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Things to do in Chicago on Memorial Day Weekend

Visiting Chicago this Memorial Day? Check out these fun events and activities going on this year!


Introducing the Chicago Explorer Pass: See Chicago for Less

Smart Destinations is excited to introduce the NEW Chicago Explorer Pass®, an easy-to-use multi-attraction savings pass that offers visitors discounts on top Chicago attractions for one low price. Save up to 42% off combined admission prices with this all-in-one card vs. paying… [Read More]

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12 Free Things to Do in Chicago on Vacation

Planning a vacation to Chicago? Our insiders put together a list of our top free things to do in Chicago.

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7 Romantic Things to Do in Chicago

Looking to plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart? We compiled a list of 7 romantic things to do in Chicago. Enjoy!


New Year’s Things to do in Chicago

Spending the last moments of 2014 in the Windy City? We hope you’ve got your travel arranged, hotel all set, and plans finalized. But just in case you don’t, here are a few of our favorite Chicago New Year’s Eve events to… [Read More]

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Chicago Holiday Attractions 2014

Chicago is an enchanting city in the wintertime. From the gorgeous lights and lush decorations festooning the window fronts along the Magnificent Mile to the majestic Christmas Tree in Daley Plaza, the festive holiday spirit is everywhere! If you’re looking to explore… [Read More]


Top US Cities to Visit for the Holidays 2014

What is the top U.S. city for holiday attractions? This was a question posed to me by a long-time Smart Destinations customer. Easy, right? Not so fast. Without question, New York City is a magical place to be during the most wonderful… [Read More]

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Thanksgiving in Chicago 2014

There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Chicago than with a morning spent at the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Conveniently scheduled to end at 11 am, it’s the perfect way to start off your Thanksgiving Day without interfering with your… [Read More]

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Halloween in Chicago 2014

Planning on being in Chicago this Halloween and looking for some fun, festive activities to celebrate the holiday? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve put together a full line-up of fun Chicago attractions to help you celebrate our favorite fall holiday. Many… [Read More]

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Chicago Fall Attractions

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Windy City. The long lines of the summer have died down, and the cool air is a refreshing change from the humidity and heat of the last few months. But there are so many… [Read More]