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Historic Chicago South Shore Tour tickets

Gate Prices Adult $29.00
Child (3-12) $15.00

This Gray Line tour of Chicago’s South Side is a two-hour journey through the famous sites and streets of the southern half of downtown and beyond. This fully narrated tour begins in the iconic Grant Park around the Art Institute of Chicago, and continues south towards the Museum Campus, Solider Field (home of the Chicago Bears), then down onto Jackson Park and beyond. See some of the most iconic architectural and historical sites of Chicago’s South Shore.

The South Side Tour is a convenient, informative way to explore some of the highlights of Chicago that you might not otherwise visit. While you’re sure to find your way around Grant Park, and down to the major museums, you may check out the impressive Amoco Building, Jackson Park (site of the 1893 World’s Fair), the Lake Point Towers (tallest apartment buildings in the world!) or the University of Chicago’s campus. Explore Chicago like an insider with this in-depth tour.

The Go Chicago Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Historic Chicago South Shore Tour tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Please present your Pass at the Gray Line desk at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel Gift Shop for a ticket for the South Shore Tour. This tour departs from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. 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).


June-September: Tour departs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm
October–May: Tour departs at noon


New Year’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


Look for Gray Line tour guides who are easily identified by their blue shirts. Tours are occasionally not operational due to special events, outside of the control of Smart Destinations.


Located in the Palmer House Hilton Gift Shop
17 East Monroe Street, Arcade Level of Palmer House Hotel.
Chicago, IL 60603

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Blue Line to Monroe and Dearborn Street

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[4 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Great few hours - very worth while
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Comments about Smart Destinations South Side Tour by Gray Line:

Although we had visited a lot on the South side of Chicago ( Alder building etc) it was good that the tour took us into the suburbs to see sites that you would not see without having the tour.

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