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Top Things To Do In Chicago

Poet Carl Sandburg described Chicago as the "City of the Big Shoulders" in 1916, and the city carries that moniker proudly to this day. With world-class museums and cultural attractions alongside thriving commercial and industrial ventures, Chicago hums with energy. These top things to do and see capture the breadth of the city’s offerings and illustrate why Frank Sinatra was moved to immortalize Chicago as "My Kind of Town." Hey, Frank, it’s our kind of town, too.

Shedd Aquarium

With more than 2 million guests every year, John G. Shedd Aquarium is Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction. The aquarium is conveniently located in Chicago's Museum Campus, right next to the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.

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Art Institute of Chicago

Voted the #1 museum in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014, the Art Institute of Chicago is definitely one of the top things to see in Chicago. Inside you'll see famous masterpieces like American Gothic, as well as the greatest impressionist collection outside Paris.

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Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium, which appears ready to launch itself into Lake Michigan from its lakeside perch, brings the universe to its visitors. The planetarium is also home to one of the world's most technologically advanced dome theaters.

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The Field Museum

The Field Museum is your passport to travel the world and back in time with 4.5 billion years of history under one roof. Field is also one of the few places in the United States where you can visit an ancient Egyptian tomb.

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Skydeck Chicago

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere beckons with its eye-popping views of Chicago and beyond. Located atop the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Skydeck Chicago attracts nearly 1.3 million visitors each year.

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360 CHICAGO

Located in the heart of the Windy City’s tourist district, 360 CHICAGO — with its one-of-a-kind open-air Skywalk — is open until 11 p.m. daily. The fastest elevators in North America zoom to the 94th floor — 1,000 feet (305 meters) up — in only 40 seconds.

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Museum of Science and Industry

The largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, the Museum of Science and Industry was the first museum in North America to offer visitors the chance to touch and interact with exhibits.

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Shoreline Sightseeing Architecure River Tour

Experience one of Chicago’s most popular tours, taking you along all three branches of the Chicago River and providing breath-taking views of the city from a perspective you’ve never experienced before.

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Navy Pier

Soar to heights of nearly 200 feet on the iconic Centennial Wheel and explore Navy Pier.

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Millennium Park

This may be one of Chicago’s newest places to visit, but Millennium Park has quickly become a destination of choice for travelers and locals alike. With hundreds of performances throughout the year at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, you're likely to be able to catch one when you're in town.

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The Magnificent Mile

Do you like shopping? Aptly named, The Magnificent Mile is a mecca for tourists and business people, and bolsters Chicago’s claim as one of the great cities on the world stage. The Magnificent Mile is also the heart of Chicago's dining scene.

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Grant Park

Grant Park is Chicago's front yard. Between the towering architecture of the city and the lakefront is a marvelous piece of land free of buildings and full of life. With over 300 acres of space, Grant Park has plenty to offer.

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Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park accurately represents Chicago’s motto, urbs in horto, or "City in a Garden." The center of the Lincoln Park neighborhood beams with an exuberant nightlife, but it's the scenic outdoors that make Lincoln Park so wonderful.

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Chicago Sports Teams

Football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, whatever sport it may be, Chicago proudly sports them all. From the Bears and the Blackhawks to the Cubs, the Bulls, and the White Sox, Chicago is the epicenter of all things major league.

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Cloud Gate

A futuristic, silvery bean known as Cloud Gate made it’s way to Chicago at the grand opening of Millennium Park in 2004. It's seamless design and shiny exterior produces entertaining and distorted reflections of anyone and everything, 360 degrees around.

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Catch a Show

The Chicago Theatre boasts elegant design and classy character with it’s near six stories high, vertical C-H-I-C-A-G-O sign. Alternatively, The Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest not-for-profit theater, known for high quality productions and artistic diversity.

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Chicago Lakefront Trail

Lake Michigan makes Chicago ever the more beautiful, and the city’s Lakefront Trail provides the greatest view of all. The 18-mile path stretches across multiple lakefront neighborhoods, and is the most scenic route you can take to Chicago’s hotspot destinations.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

In a big city like Chicago, skyscrapers and urban enchantment will likely take up the majority of your travel itinerary. But if you want clean air and a green getaway, the Chicago Botanic Garden might be just what you’re looking for.

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Chicago Cultural Center

At the Chicago Cultural Center, you’ll experience the Chicago art and music scene in a building that looks like an ornate masterpiece all on its own. The Chicago Cultural Center coalesces history, beauty, and culture into one brilliant attraction.

