There are a lot of things in Chicago to see and do; however, we all know that it can be expensive as heck driving to and from each location. Though public transportation is available, that too can get expensive. Plus, how much can you see from inside a train or a bus?
Now, I offer you the perfect solution!
Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company offers tours throughout the City of Chicago. One tour pass gets you access to five tours throughout the City for three continuous days. Additionally, the trolleys run every few minutes at each stop, so you can literally hop on and hop off as much as you like.
Each trolley that we rode featured a tour guide that gave bits of information about buildings, events, and other famous historical talking points. A cool part is that the tour guides are complete opposites of each other. From our first tour guide who was hilarious and had us cracking up laughing, to our last one was very knowledgeable and filled my head with tons of knowledge, we an array of guide personalities.
Of course, if you do not like your tour guide's style, you could always just hop off at the next stop. Trolleys come along pretty frequently. We never waited more than five minutes for a trolley to come along. It is perfect because you can get off the trolley and explore without having to worry about watching the clock. You know that once you get back to the stop, a trolley will be there very soon.
The tour we went on featured 14 stops. After starting off at Millennium Park, the tour continued through the Loop to the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Garrett's Popcorn, the Art Institute, Hilton Chicago, the Field Museum, Sheraton Hotel, and Navy Pier. At Navy Pier, we took our longest time off the trolley so that we could explore Navy Pier for the first time. Plus, at Navy Pier, we saw Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon. Read about that experience by clicking here.
Once our Navy Pier tour was over, we jumped back on the trolley to continue to The Magnificent Mile, the Water Tower, John Hancock Observatory, Hard Rock Cafe, Skydeck Chicago, and the Chicago Theatre. Once we left the Chicago Theatre, the tour returned us to Millennium Park.
We had a blast on our tour. Each time we boarded, we got seating on top of the double decker trolley. Being seated on the open air top of a double decker provided breathtaking views of the City of Chicago. Some of the views from atop the trolley could not be duplicated anywhere else. It is truly a fabulous experience.
In the future when I have an out of town guests come in, I will definitely take them on this tour. It is a great, easy way to explore the City for very little money. For $35.00, you get access to each of the five tours offered for three days. Also with each pass, you get a free T-shirt, free Garrett's popcorn sample, free candy from Candyality, and a Tour Guide booklet that includes coupons and discounts to even more attractions in the City.
So next time you find yourself in a mood to play tourist, take the Signature Tour offered by the Chicago Trolley Company. You will not disappointed.