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Chicago CityPASS is ticket booklet that saves 50% on VIP admission to the 5 best attractions in Chicago

Plan Your Visit to Chicago

Use our collection of attraction and city resources
to better plan your CityPASS trip.

New Mobile Voucher Option

Now available only in Chicago, present your voucher on your mobile device at the first attraction you visit to receive your CityPASS ticket booklets.

(Mobile voucher redemption not currently available at Adler Planetarium or Museum of Science and Industry.)

CityPASS Attraction Details

Address & Hours

Shedd Aquarium

Museum Campus Chicago
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 939-2438

sheddaquarium.org

Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Open daily, 9am-6pm

Winter: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm;
Sat-Sun & holidays, 9am-6pm

Closed Christmas Day

Please call ahead to verify hours.

Skydeck Chicago

233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Enter Skydeck on Jackson Boulevard

(312) 875-9696
(312) 875-9447

theskydeck.com

Summer (Apr-Sep): Open daily, 9am-10pm

Winter (Oct-Mar): Open daily, 10am-8pm

Last admission 30 min. before closing

The Field Museum

Museum Campus Chicago
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 922-9410

fieldmuseum.org

Open daily, 9am-5pm

Last admission at 4pm

Closed Christmas Day

Museum of Science and Industry

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Just minutes from downtown Chicago.
GPS address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 684-1414
(800) 468-6674 (GO-TO-MSI)

msichicago.org

Open daily, 9:30am-4pm

Extended hours during spring break, summer and holidays. Call or visit website to verify hours.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

360 CHICAGO

John Hancock Center
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 654-2892

360chicago.com

Open daily, 9am-11pm

Last admission 10:30pm

Adler Planetarium

Museum Campus Chicago
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 922-STAR (7827)

adlerplanetarium.org

Open daily, 9:30am-4pm

Early June-Labor Day, 9:30am-6pm.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Hours change frequently. Check website for details.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 443-3600

artic.edu

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 10:30am-5pm
Thu, 10:30am-8pm

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

For up-to-date information about extended hours, please visit artic.edu.

CityPASS Admission

Shedd Aquarium

VIP entry to Waters of the World galleries, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Special Exhibit (subject to change; Aquatic Show not included), and Stingray Touch (May to October), plus your choice of a 4-D Experience

Skydeck Chicago

Fast Pass admission to the Skydeck’s 360-degree views and The Ledge glass floor balconies

The Field Museum

All-Access Pass, including admission to all permanent and ticketed exhibitions plus your choice of one digital 3D film

Museum of Science and Industry

VIP entry into the museum, including Science Storms, U-505 (exhibit only), YOU! The Experience, an Omnimax show and Motion Simulator Ride

360 CHICAGO

Fast Pass admission to Chicago’s best views

Adler Planetarium

VIP entry and unlimited access to all shows, admission to all exhibitions and the Atwood Sphere Experience.

Art Institute of Chicago

Includes Fast Pass admission to permanent collection, Fast Pass admission to special exhibitions, and audio tour

