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Chicago: Downtown Chicago Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

1. Chicago: Downtown Chicago Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

Discover Chicago from above on this 15-minute helicopter tour. Capture pictures of stunning city views as you fly over downtown Chicago. View sights like Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, and Soldier’s field (home of the Bears). Check in at the tour supplier's centrally-located office in Chicago and get ready to take off with a company that is committed to a safety-first policy. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable helicopter and experience the excitement of lifting off. Feel the thrill of flying north over the Chicago River and past downtown, before looping over iconic Wrigley Field and flying back south along the famous Chicago beaches and Navy Pier. Snap pictures above the Willis Tower, the Chicago River, Wrigley Field (home of the Cubs), Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, and Soldier’s field (home of the Bears). End your tour with a smooth landing.

Chicago: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

2. Chicago: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

From your vantage point on the double-decker sightseeing bus, you'll enjoy towering views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower, and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's most impressive landmarks while listening to entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's unique and exciting history. Explore this dynamic city with the freedom to hop on and hop off as many times as you wish to visit attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Natural History Museum. You’ll travel along the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. All stops are conveniently located to make navigating your way around the city easy. With a choice of 24 or 48-hour tickets, you can take your time discovering Chicago.

Chicago: Lake Michigan Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

3. Chicago: Lake Michigan Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

Immerse yourself in the sights and learn about Chicago’s history and architecture during a cruise on Lake Michigan. Take advantage of skip-the-line entry privileges with a barcoded ticket that lets you proceed directly to the boarding line. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city for the first time, taking in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline from the lake makes for a perfect outing. You’ll see the city as never before while listening to commentary on Chicago's history and architectural gems. Simply hop on board, sit back, relax, and enjoy as you admire Chicago's most significant landmarks and striking buildings that make up the city's skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.

Chicago: Medieval Torture Museum Ticket with Ghost Hunting

4. Chicago: Medieval Torture Museum Ticket with Ghost Hunting

Gain entry into one of the largest interactive torture museums in the USA with this attraction ticket. Explore the museum with an audio guide and learn about the terrible history of punishment, torture, and executions from humanity's darkest times. Enter the 5,000 square foot exhibition and get your audio guide from the greeter. Follow the guide's instructions to learn about the hundreds of examples of torture, interrogation, restraint, and execution devices. Gain a greater understanding of how the devices worked by viewing the wax sculptures depicting executioners and victims. While you explore the museum, you can also participate in the thrilling Ghost Hunting Experience by downloading the app.

Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Learn about Chicago's history, culture, and architecture on a self-guided tour via an app. Enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Start by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one (download instructions received via email after booking). After downloading the app, head to the starting point of the tour at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. As you being to walk, spot the DuSable Bridge and learn about the iconic terracotta Wrigley Building. From there, head west and pass Wabash Bridge, once voted America’s Most Beautiful Bridge. After that, see the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Next, stop by the 600-foot Marina Towers. Learn how these towers function as a “city within a city.” Head to the Dearborn Street Bridge and hear why an angry mob once gathered here with axes. Listen to the tale of one of the strangest and deadliest shipwrecks in American history. Learn how a devastating shipwreck happened on a river only 20-feet deep. Continue on toward the Merchandise Mart, a gorgeous example of Art Deco architecture. Learn how the Chicago River helped this city go from a small settlement to a bustling hub of culture and commerce. Next, arrive at Wolf Point, where Chicago’s very first hotel stood almost 200 years ago. Dig into the era when this place was little more than a wild frontier, then head back the way you came for the final section of the tour. Stop at the Tribune Tower containing pieces of historic buildings from across the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Berlin Wall. Next, come face to face with NBC’s Chicago headquarters, modeled after the famous skyscraper at 30 Rockefeller Center. Finally, arrive at the last bridge separating the Chicago River from Lake Michigan, where the tour concludes. Take in the soothing scenery and snap a few photos for your Instagram.

Chicago: Millennium Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

6. Chicago: Millennium Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

On this self-guided walking tour where your phone is your personal guide, explore Millennium Park’s best sights and dive into some of Chicago’s little-known history along the way. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your tour at the park’s north end, by Harris Theater for Music and Dance. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route via the app that will be your guide, narrator, and map in one. Head south toward the Pritzker Pavilion while learning some background on how the park came into existence. As an added perk, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Once at the impressive pavilion, learn about the vast array of performances held here and the high-tech design which makes it all possible, as well as the man behind it: Jay Pritzker. Get the full story on this precocious kid who went from building model cities out of his grandfather’s scrap wood to designing some of the most famous structures in the country. As you continue, you’ll come to the park’s so-called Secret Garden. Take a stroll along a peaceful boardwalk surrounded by plant life and listen to the little-known symbolism behind the garden’s design. Pause for a fantastic look at Chicago’s skyline before heading past the Art Institute of Chicago and ending up at the astonishing Crown Fountain. Get familiar with the intricately detailed face towers of the fountain, then head north toward Chicago’s most famous sculpture. At last, arrive at Cloud Gate, known by the locals as The Bean. Learn about the artist behind it as well as the technique he used to create such a huge, smooth surface. At the end of your tour, don’t forget to snap some surreal pictures of your reflection.

