Chicago Auto Show 2014

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A highly anticipated event for automobile enthusiasts around the world, the annual Chicago Auto Show presents a wide breadth of sensational auto models. The first Chicago Auto Show was presented in 1901, and has since been staged more than any other auto show in North America. Over a million visitors attend Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center each year to marvel at the latest and greatest in automobile technology. The complex offers more than 1 million square feet, which are graced with elaborate displays an exhibits of the top rides. To join the millions of auto aficionados, take a trip to the Windy City to experience the Public Show: February 8th until February 17th 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily (8 p.m. close on February 17th) $12 Tickets for Adults $6 Tickets for Children $6 Admission for Women on February 11th Exhibitions will include both international and … [Read more...]

Chicago Tourism Discounts

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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 … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago

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For WindyCity fans of the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks who aren’t able to make it all the way to the East Coast for the Super Bowl, all is not lost. There are plenty of great places in Chicago to watch the telecast of Super Bowl XLVIII from New Jersey and multiple Chicago Attractions to enjoy either before or after the game. At Bub City at 435 North Clark Street, chow down on some sizzling barbecue on Super Sunday and dine on ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and chopped beef brisket while you watch the Broncos take on the Seahawks. In addition to classic BBQ, the restaurant offers a large selection of taquitos, dips, wings and salads. Don’t forget to save room for one of BubCity’s signature pies. Prior to enjoying America’s largest secular holiday, don’t forget to investigate some of the Chicago Attractions that are available in the SecondCity. For a Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Chicago Holiday Travel Deals

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If you’re heading to Chicago this holiday season, count yourself among the lucky ones. December in Chicago is unlike any other time of year—the city known for its innovative architecture and world-famous attractions gets dolled up and decked out for the holidays. At this point, it’s likely you’ve already found accommodation and made your travel plans. Now comes the fun part: Deciding which Chicago attractions will make it on your holiday itinerary! Luckily, it’s never too late to find Chicago holiday travel deals on top Chicago attractions. With Smart Destinations, the options are endless for building an itinerary you’ll love at a price you’ll love even more. If you’re looking for ideas, see what sample itineraries we’ve scoped out to gather your inspiration.     Classic Holidays in Chicago There’s really no “keeping it simple” in Chicago, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Chicago Holiday Attractions

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Chicago, Illinois is the Mid-west’s hub of culture, entertainment, music, commerce, and world-class attractions. During the holiday season, Chicago becomes a winter wonderland of festivity and cheer. You’ll find streets and attractions decked out in holiday lights and décor, unique holiday markets, outdoor ice skating rinks, exceptional seasonal performances, and much more. A little cold weather doesn’t deter Chicago from celebrating the holiday season, and it shouldn’t deter you either! The holiday season is one of the best times to visit Chicago, and here’s why: Christmas Around the World at Museum of Science & Industry Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry is the largest science museum in the entire Western hemisphere, and it was recently voted one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by Trip Advisor. While a trip to one of the most renowned … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit for Thanksgiving

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No matter where you are planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday, the odds are it is going to be great. Some might say that Halloween is the first event that kicks off the holiday season, but nothing really started until Thanksgiving rolls around. Whether it’s the turkey, the football or whatever that special spice in the in pumpkin pie is every year, Thanksgiving is one of the best days on the calendar, bar none. If you are visiting a different city for your celebration, make it that much more special by taking advantage of some of the awesome attractions that are available to you. Heading to Gotham for T-Day? There are a plethora of New York Attractions that will expand on your Thanksgiving holiday the same way that gravy complements mashed potatoes. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, soar to the top of one of the most iconic structures in the U.S. - the Empire State … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Chicago 2013

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Spending time with friends and family in Chicagoland for Thanksgiving this year? Even if you’re not spending your entire time in Chicago itself, it’s a great idea to make the most of your trip by spending an afternoon, or maybe the weekend in the city. Check out some of these seasonal Chicago attractions to complement the turkey and cranberry sauce. They’re a great way to explore Chicago during the holidays, and get an early glimpse of the famous Chicago holiday decorations. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 28, 2013 Marching bands, floats, giant balloons, celebrities – this parade has it all! Some highlights of the 2013 parade include: Madeline, Pac-Man, and Arthur balloons; floats sponsored by the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Festival Ballet; and special appearances by the Harlem Globe Trotters, Ronald McDonald himself, and of course, Santa Claus! There … [Read more...]

The Field Museum’s Wonders of 1893 World’s Fair

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The Field Museum has long been numbered among the best museums in the country and is certainly one of the most popular cultural Chicago attractions. But did you know that The Field Museum has its roots in the 1893 World’s Fair? This fall, pay a visit to the Field Museum’s new special exhibit to find out more – “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The 1893 World’s Fair is a huge deal to Chicagoans, and rightfully so. It was a crucial exhibition that brought visitors and commerce to a city recovering from the devastating Great Fire.  Called the World’s Columbian Exposition, it was an awe-inspiring collection of architecture, culture, and technology from around the globe. Fairgoers from Chicago, the Midwest, and across the country flocked to this spectacular event to explore the best of the new and exciting things the world had to offer. About the … [Read more...]

Chicagoween: Halloween in Chicago

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If you’re one those people who just can’t get enough of Halloween, Chicago is the place to be with your family when the spooky day arrives—and in the weeks leading up to it. In fact, the whole season is often referred to as “Chicagoween.” Many popular Chicago attractions go all out for Halloween, offering special haunted happenings for their guests. If you want the best Halloween experience possible in Chicago, make sure you pick up a Go Select Chicago pass for discounted admission to the top museums and parks. The highlight of Chicagoween is a three-day Halloween festival, which will be held this year in Franken Plaza from October 24th through October 27th. The jam-packed program features the talented and “spook-tacular” Midnight Circus, free hayrides, trick-or-treating, and the popular Kids Costume Contest. There’s plenty to do for adults, too, including a harvest … [Read more...]

Chicago International Film Festival 2013

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Movie lovers visiting Chicago this fall will have something special to enjoy – the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival. Renowned in the United States as one of the premiere events in the film industry, the Chicago International Film Festival has been going strong for 49 years – that’s nearly half a century of introducing Chicagoans to quality art, indie, and Hollywood films. It’s one of the top Chicago attractions for film lovers, so you won’t want to miss it. The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival will be held in downtown Chicago from October 10 – 24, 2013. Opening night films will be shown at the Chicago Theater, 175 North State Street, and all other films for the duration of the festival will be screened at the AMC River East 21, located at 322 East Illinois Street. Both locations are easily accessible by the MTA. Films at the 2013 Chicago … [Read more...]