Highlights

Shedd Aquarium
  • Travel the world in 80 habitats in Waters of the World galleries.
  • See Anacondas, piranhas and crocodiles in Amazon Rising, award-winning Wild Reef and 3-million-gallon saltwater Abbott Oceanarium.
  • 4D Experience thrills you with high-definition digital 3-D projection, high-tech audio and "special FX" seats.
  • Polar Play Zone — just for kids!
Skydeck Chicago
  • Voted one of the 7 Wonders of Chicago by Chicago Tribune readers.
  • The Ledge glass floor balconies
  • 360-degree views of up to 50 miles — including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin
  • High Speed elevators zip you up at 1,600 feet (488 meters) per minute.
  • Museum quality exhibits and interactive touch screen activities
The Field Museum
  • 26 million artifacts, including SUE, the world's largest, most complete T. rex.
  • Evolving Planet — 4 billion years of life on Earth
  • CityPASS includes an All-Access Pass to special exhibitions.
  • Underground Adventure
  • CityPASS includes an Ernst & Young 3D Theater film.
Museum of Science and Industry
  • MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Experience the fast action of a Motion Simulator Ride, included with CityPASS.
  • See an Omnimax show in Chicago's only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater, included with CityPASS.
  • Life magazine voted MSI one of the top 15 museums in the world.
360 CHICAGO
  • 360-degree views of Lake Michigan, the North Shore, downtown Chicago, and south to Indiana
  • Interactive technology in 7 different languages
  • 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile®
  • Audio Tour $2.50 with CityPASS
  • TILT: The thrilling attraction that shows you Chicago from a whole new angle (available as an upgrade for CityPASS holders)
Adler Planetarium
  • Experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913 in the historic Atwood Sphere.
  • Enjoy unlimited access to all shows, including the Adler’s premier show, Destination Solar System.
  • Nine exhibitions and multiple theaters bring space to you.
  • Get up close to the Gemini 12 spacecraft.
  • Planet Explorers — hands on fun for young children.
Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Art Institute is the nation’s second largest art museum.
  • The Modern Wing contains works by Dalí, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol.
  • View one of the world's finest Impressionist collections, including masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, and van Gogh.
  • CityPASS admission includes an audio tour.
  • Free art-making activities are available for children each weekend from 11am to 2pm.
  • Free guided tours are available daily at noon.
  • Visit the Family Room and introduce your child to the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a variety of hands-on activities. Assemble puzzles based on masterpieces you’ll see in the galleries, build architectural wonders with colorful blocks, and learn about art through interactive stories and games at Curious Corner.
  • Generations of visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago have been entranced by the Thorne Miniature Rooms. These rooms offer a detailed view of European residences from the 16th century through the 1930s and American homes from the 17th century to 1940, not to mention a "heightened" sense of self.
  • The past returns as over 550 works from 4,000 years of art come together in Of Gods and Glamour, located in the beautiful new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art.

CityPASS Entry

Please read each attraction's instructions on how and where to present your CityPASS booklet. Some attractions may exchange your CityPASS ticket for one of their own.

Shedd Aquarium

Present CityPASS booklet or printed/mobile voucher at the Will Call desk to skip main ticket line. Your VIP ticket gives you priority entry privileges during busy times.

Skydeck Chicago

Present CityPASS booklet or printed/mobile voucher at the CityPASS/Fast Pass lane. Follow the signs to skip main ticket and main security lines.

The Field Museum

Present CityPASS booklet or printed/mobile voucher at Will Call (far right cashier desk, below CityPASS sign — inside the South entrance) for Express VIP entry and to skip the main ticket lines. Then, go directly to the 3D Theater to secure a show time. Admission to special exhibitions and 3D film require timed entry and are subject to availability.

Museum of Science and Industry

Present CityPASS booklet or printed voucher in the entry hall CityPASS line to skip the main ticket line. Then, go directly to the Motion Simulator Ride and Omnimax Theater to secure ride/show times. Mobile voucher may not be redeemed at MSI at this time. If you do not have a booklet and you plan to visit this attraction first, please use the printed voucher option.

360 CHICAGO

Present CityPASS booklet at observatory lobby on the ground level. Exchange printed/mobile voucher for CityPASS booklet at the Lower Level Ticketing Desk, then proceed to Fast Pass Lane.

Adler Planetarium

Present CityPASS booklet or printed voucher at the VIP Entry door at the South entrance (Street level) to avoid main ticket lines. Schedule first two shows upon entry; return to box office to schedule additional shows. Mobile voucher may not be redeemed at Adler Planetarium at this time. If you do not have a booklet and you plan to visit this attraction first, please use the printed voucher option.

Art Institute of Chicago

Present CityPASS booklet or printed/mobile voucher at a CityPASS/Fast Pass lane.

Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS

The Field Museum

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair
Open through September 7, 2014
Not only the birthplace of the Juicy Fruit chewing gum and the Ferris Wheel, the World’s Fair also marked the triumphant debut of our very own Field Museum. Now, 120 years later, the Museum is opening its hidden collections to display incredible artifacts and specimens that will bring to life one of the most spectacular events in the Windy City’s history in Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair. See objects that have rarely—or never—been on display since they amazed fairgoers over a hundred years ago, including a meteorite so feared it was kept chained in a dungeon. Explore how the fair brought visitors closer than ever to unique wonders like exotic animals, international cultures, and strange new products from all over the world. And see how Field Museum scientists continue to conduct ground-breaking research on the ever-growing collection using new technology.

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics
Open through January 4, 2015
From the inside out, every living thing—including humans—is a machine built to survive, move, and discover. Investigate the marvels of natural engineering in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics.

Before the Dinosaurs: Tracking the Reptiles of Pangaea
Open through February 1, 2015
Journey across the globe with a Field Museum paleontologist and his teammates in search of what life was like before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. .

Museum of Science and Industry

The Art of the Bicycle
Open through 2018
See some of the Museum’s most fascinating–and rarely-exhibited–historic bicycles, juxtaposed with the coolest, fastest and most high-tech bikes currently on the market, in The Art of the Bicycle. Invented 200 years ago, the bicycle has been continuously reshaped and re-engineered to make riding safer, more reliable, and more fun. The Art of the Bicycle traces this amazing evolution and shows how the bicycle continues to evolve driven by the inventiveness of its riders.

Art Institute of Chicago

Ethel Stein, Master Weaver
Open through November 9, 2014
This exhibition showcases 39 works that illustrate the modernist sensibilities and historical traditions of Ethel Stein’s deceptively simple drawloom weavings.

Sharp, Clear Pictures: Edward Steichen’s World War 1 and Conde Nast Years
Open through September 28, 2014
Focusing on rarely seen Steichen photographs drawn from the Art Institute’s collection, this exhibition includes a unique album of over 80 World War I aerial photographs assembled and annotated by Steichen himself as well as a group of iconic glamour portraits and fashion photographs done for Condé Nast, featuring notable figures such as Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire, and Gloria Swanson.

Chicagoisms
Open through January 4, 2015
This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.

What Did Renaissance Printmakers Make of Antiquity?
Open through November 13, 2014
This selection of prints featuring Renaissance artists' attempts to understand ancient sculpture and recreate lost paintings underscores the period's deep investment in the past.

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938
Open through October 13, 2014
This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images.

Upgrades for CityPASS Holders

Shedd Aquarium

Aquatic Show: Add the Aquatic Show for $2.

Museum of Science and Industry

U-505 Submarine Onboard Tour: While admission to the U-505 Submarine exhibit is free with CityPASS admission; optional onboard tour costs: adult $9, child (3-11) $7.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives: Explore nine decades of Disney history and artifacts in Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, opening at MSI on October 16, 2013—the actual 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the exhibition celebrates this milestone of imagination, innovation and entertainment with nearly 300 artifacts, many which have not been widely seen by the public. Through May 14, 2014. Cost for CityPASS holders: adults, $9; children (ages 3-11), $7.

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers: Journey to the wildest places on the globe in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers. Highlighting the Earth’s spectacular eco-zones—Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and Savannas—this interactive exhibit brings the unparalleled adventures and discoveries to life and invites you to meet explorers who live these adventures every day. March 20-September 1, 2014. Cost for CityPASS holders: adults, $9; children (ages 3-11), $7.

360 CHICAGO

TILT: See Chicago from a whole new angle! TILT is open each day from 9-11pm; ticket sales end at 10:30pm. Each TILT experience is $7 per person. Participants must be at least 42 inches tall. Tickets available at TILT desk on 94th floor.

