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Location & Hours

Shedd Aquarium

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

Winter: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun & Holidays, 9am-6pm
Summer: Open daily, 9am-6pm
Closed Christmas Day.
Please call ahead to verify hours.

(312) 939-2438
sheddaquarium.org

Skydeck Chicago

233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Enter Skydeck on Franklin Street (east side of building)

Summer (Mar-Sep): Open daily, 9am-10pm
Winter (Oct-Feb): Open daily, 10am-8pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Extended hours may apply; see website for current hours.

(312) 875-9696
(312) 875-9447
theskydeck.com

Field Museum

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

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Last admission at 4pm.
Closed Christmas Day.

(312) 922-9410
fieldmuseum.org

Adler Planetarium

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

Open daily, 9:30am-4pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Hours change occasionally. Check website for details.

(312) 922-STAR (7827)
adlerplanetarium.org

Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

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.

(312) 443-3600
artic.edu

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

Open daily, 9:30am-4pm
Extended hours on select dates. Call or visit website to verify hours.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

John Hancock Center
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Open daily, 9am-11pm
Seasonal hours and special event closures may apply; please check website for current information. Last entry is 30 minutes before close.

(312) 654-2892
360chicago.com

CityPASS Admission

Shedd Aquarium

VIP entry, all permanent exhibits, animal presentations, special exhibit, and Stingray Touch (May-Sep), plus a 4-D Experience (special exhibit subject to change; 4-D Experience and animal presentation subject to availability)

Skydeck Chicago

Fast Pass admission and The Ledge

Field Museum

VIP Entry and an All-Access Pass, including admission to all permanent and regularly-priced ticketed exhibitions, plus your choice of one digital 3D film (movie selection subject to availability; specially-ticketed exhibitions outside of All-Access Pass may be subject to additional charges)

Adler Planetarium

Unlimited VIP access to all available shows, exhibitions and experiences, including the historic Atwood Sphere

Art Institute of Chicago

Fast Pass admission to permanent collection and non-ticketed special exhibitions, plus audio tour

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum entry (Science Storms, U-505 Submarine exhibit, YOU! The Experience, and more), plus one timed-entry experience (Giant Dome Theater film, Coal Mine tour, or Fab Lab ) and a Motion Simulator Ride

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Express Entry admission

Highlights

Shedd Aquarium

  • Travel the world in 80 habitats and see some of the world’s most fascinating animals in Waters of the World.
  • Learn about the yearly flood cycle of the mighty Amazon and see piranhas, tarantulas, stingrays, monkeys and an anaconda in Amazon Rising.
  • Splash into a coral reef in the Philippines and get a diver’s-eye view of a diverse marine metropolis in the award-winning Wild Reef, home to more sharks, stingrays and live coral than any other exhibit at Shedd.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest and encounter beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and sea otters in the Abbot Oceanarium.
  • Watch your kids as they try out life as a sleek sliding penguin or a deep-sea submarine explorer in Polar Play Zone.

Skydeck Chicago

  • Admire breathtaking views of up to 50 miles, including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • Look straight down to the streets of Chicago far below from The Ledge, glass floor balconies only 1.5 inches thick.
  • High-speed elevators zip you to the top at 1600 feet (488 meters) per minute.
  • Explore Chicago with interactive touch-screen activities and exhibits, and learn how Willis Tower went from dream to world icon in the 9-minute movie Reaching for the Sky.

Field Museum

  • Máximo the Titanosaur: Meet and experience Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur to ever live, up close and personal.
  • Cyrus Tang Hall of China: Explore a culture of deep tradition and dynamic change, and travel across thousands of years of history of one of the world’s most influential civilizations.
  • Underground Adventure: Shrink to the size of a bug and explore the world at one hundred times its normal size.
  • Inside Ancient Egypt: Descend into an ancient Egyptian tomb where 23 Egyptian mummies and 5,000-year-old hieroglyphics reside.
  • Evolving Planet: Wander through 4 billion years of life on Earth, walk among dinosaurs, and see fossils being prepped in our scientists’ lab.
  • DNA Discovery Center: Watch actual research in the making as you observe and interact with scientists at work extracting DNA.
  • Grainger Hall of Gems: See exquisite rare jewels and gold objects in one of the largest collections of gems and stones in the world.
  • Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth: Get an up-close look at how our staff puts science into action, conserving rainforests in Peru, safeguarding the biodiversity of Madagascar, and connecting people on Chicago's South Side with nature.

