Chicago is huge…really! Trying to navigate it on your own as a tourist can be overwhelming, and who really wants to rent a car and deal with parking in the city while on vacation? One of the best ways to see Chicago while learning about its history and beautiful neighborhoods (there are many!) is to take a tour of the city. But don’t settle for any old tour—especially when you could take a Grand Tour that takes you to all of the prominent areas of the city, with a few refreshing stops along the way. Gray Line Chicago is the tour for you!
Gray Line’s Grand Tour gives you The Windy City in all its splendor, spread out over a very relaxing and informative four-hour cruise on wheels! Visit the North Side and South Shore business districts, as well as the many stunning residential neighborhoods in the vicinity.
Your candid tour guide will then lead you through Grant Park (known as the “front lawn” of the city, and site of Soldier Field), and then check out the Art Institute of Chicago—a must-see for art enthusiasts worldwide! You’ll be amazed at the greenness of this city as you stop in at Lincoln Park and Washington Park. You’ll also pass Orchestra Hall where the Chicago Symphony regularly performs, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Other sights will include a stop at Lake Point Towers, a magnificent work of architecture that was once the world’s tallest apartment building, and then on to the famous ‘Loop’. State Street and a trip across the Chicago River (did you know it flows backwards?) will leave you in awe of this city, a hub of architectural “firsts” and business-driven landmarks. This Grand Tour of Chicago includes everything that is offered on Gray Line’s North Side and South Shore tours, and more! If time permits, visitors will be able to stop off at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Museum Campus (a substitution stop may be offered).
A Gray Line Grand Tour of Chicago lets you do so much more than check the boxes on your “to do” list and really allows you to get intimate with the city, thanks to your all-knowing tour guide-guru. It’s a great way to save on cab fare and get the big picture of this truly massive and magnificent Midwestern City. Leave the subway to the suit-clad commuters, and don your comfy pants for this super-packed, Grand Tour of the “City by the Lake”. You’ll go home with great photographs, a great understanding of the layout of Chicago, and trip-memories that will last forever.
Please note that Grand Tour customers are eligible for a complimentary shuttle service to the Gray Line departure point, and can be picked up from any of 69 designated hotels across Chicago. Enjoy the ride!
Present your Pass at the Gray Line ticket office window in the Palmer House Hilton Gift Shop (17 E. Monroe).
Please arrive a minimum of 1/2 hour prior to the scheduled departure time. Tour is based on availability on the day of service.
Your Pass allows you to ride ONE bus tour per day. (Choose between Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, North Side, South Shore, or Grand Tour (seasonal)
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Comments about Smart Destinations Grand Tour by Gray Line:
Very informative. Best way to get an overall view of the city.