Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium

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Deep in the waters of the earth’s massive oceans, more than 300 species of sharks live in a shroud of mystery and myth. From coral reefs in the Indian Ocean to Caribbean Sea, sharks hunt their prey, scavenge for food, and stealthily roam the waters enjoying their status at the top of the ocean’s natural food chain. However, there’s a lot about sharks that you may not know. According to the experts at the Shedd Aquarium, there are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding these feared creatures. That’s why—just in time for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week—the Shedd Aquarium is hosting the Shark Week “Shedd-ule” of Events. In fact, the Shedd Aquarium’s events are already underway. On July 5th, Shedd launched Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, embark on a 60-minute guided exploration to discover exactly … [Read more...]

Chicago July 4th 2014 Attractions

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With the Fourth of July falling conveniently on a Friday this year, you have the perfect opportunity to spend a long weekend in Chicago – a city known for its festive summer celebrations. Extravagant fireworks displays and music festivals are the hallmark activities, and you’ll find plenty to do in any of Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. Take a look at some of the most popular upcoming events for the Fourth! By far the most popular fireworks attraction is the Navy Pier display, hosted by the Illinois Lottery. The explosive event is more elaborate than the weekly summer presentations, so you’re in for a treat even if you’ve been lucky enough to catch them on another night over the summer. Head to the Pier or Millennium Park for the best views – but be warned the crowds will be fierce. JulyFourth.com is celebrating with Freedom Fest 2014 atop the Navy Pier Rooftop … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and Los Angeles are the forerunners. Southern California’s relaxing beach town vibe is just the kind of … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than in the summer. It’s for this reason that summer has always been my favorite season. The weather is … [Read more...]

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

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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 1964, at which point it was already nearly 90 years old. Museum staff notes that it had undergone some restorative treatments upon arriving in Chicago. Since that time, it’s been a cornerstone of Impressionist exhibits throughout the Art Institute of Chicago’s history, featured … [Read more...]

Chicago Vacation Tips

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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 Chicago, consider paying a visit to The Art Institute of Chicago or to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Current special exhibits at The Art Institute (recently voted #1 Museum in the U.S.!) include “Renoir’s True Colors” (an exhibit designed to study Renoir’s painting techniques), a … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Tourist Attractions

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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 you’re new to Chicago, there are certain attractions that lay the foundation for a spectacular trip. For starters, any tourist new to the city should get a view from above via the famous Willis Tower SkyDeck Chicago (atop the former Sears Tower). Not only is Willis Tower the tallest building … [Read more...]

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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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 hours. Can we watch the river dyeing take place? Yes! Almost as exciting as the parade itself, the “Dyeing of the Chicago River” is a ritual that you’re not likely to experience on any other occasion. The tradition takes place at 10:45 AM before the parade, and the river stays … [Read more...]

Chicago Attractions List

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Now that Chicago's frigid winter has mellowed into a tolerable February and a mild March lingers, it's the perfect time to start planning your Chicago vacation. The Chicago attractions that fill the Mid-western city with vivacity and brilliance have been under wraps for too long this winter, and Chi-town natives and tourists alike are eager to welcome spring in the city. From the Chicago Skyway, the city can look like a bit intimidating with its overwhelming industrial sprawl, but it won't take long for you to realize that's just the superficial mask on a city that's full of diverse and charming neighborhoods, each with its own unique vibe. In the Art Institute in "The Loop", three top museums in Museum Campus, and Chicago's well-known zoo in Lincoln Park. Of course, there's plenty more to do in Chicago. Check out the 26 attractions and tours accessible at discounted prices with a … [Read more...]

Hyde Park Jazz Fest 2013

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The Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2013 is coming up this weekend on Saturday, September 28 from 1pm-Midnight and Sunday, September 29 from 1pm-8pm. Featuring some of the top Jazz artists in the country performing at some of Chi-town’s most iconic locations - including the Smart Museum, International House, Oriental Institute,  Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House and Rockefeller Chapel - the Hyde Park Jazz Fest is a celebration of an art form that blends musical traditions from all over the world into a sound that is distinctly American. This is the seventh year that the festival is being held and it promises to be the best one yet. If you plan on attending, take a glance at other Chicago Attractions to see what other places you might want to visit while you are in the Windy City. Named “Best Neighborhood Music Festival” by Chicago Magazine, the Hyde Park Jazz Fest is completely free … [Read more...]