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Historic Chicago South Shore Tour tickets

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

Learn all about Chicago’s history and see the South Shore’s iconic spots on this two-hour Historic Chicago South Shore Tour – a fully narrated and entertaining way to experience the highlights of Chicago and see the city’s major sights.

Your tour’s professional guide will point out places of interest and major institutions as you pass by while providing relevant history and context as well as some lesser-known facts about everything you see along the way. Sights you’ll see include:

  • Grant Park, home of Millennium Park, Cloud Gate (aka ‘the Bean’), the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, and more
  • Museum Campus: Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and Soldier Field (where the Chicago Bears play)
  • Camera stop at Museum Campus (or a substitute location)
  • 80-story Amoco Oil Building, completely faced in white granite
  • South Commons residential community
  • Jackson Park, where the famous Colombian Exposition of 1893 was held
  • University of Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Lake Point Towers, the world’s tallest apartment building adjacent to Navy Pier
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Getting In

Please present your pass at the Gray Line ticket office window in the Palmer House Hilton (17 E Monroe St). It will be validated, and returned with a ticket for the South Side Tour.

This tour departs from the Gray Line office located at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Please arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Tour is based on availability on the day of service. Tours are occasionally not operational due to special events, outside of our control.

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)

Hours

June-September: Tour departs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm
October–May: Tour departs at 12:00 noon

Closings

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

Note

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.

Address

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 Streets
 

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[ 5 of 7 customers found this review helpful ]

Great few hours - very worth while
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Historic Chicago South Shore Tour:

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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