Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. Colorful Comedy On Wheels

Memorial Day weekend means it's trolley time again in Chi Town!   We spent the most amazingly cool day with Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co., taking a mega-tour sampling of their 3 day tour, condensed into 8 action packed hours!    My favorite thing about Chicago Trolley is their philosophy that "teaching actors and comedians to drive a trolley provides a better experience than teaching a bus driver to give a tour."  

Our guides tag teamed the driving and the comedy, and they were hilarious and well informed.   The tour was a hoot!   One of the guys said he had a stand up comedy gig later that same night and the other said he had a standing gig as the big bad wolf.   They had the whole trolley cracking up, and between fits of laughter we hardly noticed how much we were actually learning about Chicago history, architecture, and neighborhoods.

Since 1994, this unique company has entertained and informed millions of locals and visitors on all-day sightseeing tours and private charter transportation including weddings,  corporate charters, special event transportation, pub crawls, and more.

My other favorite thing about the trolley tickets is the flexibility.    You can hop on and off at will and each 3 day ticket comes with a tee shirt and loads of valuable coupons.   I'd highly recommend trolley travel, whether you're visiting Chi Town, or local and out on the town.   They're more reasonable than a cab and far more entertaining.     We'll have full features later on a few of the popular tour destinations along their route like Wrigley Field, Willis Tower Sky Deck, The Hard Rock Cafe and The Museum of Science and Industry.   For today, though, we'll get you started with the trolley town low down.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. is thrilled to kick off another summer in Chicago, with the return of three Neighborhood Tours to the North, West and South, available Memorial Day through Labor Day (in addition to the year-round Signature Tour). New this year, the South Neighborhood Tour has included a stop at Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House all summer long.

The best value around, Chicago Trolley tickets start at only $17 and all tickets include a coupon book with more than 20 offers and over $100 in savings including Chicago’s famous Garrett’s Popcorn, Hershey’s chocolate, Corner Bakery’s fresh-baked cookies and more. 

Chicago Trolley Lets You Hop-On to Tour and Hop-Off to Explore
Everything Chicago Has to Offer With Four Tours Available at One Low Price

Hailed by Chicago Visitor's Choice Awards as “Chicago’s Best Tour,” Chicago Trolley is thrilled to celebrate another summer of fun in Chicago with the city’s premiere hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours in classic red and green trolleys and fun-filled double decker buses.  Chicago Trolley explores the culture and diversity of the many worlds which make Chicago a world-class city, from the ancient worlds on display at the Field Museum to the fashionable world of Michigan Avenue.  

Patrons can hop off to find a cool lemon ice in the old world of Taylor Street, wander the wild world of the Lincoln Park Zoo, or soak in the outside world of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront at Navy Pier.  With the one-day Signature Tour ticket or three-day Explore Chicago pass, Chicagoans and visitors can hop-on to tour, hop-off to explore and repeat as desired all day long.

“We like to show our passengers the ‘hidden worlds’ of Chicago’s lesser-known areas as well as the main attractions, so that both locals and visitors can learn something new every time they ride in one of our vehicles,” says Chicago Trolley Vice President, John Curran. “We’ve become more than a great tour. We are thought of as safe, fun, transportation for our patrons to navigate the city during their stay."
 Chicago’s Best Tour

Available year-round and covering 13 miles with 14 stops, the Hop-on Hop-off Signature Tour takes passengers to Skydeck Chicago, the famed museum campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium), the historic Chicago Theater, Millennium Park, Water Tower Place, The Art Institute, Navy Pier and the John Hancock Observatory. The full tour is approximately two hours riding time, allowing ample time for exploration.

As a fun summer extension Chicago Trolley offers an Explore Chicago three-day pass that includes Neighborhood Tours to the North, West and South from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  

The North Neighborhoods Tour travels to Wrigley Field (day games excluded) and gives guests a unique opportunity to purchase an insider tour of historic Wrigley Field. The route also includes stops at the Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Blue Man Group’s Briar Street Theatre.  The South Neighborhoods Tour adds a stop at the Museum of Science and Industry, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House and a tour of the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood, home to President Obama. The West Neighborhoods Tour offers a peek into more of the cultural diversity Chicago offers including stops in Greektown, Chinatown and Little Italy.
Chicago’s Best Value

Chicago Trolley tickets are $17 - $35. All tickets include a coupon book with more than 20 offers for savings at several restaurants and attractions, as well as free treats along the route from Garrett’s Popcorn,  Hershey’s, Corner Bakery and more. Three-day Explore Chicago passes and all children’s passes also include a free Chicago Trolley t-shirt during the summer months, while supplies last.

Tours operate daily with vehicles departing the designated stops every 10-15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. year round. The last boarding call is 6 p.m. daily during the summer months, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Tickets can be purchased from Chicago Trolley & Double Decker red-vested tickets sales agents posted in multiple locations throughout the city or online at www.chicagotrolley.com. Riders will save 10% off of regular rates when purchasing tickets in advance online.

Groups of 15 or more receive a 20% discount off the regular retail price per ticket. To receive this group rate, tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Group Ticket Sales Department at 773-890-2046.

For more information, visit www.chicagotrolley.com or call 773-648-5000.
 About Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company 

With more than 70 vehicles, The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. connects visitors to the best of Chicago's attractions, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. The popular tour and charter company has earned two Chicago Visitor's Choice Awards, including honors for Chicago's Best Tours/Transportation and for Best Service. The affiliated Stagecoach Group companies, including Coach USA and Megabus.com, also provide deluxe motor coach service to destinations throughout North America.

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