Bus Tours

Bus ToursExperience the heritage and excitement of Chicago by motorcoach with these special guided tours.

Bus tours occur on select Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 p.m. and meet at the Museum.

If the tour you are interested in is sold out, contact Visitor Services at 312-642-4600 to request a place on our waiting list or inquire about our private bus tours.

Tour Listing

Devil in the White City

Saturday, July 26, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Experience the excitement of life in 1893 Chicago on this tour based on Erik Larson’s best-selling book. Visit the sites of the World’s Columbian Exposition, follow the trails of Daniel Burnham, and learn about the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.

Cost: $55, $45 members

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Life’s a Beach

Saturday, August 9, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Founded on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the City of Big Shoulders became the center of US industry. But our water is not all work. Today Chicagoans look to it for leisure and entertainment. Join Josh Eisenberg on a tour of wet and wild history—with a chance to get your feet wet.

Cost: $55, $45 members

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Day and Night

Saturday, August 23, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Travel back to 1893 with Paul Durica, who, if born earlier, might have written a chapter in the city’s original guidebook, Chicago by Day and Night. Follow the footsteps of the adventurous world’s fair visitor, as Professor Durica provides a wildly entertaining introduction to the Chicago of 120 years ago.

Cost: $55, $45 members

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Family Trolley Tours

familytrolleygroupJoin us for a real urban adventure! Guide Josh Eisenberg leads these thematic journeys though Chicago’s unique places and spaces. Tours begin at the Museum.

Recommended for kindergarten through sixth grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa.

Above & Below

Saturday, June 7, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Explore Chicago, a city with many levels that change depending on you! Look down from a rooftop garden to see steeples, window- clad buildings, and the noisy streets below. Go underground to discover the tunnels of the Chicago Pedway and hunt for signs of the massive city above.

Cost: $25 adult, $10 child; Members: $20 adult, $5 child

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Saturday, July 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Bring your peanuts and Cracker Jacks for this tour of Chicago’s fantastic sports history. Dating from the first Cubs game in 1876 to the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory in 2013, Chicagoans love their sports. Swap tales of our Bears, Bulls, Sox, Cubs, Hawks— and some others—on this perfect summer tour.

Cost: $25 adult, $10 child; Members: $20 adult, $5 child

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Water, Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cool off on this exploration of the city’s waterways. Enjoy the Lake Michigan coastline and the glorious fountains in Chicago’s parks. Take off your sandals on this wet and wild trip around the city!

Cost: $25 adult, $10 child; Members: $20 adult, $5 child

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Refund Policy:
Refunds for a tour will be given in the form of tour credit which can be applied to another tour. Credit will be given with a minimum of two weeks notice prior to the day of the tour. No exceptions.

Weather Hotline:
The Museum maintains a Weather Hotline to provide updates about weather-related delays or cancellation. If you think your program or tour may be affected by inclement weather, please call 312.799.2002 for the most current information about your tour.

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