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 … [Read more...]

Chicago Summer Discounts

Chicago Summer Discounts

Everyone loves a memorable summer vacation. Bike rides, Ferris wheels, ice cream cones, and picnics in the park. A concert, an art show, maybe even a cruise. Spend a few days of your summer in Chicago, and you can take part in all of those iconic summer activities – Chicago style! From Navy Pier to Millennium Park and beyond, the Windy City will turn your summer vacation up to 11. And with Smart Destinations’ insider tips and handy passes, the savvy traveler can get big city attractions for small town prices. With a Go Chicago Card Attractions Pass, you can feel like a kid again – or, … [Read more...]

“Paris Street; Rainy Day” Returns to Art Institute of Chicago

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Big news in the Chicago art world this season! After undergoing months of restorative work, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” returns to the Art Institute of Chicago this May. The longtime favorite and a centerpiece of the Art Institute’s extensive Impressionist holdings, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” (1877) is an iconic work by French painter Gustave Caillebotte, best known for his blend of Realist and Impressionist techniques in his paintings of Parisian streets, men and women, and “la vie quotidienne.” The painting has been a popular one with visitors since the museum first … [Read more...]

Chicago Vacation Tips

Chicago Summer Discounts

Looking to book a trip to the Windy City this summer? Here are a few of our favorite vacation tips for your Chicago visit. We’ve got recommendations on new exhibits, special events, and insider tips for everything from getting around the city to getting Shedd Aquarium discount tickets. Save big on all your activities (and skip the line at a few!) with a Chicago Attractions Pass! One of the best things about Chicago is the selection of world-class attractions, from museums and tours to architectural marvels and kids’ activities. If you’re looking to explore the world of high art in … [Read more...]

Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing Reopens!

Art Institute of Chicago

Art lovers headed to Chicago this spring are in luck – the famed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago will reopen on April 18, 2014 after a seven-month-long renovation process that saw many of the museum’s most popular pieces loaned out across the country. The Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing has been a Chicago landmark since it was first erected in 2009; an example of exquisite contemporary architecture, it’s been updated to accommodate redesigns in gallery lighting. Now visitors to the Art Institute can reacquaint themselves with the missing pieces. More than 100 … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Tourist Attractions

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Chicago is a city known for a variety of characteristics: innovative architecture, deep cultural and musical roots, the headstrong pride of its inhabitants—of course—its numerous tourist attractions. The top Chicago attractions are as vast and varied as the city wherein they reside. This makes Chicago a fun and dynamic vacation destination for visitors because there’s always something new to do and something everyone in the family will enjoy. Moreover, you can see all the sites for one low price with a convenient Chicago attractions pass. Must-See Attractions for First-Time … [Read more...]

Chicago Museum Campus Discounts

Chicago Museum Campus Discounts

When visiting the Windy City, there’s no better place for a well-rounded and educational weekend than the Chicago Museum Campus. Situated just south of verdant Grant Park, the Museum Campus is home to three of the city’s most popular attractions – Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium. Each of these family-friendly cultural institutions has something unique to offer, and a trip to Chicago isn’t complete without a visit to all of them! A trip to the Museum Campus is a great spring break idea, too! A kid-favorite Chicago attraction, Shedd Aquarium is among the … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Summer Vacation

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While a summer vacation may seem light years away—especially if you’re reading this from somewhere in the Northeast that’s still occasionally pummeled with snow—in just a few short months school will be wrapping up, the days will be long and sunny, and you’ll be wishing you started planning your summer vacation earlier! While planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable summer vacation, it also gives you something to look forward to as you wait for winter to say its final adieu. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding … [Read more...]

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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Chicago’s St. Patty’s Day Parade is one of the most popular in the country—due in part to the dyeing of the Chicago River that turns the water running through the city a bright Emerald green! If you’ll be visiting Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day or you live nearby but have never been to the parade, this guide is the key to a fun, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day at the parade, including suggestions for other Chicago attractions to round out your weekend. When is the parade? Rain or shine, the parade will start at noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Typically, the parade lasts for … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Chicago 2014

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March is finally here, and that means one our favorite holidays is fast approaching – Saint Patrick’s Day! On the one day of year everyone in America is just a little Irish, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy many festive activities, performances, and attractions that celebrate Irish cultural heritage. If you’ll be spending this March 17th in the Windy City, be sure to check out a few of these classic Chicago Attractions. Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Without question the single largest collection of people in green you’ll see in this side of Boston. Expect floats, balloons, … [Read more...]