Adler Planetarium

Adler After Dark: Adult Citypass holders can get $5 off on tickets to the Adler Planetarium's ages 21+ event, from 6pm-10pm, most 3rd Thursdays of every month. Show your CityPASS at the box office on the night of the event; see details.

Advice for Visitors

During high travel seasons such as holidays and summer, entry lines can be longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your visits to the attractions.

Shedd Aquarium
  • Arrive before 10am for the quickest start to your experience and for the best selection of show times for the Aquatic Show, which often sells out on busy days.
  • Get the most out of CityPASS express entry by processing your entry at the outdoor CityPASS kiosk near the main steps, available during the month of July.
  • Check out daily dives, feedings, animal chats, and presentations schedules; see details.
  • CityPASS tickets include your choice of 4D Experience; see details.
  • Get 10% off in the Bubble Net food court and in the Shedd Aquarium gift stores and 15% off photos with SharpShooter. See booklet for details.
  • Admission to shows is subject to ticket availability.
Skydeck Chicago
  • Visit prior to sunset to enjoy day, twilight and evening views.
  • Go to sunrisesunset.com for the Chicago daily sunset times.
  • Request a free welcome message on our electronic welcome wall. Visit theskydeck.com/skydeck-concierge/see-your-name to send them your request.
  • Ultra-experience seekers recommend sitting, lying face down or doing handstands on The Ledge.
  • Get 10% off any one item greater than $25 at gift shops. See booklet for details.
The Field Museum
  • Upon arrival, go directly to the 3D Theater to secure a show time, as shows are by timed entry and subject to availability.
  • Start your summer visit before 11 a.m. to avoid crowds.
  • Free highlight tours are offered daily; ask at the Field Museum Information Desk for a schedule.
  • Get 10% off Museum Store purchase of $25 or more at on-site locations only. See booklet for details.
Museum of Science and Industry
  • Upon arrival, go directly to the Motion Simulator Ride and Omnimax Theater to secure ride & show times, as both are subject to availability.
  • Mondays are the least crowded. Buy your CityPASS online and avoid long lines.
  • Special exhibit tours sell out early. Reserve before 11am.
  • Check out the Live Science Demonstrations held daily; see details.
  • Take the CTA from downtown. It's easy and stops at the museum.
  • The best time to see baby chicks hatching is in the afternoon.
  • Get 10% off any photo purchase in the U-505 exhibit or Yesterday's Main Street; see booklet for details.
360 CHICAGO
  • Arrive first thing in the morning for the quickest trip to the top.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least-crowded.
  • Go to sunrisesunset.com for the Chicago daily sunset times.
  • Show your CityPASS at Lavazza Espression café for $1 off a purchase of $5 or more.
  • Get 10% off any one item greater than $25 (before tax) in our retail store on concourse level.
Adler Planetarium
  • Give yourself time to see multiple shows; see details. Book your first two shows upon entry, and return to the box office to book additional shows.
  • Stop by the Space Visualization Laboratory to speak directly with an expert and get answers to all your questions about space; daily 12-1pm and 2-3pm.
  • Save 10% at the Adler Store and save 10% at Cafe Galileo's. See booklet for details.
Art Institute of Chicago
  • Familiarize yourself with the museum before you go using the Pathfinder Interactive Floor Plan.
  • Take a free gallery tour at noon with one of the museum's education lecturers.
  • Stop in at the Family Room in the Ryan Education Center, open daily from 10:30am-5pm, and let your little masters explore our collection with hands-on activities.
  • Check out the Lion’s Trail audio tour for children. This tour is specially designed for the youngsters in your group!
  • Please note that the galleries of European modern art are currently closed for renovation and will re-open in April 2014.

On-site Services

Shedd Aquarium

Parking: Parking is available at the East Museum Lot and the North Garage; see details.

Please Note: During Soldier Field events, including Chicago Bears' home game days, Museum Campus parking (owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking), is available to museum visitors at a substantially increased rate. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.

