Chicago CityPASS Great for families!
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2014
I have been to Chicago several times, however, this was the first time with taking the family. I have a family of four boys and one who brought a friend. Getting the CityPASS worked out great because it allowed us to see a lot of things over a week trip and saved approximately 50%. Each of the things to do on CityPass will take about one per day. If you try doing two things in one day, it may become too much. I would definitely recommend the CityPASS with families who have kids aged 8-16 years old.
City Pass made our weekend.
posted by Watsonrx10 on Jul 22, 2014
We didn't have a lot of time in Chicago, we got up there late after a 6 hour drive and only had Saturday to sight see and visit the city. With the city pass we were able to go to the Shedd Aquarium, the Sky Deck, and the 360 Chicago and still have time to eat dinner at Navy Pier and watch the fireworks. Without the city pass we wouldn't have had time to do half as much because with it being a Saturday and having beautiful weather the lines for everything were hours long. So glad I purchased this to help make my mom's birthday weekend a success. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
posted by msimpkins on Jul 22, 2014
The Chicago City pass saved money but most of all saved hours of standing in line. It made our trip to Chicago feel like we were VIPs everywhere we went. Straight to the front of the line! There are also a lot of additional savings on gift shop items at each location. It's the way to see Chicago. Save money and Feel Like a VIP
posted by Neilap on Jul 22, 2014
This was my 3rd time visiting Chicago and first time buying the CityPass. I cannot stress how glad that I am that I purchased 3 passes for myself, sister and nephew. The access to shorter lines plus extra exhibits and the savings are 100% worth the purchase. Additionally, the recommendations for the best times to visit the attractions are wonderful as well as the time it saves waiting in lines. I felt like a VIP.
Time & Money Saving (No Standing in Long Ques, Its Good)
posted by Vivek on Jul 21, 2014
Visited Chicago first time, just had some some city guides form Hotel Fronnt desk, one of them belogs to City pass. Just Read it, visti Website and booked one for me.
Next day starting a day for a trip, reacched first Destination Shedd Aqurium and Found a long big line, But then find a VIP entry for City Pass Holders. In two days Visited 4 places among 5. and found same honor every where.
Recomended to all the vistiors just get your City pass Booklet and start exploring the Chicago.
Its Worth, Maney and Time Saving Both.
posted by ramona.poelmans on Jul 21, 2014
I decided to finally visit Chicago to do the tourist attractions. I'd looked at the City Pass before going but hadn't bought it before I arrived. My first stop was at the Shedd Aquarium. This is where I purchased my City Pass. If you're going to 3 or more sites, then it's definitely worth it.
I would recommend purchasing the pass at either the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry or the Adler Planetarium. If you are planning on visiting the Skydeck, the City Pass is worth this alone because you can skip the super long lines and are up there in a jiffy.
Most tours and events seem to be included with the City Pass, although when I visited the Museum of Science & Industry, I did spend an additional $18 for some of their tours which were definitely worth it as well.
Just some general notes: I would suggest visiting one attraction per day because there is just too much to see and do at each site and it's no fun feeling rushed. Also, most of the attractions have an additional coupon toward the back of the City Pass booklet for a discount at their respective museum stores/gift shops.
Museum of Science & Industry: You will want to arrive in the morning to be sure you can fit everything in because many of their tours and attractions have scheduled times. The Butterflies theater show starts off slow but is actually very good. The U-505 Submarine is very good tour, although I would not recommend bringing a young child on the tour. The Coal Mine tour is a good mixed tour- it has interesting sites and sounds for younger children but also some history for adults. The Farm Tech exhibit smells so if you're pregnant or easily offended by smells, I would avoid that area.
Field Museum: There is a TON to see. You will want to be mindful that the Crown Family PlayLab is not open every day, so if you are bringing young children, you will probably want to go on a day this is open.
Adler Planetarium: This site had a great children's area, especially for 2-8 years old. The rest of the planetarium is more geared towards adults and has much more reading involved in the exhibits. There is not as much to touch and do as the Museum of Science & Industry, but it is still visually appealing and interesting. If you plan on purchasing food here, there is a 10% off coupon towards the back of the City Pass booklet for Cafe Galileo's.
Shedd Aquarium: Pay the extra $2 for the aquatic show! It is a great show for all ages and a wonderful experience. After the show, you are able to speak with a trainer and ask any questions you may have. The Stingray Touch is also wonderful and isn't overly crowded. The overall set-up of the aquarium is great and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. If you plan on purchasing food here, there is a 10% off coupon towards the back of the City Pass booklet for the Bubble Net food court.
Skydeck Chicago: If you plan on visiting this attraction, buy the City Pass first to avoid the long lines. Also, I would recommend waiting at one of the free "windows/skydecks" to take a picture first. If you are unsatisfied with those pictures, THEN I would wait in the (much shorter) line for the paid (around $30) professional pictures. I would suggest using the restroom before going up to the Skydeck because upstairs, there are very few stalls and a much longer line.
Best way to see Chicago - Saved time and money
posted by Brian C on Jul 21, 2014
The CityPASS saved us so much time in the lines that if for no other reason I would recommend it. However it did save us some money too!
If you have kids - make sure you use the Museum of Science and Industry as your choice!!! I wish we would have scheduled more time here - Seriously, don't pass it up. It was the most loved part of our whole trip. Everything is HANDS ON fun for the kids. We only planned a half day here and should have planned more time!
Another Great Chicago Experience
posted by Rene Ybarra on Jul 21, 2014
This is the second time we used the Chicago CityPass. This trip we had a party of 7 and enough time to use all of the passes in the CityPass. It is a great value for what comes included in the package. In addition to all of the attractions included in the CityPass, me and my wife liked the additional coupons in the CityPass to get discounts for the options with two choices (i.e. Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago) so that we could go to both attractions and still save money. The Fast Pass for Skydeck Chicago in VIP access for the Shedd Aquarium were great as they helped us avoid the long lines for these attractions. We also enjoyed getting the audio tour as part of the ticket for the Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally we used the coupons for discounts in the gift shops. We highly recommend the CityPass for anyone planning to visit Chicago.
CityPass #2 Chicago
posted by MargarettaG on Jul 21, 2014
This was our second time using CityPass and it did not fail to deliver. The only difference was that we used the mobile option this time and it was a HUGE time saver. I love the extras that come with CityPass and even though they "claim" to save you 50%, it definitely comes out to MORE. We used all 5 of our passes, plus many of the discount coupons in the back of the booklet.
The FastPass option was definitely our favorite at the Willis (Sears) Tower. There was a 45 minute wait for the elevator to the top and we skipped right to the front of the line. A true bonus when traveling with two 8 year olds.
Girl Scout Troop Approves
posted by GS Troop 1328 on Jul 21, 2014
Our girls decided they wanted to go on a trip to Chicago. Everything that was in the City Pass was everywhere the girls wanted to visit. I priced out just the general admissions for everything that was in the CityPass and it still was more expensive. With the CityPass, not only did we get to go everywhere we wanted to go, we did not have to wait in lines, and we got a lot of extras, like the Sting Ray touch at Shedd Aquarium, AND we saved money! Definitely would recommend this to everyone.