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Michigan Avenue: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

    1. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

    Start your sunset cruise on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. Make your way along the main branch of the river towards Lake Michigan before entering the Chicago Locks, a modern engineering marvel, that will transfer the vessel onto the great Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along Lake Michigan as the sun sets behind the wonderful skyline offering several amazing views. Your local tour guide will give a very brief commentary along the Chicago River and entrance to Lake Michigan, but most of the 1.5-hour cruise is spent without narration, leaving you to watch the sun put on a beautiful display with the City skyline. Admire the many angles of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. Capture magical views of Chicago's twin super-skyscrapers, the famous Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Building. You'll also ge...

    It was the best price for a river tour and I know sometimes if you pay less you get less but this star was outstanding. I would highly recommend

  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck Admission: Skip the Ticket Desk

    2. 360 Chicago Observation Deck Admission: Skip the Ticket Desk

    Soaring 1,000 feet over Chicago’s legendary Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is one of the city’s most unique attractions. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, magnificent skyline and four neighboring states. After only a 40-second ride in North America's fastest elevators to the observation deck, you can experience what Travel & Leisure Magazine voted one of the best views in America. No other tower gets you closer to the heart of Chicago. Located on the Magnificent Mile and close to Navy Pier, 360 Chicago provides easy access to Chicago’s premier shopping and dining districts.   360 CHICAGO is also the only place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy TILT, Chicago’s tallest and most thrilling attraction. The first of its kind in the world, this one-of-a-kind marvel literal...

    This was a pretty fun experience. The drinks and views are a great combo. Good music was also played. In addition to getting an amazing view of Chicago they offer the tilt, ride. However, don’t get this confused with sky deck attraction, you would be a little upset. They are 2 very different experiences. This is worth doing especially if you have never been to Chicago before, I would recommend carving out a few hours to enjoy this.

  • Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    3. Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    From your vantage point on the double-decker sightseeing bus you'll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the 875 N Michigan, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's impressive landmarks as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. Enjoy exploring 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 Museum. You’ll travel down the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. The bridge connects the north and south sides of the city. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. There are 13 stops, where you can hop-off to visit attractions and...

    Great way to get around town and to all best attractions without paying for a can or taxi and with the plus of getting information about the different attractions along the way.

  • 360 Chicago: Observation Deck Entry with a Drink at Bar 94

    4. 360 Chicago: Observation Deck Entry with a Drink at Bar 94

    Take your cocktail hour to a whole different level at Bar 94, 360 Chicago's own inviting bar located 1,000 feet over Chicago’s spectacular Magnificent Mile. Part observation deck, part cocktail and beer destination, Bar 94 combines breathtaking views and taste-tempting cocktail combinations. Featuring locally crafted beers from Revolution Brewing and locally inspired spirits from KOVAL Distillery, Bar 94 combines amazing 360-degree views with premium beer, wine, and spirits to give you a taste of Chicago you can’t find anywhere else. Your admission includes access to 360 Chicago, formerly The John Hancock Observatory, which combines superior lake views with close-ups of Chicago’s monumental landmarks. With views consistently rated as Chicago’s best, no other tower gets you closer to the heart of Chicago. Located on the Magnificent Mile and close to Navy Pier, 360 Chicago also provides...

    It was a great experience. The only suggestion I would say is to have a few more places to sit while drinking your cocktail. Otherwise, everything was fine.

  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Open-Top Double-Decker Night Tour

    5. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Open-Top Double-Decker Night Tour

    From the top deck of a double-decker bus, experience Chicago at night. Enjoy a 75-minute, live-guided panoramic tour and take in unique views of the Chicago Skyline, comprised of world-famous skyscrapers and revolutionary architecture. Take a photo overlooking downtown from the Museum Campus in front of the Adler Planetarium. Be amazed by the beautiful water and light display of The Buckingham Fountain as you discover the bustling nightlife of Chicago. Marvel at the magical light show of the one-of-a-kind Art on the Mart, displayed on the facade of the Merchandise Mart. See the city reflect off of The Bean (Cloud Gate) at the famous Millennium Park. Experience the city that built the skyscraper and see architectural marvels like 875 N Michigan Ave (formally the John Hancock Building), the Wrigley Building, the Chicago Tribune Building, and the Willis Tower. End the tour at the Chicago ...

    It was awesome, although we didn't get the complimentary popcorn? People were saving sets for others that were LATE causing others to not get sets up top.

