Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Chicago

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Anyone who is heading to the SecondCity for Valentine’s Day should expect a first-rate time as there are tons of great things to do in Chicago that will delight couples and singles alike! For a romantic evening with some stellar Italian food, head to 312 Chicago for a Valentine’s Day feast. The restaurant will be offering up a special tasting menu filled with truffles, crab, lobster and other special treats. “Chef Luca's menu is sure to delight!” according to the restaurant’s website. “We look forward to being a part of your romantic evening with our Prix Fixe and A La Carte menus.” If you’d rather spent Friday night partying it up with single ladies and eligible bachelors, then the Anti-Valentine's Day Party at the Newport Bar & Grill on West Newport Avenue could be the way to go. The free event will feature $4 drafts, $4 Fireball shots and $5 Three Olive … [Read more...]

Chicago Winter Events

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You may have heard that Chicago has seen some record-low temperatures this winter – brr!! But don’t let this cold weather dissuade you from visiting our favorite Windy City this year: there are plenty of Chicago Winter Events and Attractions to keep you warm. Create a customized winter-friendly GO Select Chicago Pass to save big on your favorites! Since you’ll want to maximize your time indoors during the winter in Chicago, we recommend events like special exhibits and traveling performances. Museums and galleries often have themed exhibits in the winter, corresponding to something seasonal or historical. For example, the “1893 World’s Fair” exhibit at The Field Museum has been a huge hit since it opened earlier last fall. It’s a fascinating exploration of artifacts and the role they’ve played in Chicago history since the famous World’s Fair.  Conveniently for the … [Read more...]

Chicago Auto Show 2014

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A highly anticipated event for automobile enthusiasts around the world, the annual Chicago Auto Show presents a wide breadth of sensational auto models. The first Chicago Auto Show was presented in 1901, and has since been staged more than any other auto show in North America. Over a million visitors attend Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center each year to marvel at the latest and greatest in automobile technology. The complex offers more than 1 million square feet, which are graced with elaborate displays an exhibits of the top rides. To join the millions of auto aficionados, take a trip to the Windy City to experience the Public Show: February 8th until February 17th 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily (8 p.m. close on February 17th) $12 Tickets for Adults $6 Tickets for Children $6 Admission for Women on February 11th Exhibitions will include both international and … [Read more...]

Chicago Tourism Discounts

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While many of us have been to Chicago at some point or another, whether just passing through O’Hare or to attend one of the many annual festivals, if you haven’t taken the time to truly explore Chicago, you’re missing out. Let’s take a quick glance at Chicago attractions: There are more than 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, 552 parks, dozens of historical sites and museums, and a whopping 7,300 restaurants. Even by the numbers, Chicago’s got a lot going on. Of course, behind the numbers, you’ll find what Chicago is really about: Unique culture, world-class innovation, and a strong backbone. As Carl Sandburg’s famous poem named after the city proclaims in a challenge to its readers: “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing/ so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.” Ready to discover the spirit of Chicago? Luckily, Chicago … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago

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For WindyCity fans of the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks who aren’t able to make it all the way to the East Coast for the Super Bowl, all is not lost. There are plenty of great places in Chicago to watch the telecast of Super Bowl XLVIII from New Jersey and multiple Chicago Attractions to enjoy either before or after the game. At Bub City at 435 North Clark Street, chow down on some sizzling barbecue on Super Sunday and dine on ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and chopped beef brisket while you watch the Broncos take on the Seahawks. In addition to classic BBQ, the restaurant offers a large selection of taquitos, dips, wings and salads. Don’t forget to save room for one of BubCity’s signature pies. Prior to enjoying America’s largest secular holiday, don’t forget to investigate some of the Chicago Attractions that are available in the SecondCity. For a Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Winter Attractions

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Chicago’s a beautiful city year-round, but it can feel a little intimidating to visit in the winter with its reputation for chilly temperatures. Fortunately, there are plenty of seasonally-appropriate (and winter-friendly!) Chicago attractions to visit on your next trip the windy city. Plot a few winter attractions into your itinerary and you’re guaranteed to have a great time. If you’re traveling with kids, you can’t miss out on a visit to a museum or two. The Museum of Science and Industry is always a big hit with the whole family, and younger kids will love the Chicago Children’s Museum. If you’re looking to include a few educational options, a visit to the Museum Campus is also a good idea when visiting Chicago in the winter. The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium are some of the most popular and highly regarded attractions in the city –and they’re … [Read more...]

Chicago Holiday Travel Deals

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If you’re heading to Chicago this holiday season, count yourself among the lucky ones. December in Chicago is unlike any other time of year—the city known for its innovative architecture and world-famous attractions gets dolled up and decked out for the holidays. At this point, it’s likely you’ve already found accommodation and made your travel plans. Now comes the fun part: Deciding which Chicago attractions will make it on your holiday itinerary! Luckily, it’s never too late to find Chicago holiday travel deals on top Chicago attractions. With Smart Destinations, the options are endless for building an itinerary you’ll love at a price you’ll love even more. If you’re looking for ideas, see what sample itineraries we’ve scoped out to gather your inspiration.     Classic Holidays in Chicago There’s really no “keeping it simple” in Chicago, … [Read more...]

Chicago New Year’s Eve 2013

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Spending some time in the Windy City this December and looking for some festive NYE Chicago attractions to visit this December 31? Check out our list of ways to celebrate this New Year’s Eve Chicago style. From family-friendly to adults-only, and everything in between, this list has a few suggestions to suit all styles. Attend a festive concert! You’ll find plenty of exciting musical acts to choose from if you’d like to spend the last hours of 2013 listening to some great tunes with friends. From the hugely popular German artist Zedd, to indie favorites like Motion City Soundtrack and Lucky Boys Confusion, there’s a performance going on this December 31st to make every musical taste happy. The Chicago House of Blues in particular offers a number of special performances – including turn of the century favorite Jimmy Eat World! Take in the first fireworks of 2014! … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Black Friday Sale

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As a passionate traveler, I know that some of the most inspiring and memorable moments in my life were born from exploring a new place. Whether it comes from visiting a nearby museum, getting your adrenaline pumping on thrill rides, learning about the fascinating foundations on historical tours, or just taking in the culture and beauty of a far-away city – these new discoveries illuminate our minds and stand out in our memories.  This holiday season, give the gift that never stops giving. Film & TV Fanatics: While New York and Boston have plenty of TV and Movie Site Tours to offer, the true heart of the entertainment industry lies in the south of California – Los Angeles! With a booming film and television industry, any film and TV fanatic will be dazzled by the iconic sites that await! And with the Go Los Angeles Card, you can provide your loved one with access to all the top … [Read more...]