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To visit the best attractions in Chicago, use Chicago and save nearly half off the combined entrance fees. Chicago CityPASS includes admission to Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and Skydeck Chicago. Plus your choice of two of the following: Art Institute of Chicago, 360 CHICAGO, and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee. CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating Chicago attractions. Use Chicago and discover these top places to visit and things to do in Chicago. Cloud Gate Photo Credit
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Tourist's holy grail
This is my first time using the CityPASS but I already love it. CityPASS is the Holy Grail for tourists for countless reasons. First of all, you save money on attractions you WOULD GO TO ANYWAY. All in all it was the best money I have ever spent on traveling.
CityPASS Saved My Vacation and Marriage
We used Chicago CityPASS recently and it was a not only a vacation saver but a marriage saver. My husband and I would typically argue about which way to go and what to do next. The CityPASS was easy to use and offered detailed information as well as discounts.
Great Price
My family came to visit us from Colombia. It was their first time in the states and I wanted to make sure their first vacation was more than what they expected it to be. When I came across the Chicago CityPASS online I knew it was just what I needed to make their trip memorable.
Vacationing with a family of 5
We have purchased CityPASS now for three cities: Southern California, New York and now Chicago. We have a family of 5 and this makes planning so easy and affordable!! Not to mention not standing in line for tickets!!!
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The CityPASS was the perfect way to plan our stay in Chicago. I was able to show my daughter my favorite places in Chicago, and a few others as well. The CityPASS provided a better price, and skipping to the front of the line was like icing on the cake!.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience! The city pass tickets were a quick and easy way for my family and I to enjoy Chicago without the extra hassle of booking each event separately. We also enjoyed the savings and getting to use the express line at Skydeck as a result of having them. My mom grew up in Chicago and got to experience the "tourist" side of the city for the first time. My only recommendation is to make sure that you have enough time to visit each destination. My nephew was only in town for the weekend so visiting more than 2 places per day was tricky. You will get 9 days to visit all 5 destinations.
Date published: 2022-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick weekend trip to Chicago made easy Bought the city pass for the first time. We wanted to see the field museum in chicago , so we ended up buying the 5 city pass as that was the one that had the field museum listed. It saved us 50% on cost of admission, plus gave us an expedited pass to the willis tower. The pass also included some upgrades such as seeing the short films at the 3 main attractions. I would recommend to have all city passes do the expedited lines as it was a bit confusing at the field museum . I would also encourage all tickets to have reservation time , as i was worried that the Field museum and planetarium would be full and we wouldnt be able to see them.
Date published: 2022-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to see city attractions! I purchased the city pass for my whole family for our recent trip to Chicago. I loved that it included the Field Museum, Shedd aquarium and Sky deck with the option to choose 2 more attractions. Very easy to redeem your tickets at the individual attractions. Some places require a time frame that you will attend but others do not. Either way we never waited in line to enter any attraction. The Skydeck was my favorite! Amazing views and great memories. Definitely well worth the money and I loved that the QR codes for entry were sent via email and could them be added to your Apple wallet. Highly recommend getting a city pass!
Date published: 2022-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Worth it. This made my trip to chicago fun. I love museums and this chicago pass is a good deal for me. Plus it offers easy access to other tourist attractions like sky deck and 360 observation deck. For a brief stay, this city pass made my trip cheaper, easy and enjoyable.
Date published: 2021-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip! E purchased a city pass our trip to Chicago and are really glad we did. Made entry much quicker and basically had the things we wanted to see and do on it. Customer service was most helpful. Especially Scott! Thanks for making a wonderful trip even better using city pass. Would definitely use again and recommend to anyone going where city pass is.
Date published: 2021-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Deal! I have never used a City Pass before and kind of decided at the last minute to purchase one for our trip to Chicago. I was worried about some of the reviews which stated it was hard to make reservations when using the City Pass etc. We did not find this to be an issue at all. We actually ended up visiting more attractions than we would have without the City Pass and found it to be a great deal! We were traveling with our two college age children so it saved us ALOT of money and allowed us to check the boxes on everything we wanted to see. I would definitely purchase a City Pass again!
Date published: 2021-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing deal for a wonderful experience! This is my second time availing a City Pass. My 1st experience with it is over 5 years ago and I can still say it's worth availing it even after all these years. Of course the experiences pre- and during the pandemic were different with all the protocols in the different establishments but they were still educational and enjoyable nonetheless.
Date published: 2021-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Worth Every Penny We bought the city pass on a whim. We were interested in a couple of the attractions and figured, we might as well go for it. So we did. The museums and aquarium are fantastic. The sky deck was even a much more neat experience than I was expecting. I am thrilled that we took advantage of this excellent deal.
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saves time and money. Great customer service! Bought this kinda last minute for my trip and really glad I did. Saves you time, money and their customer service is top notch. I was a bit worried about availability of times for two of the experiences on my trip, messages the CityPass team and they not only confirmed availability with the locations, they walked me thru step by step how to easily book it and even followed up.
Date published: 2021-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to see the city! We bought the CityPass for our trip after realizing it would offer discounted tickets to almost all the attractions we wanted to see. The fast-pass parts for the 360 Deck and Shedd were well worth it (the other attractions we saw weren't busy enough at the time to make a difference). We liked the added items at the museum aquarium, but they weren't anything that would sway us to want the CityPass. Highly recommend if you plan on doing more than 2 attractions in the city.
Date published: 2019-09-04
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