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, you … [Read more...]

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

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 acquired the piece in … [Read more...]

Chicago Summer Discounts

Chicago Vacation Tips

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...]

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Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing Reopens!

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 paintings, … [Read more...]

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Top Chicago Tourist Attractions

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 Visitors If … [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 best-known … [Read more...]

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Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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 about three … [Read more...]

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St. Patrick’s Day Chicago 2014

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, dancers, … [Read more...]

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John Hancock Observatory now “360 Chicago”

While it’s not the tallest building in Chicago, the John Hancock Center has certainly made a name for itself. Visitors from all around the globe flock to Chicago to fly up 1,000 feet in 40 seconds to the Observatory in the fastest elevator in the world. However, this spring, the John Hancock Observatory will be undergoing a name change to match a multi-million dollar renovation that’s already in the works. As of March, the John Hancock will become 360: CHICAGO. Of course, a new tag line is also in order. The new tagline will be “Best Views. All Around,” which the observatory’s management … [Read more...]

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School Vacation Travel Tips

School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy … [Read more...]