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Chicago Bus Tour with Picnic in Millennium Park

Chicago Bus Tour with Picnic in Millennium ParkPrivate Tour $750

  • 45Guests
  • Transportation
  • Private Tour
  • 5Hours
  • Certified Tour Guide
  • Lesson Plans
March 1st - November 30th

Handicap Accessible

Group will be picked up in a clean bus and will meet a City of Chicago certified tour guide at Wrigley Field.Participants will have a chance to walk around and get a sense of the park, the statues, and the bleachers on top of the neighborhood buildings.
 
Leaving Wrigley, the group heads east on Addison to get a look across Lake Shore Drive at the Kraft Totem Pole in Lincoln Park.
 
Next it is south on the Inner Drive to Belmont towards the statue of General Phillip Sheridan. Heading south on Sheridan Road, the group merges into Lincoln Park at Diversey. Here is a great view of the large statue in honor of Goethe and a statue of Alexander Hamilton in the north end of the park.Tour members will drive past the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo (we go right past the Farm in the Zoo), and onto Lake Shore Drive down around North Avenue.
 
Driving south on Lake Shore Drive,the group will exit at Michigan Avenue. This takes the tour past the John Hancock Building and past the Chicago Water Tower. Continuing south on Michigan Avenue, the group goes over the Chicago River and heads west on Wacker Drive for a great view of Marina City and the Merchandise Mart (the largest commercial building in the world).
 
The tour then makes its way to the Thompson Center for a visit to the building and the plaza with the Jean Dubuffet statue. Bathroom break!
 
Leaving the Thompson Center, the group will head west on Madison Street to go past the Ogilvie Transportation Center and past the Social Security Building with Claus Oldenberg's "Batcolumn" in front. Making their way past Union Station, the group will stop at the plaza and lobby of Sears Tower. Tour participants will be able to see the Alexander Calder mobile in the lobby and look up at this amazing building.
 
Getting back on the bus, the group will make theirway to Washington Street and go east past Daley Plaza (the Picasso) and the Joan Miro statue just across the street - heading to the south loop and past the large Calder stabile in the Federal Plaza on Dearborn.
 
We make our bus driver a bit crazy as we do some more doubling back in order to get the group to Michigan Avenue for a drive past the Art Institute to see the famous lions. This drive takes the group north on Michigan Avenue to Randolph where the driver will let the group off for a visit to Millennium Park. Here the group will see Cloud Gate ("The Bean"), Crown Fountain, the Pritzker Pavilion, and take a walk across the Frank Gehry bridge that spans Columbus Drive. Bathroom Break!This is where the group will have a chance to eat in the park. A picnic in Millennium Park - classic! Lunch can be provided for an additional fee - most groups pack their own meals.
 
During the drive, the City of Chicago certified tour guide will discuss the Water Tower and the Great Chicago Fire, the reversal of the Chicago River and the bridges, the Chicago 'L' system and whatever else comes to mind! The stops all allow for participants to get off the bus without them having to cross any streets.

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We missed our bus pick up and CEC made it easy to reschedule. Thank you to Mike and the staff for being flexible. We will be on time in the future! -Carla Pierzynski