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.
  • Follow the career of Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., commander of the Apollo 13 mission, learn the story of America's first steps to the Moon, and get up close to the Gemini 12 spacecraft in Mission Moon.
  • Touch a piece of the Moon, Mars, Ceres and Vesta and feel a piece of an actual meteorite that crashed into the Earth in Exploring our Solar System.

Art Institute of Chicago

  • Introduce your child to the museum's collection with a variety of hands-on activities in the Ryan Learning Center, including JourneyMaker, a new digital tool that allows your family to create its very own museum tour. 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.
  • Get a glimpse into elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s in the fascinating Thorne Miniature Rooms.
  • See first-hand the Art Institute’s extraordinary collection of modern art, considered one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world and boasting some of the greatest icons of the period.
  • Visit the museum’s beloved collection of early European arts in The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor. After years of meticulous conservation and a complete gallery renovation, the installation features objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and armored figures on horseback.

Museum of Science and Industry

  • Spend time in Science Storms with a 40-foot tornado, 20-foot Tesla Coil, and 30-foot avalanche disc
  • Walk through a real United 727, climb aboard the engine of the Empire State Express, the first machine to break the 100 mph, and gaze in awe at historic aircraft flying above you in the Transportation Gallery.
  • Sea Earth’s atmosphere, the flow of ocean currents, changing cloud cover and the geophysical forces that shape our planet in near real-time in Earth Revealed.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy a scientific adventure in Chicago's only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater.
  • Experience the fast action of a Motion Simulator Ride, included with CityPASS.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

  • See 360-degrees views of Lake Michigan, four neighboring states, and Chicago’s dazzling downtown.
  • Speed 94 floors straight up in one of the fastest elevators in North America.
  • Explore the interactive and multimedia technologies, available in 7 different languages.

CityPASS Entry

Shedd Aquarium

Present your tickets to a Shedd representative to be directed to a priority entrance location.

Skydeck Chicago

Present your tickets at the CityPASS Fast Pass lane and follow the signs to skip main ticket and security lines.

Field Museum

Present your tickets at will call (far right desk inside south entrance) to skip ticket lines. Upon entry, go directly to the 3D Theater to secure a show time.

Adler Planetarium

Present your tickets at the VIP entry door at the south entrance (street level) to avoid main ticket lines. Schedule your first two shows upon entry; return to the box office to schedule additional shows.

Art Institute of Chicago

Present your tickets at a CityPASS/Fast Pass lane to skip the main ticket lines.

Museum of Science and Industry

Present your tickets at the CityPASS counter in the Entry Hall.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Present your tickets at observation deck entrance, lower level concourse.

Offers/Upgrades

Shedd Aquarium

4-D Experience: CityPASS includes your choice of a 4-D Experience, subject to availability; see details.

Penguin Encounter: Shedd's most popular experience is offered Fri-Sun (7 days a week in the summer). Children must be at least 6 years old, and children 6 to 11 must be accompanied by a paying guardian. One chaperone is required for each 6-year-old. Reservations are strongly required as Penguin Encounters sell out months in advance. Cost for CityPASS holders: $77.36. Call (312) 692-3355 to check availability and make reservations.

Behind-the-Scenes-Tour: See Shedd from the perspective of our animal care staff during a 50-minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. Available Fri-Sun (7 days a week in the summer). Children must be age 7 or older. Guests ages 7-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 or older). Reservations are recommended. Cost for CityPASS holders: $20. Call (312) 692-2723 to check availability and make reservations.

Field Museum

3D Film: CityPASS includes your choice of one digital 3D film. Movie selection subject to availability.

Antarctic Dinosaurs: Embark on an Antarctic adventure to discover never-before-seen dinosaurs. Included with CityPASS; ends January 6, 2019.

Mummies: Explore the lives of mummies from ancient Peru and Egypt using CT scans and 3D data. Included with CityPASS; ends April 21, 2019.

Adler Planetarium

Adler After Dark: Adult CityPASS holders can get $5 off on tickets (based on availability) 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..

Art Institute of Chicago

Audio Tour: CityPASS admission includes an audio tour.

Museum of Science and Industry

Motion Simulator Ride: CityPASS includes a fast action Motion Simulator Ride (reserve upon arrival).

MSI Theater: CityPASS includes a film in Chicago's only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater (reserve upon arrival).

U-505 Submarine Onboard Tour: Cost for CityPASS holders: adult $18, child (3-11) $14.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

TILT: See Chicago from a whole new angle! TILT is open each day from 9am-11pm; ticket sales end at 10:30pm. For CityPASS visitors, each TILT experience is $7 per person (regular cost is $8). Participants must be at least 42 inches tall. Tickets available at TILT desk on 94th floor.

