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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 »

Chicago offers stellar shopping, sports, art and unabashed culinary splendor

With the inhumanity of Middle America’s summer heat wave behind us, it’s time to get reacquainted with how glorious a visit to the Windy City can be. Fall is the perfect season to visit Chicago. With sun, moderate weather, fewer crowds with the kids back in school, and gorgeous, golden leaves in Grant Park, visitors will find themselves in a cozy, autumnal spirit quickly.

 

 

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Chicago Up High: Views From the Top

Chicago is generally considered to be the birthplace of the skyscraper. The city experienced a period of exceptional growth after a devastating fire in 1871 razed an area of more than three square miles to the ground, and before too long the city limits were straining against a tide of new developments. The only solution was to build upwards. read more »

15 Years of Happy CityPASS Travelers

15 Years of Happy CityPASS TravelersSpring 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of CityPASS! The idea officially launched back in 1997 after Mike Morey and Mike Gallagher came up with the great idea to bundle a city's attractions and help travelers save money. Now, 15 years later the idea has expanded into 11 North American travel destinations and created over 8,000,000 happy travelers. read more »

Jellies Mesmerize at Shedd Aquarium

In Shedd’s special exhibit, Jellies, discover the intriguing ways these pulsing, translucent animals survive—and thrive—in the world’s oceans. read more »

Ride the Bus, Save Mega Bucks

Money is on everybody’s mind these days — mainly, using less of it. Of course, CityPASS users are wallet-conscious travelers anyway, but we all want more ideas on how to save some while traveling. read more »

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