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All-Inclusive Pass: Go Chicago Card

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4.5/5 (215 Reviews)
  • All-inclusive attraction pass, starting at $79.99
  • 25 of the best Chicago attractions included
  • Save up to 55% on combined admission prices
  • Explore for 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days
  • Visit as many attractions as you want, 9am to 5:30pm

How it works

What is a Go Chicago Card?

A Go Chicago Card is an attraction pass that gets you into 25 Chicago attractions for one low price.

How does a Go Chicago Card Work?
  • Just select how many days you want to sightsee — we offer 1, 2, 3, or 5-Day cards.
  • Your Go Chicago Card grants you admission to all 25 attractions for the number of days you bought the card for.
  • Simply present your pass at included attractions between 9:00am and 5:30pm.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, use it on consecutive calendar days.
How will I receive my pass?

You can choose to receive your pass:

  • Instantly on your smartphone — the most popular choice. Includes a digital guidebook.
  • Instantly print at home — just print it and go. Includes a digital guidebook.
  • Physical Card via Mail. Includes a full-color guidebook.
  • Pick it up at one of our in-city pickup locations.
What else does the pass include?

You'll get a guidebook with detailed attraction descriptions, hours of operation, and a map to help plan your itinerary. Plus extra dining, shopping and entertainment discounts to help you save even more along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are "consecutive calendar days"?

"Consecutive calendar days" are days in a row.

If you have a 3-Day card, and you visit your first attraction on a Monday, your card will be valid on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Start your day early to get the most out of your card!

How do I "activate" my card?

Simply visit your first attraction!

How many days should I buy?

Most travelers visit between 2 and 3 attractions each day depending on individual preference. Our most popular card is the 3-Day card.

Is my card valid all day?

You can enter attractions until 5:30pm with the Go Chicago Card.

What is your refund policy?

We know sometimes travel plans change, even at the very last minute. That's why, if you don't end up activating and using your pass within a year of the purchase date, we'll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Here's the best part: unlike our competitors, this built-in cancellation insurance comes with every card purchase — free of charge.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to initiate a refund anytime within 1 year of your purchase, please call our Customer Care Team at 800-887-9103. We'll tell you how you can return your non-activated card or pass.

Please note: Activated passes are non-refundable.

Which delivery method should I choose?
  • Instant delivery is the fastest option. You'll be able to access your Go Chicago Card from your email or on your phone immediately after you purchase.
    With instant delivery you will receive a printable and mobile version of our guidebook.
  • Having your cards shipped in advance will save you time traveling to a pick up location when you get there. Note that transit times vary depending on shipping options. View delivery options.
  • With in-city pickup you can get a physical card and full-color printed guidebook without waiting for shipping. We will email you a voucher which can be redeemed for passes at one of our voucher redemption locations.
Do you ship Go Chicago Cards to hotels?

Sorry, we cannot ship to hotels because of delivery concerns.

I have a voucher, where can I pick up my card?

View a list of in-city pickup locations where you can redeem your voucher for cards.

Where can I buy the cards in Chicago?

View a list of sales locations in Chicago. Note that in-city purchases are available for full price only.

Does a Go Chicago Card expire?

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

How much will I save?

We’ve made it easy to compare the combined gate prices with the price of the Go Chicago Card, to see how much you could save. Try our Savings Calculator!

How many attractions can I visit in one day?

On a Go Chicago Card, you can visit as many attractions as you want in a day from 9:00am-5:30pm.

Can I visit an attraction more than once?

In most cases, you can visit each attraction once per day. Some attractions are valid only once during the life of the pass. Please reference your guidebook for specific information on each attraction.

What is the age cut off for child cards?

Child cards are for children ages 3-12. Most attractions do not charge for children under 3 years old. However, there are some exceptions (especially children's museums and attractions geared toward very young travelers). If you have a child under 3 years old, please check with the attraction directly in advance. You may be charged at the gate.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

Attractions that require a reservation will display this symbol on the guidebook page.

