Free Offers Combine Budget Travel with a Real Chicago Experience

Jun 30, 2011, 10:30 ET from Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

CHICAGO, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most visitors come to Chicago armed with a list of "must sees" including Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Wrigley Field. The trick is… how do you pack it all in and not break the family piggy bank?

The abundance of terrific entertainment in the Windy City could prove overwhelming, and an unseasoned Chicago driver could spend their day seeing the parking garages rather than the sights.  Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. has created a relaxing, affordable way to savor Chicago's highlights in more ways than one.  This summer, each tour includes expert tour guides to provide fun facts and anecdotes, all day access to hop-on and off as you explore the city, and also free souvenirs and treats.

"Our tours are absolutely the best value in Chicago," says Chicago Trolley Vice President, John Curran, who is proud that the tour has been hailed as "Chicago's Best" by the Visitor's Choice Awards. "You won't just see the best spots in the city from our sunny double deckers, you will hop-off for free souvenirs, great food, and enhanced experiences."

Coupons within Chicago Trolley's Explore Chicago tickets ($35 adult, $17 child) include truly free offers such as a free Chicago t-shirt at Millennium Park's Park Shop, free Garrett Popcorn, free Hershey's candy bar, and a free Icedream® Cone from Chicago's newly opened Chick fil-A. There is even a free jewelry cleaning kit offered by New York Jewelers. Some incentives offered "with purchase" include a free cookie from Corner Bakery and free kids meals at Rainforest Cafe. The ticket book has 20 special offers.

"We travel with our own families and know that expenses add up quickly," says Curran. "We wanted to create a tour product to give families a fun tour of Chicago and also the chance to enjoy the best parts of the experience first-hand. So we asked our partners to help enhance the tour experience and they really delivered."

The year-round Hop-on Hop-off Signature Tour focuses on downtown highlights, including Skydeck Chicago, the Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Water Tower Place, Navy Pier, the Theatre District and more. The Explore Chicago pass, valid for up to 3 days, allows you to venture north, south or west into Chicago's diverse neighborhoods, through Labor Day weekend.

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SOURCE Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.