Ready to see what Chicago has to offer, but hate the idea of
downtown traffic and expensive parking garages? Chicago Trolley
& Double Decker Co. offers nonstop tours throughout the day to
many Chicago locations on either double-decker buses with an open
second level or on trolleys.
"One of the greatest advantages for families is that they have
the chance to explore Chicago at their own pace and to explore
exactly what they want to see," says John Curran, vice president of
charter sales and marketing for Chicago Trolley. "Secondarily, kids
love the open top."
The Signature Tour includes 18 stops and is recommended for
families with kids of all ages.
Cubs fans will enjoy the North Neighborhood tour, with stops at
Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park and the Chicago History Tour. If you're
ready to expose your kids to a multicultural experience, try the
West Neighborhood Tour, with stops in Chinatown, Little Italy and
The tours are all hop on, hop off, so if you want to visit one
of the stops, you can hop back on the next bus. The buses, as well
as the bright red trolleys, operate nonstop from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
daily. And you don't even need to get off the buses or trolleys-if
your kids love to ride, you can just hang out on the bus and check
out the city from its windows.
For families coming into the city by public transportation,
there are pickups at Union or Ogilvie stations. Tickets are $29,
$24 seniors and military personnel, $17 kids age 3-11. Ten percent
discounts are available when booking online. For more information,
call (773) 648-5000 or visit chicagotrolley.com.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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