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Why Chicago?

There are few cities in the world that can rival Chicago’s influence on the arts, culinary trends and music. There are even fewer cities that can boast of as many wall-to-wall landmarks. Consequently, Chicago sightseeing tours can sometimes seem overwhelming. Within just a few blocks, you can see the entrance to the John Hancock Tower, the high-end shops of Michigan Avenue along the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Water Tower; you can grab a bite at the original home of Chicago deep dish pizza—Pizzeria Uno’s on the corner of N Wabash Ave and E Ohio St—before walking to Navy Pier to get a full view of the majesty of Lake Michigan. Cross the Chicago River, and you’ll find Millennium Park, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Loop. Even after seeing all of these sights, you still wouldn’t have burned off the calories from the one slice of pizza you ate.

The most fun things to do in Chicago are not just seeing all of the famous Chicago attractions. Once you’ve seen your share of tall buildings, you’ll realize that tours in Chicago are more about exploring the various neighborhoods that have made the Windy City one of the most culturally diverse and influential cities in the world. If you travel north of the Loop, you’ll enter into the wealthier part of the city. Though it may be wealthy, it is certainly not stuffy. Wrigleyville, for example, is based around the Cubs' stadium, Wrigley Field. Here you will find classic Chicago-style hot dogs and sausages, sports bars and restaurants that cater to exotic palates, as well. If you go south, you'll find yourself in Lakeview, which is similar to Wrigleyville in many regards, though certainly less adamantly attached to the Cubs. Further south will lead you into the trendy neighborhoods of Bucktown and Wicker Park. These neighborhoods house hundreds of trendy restaurants, bars, boutiques and cafes, not to mention some of the most picturesque residential streets in Chicago. To the east is Lincoln Park and Old Town, two of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Chicago. To the west of the Loop, you'll find vibrant Puerto Rican, Greek and Mexican communities. To the south, you will find several African American communities, most notably Bronzeville and Hyde Park, as well as the University of Chicago.

There are dozens of day trips from Chicago. Western Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful resort towns on Lake Michigan, as well as scores of breweries, such as Bell's in Kalamazoo, Arcadia Ales in Battle Creek, Founders in Grand Rapids and Perrin in Comstock Park. You can also travel north, to Wisconsin, and go on a zip line tour through Lake Geneva.

Gray Line Chicago

If you're staying in the city for a long time, and feel as though you need to get back to nature, we also offer Chicago day trips to Wisconsin's Lake Geneva. This 2.5-hour guided zip line canopy tour will teach you about the area of Lake Geneva, as well as get you back in touch with Mother Nature. Gray Line Chicago offers several Chicago tours that will allow you to get to know the different parts of the city of Chicago. We offer Chicago bus tours that travel through the historic South Side of Chicago, the beautiful North Side of the city and tours that travel through both. These are ideal trips both for first-timers to the city, as well as those who have never taken the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the myriad of neighborhoods outside of the Loop. We also offer a Hop-On Hop-Off Chicago tour that every person who is new to the city should take. It stops at all of Chicago's most famous attractions, from the Sears Tower to Fort Dearborn.

Gray Line Chicago has been offering the local experience since 1969. Allow us to introduce you to the beauty, charm, and culture of "Chi-Town".

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