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  • Save up to 40% on top Chicago attractions. Pay nothing at the gate!
  • Choose as you go. Enjoy 3, 4, or 5 attractions and tours from 25 attractions.
  • Easy to use. Show your pass at designated ticketing areas and enjoy!
  • Take your time. Pass is valid for 30 days after your first attraction visit.
  • Instant delivery. Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app or print it out in advance.
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Visit 3 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$72 / $45
Visit 4 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$95 / $60
Visit 5 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$110 / $75

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Visit 3 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$72 / $45
Visit 4 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$95 / $60
Visit 5 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$110 / $75

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How it works

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What is a Chicago Explorer Pass?

A Chicago Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3, 4, or 5 Chicago attractions for one low price.

How does a Chicago Explorer Pass work?
  • Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit — we offer 3, 4, or 5-Choice Passes.
  • Your Chicago Explorer Pass gets you into any of the 25 included attractions. No need to decide before your trip, choose as you go from the options included with your pass.
  • Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission. Pay nothing at the gate.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, you’ll have 30 days to use your pass.
How will I get my pass?

Instantly! Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

What else does the pass include?

You'll get a guide with hours of operation and directions for each attraction, and a map to help plan your itinerary.

Frequently Asked Questions Show All

Is this just a discount card? Will I still need to buy tickets?

No. Passes include admission to each attraction; no need to pay anything at the gate. Some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee.

Do I need to choose my attractions in advance?

Nope, choose as you go. The pass is good for any combination of the number of attractions you purchased.

My child is under 3 years old. Can I get them a Chicago Explorer Pass?

Child Passes are recommended for children ages 3-12. Many attractions offer free admission for younger children. Please consult the attraction websites for more details.

How will I get my pass?

Instantly! Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

How do I activate my pass?

Easy: simply visit your first attraction!

Is the pass valid all day?

You bet! Feel free to visit the attractions any time of the day as long as they are open or operating.

What is your refund policy?

You'll have a full year from the day you purchase your passes to receive a full refund, as long as they are unused. However, the passes are non-refundable once they're activated.

How much will I save?

Compare the price of the pass to the gate prices of the attractions you want to visit to see how much you can save. Many customers save 40%.

We give you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and choose the attractions you want to visit depending on your interests.

For inspiration, check out some of our sample itineraries, insider tips, and more for info on all the fun things to do in Chicago so you can make the most of your time here.

Can I visit an attraction more than once?

No. Your pass includes only one visit per attraction.

Can I purchase passes on the spur of the moment when I arrive in Chicago?

Of course! With instant digital delivery, you can purchase and access passes right on your mobile device. Or, visit one of our local purchase locations.

Does a Chicago Explorer Pass expire?

Yes. You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

Attractions that require a reservation will display this symbol on the guidebook page.

Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. Chicago Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to Chicago as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.

Can I share my pass with a friend or sell it?

No. The Chicago Explorer Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.

What happens if an attraction is closed or a tour is cancelled due to weather or other problem?

While we do our best to ensure that all attractions are available, events happen that are out of our control. The great thing about a Chicago Explorer Pass is that there are so many attractions to choose from. If an attraction is closed, or cannot be visited for some reason, we know you'll find a fun alternative in your guidebook!

I still have questions!

Please feel free to call us at 800‑887‑9103 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Reviews

4.5/5 92 Reviews

This was the best decision we made in regards to our trip to Chicago! We saved so much, got to do everything we could possibly want to do and had a blast! I would recommend this to anyone looking to get the most out of exploring a major city!

- Maggie from Greenville, SC

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I would definitely purchase it again
By Chi town from Chicago, IL on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

It was a smart purchase for a great price it allowed ease of access to each destination we visited

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Good buy
By Traveller from Canada on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Easy to use, accepted at all places, no glitches. Would recommend it

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Easy and Convienient
By EODblaster51 from Tyler, TX on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

The Chicago Explorer Pass was easy and convenient. It allowed us to not only save money on the things we wanted to do, but allowed us the flexibility to make changes to what we wanted to do on the fly based on weather and our time frame. This was a great way to see Chicago.

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Fix the hop-on trolley situation!
By Susan from Portland, OR on
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Using the pass for museums was simple, but activating it for the trolley was a joke! You should be able to activate directly as you arrive, rather going to a distant, inconvenient location. Plus, when we got there the machine wasn't working so we couldn't activate it anyway!

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Great product
By Kat the explorer from Houston, TX on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Save time in line and puck from 3 to 5 attractions

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Bargain sites in the downtown area
By byronandcyndy from New Jersey on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Having this pass helped us make the most of our time in the downtown Chicago area. No lines and we could plan our days to maximize the time we were there. There was a little confusion as to the location of the initial redemption of the pass, but after a few redirects we were set. We should not fail to mention the best thing about the pass and that was the bargain prices for admission. We try to use the Explorer Pass when we are tourists in a big city!

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Convenient, but more info needed
By GT from MD on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

More information about what it didn't cover at the locations used at would have been helpful.

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Definitely buy from here!
By Asbonic from London, UK on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Was hesitant regarding savings made and whether worth the money, absolutely is! Will now use these guys wherever I go. Absolute value for money and great trips. Made Chicago for us.

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Excellent choice
By Isabelle from Dinan, France on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Very easy to use and convenient. Good price.

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Smartest thing we have done in Chicago
By Kevin from Appleton, Wisconsin on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

With the option of the Go pass, we were able to fill our time more efficiently. The architecture boat tour in Chicago is one of the best things you can do as a family. Love Chicago. Go Cubs

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