Millennium Park Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

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2014 is a big year for Chicago. In addition to ushering in new attractions, exciting theatrical debuts, and inspiring art exhibits, this summer also marks the 10th anniversary of one of their most famous landmarks, the iconic Millennium Park! It’s one of the most visited Chicago attractions each year, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. This 24.5-acre urban paradise was first imagined in 1997, when Mayor Richard Daley envisioned replacing old rail yards and dead space with a centrally located public space for Chicagoans to come together for art, music, and outdoor fun. In conjunction with renowned architect and visionary designer Frank Gehry, the city designed a truly modern park space that would include a music pavilion, public works of art, elaborate fountains, … [Read more...]

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 know, do stuff with your kids. Rent a bike to explore the urban park system or the beach front at the Navy Pier Bike Tour stand. Ride waaaay up high on the Ferris wheel, get competitive with a … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Sights and Attractions

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The diversity of Chicago attractions means that there’s something for everyone in this vast city where art, culture, history, entertainment, and education intersect. Some of the best museums in the world are located in Chicago, as well as some of the best parks and architectural feats. At Smart Destinations, we want you to enjoy your Chicago vacation to the fullest. That’s why we are doing our best to make sure you see the top Chicago sights and attractions while you’re in the Windy City. Take a look at the best of what’s around so you can decide where your Chicago vacation will take your family. Art Institute of Chicago Currently the nation’s second largest art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago encourages creativity in every form. From paintings by the old masters, like … [Read more...]

Top Ten Pictures to Take in Chicago

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All vacations are essentially about the experience – the sights, sounds, and tastes of the attractions you visit and the streets you walk. The way you felt at the top of the Ferris wheel, or the awe you experienced looking down from the top of a 96-story building. Beautiful memories, but all memories fade. Fortunately, that’s why humans invented photography! Of course, you don’t want to clog up your memory card with pictures of things you won’t want to look at later (you know, that pigeon with the funny wing, or that guy breakdancing in the park). You want the pictures you take to be the kind of shots you might frame, the ones you’ll treasure years later. To help you out on your quest to find the perfect photography subjects, Smart Destinations put together a list of the top ten … [Read more...]