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Settle Into The Season With New Museum Exhibits

Special exhibit season is in full swing at many museums throughout the country. The holidays are a perfect time to catch an exhibit you’ve heard or read about. Museum hopping, snow falling, hot cocoa sipping, street strolling...there’s something special about this time of year. Add one of these museums and exhibits to your holiday list today. read more »

Halloween Thrills and Chills in CityPASS Cities

If you live in a CityPASS town, you’ll be happy to learn that many are hailed as the top trick-or-treating cities in America. According to the real estate website Zillow, the number one city for devilish door knocking is San Francisco (which ironically has the least number of kids), followed by Boston, Honolulu, San Jose and Seattle. Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia. What do we mean by best? The rankings represent cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks. That means more full-sized Snickers bars and fewer wormy apples. But for those who feel a little bashful relegating their Halloween celebration to ringing doorbells like a spooky zealot, we offer a few mad pagan celebrations, located in CityPASS cities, for adults and families. read more »

Enter the CityPASS Vacation Photo Contest

Perhaps your inner photographer is screaming to get out and be recognized. Or maybe you just want to share an amazing photo with other travelers just like YOU! CityPASS is hosting a photo contest right now called: CityPASS Vacation Photo Contest. Submit your best shot from your CityPASS trip. The photo with the most votes wins 2 CityPASS booklets to one of these great cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. CityPASS staff will also choose their favorite photo and the winner will get 2 booklets as well. read more »

A Perfect Weekend in Chicago

You’re not ready for winter yet. Neither is Chicago, and autumn is the best time of the year to visit the Windy City. There are fewer crowds, there’s less humidity and the fall colors provide the perfect dressing to this majestic and fascinating town. When I arrive to a new place for the first time, I like starting off with a get-acquainted tour with a city’s finest features. In Chicago, that means architecture, food, shopping, great museums and sports. read more »

How Smartphones Are Changing the Face of Travel

How Smartphones Are Changing the Face of Travel The travel industry has come a long way in just a few short years. A little over a decade ago, travel meant hopping in the family car with a glove compartment full of maps or boarding a plane for several hours, touching down at a destination with loved ones far from home, phones, and television. The question of “Does our hotel have Wi-Fi?” likely never passed a traveler’s lips -- mostly because Wi-Fi didn’t even exist. read more »

Chicago City Guide: What, When, Where, Why to Visit

Can you list Chicago’s four major nicknames? Answer: Chi-Town, Windy City, Second City and Chicagoland. Just as there are various names for the city, Chicago is also famous for a lot of other things: history, sports, culture, academics, entertainment, and industry. And, what’s really sweet, the Twinkie was born in Chicago. read more »

Chicago’s Most Haunted Hotel: The Congress Plaza

The 871 guest rooms and suites of The Congress Plaza Hotel are notable for providing posh accommodations—and incredible views—for visitors to Chicago. But, over the years, it has also become known as the most haunted hotel on Michigan Avenue, and maybe even the most haunted space in all of the Windy City. read more »

Get a Real Feel for the City on Your Next Trip

Have you ever visited a big city and wondered what it would be like to live there? Being a tourist is a blast, and sure, hotels can be nice, but they do lack some of the comforts of a home – your own gourmet kitchen, private patios, board games and books, toys for the kids, and unique neighborhoods, to name a few. On your next trip, whether it's a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, consider getting a real feel for your destination by staying in a vacation rental. read more »

Feeling Chilly? Warm Up With New Museum Exhibits

Stay warm on these cold days by hitting up your favorite museums this winter. We've compiled a mini list of Special Exhibits we thought would interest a wide range of museum enthusiasts. From Picasso to Frida & Diego, there's something for every art lover out there! A warm welcome to beat the winter blues, many of these exhibits are included in your CityPASS. read more »

’70s Portrait of Harlem at Art Institute of Chicago

One day in early 1969, a 16-year-old black high school student from Queens named David Smikle decided to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which he had never visited. He’d heard on the radio that people were upset about an exhibition there, “Harlem on My Mind,” and he wanted a firsthand look. read more »

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