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Chicago CityPASS Attractions are Reopening!
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While Adler Planetarium remains closed, CityPASS guests may visit two of the three open option attractions: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck.

Advance reservations are required at some attractions; visit the CityPASS Travel Guide to learn more.

Location & Hours

Location & Hours

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Highlights

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Location & Hours

Shedd Aquarium

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

Hours vary by day and season; check hours here when planning your visit.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

(312) 939-2438
sheddaquarium.org

Skydeck Chicago

SKYDECK CHICAGO
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Enter Skydeck on Jackson Street (south side of building)

Fri, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-10pm
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

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

Thu-Mon, 9am-5pm
Last admission at 4pm.
Closed Christmas Day.

(312) 922-9410
fieldmuseum.org

Adler Planetarium

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

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

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

Art Institute of Chicago

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Thu-Mon, 10am-6pm
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(312) 443-3600
artic.edu

Museum of Science and Industry

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

Wed-Sun, 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

360 CHICAGO OBSERVATION DECK
John Hancock Center
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Thu, Sun, Mon: 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-10pm
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

All-access admission, including permanent exhibits, animal presentations, special exhibit, and Stingray Touch (seasonal), plus a 4-D Experience

Skydeck Chicago

Expedited Entry to Willis Tower’s 103rd Floor and admission to 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)

The 3D Theater is operating at reduced capacity and may sell out; arrive as early as possible at the museum to reserve your seat.

Some exhibits and experiences may be temporarily unavailable.

Adler Planetarium

Museum entry with access to all exhibitions, the historic Atwood Sphere, plus your choice of TWO sky shows

Adler Planetarium is closed through 2020.

Art Institute of Chicago

Fast Pass admission to permanent collection and non-ticketed special exhibitions

Some experiences, galleries and amenities may be temporarily unavailable.

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum entry (Science Storms, Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, YOU! The Experience, and much more), plus one timed-entry experience (Giant Dome Theater film, Coal Mine tour, Fab Lab, or our current temporary exhibit, Wired to Wear)

Some exhibits and experiences may be temporarily modified or unavailable.

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

  • SUE the T. rex: Come face to face with SUE the T. rex, the world’s biggest and most complete T. rex. Step into the world of SUE and uncover what our scientists discovered about the life of this fearsome fossil.
  • 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.
  • Inside Ancient Egypt: Descend into an ancient Egyptian tomb where 23 Egyptian mummies and 5,000-year-old hieroglyphics reside.
  • Grainger Hall of Gems: See exquisite rare jewels and gold objects in one of the largest collections of gems and stones in the world.
  • Underground Adventure: Shrink to the size of a bug and explore the world at one hundred times its normal size.
  • 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.

Adler Planetarium

  • Experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913 in the historic Atwood Sphere.
  • Enjoy two sky shows, including the Adler’s premier show, Imagine the Moon.
  • 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

  • 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.

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

Visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for detailed information on advance reservations and entry.

Offers/Upgrades

Shedd Aquarium

Penguin Encounter: Shedd's most popular experience is offered Fri-Sun (7 days a week in the summer). Reservations are strongly required as Penguin Encounters sell out months in advance. Call (312) 692-3355 to check availability and make reservations. Cost for CityPASS guests: $94.95.

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). Reservations are recommended. Call (312) 692-2723 to check availability and make reservations. Cost for CityPASS guests: $20.

$2 off a Virtual Reality Experience: Regular cost: $9. Cost for CityPASS guests: $7.

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $50 or more at the Shedd Store.

Skydeck Chicago

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of any one item greater than $25 at Skydeck Gift Shops.

Field Museum

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off Museum store purchases of $25 or more.

Adler Planetarium

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase at the Space Shop.

$5 off Adler After Dark: Adult CityPASS guests 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.

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase at Cosmic Cafe.

Art Institute of Chicago

10% off at the Museum Cafe: Get 10% off your bill at the vibrant, family-friendly Museum Cafe.

Special Exhibitions: Access to certain special exhibitions requires an additional $7 ticket, which can be purchased onsite.

Museum of Science and Industry

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase at the Museum's gift shops.

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

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

$1 off TILT: See Chicago from a whole new angle! Regular price: $8. Cost for CityPASS guests: $7.

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.
  • Please note that CityPASS guests may experience wait times on peak days (weekends, holidays, summer, Illinois Resident Free Days).
Amenities:
  • Dining: Soundings Café, Bubble Net, Deep Ocean Café
  • Gift Shops: Shedd Store

Best time to visit: Monday through Thursday 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.
  • Limited pre-opening and post-closing private Ledge breakfasts and pizza available with advance 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 Marketplace

Best time to visit: Between 8:30-9:30am is generally the least-crowded time to visit.

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.
  • Look for the "Field Museum for All" app in iTunes or Google Play.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: The Field Bistro, Explorer Café
  • Gift Shops: Field Museum Gift Shops

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.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (312) 665-7300 in advance of arrival.

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: Cosmic Cafe
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.

Museum of Science and Industry

Tips:
  • The best time to see baby chicks hatching is in the afternoon.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
  • Reserve your special experience timed-entry ticket either in advance or upon arrival, as they can fill up quickly.
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 in advance 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.

Groups: Groups of 30 or more: Call (312) 751-3681 at least one day in advance of arrival.

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