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Art Institute of Chicago Joins Chicago CityPASS Program
CityPASS’s 2011 program runs March 1, 2011, through Feb. 29, 2012 (tickets valid through Feb. 28, 2013). 2011 pricing and program information will appear on CityPASS.com in mid-February 2011.
With Chicago CityPASS, it’s possible to blow off those winter blues without blowing your budget. CityPASS secures admission — at half off the combined ticket prices — to five top Chicago tourist attractions and things to do, including the Art Institute of Chicago, a new addition to the 2011 program (beginning March 1).
Chicago CityPASS, which costs $76 for adults and $59 for kids (3-11), also includes pre-paid tickets to Shedd Aquarium (VIP express entry), The Field Museum, Skydeck Chicago (Fast Pass entry), Adler Planetarium (may be visited in place of the Art Institute; VIP entry included), and either the John Hancock Observatory (Fast Pass entry) or the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (VIP entry). And, in addition to saving money, CityPASS lets travelers skip the main-entrance ticket line at most attractions.
The Art Institute of Chicago, which opened the expansive Modern Wing in 2009, showcases an outstanding trove of contemporary art, including modern European paintings and sculpture.
Nearby Grant Park is home to three CityPASS destinations: The Field Museum, among whose star attractions is “Sue,” the most complete T. rex skeleton ever discovered; Adler Planetarium, where Planet Explorers lets kids embark on a mission to mysterious Planet X; and Shedd Aquarium, whose Abbott Oceanarium is home to beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and other creatures.
After exploring the oceanic depths, visitors can zip to the skies using Fast Pass admission to Skydeck Chicago. Skydeck’s “Ledge” (four enclosed glass balconies that jut out from the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor) offers a head-spinning perspective 1,353 feet (412 m) straight down.
The second Chicago CityPASS option ticket gives holders a choice between John Hancock Observatory and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. At John Hancock Observatory, CityPASS holders receive VIP Fast Pass admission to the observatory, where views include Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field and Navy Pier.
At the Museum of Science and Industry, CityPASS whisks visitors into an expansive scientific theme park. Guests can experience the capture of the U-505, a WWII German submarine, or stand before a swirling, 40-foot (12 m) indoor tornado.
Purchase CityPASS at citypass.com or at any Chicago CityPASS attraction. The ticket booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. CityPASS is also available for New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Hollywood, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto.