How to Get the Best Deal on Chicago Attractions

Great food, amazing architecture, and an extensive list of must-see attractions are an expected plus for any well-planned or spur-of-the-moment getaway. Chicago is a destination that will ignite your sense of awe and wonder. The Windy City tops one list after another for its entertainment, nightlife, cuisine options, and outdoor recreational opportunities. One additional benefit of visiting a city with countless attractions is taking advantage of the long list of competitive discounts available.


01 Shedd Aquarium

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Since 1930, lovers of the aquatic animal world have flocked to the Shedd Aquarium. The Beaux-Arts style building housing the aquarium is a pillar of Chicago architecture, renovated through the years to accommodate additional exhibits and habitats for the public to enjoy. Touch encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and trainer-for-a-day lessons are just some of the unforgettable experiences available in addition to the exhibits. If you're planning to take in multiple sites around the city, pick up a CityPASS to save 50% on admission prices, not only at Shedd Aquarium but at five other top attractions as well.


02 Skydeck Chicago

Few opportunities rival the panoramic view from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower. This 110-story, 4.3 million square foot building, was formerly the Sears Tower. Each year, thousands of visitors catch a ride to the 103rd floor on lightening-fast, multi-media elevators to experience the interactive exhibits at Skydeck Chicago. Step out on The Ledge, a 4.3-foot glass box extending out from the Skydeck to experience a jaw-dropping, 360-degree, 50-mile view of the city. Use your CityPASS here to save 50% off admission, plus it includes an additional nighttime admission bonus to sweeten the deal.


03 Field Museum

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For the past century, Field Museum has welcomed locals and visitors with the opportunity to explore natural wonders and rare cultural artifacts. With a collection that exceeds 40 million specimens and relics from around the world, it's no wonder the museum is one of Chicago's top destinations. Explore ancient Egypt, discover day-to-day life through the eyes of an insect, and introduce yourself to Sue, the biggest, most complete T. rex fossil on the planet. With CityPASS, you'll gain VIP entry as well as 50% off the premium admission to the museum. Buying your ticket through CityPass will also get you free admission to one of the museum's 3D films.


04 Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tours

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See all of Chicago's most notable sites on your own terms, and save money while doing it with hop-on, hop-off bus tours. Save even more when you purchase tickets online, which stay valid for up to six months. Choose an itinerary through fourteen landmarks across the Windy City and let someone else handle the driving. With hop-on, hop-off tours, you determine how much time to spend at each stop. Explore Chicago's Riverwalk, peruse the shops on State Street, or grab some lunch at Hard Rock Cafe.


05 Comedy Show

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Joan Rivers, the Belushi brothers, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Steve Carrell, and Tina Fey are just a few from the long list of comedians who got their start at Chicago's Second City theater troupe. Don't miss out on seeing a live Second City production while visiting Chi-Town. Pick from comedy revues, a choose-your-own-adventure performance, or classic sketch shows seven nights a week. You can use TodayTix to book up to 30 days in advance and save 50% off admission, leaving extra cash to splurge on food and drink at one of the three on-site restaurants.


06 Adler Planetarium

Imagine viewing the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and other heavenly bodies, at night, through the lens of the largest aperture telescope available to the public. You'll experience this and much more at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, which hosts a variety of family-friendly and adult-only events. You don't have to be a local to get the best deals in town; the Adler Planetarium offers 50% off a premium admission when you purchase through CityPASS.


07 Art Institute of Chicago

Save 50% off the admission price to one of the leading art museums in the world with CityPASS. You could spend an entire day wandering through the exhibit halls at the Art Institute of Chicago and never run out of inspiring, magnificent masterpieces to enjoy. Experience the works of Picasso, Warhol, Pollack, and numerous other contemporary artists. The respected museum houses the largest collection of French impressionist paintings outside of the Louvre.


08 Chicago Skyline Adventure Flight Lesson

For those expecting a little more adventure out of their vacation, consider a one-hour instructional flight over Chicago through Adrenaline. You'll not only experience hands-on control of a Cessna 172 or Piper Archer aircraft, but you'll get a bird's-eye view of the city, too. Thrill-seekers can try other Adrenaline adventures, including indoor skydiving or a nighttime helicopter tour over the Windy City. If you're a racing enthusiast, you can jump behind the wheel of a NASCAR and drive one of Chicago's renowned race tracks.


09 Museum of Science and Industry

You don't need to be an engineer to enjoy the Museum of Science and Industry. This 400,000 square foot museum is one of the largest science museums in the world. Millions of inquisitive visitors have wandered its exhibits and explored the many hands-on lab experiences. With CityPASS, you'll get free entry plus admission to one of the special, timed-entry experiences at the museum. View the actual U-505 submarine captured in 1944. Explore the depths of a "working" coal mine or jump aboard a flight simulator to control historical aircraft. There's something for everyone to enjoy here, degree not required.


10 Chicago Sports

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No matter where we're from or what teams we support, we're all familiar with the sports legacy of Chicago. The Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks are legendary names in the world of athletic events. And if you're a sports fan, you can't pass up the opportunity to see a live event when you visit Chicago. Buying game tickets through gets you a 100% money-back guarantee in the event the game is canceled. Grab a jersey and head to one of the pre-game tailgating events outside of the Bears' Soldier Field.


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