  • Chicago Lakefront Segway Tour

    6. Chicago Lakefront Segway Tour

    Segways are amazingly fun and there is no better way to tour a world-class city like Chicago than on your own personal set of wheels--a Segway! Our eight-mile Lakefront Chicago Segway tour lets you learn about and view and many Chicago's attractions in a highly unique way. As you glide effortlessly and enjoy the lakefront, you can learn the history of our city from your friendly and professional tour guide. With countless attractions, gorgeous parks and dazzling gardens our tour guides will ensure you receive the most stunning photo opportunities. To name only a few, we'll see Grant Park, the BP Bridge, The Bean, and the Buckingham Fountain, in addition to getting generous views of Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Segways are safe to use, easy to learn, and fun to ride. We offer a thorough training session from our certified guides before we begin the tour.

    This is a must do tour, I would recommend doing it or as the very first activity after arriving to this beautiful city, or as a farewell tour to say goodbye to the city. We did the 6:00PM tour and it was great, you get to enjoy the city at dusk and early evening and how it lights up. Our tour guide, Jeremy, was great and funny and full of fun facts. Riding the segways was fun and they are quite safe, Jeremy made sure we were all taken care and looked after us. In short words. GREAT EXPERIENCE AND FANTASTIC TOUR TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF CHICAGO

  • Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

    7. Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

    Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Your first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture. Next, enjoy a sweet treat, and local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. From there, either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi o...

    I had an amazing time on this tour! In my opinion, the walking tour allowed me to see so much more of the city, up close and from my own personal viewpoint. The tour guides were very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. We were even given "Garrett's Popcorn" and "Fannie May Chocolate" as some sweet treats. I highly recommend this tour, and I'm so glad that I did it!!

  • Chicago: Food, Architecture and History Tour

    8. Chicago: Food, Architecture and History Tour

    Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Your first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture. Next, enjoy a sweet treat, and local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. From there, either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi on the Chicago River (depending on the weather and time of y...

    This was my first time to Chicago this tour was absolutely amazing. Kelly was knowledgeable about everything Chicago..she was able to answer all questions & gave great recommendations. Would highly recommend..

  • Chicago: Gangsters, Ghosts, and Haunted Hotels Segway Tour

    9. Chicago: Gangsters, Ghosts, and Haunted Hotels Segway Tour

    If you are looking for fun things to do in Chicago at night, then this haunted Segway tour of the Windy City’s ghoulish murders and gruesome disasters, ghastly gangsters and ghostly tails is just for you. You will glide eerily around the streets escorted by an expert Segway guide. Creep through the shadows to hear true stories of ghosts and view the sites where some of Chicago's most appalling tragedies took place. You will sneak down to Lake Michigan for a look at Al Capone's haunted yacht, and pass by a Michigan Avenue hotel, alleged to be the most haunted in the city. Get the shivers as you hear accounts of the many unexplainable deaths and tales of the self-playing piano. Continue through the dark streets of downtown Chicago to Death Alley, site of the Iroquois Theatre fire where over 600 Chicagoans perished in a single day. Glide along the Chicago River to view the site of the wo...

    The views of the city at night were fantastic! It’s a great way to tour the city with teenagers. There’s not a lot that interests them when it comes to hanging out with parents but this is a win!

  • Chicago: Holiday Lights Segway 2-Hour Tour

    10. Chicago: Holiday Lights Segway 2-Hour Tour

    Bundle up in your warm clothes and make your way to the starting point near Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to meet your guide for your Segway tour. Get started with a safety briefing and orientation to the Segway, then have time to become familiar with the controls and practice riding. Once you’re ready, set off with your expert guide through downtown Chicago.  Admire the holiday splendor of the Windy City as you watch ice skaters twirl around the Millennium Park Ice Rink, located below the city’s iconic silver ‘bean’ sculpture (officially named Cloud Gate). Then glide along Michigan Avenue under trees that glow with colorful lights and take in the fabulous holiday window displays at Macy's. Stop at Daley Plaza to check out the German-inspired Christkindlmarket, the city’s largest open-air Christmas festival. Made to resemble a European village in winter, the famous market feature...

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What people are saying about Michigan Avenue

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 924 reviews

Kelly, our guide, was phenomenal! We live in the Chicagoland suburbs so thought to take an official tour to learn more details than the obvious ones we already knew. Kelly fulfilled that with much knowledge, grace and charm. Had a wonderful tour and learned a lot!!!

Fantastic! More than worth the price of admission. My husband and I took the tour and are looking forward to bringing the kids to do this again.

Such a fun way to see Chicago and get an over all feel of the city along with meaningful history!

Very quick process. There was no waiting in line to go to the 94th floor.

A very beautiful experience, and an excellent service as well!