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 »
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 »
Sure, Chicago winters are cold, but hearty locals try not to let that get in the way of work and play. "I’m a Windy City baby, so I just prepare myself. I'm used to it," said Edna Hackman, 51, to a Chicago Tribune reporter. She was out with dozens of others doing laundry at a Laundromat despite the cold. "You've got to come out to do what you've got to do. You can't sit up in the house just because it's cold.” read more »
Looking for a new view of your favorite city? Want to get insider information on your next vacation? Or perhaps you just want someone to show you around. You already know that CityPASS is the great way to get acquainted with many of North America’s most amazing attractions. But to complement your CityPASS experience, you should consider signing up for a tour in the next city on your itinerary. A tour can hook you up with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek that you'd never get on your own. Here are just a few of the coolest tours taking place in CityPASS cities across the country. read more »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »