Chicago Family Things to Do in Summer

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There is no better time than summer to take some time off from work and put the wind back in your sails – so why not do so in the ‘Windy City’? Embark on an unforgettable family experience with your Go Chicago Card – or your Go Chicago Select Package! For one low price, you can see all the attractions you desire, and save up to 55% off!

For families who enjoy thrills:

A summertime hot spot and Chicago’s #1 tourist attraction – the Navy Pier is frequented by locals and visitors alike. It was built in 1914 and originally used as a commercial pier. But in the 1920s, the Pier expanded into the entertainment realm – introducing a theater, dancing pavilions, and an auditorium. The Pier was closed to the public in the 40s, and served as a Navy Training center, then later became part of the University of Illinois. It wasn’t until 1976 that it reopened to the public and became the amusement mecca it is today.

Ride the Navy Pier Carousel, the Ferris Wheel, and the Wave Swinger – and don’t forget to play a round of mini golf at ‘The Links’ at Navy Pier. A bevvy of shopping and dining options provide all the necessities for a stress-free day on Lake Michigan. Your Go Chicago Card provides you with a voucher for 5 of the rides, and is accepted for gate admission until 5:30pm. From the Navy Pier, you can embark on a bike tour with Bike Chicago Navy Pier, or take to the lake on the Skyline Lake Tour – both included in your Go Chicago Card!

For families who enjoy educational tours:

For more Chicago fun, head on over to the neighboring Millennium Park – where you can enjoy the warm winds off the lake, and marvel at the many architectural structures. As you walk through the park, you can make your way towards the multiple nearby museums – including the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Admission is covered with your Go Chicago Card, so see as many of the offered museums as you desire for one low price! Family friendly and educational – you’ll be floored by all the engrossing learning opportunities!

For families who enjoy a historical take:

If you enjoy a glimpse into history, go for the Chicago Theatre tour. Built in 1921, it as the flagship theater for a chain for more than 100 Chicago Theatres operated in the Midwestern United States. The original theatre featured films, a 50-piece orchestra, and a live stage show. Hosting a myriad of jazz musicians and performers, the Chicago Theatre abandoned its majestic past and became modernized in the 1950s when stage shows were discontinued.Chicago Theatre Marquee

In 1986, the Chicago Theater was completely restored – reopening with a performance by Frank Sinatra. It now hosts live stage shows and performances as it had in its inception. On the Chicago Theatre Tour, you’ll be taken through this history on-site – going behind the scenes and experiencing one of the last standing movie palaces in history!

The Architecture River Cruise provides an exciting journey through the history of Chicago, featuring architectural sites that attribute to the tales. Along the Chicago River, you’ll hear the dramatic story of Chicago’s rise from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 to become the home of the skyscraper. On this hour-long tour, you’ll learn about the many world-famous architects who built this skyline from the ground up.

For families who enjoy thrills, educational tours, and historical takes:

Lucky for you – the Go Chicago Card has you covered on all fronts. See all the included museums, embark on any tours you wish to include, and experience all the most renown Chicago attractions for one low price! Or, if you’re only looking to see a few choice attractions, you can browse any of the hand-picked Go Select Pacakges, or purchase single attraction passes at steep discounts. No matter what you’re looking to see this summer – Smart Destinations has you covered!

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