Dining: Soundings Café, Bubble Net, Deep Ocean Café

Accessibility: Accessible entrance is on the ground level, SW side of the Aquarium. Wheelchairs available for checkout.

Self-Guide: Self-guided tours available.

Gift Shop: Shedd Aquarium stores offer something for everyone interested in aquatic life and conservation.

Coat Check: On site, along with paid lockers.

Skydeck Chicago

Parking: Tower Self Park, enter on Franklin, across from Willis Tower, Details call: (312) 782-5570

Dining: Nine weekday dining options in Willis Tower, located in Lobby and Levels 1 & 2.

Accessibility: Ramps for wheelchair access. Elevator accommodates wheelchairs and scooters.

Self-Guide: Multi-language interactive kiosks available on the 103rd floor.
Audio/visual Skylights Tour, $5.50

Gift Shop: Official Skydeck gift stores on lower level and the 103 floor Skydeck. Present CityPASS booklet and get 10% off any one item greater than $25 at gift shops.

The Field Museum

Parking: Parking is available at the North Garage and the East Museum Lot; see details.

Please Note: During Soldier Field events, including Chicago Bears' home game days, Museum Campus parking (owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking), is available to museum visitors at a substantially increased rate. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.

Dining: The Field Bistro, Explorer Café

Accessibility: Manual wheelchairs, free

Self-Guide: Download free tour: 45-60 minutes, 19 stops; English and Spanish; see details.

Gift Shop: Main Store and Forecourt, the Sue Store, Rockology

Coat Check: Open seasonally for coats and bags.

Strollers: Available for rent

Museum of Science and Industry

Parking: Underground parking garage entrance at NW corner of building; $20 per vehicle.

Dining: The Brain Food Court, Jazzman's Café, Finnigan's Ice Cream Parlor

Accessibility: Museum and Omnimax theater fully accessible. Elevators available. Wheelchairs available in Entry Hall and at Space Center entrance.

Gift Shop: Museum Store, Shop Earth, The Kids Stop Shop, Museum Photo Studio

Coat Check: Entry Hall, $1 per item

Strollers: Available in Entry Hall, $2

ATM: Lower Level and Entry Hall

360 CHICAGO

Parking: Garage entrances off Chestnut (westbound) and Delaware (eastbound), $25-$27. Validate your parking ticket at the observatory for a $5 discount.

Dining: Light fare in Lavazza Espression café. CityPASS holders enjoy $1 off a purchase of $5 or more.

Accessibility: All entrances accessible; Delaware Street entrance has direct elevator access. Disabled and parent-friendly restrooms on concourse and observatory levels.

Self-Guide: Audio Tour $2.50 for CityPASS holders; adult and child versions available. Written transcript available.

Gift Shop: Two gift shops, one on the concourse level and one on the 94th floor.

Adler Planetarium

Parking: Parking is available at the Planetarium Lot, the North Garage, and the East Museum Lot; see details.

Please Note: During Soldier Field events, including Chicago Bears' home game days, Museum Campus parking (owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking), is available to museum visitors at a substantially increased rate. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.

Dining: Café Galileo's

Accessibility: Museum and theaters fully accessible. Wheelchairs available upon request. Family restroom located near the South Entrance (street level).

Self-Guide: Free down-loadable gallery exploration cards and themed museum guides will take you and your family on a journey through the galleries while calling special attention to science themes; see details.

Gift Shop: Adler Store

Lockers: Near South Box Office ($1, $2)

Art Institute of Chicago

Parking: Underground parking is available at East Monroe Street garage, Millennium Park garage, Grant Park south garage and Grant Park north garage; see details or call (312) 616-0600.

In addition, valet parking is available at the Modern Wing entrance (159 East Monroe St.) every day from 10:30am until 30 minutes after closing for $20 (cash only).

Dining: The Garden Café, Terzo Piano, Caffé Moderno

Accessibility: Wheelchairs available at no charge. Elevators accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Additional resources available; see details.

