on top though

  5. shelly peterson says:

    I have never been to Chicago before but would love to visit. It would be fun to take a tour like this.

  6. Sarah L says:

    That would be a fun way to see the city. Thanks for the info.

  7. G K says:

    I haven’t been in over 15 years, but I wish I could have been on one of these.

  8. Janet W. says:

    I’ve never done a tour like this before! Looks like a really fun day!

  9. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I have never been to Chicago. That looks like a lot of fun!

  10. James Robert says:

    Chicago is a great place and I sure hope they can get all the crime out of there to end.

  11. Debbie P says:

    I have lived in the Chicagoland area for almost 48 years and I have never been,but I do want to go soon!