Home to that Instangram-worthy ‘Bean’ sculpture, this beautiful city is located on Lake Michigan in Illinois, and is the third largest and one of the busiest cities in the United States. Aside from New York, Chicago is the most famous city in the U.S. for is amazing neo-Gothic architecture such as the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower, and the Tribune Tower. The city was actually home to the world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company building, which was built in 1885. Aside from having the first skyscraper, several other inventions came from Chicago, such as zippers, roller skates, spray paint, softball, and even Crackerjacks.
The city has many nicknames, including the City of Big Shoulders, the Second City, the City that Works, and, perhaps the most famous, the Windy City. You’ll be surprised to learn that the Windy City is indeed very windy, mostly do to the wins coming in from the large Lake Michigan. Year after year, this beautiful megalopolis is visited by over 48 million tourists who adore it’s amazing city architecture, rich history and culture, an extensive list of fun attraction and sights to see.
What is CityPASS Chicago?
The CityPASS is a tour that allows you to experience five of Chicago’s best sights such as the Shedd Aquarium,Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago,the Skydeck Chicago, and more. By purchasing a CityPASS for Chicago, you’ll receive access to five attractions for only a fraction of the original price. You’ll get nine days to use your CityPASS, which means that you don’t have to follow a schedule and the flexibility to plan out your vacation to be exactly as you’d like it to be. Even better, you’ll be receiving expedited entry at many of the attractions, meaning you’ll spend less time in line and more time enjoying the experience. If this sounds like the perfect vacation plan for you, yes explore the great attraction that are available with the CityPASS to Chicago
#1: Shedd Aquarium (Priorty Entry)
The Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago that is home to more than 32,000 animals. Opened in 1930, the aquarium was actually the record holder for the largest indoor aquarium for quite some time with 5,000,000 US gallons of water (until the Georgia aquarium beat it out). Still, it is one of the best tourist destinations in Chicago, especially if you’re into wildlife. The aquarium features many great customizable experiences, such as personalized tours, a penguin themed party, programs for adults and children, and even the opportunity to spend the night at the aquarium with their Asleep with the Fishes program! In addition to the Shedd Aquarium’s offerings to the public, the aquarium is very dedicated to marine life conservation and helpful research with aims of preserving and the injured species and spreading awareness of environmental concerns. Your CityPASS will grant you priority entry and access to all permanent exhibits, animal presentations, special exhibit, and the Stingray Touch. You even get access to a 4D experience!
#2: Skydeck Chicago (Day/Night Admission)
The Skydeck, aside from the Bean, is arguably the most popular destination for Instagram fanatics and aspiring travel photographers in Chicago. The Skydeck is actually the 103rd floor of what was formerly known as the Sears Tower, and provide clear observation boxes so you can soak up the spectacular views. In fact, the views from the Skydeck Chicago actually allow you to see for states all at once. While this is an observation deck mostly meant to give great views, it’ll give you great thrills as well as you stand in the Ledges glass boxes that extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. If you look down, you’ll see all 1,353 feet of drop below you. Now with your CityPASS your actually receive two visits to the Skydeck-one during the day, and one at night!
#3:Field Museum (All-Access Pass)
Much like other museums, the Field Museum features an extensive collection of pieces and artifacts that celebrates nature, history, science, and art. However, the Field Museum is also home to SUE, which is the largest, most complete, and best preserved skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered to date. There are also many other great things to witness, such as a real Egyptian mummies, wildlife photography collections, and the fossil of a giant titanosaur, and an underground adventure exhibit. With your CityPASS, you’ll gain VIP entry and an All-Access Pass, which includes admission to all permanent and regularly-priced ticketed exhibitions as well as your choice of one digital 3D film,
#4a: Adler Planetarium(Premium Pass)
The Adler planetarium is America’s first planetarium. It was originally founded in 1935 Max Adler and is located on the northeast and of the Northerly Island, right at the shore of Lake Michigan. As you can imagine, the planetarium features impressive views of stars and beyond with the Doane Observatory’s research quality telescope. There are also many great featured shows and exhibits to experience. Some notable shows and exhibits include Imagine the Moon, Planet Nine, Mission Moon, and the Community Design Lab. If you want to get in the action there are many hands-on activities to try as well. With your CityPASS, you’ll get a premium pass to the museum plus special access to two or more shows and exhibitions and the Atwood Sphere Experience.
#4b: The Art Institute of Chicago
While there is indeed a School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the Art Institute of Chicago itself is actually an art museum. In fact, it is one of the oldest and largest in the United States and was founded in 1879. As the name implies, the Museum features many great works of art from all around the world and from many time periods in history, many of them extremely famous and priceless. For example, the Museum features paintings such as The Bedroom by Vincent van Gogh, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, and American Gothic by Grant Wood. The museum also features arranged exhibitions and events that take you through the tours of the art. Your CityPASS gives you a fast pass admission to the museum plus an audio tour.
#5a: Museum of Science and Industry (Entry +1 Ticketed Experience)
The Museum of and more Science and Industry is a fine and educational Museum that takes you on a journey through the history and advancement of science and industry. The Museum features many great experiences, such as tours of submarine, coal mine tours, a mirror maze, tornado simulations and more. With the Museum of science and industry being the largest science museum in the country, you’ll have plenty of fun activities and learning opportunities to choose from. Your CityPASS grants you a general entry, plus one time entry experience (such as the Coal Mine Tour, Fab Lab, or Wired to Wear)
#5b:360 Chicago Observation Deck (Express Entry)
Much like the Skydeck, but also nothing like it, the 360 Chicago is an observatory located on the 94th floor of the famous John Hancock building. Aside from offering spectacular views of the entire city, 360 Chicago also features Chicago’s highest thrill ride, the TILT, which literally tilts you off the side of the building at 1000 feet in the air. You’ll have quick access to the great views and thrills with the CityPASS, which grants you express entry admission