Chicago: The Pink Panther City Exploration Game - App Guided

7. Chicago: The Pink Panther City Exploration Game - App Guided

The Pink Panther Diamond has been stolen and it's up to you to crack the case! This hilarious and fun Outdoor Adventure will navigate you to the hot spots, highlights and best parts of the city that we know you'll want to see. You'll discover new places, hidden gems and little nooks that you might want to return to, all while being entertained by the inimitable Inspector Clouseau, as you practice your detective skills and deduce your way to solving the Case of the Missing Diamond. Your adventure Starts and ends at The Museum of Science and Industry in the picturesque Hyde Park District, where you can enjoy indulge in their exhibits, discover fine arts or if the weather permits, hit the 57th street Beach. Be sure to check out the Museums schedule for free days too. Throughout your journey you are the star, so soak up the wonderous diversity and appeal offered up by this awesome city, as you venture far and wide through a variety of neighborhoods from Lincoln Square, to the world famous home of the Cubs; Wrigley Field and the luxurious Hotels and shops of Downtown, to Northerly island park and beyond. Explore until your hearts content. Then, when it's time to move on, tap the button and the adventure continues! Whether you journey Solo, with friends or family, you will have the freedom to explore each location at your own pace. If you find a spot that you want to hang out in, no problem. The bounce app will wait until you're ready to move on, whether it’s in an hour or even the next day. Your adventure remains available to you until you complete it, so feel free to take your time, which, won't be too hard if the Chi Town traffic is anything to go by, but hey, we can't control everything. The Pink Panther and the Case of the Missing Diamond is the best way to discover a new destination or even rediscover your hometown. So, get your tickets, jump in the car and explore the city the today! (Please note that your adventure is available the moment you purchase your ticket, regardless of the set date/time.)

Chicago: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Chicago: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour through Millennium Park will begin at the park’s north end. From there, you’ll walk toward the famous Pritzker Pavilion, the park’s centerpiece. Once at the pavilion, you’ll learn about the biggest performances held here, the high-tech design, and the man behind it all: Jay Pritzker. Next you’ll see the park’s “Secret Garden,” a beautiful green space featuring a peaceful boardwalk and fantastic skyline views. After that, you’ll spot the Art Institute of Chicago and continue on to the incredible Crown Fountain, known for its intricately detailed “face towers.” At last, you’ll arrive at Cloud Gate, known by the locals as “The Bean” (but don’t tell the artist)! Get to know the wacky artist behind it, find out how he created such a huge, smooth surface, and don’t forget to snap some pictures of your reflection! The Millennium Park tour concludes here. Your Riverwalk tour begins by the historic DuSable Bridge. Here, you’ll learn not only about this picture-perfect bridge, but also about the iconic Wrigley Building. From there, you’ll stroll west along the riverside, past what was once voted America’s Most Beautiful Bridge. After that, you’ll stop at the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial for a moment of somber reflection. The next stop is hard to miss: It’s the Marina Towers, looming 600 feet over the river. Find out why people say these towers are a “city within a city,” then keep walking to the Dearborn Street Bridge. Hear the full story of why an angry mob once descended on this bridge with axes, then continue your stroll. As you walk, your audio guide will also recount the tale of one of the deadliest shipwrecks in American history… which took place right on the Chicago River! Up next is the humbly-named (but not so humbly designed) Merchandise Mart. This gorgeous example of the art deco style is sure to pique the interest of any budding architects! Next, you’ll reach Wolf Point, where, nearly 200 years ago, Chicago’s very first hotel once stood. Then you’ll get a good look at the Tribune Tower, home to the famous Chicago Tribune. This skyscraper also contains pieces of historic buildings from across the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Berlin Wall! After that, you’ll come face to face with NBC’s Chicago headquarters, which look suspiciously like the iconic 30 Rockefeller Center in the Big Apple… because it was modeled after that iconic skyscraper! Finally, you’ll stop by the last bridge separating the Chicago River from the great lake beyond. It’s a great place to admire the scenery, and an even better one to snap some photos for your Insta. The Riverwalk tour concludes here. This bundle is the easiest, most flexible way to see the Windy City. So what are you waiting for?

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The tour bus really covers the highlights of Chicago. The bus drivers are fun and provide extra useful information. Really enjoyed the rides.

It was great! Awesome price, the layout was fun, and it had the whole creepy vibe going on!

Muy lindo recorrido, solo hay que ir bien abrigado porque el frío y aire es muy fuerte

We had a great time in Chicago. This app was one of the reasons why!

It was a great tour on a beautiful day. Very much worth taking.