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, you know, do stuff with your kids. Rent a bike to explore the urban park system or the beach front at the Navy Pier Bike Tour stand. Ride waaaay up high on the Ferris wheel, get competitive with a round of mini-golf, and indulge your nostalgia with a carousel ride at Navy Pier. While you’re there, pop into the Chicago Children’s Museum for some family-friendly educational fun.
Hit up the Big Three –The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium – to change gears during extremely hot or rainy days. (Bonus: you get to skip the insanely long lines at Shedd). They’re conveniently grouped together on Chicago’s Museum Campus, and you can spend as much or as little time as you like at each place. Everyone can cool down at the Shedd’s Polar Play Zone!
Millennium Park and the adjacent Grant Park are the outdoor spaces to be this summer in Chicago. You’ll find everything from free evening concerts to massive festivals for music, arts, crafts, and – my favorite – food. Enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch, throw a Frisbee, and explore the nooks and crannies of the Lurie Garden. If you want to explore more of Chicago’s natural resources, consider a Skyline Lake Tour of the stunning Lake Michigan.
For some greater perspective on Chicago’s many architectural marvels, charming neighborhoods, and historical legacy, consider taking specialized tour. Try a thematic tour like the Chicago Theatre Tour, or an all-inclusive one like the Chicago Trolley Tour. Tip: Here’s another place where a Chicago Attractions Pass really helps you out – without one, you’d be paying hundreds of dollars with a family of four to check out more than one tour.
Keep checking our Travel Blog throughout the summer for insider details on individual Chicago Summer Events like the Taste of Chicago Festival and the Millennium Park Music Series. We’ll keep you posted with the latest Chicago Summer discounts, news, and traveler trips. Happy vacationing!