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Show Us Your CityPASS Selfie!

Who doesn't like a good selfie contest? Traveling tends to bring out our customers' playfulness, so we thought it would be fun to have a #CityPASSselfie photo contest in support of our loyal fans. On a daily basis we receive CityPASS selfies. Might as well give away 2 CityPASS booklets in the process! What is a CityPASS selfie? It's a photo of you having fun with your CityPASS booklet in one of our 11 destinations! read more »

Lollapalooza’s Chicago History & Musical Attractions

Lollapalooza Once again this August, the Lollapalooza music festival rolls into Chicago’s Grant Park for three days of live music August 1 through August 3. This year’s acts include a diverse range of musicians that span the gamut from fresh-on-the-scene to straight-up legendary, including Lorde, Outkast, Kings of Leon, and Iggy Azalea. read more »

Steeling Your Nerves at 360 CHICAGO’s New TILT!

Ninety-four floors up in the blue (and very windy) Chicago sky is a glass and steel contraption that takes steady nerves and a bit of daring to take on: The new TILT at 360 CHICAGO. read more »

Best Cities to See 4th of July Fireworks

Best Cities for Fireworks Since July 4, 1777 -- the first birthday of the United States of America -- fireworks have been a part of our nation’s celebratory fabric. The Congressionally-sponsored fireworks were commissioned to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and delivered a rousing light show to the colonists in a patriotic pyrotechnic display. At the conclusion of the very first 4th of July celebration, 13 rocket fireworks were launched into the air -- one for each of the 13 original colonies.

Today, the tradition continues nearly 240 years later. However, what was once 13 colonies has grown to 50 states -- each with their own way of celebrating America’s birthday. Here are our picks for five of the most astounding and entertaining fireworks displays scattered throughout the U.S. read more »

Top 5 Deep Dish Pizza Spots in Chicago

Chicago Style Pizza As you make your way through the numerous unique Chicago attractions, you’ll also be be making way for a mean appetite. Luckily, you’ll probably find yourself running into a familiar aroma specific to the region, a distinct smell that may be hard to escape. read more »

Scary Sue Caption Contest

Summer is here! Let's get this party started with a Caption Contest! Submit your caption for this photo, taken at the beloved Field Museum in Chicago! Make it funny. Keep it clean. The caption with the most votes will get 2 CityPASS booklets to any city, except Southern California. Another pair of booklets will be given to a contestant of CityPASS' choice. read more »

Treading Lightly: Keeping City Travel Sustainable

A good vacation can make you feel revitalized and healthy, and stave off burnout — with thoughtful planning, your trip can do the same for the planet. No longer a marketing catchphrase meant to lure backpackers to underdeveloped locations, eco-friendly tourism today means making every effort to minimize your footprint when you travel, whether you’re headed to the other side of the world or just around the corner. read more »

Let's Get Festive: Five Fun & Funky US Fests

Spring has sprung and summer is not far behind. With the arrival of better weather, now is the time to start letting you know about all the sunny fun that’s available to you at the many festivals taking place in your favorite CityPASS destinations. Here are five fun and funky festivals to enjoy. We will share more as the season heats up! read more »

'Bike Sharing' Programs Popping Up All Over Cities

Traffic snarls, vague directions and unexpected one-way streets plague many a city traveler, and put a damper on precious vacation time. Instead of succumbing to road rage, take advantage of the public bike programs springing up in CityPASS destinations across North America. For a fee – $5 per day in Toronto, $6 in Boston and $10 in New York – these programs let you borrow bikes from docking stations strategically located throughout the central district. Designed with city cruising in mind, the bikes generally have rugged step-through frames with baskets or luggage racks, upright handle bars, responsive hand brakes, adjustable seats, three speeds, and the appropriate reflectors and safety lamps. read more »

How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Many cities throughout the United States have formal Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, but none more bizarre and exciting than Chicago. Complete with marching bands, bag-pipe players, ceremonial services, contests, parties and a variety of Irish festivities, the Windy City adds one additional element to this day that certainly spreads the holiday cheer. For almost 50 years, a group of privately funded St. Patty’s advocates have been pouring 45 pounds eco-friendly vegetable dye into the Chicago River to turn it a shimmering shade of emerald green. The dyeing of the river draws nearly 400,000 viewers each year, allowing spectators to revel in the colors of old Saint Patrick. read more »

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