Self-Guide: Audio guide available at entrance (free with CityPASS). Families, ask for the Lions Trail Family Tour, designed for children age 5-10. Special-interest tours and apps available for download; see details.

Gift Shop: The Main Museum Shop, The Asian/Exhibition Shop, and The Modern Wing Shop

Coat Check: $1 per item

Getting There

Shedd Aquarium

CTA trains: Take the Red, Green or Orange Line to Roosevelt Road, transfer to an eastbound #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express.

CTA buses: The #146 Inner Dr./Michigan Express provides regular daily service directly to the aquarium.

Skydeck Chicago

CTA trains: Take the Orange, Pink, Brown or Purple Line to Quincy stop. Walk one block west on Quincy Street. The Skydeck entrance is located on Jackson Boulevard.

CTA buses: All westbound buses on Adams pass Willis Tower. Adams and South Wacker is the stop.

The Field Museum

CTA trains: Take the Red, Green or Orange Line to Roosevelt Road and walk east along Roosevelt Road to Museum Campus.

CTA buses: The #146 Inner Dr./Michigan Express provides regular daily service to the Museum Campus.

Museum of Science and Industry

CTA trains: Take Metra Electric Line from downtown Chicago to 55th/56th/57th Street station, just 2 blocks from the museum

CTA buses: #2, #6, #10, #28 (drop off just steps from museum)

360 CHICAGO

CTA trains: Get off at the Chicago Red line stop. Head East to Michigan Avenue and then two blocks north. Enter at lower level concourse off of Michigan Avenue.

CTA buses: Take the 146, 147 and 151 to Michigan Avenue and Delaware place.

Adler Planetarium

CTA trains: Take the Red, Green or Orange Line to Roosevelt Road, transfer to an eastbound #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express.

CTA buses: The #146 Inner Dr./Michigan Express provides regular daily service directly to the planetarium.

Art Institute of Chicago

CTA trains: Take the Green, Brown, Pink, or Orange Line to Adams; Red and Blue Line to Jackson

CTA buses: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 26, X28, 126, 143

Group Requirements

Unscheduled group visits may create a delay in entry. For your convenience, here is list of attractions with specific group requirements. We strongly recommend that you contact them prior to your visit based on the group sizes indicated below. Please feel welcome to also contact attractions not listed here to ensure a smooth entry.

The Field Museum

Groups of 15 or more: Call (312) 665-7300.

360 CHICAGO

Groups of 15 or more: Call (312) 654-5019.

Adler Planetarium

Groups of 15 or more: Call (312) 294-0360.

City Information

Transportation

Chicago Transit Authority

CTA

Enjoy unlimited rides on all Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains — anytime, anywhere! CTA Unlimited Ride Cards make getting around Chicago quick, easy and a lot cheaper than a cab ride. All CityPASS attractions are easily accessible using the CTA.

For fare and purchase info, click here.

Weather

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Dining

Spotlight: Gibson's Steakhouse — Steak

The steaks and chops are prime, and so is the people-watching at this buzzing restaurant in the heart of the Gold Coast. On-the-prowl singles eye each other in the bar, while power players angle for prime booth seating in the packed dining room. Servers? They're smart, smooth and unfazed by the hubbub. Learn more

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Imaginative American cuisine is featured at this long-standing special-occasion favorite in River North. Dishes on the changing menu might include warm poached West coast oysters with saffron cream and roasted whitefish with butter-poached Maine lobster. Learn more

With photographs from the iconic Cubs announcer's private collection and sports memorabilia, this Mag Mile restaurant celebrates two American traditions: comfort food and sports. Paying homage to the historic Water Tower, it capitalizes upon its picturesque location with floor-to-ceiling windows and an urban industrial aesthetic captured by Edison bulbs, steel piping and concrete. Diners sip on craft beers and hand-dipped milkshakes before diving into juicy burgers, farm fresh salads and oven-fired pizzas. Next door, explore more Chicago sports history at the interactive (and sister) The Chicago Sports Museum. Learn more

