Spotlight on Chicago: Navy Pier Ticket Discount

Navy Pier Ticket discount

Navy Pier is the most-visited attraction in Chicagoland, and its iconic Ferris wheel perhaps the most recognizable part of Chicago’s skyline. With an exciting array of attractions, tours, cruises, rides, and shows to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something special to enjoy at Navy Pier. It’s great for kids, and great fun for adults, too. Save on your visit to the all the best Navy Pier attractions with Smart Destinations’ Navy Pier discount tickets or all-inclusive Go Chicago Cards. Kids love Navy Pier. And why wouldn’t they? It’s a historic boardwalk chock full of kid-friendly stuff like amusement park rides, colorful buildings, and the 3-story Chicago Children’s Museum. Play a few rounds of mini-golf, hop aboard the Ferris wheel and historic swing ride, or … [Read more...]

Art Institute of Chicago Opens “Onchi Koshiro” Exhibit

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is debuting an exciting new exhibit this summer – “Onchi Koshiro: The Abstract Prints.”  This exhibit is among the most significant displays of his work to date, as the Art Institute of Chicago is one of only a few museums with a significant collection of his works. The exhibit will open on July 19th (that's this Saturday!) and run through October 5th. Koshiro was an influential Japanese artist and the founder of the “sosaku hanga” movement in printing-making. He who produced much of his work in the 1930s and 40s. He is best known for his innovative and creative printmaking techniques that bucked generations of traditional Japanese printmaking methods.  Koshiro’s self-proclaimed influences include Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky … [Read more...]

“TILT” Opens at 360 Chicago!

360 Chicago

The most exciting new Chicago attraction of the year is TILT! It’s been called epic. One-of-a-kind. An absolute must-do for the whole family. Most importantly, it’s a brand new way to see Chicago. An exciting new part of the redesigned 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Observatory), TILT is an architectural and visual marvel. It’s a separately enclosed platform on the south end of the building that slowly tilts forward to give visitors a stunning view of Chicago’s urban skyline from 1000 feet above. Designed with state-of-the-art technology to make each trip as thrilling and as safe as possible, TILT is the only attraction of its kind in Chicago. 360 Chicago is among the most popular Chicago attractions, famed for its stunning views and exciting visual technologies. … [Read more...]

Cheap Chicago Attractions Tickets

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Whether it’s the summertime glimmer of Lake Michigan or the exciting urban playground atmosphere that draws you to Chicago, you’re in for a vacation as dynamic and spirited as the city itself. Beautiful urban green spaces collide with cutting-edge architectural feats to create a landscape wherein its only natural that art, creativity, and community will bloom. Though a city this magnificent may sound expensive, most travelers find Chicago to be much more affordable than cities like New York. After all, Chicago’s is famous for its working class history—in general, it’s remained quite unpretentious for its size and success. With Chicago attraction discount tickets, you’ll be able to visit all the must-see attractions for first-time (or second or third-time) … [Read more...]

Chicago July 4th 2014 Attractions

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With the Fourth of July falling conveniently on a Friday this year, you have the perfect opportunity to spend a long weekend in Chicago – a city known for its festive summer celebrations. Extravagant fireworks displays and music festivals are the hallmark activities, and you’ll find plenty to do in any of Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. Take a look at some of the most popular upcoming events for the Fourth! By far the most popular fireworks attraction is the Navy Pier display, hosted by the Illinois Lottery. The explosive event is more elaborate than the weekly summer presentations, so you’re in for a treat even if you’ve been lucky enough to catch them on another night over the summer. Head to the Pier or Millennium Park for the best views – but be warned the crowds … [Read more...]

Art Institute of Chicago Welcomes Special Magritte Exhibition

Art Institute of Chicago

Huge news for art lovers in Chicago this summer! The Art Institute of Chicago will be opening a fantastic new special exhibition of twentieth century art, organized around one of the most iconic surrealist painters of the age – René Magritte. This exhibition, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” focuses particularly on the artist’s most experimental and inventive period, with a collection of pieces that illuminate the evolution of his artistic philosophy. Best known for its clean lines, simple shapes, and unexpected elements, Magritte’s work has emerged over the years as some of the more memorable and thought-provoking surrealist art. Paintings that couple simple images with words or short phrases, like “The Treachery of Images,” brought him fame in the … [Read more...]

Millennium Park Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Millenium Park Chicago

2014 is a big year for Chicago. In addition to ushering in new attractions, exciting theatrical debuts, and inspiring art exhibits, this summer also marks the 10th anniversary of one of their most famous landmarks, the iconic Millennium Park! It’s one of the most visited Chicago attractions each year, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. This 24.5-acre urban paradise was first imagined in 1997, when Mayor Richard Daley envisioned replacing old rail yards and dead space with a centrally located public space for Chicagoans to come together for art, music, and outdoor fun. In conjunction with renowned architect and visionary designer Frank Gehry, the city designed a truly modern park space that would include a music pavilion, public works of art, elaborate fountains, … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than … [Read more...]

Chicago Summer Events 2014

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Chicago is the perfect city in the summer time. Hot sunny days, tempered by a nice lake breeze. Attractions with just the right balance of fun, education, and excitement. And of course, an unbeatable lineup of free summer events! Visit Chicago this summer for a weekend (or three!) to enjoy any of these iconic summer Chicago Attractions. Taste of Chicago July 9 – 13, 2014 Grant Park This festival is a Chicago Attraction that I've truly come to love over the years. It’s perfect for foodies, culinary adventurers, or heck, anyone who just enjoys a good snack. Enjoy samples from more than 200 different dishes, spanning every cuisine from American and Italian to African and Indian.  Plus, you’ll also enjoy live music, comedy shows, and special activities just for the kids. Join … [Read more...]