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.

All Aboard! Chicago Railroads

Saturday, April 26, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Climb aboard and envision life on the rail with railroad historian Drew Sexton. Discover the role of railroads in the development and growth of Chicago. Visit railroad landmarks, including the Pullman neighborhood, and tour Union Station.

Cost: $55, $50 members

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> Learn more about our Railroaders exhibition

New Architecture in Chicago

Saturday, May 3, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Explore the bold, brave, and ever dynamic new architecture of Chicago with architectural historian Rolf Achilles.

Cost: $55, $50 members

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Great Walls of Chinatown

Saturday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Tour Chinatown and learn about its landmarks including the Chinese Madonna at St. Therese Church, the historical Pui Tak Center/On Leong Building, a landmark of traditional Chinese architecture, and stop by the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago.

Cost: $55, $50 members

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Chicago by Day and Night

Saturday, May 3, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Chicago By Day and Night is a guidebook published for visitors to Chicago during the 1893 world's fair. On this tour Paul Durica and Bill Savage will take you on a wildly entertaining journey through the Chicago of 120 years ago.

Cost: $55, $50 members

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Chicago Ghost Hunt

Saturday, May 3, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Join us on a paranormal tour through the city with expert Ursula Bielski. Resurrect stories from the Fort Dearborn Massacre, see Prairie Avenue’s eerie “Mansion Row,” the death site of Resurrection Mary, and drink-up tales from the haunted Congress Hotel. Wake the dead and visit local haunts on this unique tour!

Cost: $40, $30 members

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Insomniac Tour

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 a.m.–3:00 a.m.

Explore the history of the Second City that never sleeps. Discover late-night laughs, and learn about Chicago's culture after dark.

Cost: $40, $30 members

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Hot Off the Press!

Sunday, May 4, 4:00 a.m.–6:00 a.m.

Be a part of the city’s morning routine and find out how local reporters prepare for a day of the breaking-news cycle that never ends.

Cost: $40, $30 members

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The 7 Wonders of Chicago

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

We know that Chicago is literally “wonder full,” but for the city’s 7 Wonders, what makes the cut? From our famous Chicago hot dogs (ketchup-less, of course), to our fantastic Blues scene, to the stunning lakefront, this is your chance to choose the wonders that best represent your city with public historian Josh Eisenberg.

Cost: $55, $50 members

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This tour is based on the Chicago Tribune’s “7 Wonders of Chicago” from 2005.

Devil in the White City

Saturday, May 17, 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, $50 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.

The City that Goes

Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

For nearly 150 years, people have gotten around—and through—Chicago by every means possible: trains, boats, cable cars, the L, automobiles, even bicycles. Families, come explore the history of getting around the city.

Cost: $25 adults, $10 children. Members: $20 adults, $5 children

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> Learn more about our Railroaders exhibition

The Chicago Flag

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

One of Chicago’s greatest symbols is its flag. Created in 1917 and voted the second-best US city flag in 2004, it is a code for what makes the city great! Follow the design of the flag as we talk about Chicago’s history and geography.

Cost: $25 adults, $10 children. Members: $20 adults, $5 children

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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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