'Cheese, swine and wine' is the motto at this buzzing Mag Mile hideaway, which offers award-winning cuisine from chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. The menu includes a variety of antipasti, 'smears' like eggplant caponata and pork liver pate, plus salads, artisanal cheeses, panini and cured meats. Learn more

Two restaurants in one: Shaw's Oyster Bar offers a buzzing after-work scene, a casual menu of oysters, sushi and crab cakes, and regular live music; the main dining room features a more extensive menu of fresh fish specials, Alaskan king crab and prime steaks. Both Hubbard Street and Schaumburg locations also feature a Sunday brunch buffet. Learn more

Shopping

Spotlight: Haberdash Roosevelt Collection

This Roosevelt Collection store curates a whole male-friendly shopping experience. Find sportswear, shoes and accessories alongside a barbershop, apothecary, and H lounge, which brews La Colombe cappuccino. Learn more

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Alcala's offers the largest selection of Western boots in Chicago, along with hats, custom leathers, belts and Native American jewelry, all just a five-minute cab ride west of the Loop. Learn more

This luxury pet boutique offers a complete assortment of stylish, unique accessories for dogs, cats and their owners, including gourmet baked treats, Swarovski crystal-studded collars, and designer clothes and carriers from Alex Luxe and Petote. Learn more

This contemporary jewelry and craft gallery boasts more than 100 international artists and has been a destination for jewelry and craft lovers for the past 20 years. Featuring a wide collection of hand-crafted jewelry, it also carries hand-blown glass wares, colorful scarves and cool watches. Located at Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Ave. Learn more

This gracious storefront inside the historic Tree Studios building boasts fabulous vintage and vintage-inspired home and table accents sourced from hotels, international auctions and European markets. Favorites include hotel silver, including place settings and tea sets from England, an eclectic mix of tea towels, antique and reissued cookbooks, and whimsical mealtime sets for kids from France. Even Chicago is represented, thanks to a delightful set of everyday dishes rimmed with the city's signature skyline. Learn more

Nightlife

Spotlight: Buddy Guy's Legend's

Owned by five-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy, this blues mainstay recently moved into a new location and features performances by contemporary blues legends as well as top local talent. A menu of Louisiana-style soul food is available. Enjoy free live music at lunch (M-F), plus free acoustic sets F 5:30-8 pm, Sa-Su 6-8:30 pm. Open M-F 11 am-2 am; Sa 5 pm-3 am; Su 6 pm-2 am. Cover charge Su-Th $10 (music starts at 9:30 pm); F-Sa $20 (music starts F 9 pm, Sa 9:30 pm). Learn more

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With Southern-facing views of River North, a retractable roof and sultry food and cocktails, The Godfrey's resident bar and restaurant for all-day dining brings the outdoors in. Multiple lounge areas--including a firepit banquette and umbrella-covered booths--ensure there's plenty of room to chill, listen to music and sample cocktails. Learn more

A discreet location down an alley in River North just makes the reward all the sweeter: fresh tiki cocktails served in the most curious of barware, from conch shells to ceramic pineapples. The Polynesian touches are as sugary as the cocktails. Look for a skull-lined stairwell, a grass-covered tiki bar and servers dressed in floral midriff tops and skirts. Learn more

Slink past two unmarked doors to find a whole world of nightlife awaiting in this cavernous space that pays homage to the Prohibition Era. Craft cocktails, beer and wine complement supper club fare reimagined for today's palette. Although it's underground, the eatery is as wide as it is long with soaring ceilings, oversized mirrors and booths built for VIPs. Live music and servers wearing suspenders lend to the speakeasy vibe. Learn more

Nightlife bustles in this industrial chic River North tap, which teems with off-the-clock professionals hungry for contemporary American fare and thirsty for craft cocktails, private label wines and beers. A second-floor lounge space boasts a retractable roof, stage and 37 TVs to catch the game. Learn more

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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 »

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