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 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 Go Chicago Card 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!

What do I do if my Go Chicago Card is lost or stolen?

Unfortunately, it cannot be replaced if it is lost or stolen. Please treat the card like cash.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. Go Chicago Card 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.

I still have questions!

Please feel free to call us at 866‑628‑9031 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Note: A Go Chicago Card is non-transferable. This means that once you start using it, you are the only person who can use it to get into attractions. Go Chicago Cards may not be re-sold.

You should treat your Go Chicago Card like cash. If it is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced.

Call us at 866‑628‑9031 and we'll be happy to help you!


Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 215 customer ratings)
Average Rating for Go Chicago Card
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Easy to use (24), Convenient (9), Saved money (9), Good value (8), Great value (8), Saves money (7), Convenience (6), Ease of use (5), Savings (5), Value (5), Express entry (4), Money saver (4), Saves time (4), Time saver (4), Saved time (3), Skip lines (3), Skip the line (3), Very easy to use (3)
Best Uses:
Sears tower (11), Shedd aquarium (11), Field museum (9), Museums (9), Navy pier (9), Willis tower (7), Aquarium (6), Planetarium (5), Boat rides (4), Hancock tower (4), Architecture boat tour (3), Boat tours (3), Cruises (3), Discounts (3), Hancock observatory (3), Navy pier rides (3),
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Horrible wait in lines
By Julie Verified Reviewer from Woodland, MI on
Tall Windy, 360
Discount Is A Joke, No Pass To The Front Long Lines
Best Uses:
Tall Windy, 360
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

I bought this card with the main place we wanted to go was Shedd Aquarium. We got in the line for Chicago Go Cards, City Pass, and pre bought tickets. We watched the line for people buying tickets move faster than us. Stood in line for an hour. Had 4 cashiers for buying tickets and 1-2 for the Go Cards. Then had a worker come up to the back half of the line and say if you have a go card will help over here. Those of us who were at the front of the line didn't get asked and watched the back of the line get in ahead of us. Then for discounts....... All the stores I went to said discount couldn't be used on anything on sale. At the Water Tower Mall it said buy a minimum purchase and you would get a free gift. I spent $100.00 just to be told that I needed to spend $150.00 for the free gift. Not what I was expecting or wanted from my trip. After the sixth time of being told no at a store can't use it I quite using it very disappointed in the Go Card.

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No line skipping for you!
By JT Verified Reviewer from Canton, MI on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Bought this card because we have special needs daughter and wanted to see Willis tower. Waited almost two hours to get up to top of tower. Go with CityPass card if you want to skip lines at Willis Tower, they go right to front of security line, you get to wait through the security line. They skip the movie and go straight to top of tower with CityPass card. With Go Card, you get to skip buying ticket line, but wait through security line, and then wait through movie line, eventually you will make it to the top. Plan on 2+ hours if you go with Go Card.

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By Randhi Verified Reviewer from Cincinnati, OH on
Skip Some Lines, Easy to use, Great value for money
900-530 Entry Limitatio, 900-530 Entry Limit, 9-530 Entry Limit Crowded on weekends
Best Uses:
Field Museum, Tall Windy,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We purchased a 3 day pass and covered 12 paid attractions for the 3 days. We planned ahead incase of rainy weather and not rainy weather. However it didn't rain so everything went smoothly.1st day we didn't use the Hop in Hop out but used it for 2nd and 3rd days. Very convenient to move around the city without paying for expensive parking. there are busses every 20 minutes and they have awesome tour guides. Tall windy was the most awesome experience.We had Field Museum, Shedd and Planetarium on Day three which was a Saturday. It was pretty crowded at the Shedd and Field Museum. Even the will call line was long. Besides that everything was awesome. Plus we were so lucky that the Air and Water show was in that weekend.

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[1 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

By lo from Dallas, Tx on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Saved a lot of money in Chicago by this card.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Trolley Disappoints!
By Gibbs Verified Reviewer from St. Louis on
I Thought The Value Was G, Skip the lines
Have To Use It By 530, Only Good For One Day
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We thought it was good value. However the trolley ride was a dissapointment. It was very delayed and caused us to miss two of our three destinations. I would not reccommend choosing the trolley ride. Everything else about the gocard worked well.

Smart Destinations Response: Thank you for using our Go Chicago Card and also for leaving us valuable feedback. We apologize for any delays you experienced with the Trolley Tour and will be sure to pass your comments on to them. The weather we have been experiencing has brought more vacationers to all our destination cities, which unfortunately results in more people wanting to experience the same top tours and attractions. We appreciate you choosing Smart Destinations and hope to see you back in the future!
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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Broke even
By From Columbus, OH from Columbus, OH on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We broke even, but wished that we had more ways of customizing the value distribution. Ie, would have loved to be able to return to the same museum twice and would have given up an entry to another. Would have enjoyed one ride on public transit system per day instead of a Pier ride (or another lesser valuable attraction). We had two adults, one senior and one 8 year old child in our group and bought the 3 day card for each. We were hoping to go to 3 museums, trolley/doubledecker tours(they are excellent!) and sail on Tall Windy +do the Pier rides, but the weather turned too rainy and cold on the day we planned the Pier and sailship ride, so instead we went to MCI but would have rather returned to Field, Shedd or Art Institute (which we already did on previous days). We activated the trolley/doubledecker ride on the last day of our card and were able to use it the next day, when GoChicago card had expired. That worked out wonderfully!

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Best Trip I Have Ever Taken
By Jim Hathawitz Verified Reviewer from Clevand, Ohio on
Great Value, Easy to use
Best Uses:
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

I used the Go-Card and I loved it

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Chicago Trip was good due to Go Card
By Ram Verified Reviewer from Milwaukee,Wisconsin on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Using GO Card, i was able to cover up 6 spots (SkyDeck,Aquarium,FieldMuseum,AdlerPlanetorium,Navy Pier and Hancock Tower)in same day. They have tie up with Gray Line tours (Buses) which helped me to visit all places in Bus with no extra money.Would suggest increasing bus frequency within city will increase visitors. Last time when i visited chicago, my time got wasted in car parking and was able to visit only 3 places. I found smart destinations Go Card is really cheap and time saving.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Better than City Passes
By Love to travel Verified Reviewer from Des Allemands, La (New Orleans area) on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We visited even more places with the card than we would have without the card. We managed 13 attractions in 3 and a half days and saved about $70 dollars per person. Since our pass was for 5 days we could have done more but only 1, 2 and 5 day passes are available. Found a $20 off of $450 purchase online that I was able to use. Most attractions close before 5:30 except for Art museum on Thursday night but we just entered right before that time and stayed until later since museum did not close until 8 that night. Navy Pier ride pass only needs to be obtained by 5:30 then you can use it at any time. River cruise and lake cruise you need to do by 5:30 but to me the view is better in the day light anyway. 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory) and Willis (Sears) Tower/Skydeck we did early in the am so lines were short but one of the days was foggy so maybe check that out before planning your day. If you want a night view you would have to hang around for hours so just pay the extra money if you want entry after 5:30. You will still get many other benefits from this card.

