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 tourism discounts are relatively easy to come by, so you won’t have to spend a fortune for the experience. If you want to see it all for the best price, the Go Chicago Card is a great all-inclusive attraction pass featuring discounted admission to 26 top attractions. Some of the most popular sites include the Art Institute of Chicago, the The Museum of Science and Industry, and the SkyDeck Chicago observation deck atop Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
However, you don’t have to decide what to see ahead of time with a Go Chicago Card—instead, pick the number of days you want to use your pass and plan as you go. With a free full-color guide book, navigating the city is easier than ever. Plus, extra savings included with the Go Chicago Card offer savings on many of those restaurants we discussed, like Lou Malnati’s, HERSHEY’S Chicago, and The House of Blues Back Porch Restaurant.
For others, it might be more convenient to use the Go Select Chicago pass, this is Smart Destinations’ customized attraction pass, which you can personalize to meet your needs. This option also includes Go Select Packages that Smart Destinations has put together for you by theme to provide the most savings. For instance, the Chicago Museum Campus Pass offers admission to the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium, with 24% off of regular admission prices.
If you’re a first time visitor traveling with your family, you might want to use the Chicago Family Fun Pass, which features admission to the Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, a Skyline Lake Cruise, and SkyDeck Chicago for 29% total savings. Whether you build your own pass or choose one of the pre-made packages, with Go Select Chicago you’ll have 30 days from activation to use your card, so this pass is a good option for locals who might make it out to Chicago more than once in a month.
So whether its art and jazz that that you fancy, or you just can’t wait to snag a slice of that famous deep dish in the city the Cubs call home, don’t wait any longer to start planning your Chicago vacation.