Advice for Visitors

Shedd Aquarium

Tips:
  • Check out daily dives, feedings, animal chats, and presentations schedules; see details.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
  • The aquatic presentations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can sell out. Upon arrival, we suggest going directly to the kiosks in the North Lobby in front of Soundings Café to reserve your seats.
  • While CityPASS guests can enter through the Will Call line or other priority entrance, there may be wait times on peak days (such as some weekends, holidays, summer, Illinois Resident Free Days).
Amenities:
  • Dining: Soundings Café, Bubble Net, Deep Ocean Café
  • Gift Shops: Shedd Aquarium Gift Shops

Best time to visit: Wednesday through Friday and mornings before 11am are least crowded. Arrive early for the best selection of show times for the aquatic presentation, which often sells out on busy days.

Accessibility: Find accessibility information here. For guests who require sensory support, Shedd Aquarium has a sensory-friendly app; find details here.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Keep booklets together and present to a Shedd representative. Group leader will be directed to priority entrance location to check in the entire group.

Skydeck Chicago

Tips:
  • Ultra-experience seekers recommend sitting, lying face down or doing handstands on The Ledge.
  • Request a free welcome message on our electronic welcome wall. Visit theskydeck.com/skydeck-concierge/see-your-name to send your request.
  • Limited pre-opening and post-closing private Ledge breakfasts and pizza available with advanced reservations; contact sales@theskydeck.com or (312)875-9447.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Nine weekday-dining options in Willis Tower, located in Lobby and Levels 1 & 2
  • Gift Shops: Skydeck Gift Stores on the lower level and the103rd floor

Best time to visit: Just after opening or after 5 pm. For great sunsets and twinkling nightscape viewing, plan on arriving at Skydeck 30-45 minutes prior to sunset time. (Go to sunrisesunset.com for the Chicago daily sunset times.)

Accessibility: Ramps and elevator accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for directions. Click here for parking information.

Groups: Groups of 30 more: Please call (312) 287-8174 either the day before your visit, or 3-4 hours ahead of arrival on the day of your visit.

Field Museum

Tips:
  • Shows fill up fast! Upon arrival, go directly to the 3D Theater to secure a show time.
  • Free highlight tours available; see information desk for schedule.
  • Search Field Museum for All in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: The Field Bistro, Explorer Café
  • Gift Shops: Main Store, Field Trip Store, Sue Store, Rock-ology Store

Best time to visit: Start your summer visit before 11am to avoid crowds.

Accessibility: Manual wheelchairs are available and free.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Adler Planetarium

Tips:
  • 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.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Café Galileo's
  • Gift Shop: Adler Store

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

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Art Institute of Chicago

Tips:
  • Free guided tours are available daily at noon.
  • Stop by the Family Room in the Ryan Learning Center, open daily from 10:30am-5pm, and explore the collection together through art-making activities. Children of all ages can create a personalized museum tour with our new digital tool, JourneyMaker.
  • Use free WiFi to download the museum's new mobile app, featuring self-guided, engaging audio tours with behind-the-scenes stories and music to immerse yourself in stories of culture and creativity. Find the art that speaks to you with the location-aware map. The Art Institute of Chicago offers nearly 1 million square feet to explore - the New Mobile Experience will be your guide. Download it now from the App Store.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Museum Café, Terzo Piano, Caffé Moderno
  • Gift Shops: The Main Museum Shop and the Modern Wing Shop

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

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups : Groups of 15 or more: Call (312) 857-7104 ahead of arrival.

Museum of Science and Industry

Tips:
  • Reserve your timed-entry ticket for your special experience (Giant Dome Theater film, Coal Mine tour, or Fab Lab) and Motion Simulator Ride upon arrival, as they can fill up quickly.
  • The best time to see baby chicks hatching is in the afternoon.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: The Brain Food Court, Museum Café, Finnigan's Ice Cream Parlor
  • Gift Shops: Museum Store, Shop Earth, Museum Photo Studio.

Best time to visit: Mondays are the least-crowded.

Accessibility: Museum and MSI Theater are fully accessible. Elevators available. Wheelchairs available in Entry Hall and at Space Center entrance.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (773) 684-1414 ahead of arrival.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Tips:
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Architect's Corner Café and Bar at 360 CHICAGO

Best time to visit: June through August arrive before 11 am to avoid crowds. (Go to sunrisesunset.com for daily sunset times).

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

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

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