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  • Save up to 40% on top Chicago attractions. Pay nothing at the gate!
  • Choose as you go. Enjoy 3 or 5 attractions and tours from 25 attractions.
  • Easy to use. Show your pass at designated ticketing areas and enjoy!
  • Take your time. Pass is valid for 30 days after your first attraction visit.
  • Instant delivery. Get your pass on any mobile device or print at home.
Chicago Explorer Pass
Visit 3 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$72.00 / $45.00
Visit 5 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$110.00 / $75.00

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If for any reason you don't activate your pass within a year of purchase, we'll give you a full refund. No questions asked. Learn more.

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How it works

What is a Chicago Explorer Pass?

A Chicago Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3 or 5 Chicago attractions for one low price.

How does a Chicago Explorer Pass work?
  • Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit — we offer 3 or 5-Choice Passes.
  • Your Chicago Explorer Pass gets you into any of the 25 included attractions. No need to decide before your trip, choose as you go from the options included with your pass.
  • Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission. Pay nothing at the gate.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, you’ll have 30 days to use your pass.
How will I get my pass?

Instantly on your mobile device and via email. Just print out your pass or display it right on your mobile device.

What else does the pass include?

You'll get a guide with hours of operation and directions for each attraction, and a map to help plan your itinerary.

Frequently Asked Questions Show All

Is this just a discount card? Will I still need to buy tickets?

No. Passes include admission to each attraction; no need to pay anything at the gate. Some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee.

Do I need to choose my attractions in advance?

Nope, choose as you go. The pass is good for any combination of the number of attractions you purchased.

What is the age cut off for child tickets?

Child passes are for ages 3-12. Most attractions are free for children under 3. Please check the attraction websites for more details.

How will I get my pass?

Instantly on your smart phone and via email!

  • Just print out your pass and guidebook.
  • Or, display it on your smart phone.
How do I activate my pass?

Easy: simply visit your first attraction!

Is the pass valid all day?

You bet! Feel free to visit the attractions any time of the day as long as they are open or operating.

What is your refund policy?

You'll have a full year from the day you purchase your passes to receive a full refund, as long as they are unused. However, the passes are non-refundable once they're activated.

How much will I save?

Compare the price of the pass to the gate prices of the attractions you want to visit to see how much you can save. Many customers save 40%.

We give you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and choose the attractions you want to visit depending on your interests.

For inspiration, check out some of our sample itineraries, insider tips, and more for info on all the fun things to do in Chicago so you can make the most of your time here.

Can I visit an attraction more than once?

No. Your pass includes only one visit per attraction.

Can I purchase passes on the spur of the moment when I arrive in Chicago?

Of course! With instant digital delivery, you can purchase and access passes right on your mobile device. Or, visit one of our local purchase locations.

Does a Chicago Explorer Pass expire?

Yes. You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

This symbol indicates that an attraction requires reservations.

Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. Chicago Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to Chicago as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.

Can I share my pass with a friend or sell it?

No. The Chicago Explorer Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.

What happens if an attraction is closed or a tour is cancelled due to weather or other problem?

While we do our best to ensure that all attractions are available, events happen that are out of our control. The great thing about a Chicago Explorer Pass is that there are so many attractions to choose from. If an attraction is closed, or cannot be visited for some reason, we know you'll find a fun alternative in your guidebook!

I still have questions!

Please feel free to call us at 800‑887‑9103 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Reviews

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 71 customer ratings)
Average Rating for Chicago Explorer Pass
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Money saver (56), Must-see attractions included (55), Flexible schedule (52), Skip the lines benefit (42), User-friendly system (37), Personalized itinerary (28), Helpful guide booklet (16)
Best Uses:
General sightseeing (54), Great for families (41), Short stays (41), Budget travelers (36), Active travelers (28), Culture enthusiasts (21),
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Beneficial but could be packaged better
By Val from Cork on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Personalized Itinerary, Money Saver, Must-see attractions included
Cons:
Skip the lines not available,
Best Uses:
Active travelers, General Sightseeing, Short Stays,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Visited 5 sites/trips over 3 days in Chicago - 4 of which were covered by Go Chicago card. Price for 2/3 day pass would be difficult to justify unless taking cursory visits to different sites. Used the 3 item explorer pass which reduced the cost but did not cover upgrades to Willis Tower or 365 Chicago.

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More than enough..
By Joy from Oak park Illinois on
Pros:
Personalized Itinerary, Must-see attractions included, Money Saver, Flexible Schedule
Cons:
Skip the lines not available,
Best Uses:
Great for families, Budget Travelers, Short Stays,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Well 3 days with my niece is not enough for this pass.she enjoyed her stay very much .cheap for the price with long expiration date. Its a great choice than other chicago pass that i used before

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Would use again
By Cryssy from Oh on
Pros:
User-friendly system, Skip the lines Benefit, Money Saver, Must-see attractions included
Cons:
Transportation not included,
Best Uses:
Short Stays, Great for families, General Sightseeing,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Easy to use no hassles

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I reccomend the Explorer pass
By Kris from Australia on
Pros:
Personalized Itinerary, Must-see attractions included, User-friendly system, Money Saver, Flexible Schedule
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing, Great for families,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

The Explorer pass made it easy to buy one ticket for multiple attractions. In some places you skipped the lines (but not all). it also saved money.

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Great pass
By Ally from Chicago illinois on
Pros:
Money Saver, Personalized Itinerary, Must-see attractions included, User-friendly system, Flexible Schedule, Skip the lines Benefit
Best Uses:
Short Stays, Budget Travelers,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

This was budget friendly and let me pick the 3 sites I wanted to see most. It let us skip long lines and I liked that you had 7 days to use it so you didn't have to jam everything in 1-3 days.

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Loved our pass!
By BK from Columbus, Ohio on
Pros:
Must-see attractions included, User-friendly system, Flexible Schedule, Skip the lines Benefit
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

We bought the 3-attraction pass for our weekend in Chicago, and it was just perfect! We particularly enjoyed the hop-on/hop-off bus tour!

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Glad we bought it
By MarkieMark from Columbus, GA on
Pros:
Money Saver, Flexible Schedule, Must-see attractions included
Best Uses:
Short Stays, General Sightseeing,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

First time in the "windy City" and found the pass very helpful as most of the attractions we wanted to see were included in the Pass.

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Excelent experience with our pass
By Guille from Fort Wayne,IN on
Pros:
User-friendly system, Helpful guide booklet, Flexible Schedule, Personalized Itinerary, Money Saver, Must-see attractions included, Skip the lines Benefit
Cons:
Transportation not included,
Best Uses:
Culture enthusiasts, General Sightseeing, Active travelers, Budget Travelers, Great for families, Short Stays,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

Will be nice to have the option to go to the theater or sports... :o)

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Great Vacation in Chicago
By 1947Pappy from Marlborough, MA on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Money Saver, Skip the lines Benefit, User-friendly system
Best Uses:
Active travelers, Culture enthusiasts, General Sightseeing,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

We had a great time in Chicago, and one of the reasons was our choice of the Chicago Explorer Pass. We utilized the Go Bus to learn about the City. Then we chose two venues which seemed interesting to us. It was also a great value.

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Best tool for tourists!!
By MG from Guadalajara, Mexico on
Pros:
Money Saver, Skip the lines Benefit, Must-see attractions included, Helpful guide booklet, Flexible Schedule
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing, Great for families, Active travelers, Short Stays, Budget Travelers
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Explorer Pass®:

This was the best option to really get to know Chicago!

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