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[18 of 18 customers found this review helpful]

Don't waste your money
By Lisa Verified Reviewer from Iowa on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We bought 2-day passes. We ended up going to Field Museum, Navy Pier, the Lake Cruise, the Sky Deck, and using the Gray Line Hop On/Off. I think we maybe broke even, and maybe even lost money. It's impossible to do so many things to get your money's worth, unless you want to go in and out of all places quickly. The Sky Deck had a 2 1/2 hour wait, so we ended up going the next morning instead. The fact that you can only go on one cruise per day means that you are forced to go back to Navy Pier on two separate days or else forfeit your second cruise. I asked if there was any way around this, and the guy at the cruise ticket booth even said "that's how they make their money." The worst part of all of this was the Gray Line Hop On/Off. Having this as part of the Go Chicago pass was the main reason we chose this pass over the City Pass. The Gray Line was HORRIBLE. We had used the competing company a few years ago, and it was great. The Gray Line was: 1) unpredictable w/ times and stops (twice we were told by the driver that she wasn't going the whole route, so we could ride only to Water Tower from Navy Pier, but not back to the Sears Tower), 2) overbooked to the point of kicking people off and not letting people with paid passes get on, and 3) unprofessional (it felt somewhat trash). We've used Hop On/Off in other cities (e.g., Berlin) and never had near the problems as with this company. We ended up taking (and paying for) the CTA bus once due to lack of availability on the gray line that was supposed to be part of the pass. So. . .I would no recommend getting this pass if you plan to use the Gray Line for transportation from point A to B. I would also not recommend it if you plan to spend more than an hour at any given place (keeping in mind that it will take you awhile to get to different places, and the Museum of Science and Industry is not on the Gray Line route, so you will have to drive and pay $20 in parking or take a taxi and pay about the same). I should also say that I lived in Chicago for 2 years and still go regularly. The reason we did the Go Chicago was to take my sister, bro-in-law and their kids, to do the touristy things. My point is that I am familiar with streets and locations, so none of our time was wasted on trying to figure out where we were. If you are unfamiliar with Chicago, I imagine that will take some time and you may get even less use out of the Go Card. Honestly, I recommend figuring out exactly where you want to go, and find deals. Don't plan on going to more than 2 places per day (especially with kids). But do enjoy Chicago--it's one of the best cities in the U.S.!

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Actual Money-Saving Itineraries

Below are the most popular ways Go Chicago Card holders saved money on their trip. While you don’t have to follow these itineraries, they show just how much you can save!

3-Day Card Popular Itinerary 2-Day Card Popular Itinerary 1-Day Card Popular Itinerary

3-Day Card Popular Itinerary

Day 1Typical time spentGate Price
Art Institute 3 hours $23.00
Museum of Contemporary Art 2 hours $12.00
Lake Cruise by Shoreline 30 minutes $17.44
Navy Pier Attractions 2 hours $16.00
Day 2
Bike Chicago Bike Rental 2 hours $35.00
Field Museum 2 hours $23.00
Shedd Aquarium 2 hours $28.95
Day 3
Grayline Hop-on/Hop-off Trolley Valid for 2 days $35.00
Museum of Science and Industry 3 hours $23.00
John Hancock Observatory 1 hour $17.50
Total gate price$228.19
3-Day Go Chicago Card$136.99
You save$91.2
40% off the adult gate price!

2-Day Card Popular Itinerary

Day 1Typical time spentGate Price
Grayline Hop-on/Hop-off Trolley Valid for 2 days $35.00
Navy Pier Attractions 2 hours $16.00
Tall Ship Windy 1 hour $30.00
Sky Deck Chicago 1 hour $17.50
Day 2
Field Museum 2 hours $23.00
Shedd Aquarium 2 hours $28.95
Adler Planetarium 1.5 hours $29.00
Total gate price$182.45
2-Day Go Chicago Card$115.99
You save$66.46
36% off the adult gate price!

1-Day Card Popular Itinerary

Typical time spentGate Price
Grayline Hop-on/Hop-off Trolley Valid for 2 days $35.00
Field Museum 2 Hour $23.00
Shedd Aquarium 2 Hour $28.95
Architectural River Cruise 1 Hour $31.61
Total gate price$122.11
1-Day Go Chicago Card$79.99
You save$42.12
34% off the adult gate price!

Remember, you are free to choose any of Chicago's 25 attractions.