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Go Chicago Card

The Go Chicago Card is an all-inclusive attraction pass that gives you free admission to all 24 Chicago attractions for one low price.

4.3/5 (226 Reviews)

How it works

What is a Go Chicago Card?

A Go Chicago Card is an attraction pass that gets you into 24 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, and 5-Day cards.
  • Your Go Chicago Card grants you admission to all 24 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 way
  • Via email — just print it and go
  • Via mail
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?
Free Cancellation Insurance

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 free with every pass we sell.

If you have any questions, please call our Customer Care Team at 800-887-9103. We'll tell you how you can return your non-activated pass for a refund.

Please note: Activated passes are non-refundable.

What 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 card 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.
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!

Reviews

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 4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 226 customer ratings)
Average Rating for the Go Chicago Card
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use (24), Convenient (10), Saved money (9), Good value (7), Great value (7), 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), Museums (9), Navy pier (9), Field museum (8), Willis tower (8), 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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3
Unfair time restrictions
By late arrival from Toronto, Canada on
Cons:
Must Use This Card By 53,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Must use this card by 5:30. Art Institute strictly enforced this rule on Thursday night when it is open until 8:00 to our great disappointment. This is a very odd restriction with this card.

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4
Go Chicago Card the way to go
By Sammy 2013 from Chicago, IL on
Pros:
Convenient, Good Value
Cons:
Not Valid In The Evenings,
Best Uses:
Skipping The Lines,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Easy to use, and great to be able to skip the lines. Biggest issue I had with both Go Chicago as well as the actual Navy Pier websites was that there were no updates stating that pretty much everything was under construction. Quite disappointed to head to the pier to only find out the Ferris Wheel was not in service due to the construction. They can rely on all of their fine print disclaimers, but it would be nice to call out something like this.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

5
Brilliant Value for Money
By Joyb from England on
Pros:
Best Way To Visit A City, Easy to use, Excellent value for money
Best Uses:
Fast Track Entries, Visit New Places,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We used this to visit a city we weren't familiar with. We didn't know exactly how many attractions we would visit but knew beforehand that this would give us the best value for money. We visited some attractions more than once and others that we may not have without the pass. If possible I will always purchase a pass of this type when visiting a city.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

4
Good Value
By Spider Vacation Verified Reviewer from Lenexa, KS on
Pros:
Good Value, Convenient
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Bought the 3 day pass for a couples vacation. It was nice to be able to pop into a lot of different places and not feel pressured to stay very long. It was nice to get a taste of a lot of different places. The trolley was a nice way to get around town.

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5
great value
By Mom from minnesota on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

This was so easy to use, complete the online form and print. Show it at each location and gain no hassle entry, without having to worry about money or credit cards

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5
AMZING AND BEST PART IT'S A LIST OF BEST
By Samantha, loves to travel from MCKinney, Tx on
Pros:
Exciting, Organized, Exhilarating, fun
Best Uses:
Skip Lines, Well organized,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

It's was great for the reason it was a list of the best attractions. Each day we would look at the list for what to do. When in Chicago there's so much to do it hard to narrow it down to a manageable list of what to do. I enjoyed every thing. If you don't like the attraction just move on to the next ting. It's like having your own tour guide in your pocket!

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3
Questionable purchase
By Feeno Verified Reviewer from Bozeman, MT on
Cons:
Trolley Is Unreliable, Time Limited,
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

It works fine, but .... Every place we tried to use it there were no questions. But, it can't be used after 5:30 PM. And, the Hop-On-Hop-Off Trolley is unreliable and not very professional. We waited over 40 minutes for pick-up and some of the trolley's are outside seating only, which is a bit of a problem if the weather is inclement. We had one great driver (John), but the others were not up on the area. For day-time family activities, it's will work well - and ask for John, he is excellent.

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4
Good value if you can wake up early
By Tara Verified Reviewer from Imperial Beach, CA on
Pros:
Budget Saving, Convenient
Cons:
Can't Do It All,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

Advice: GET THERE EARLY. The skip the line only works in some cases. For example, at Willis Tower you have to wait in line for the elevator to take you downstairs, then the security line, THEN You can skip the ticketing line. However, you still have to wait in line for the elevator to go upstairs. We went Labor Day weekend and they quoted general admission 1.5 hours but it took us 2 hours and we heard that GA was up to 4 hours. The on/off bus tour was nice, but not reliable. It's not every 20 minutes and there's no guarantee there will be a seat on the next bus that passes. overall it was a good value because it helped us budget and we did everything we wanted to for less than what it would have cost otherwise.

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4
Great Card except for Grayline Buses
By Midwest Mike Verified Reviewer from Tampa, FL on
Pros:
Encourages You To See All, Saves Time -, Saves Money
Cons:
Grayline Buses Terrible,
Best Uses:
All Museums Aquarium,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

The GO Card works great all over town. Only problem is the Grayline buses. The buses were always late. They left us stranded twice in one week. They are so slow you will waste all of your time riding them. If you want to get the most out of your visit, just pay for cabs. The added expense is worth it because you will be able to do so many more things.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

4
Whirlwind tour of the windy city!
By Traveller Verified Reviewer from Toronto, ON on
Pros:
keeps you busy, Savings
Cons:
Timing,
Best Uses:
Northsouth Tours, Architecture Cruise
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card:

We arrived via greyhound and decided to buy a CTA pass (3 day pass - $20) at a CVS store, so we didn't have to rely on the trolley service (although I did pick up the passes just to be safe). CTA pass turned out to be a good investment because we were accessible to all parts of the city and there isn't a limit to how much you can use in within the 72 hours! Pick up a free map at any station and you are good to go! We actually took the subway to our hotel on the magnificent mile after arriving by greyhound. We had a 2 day pass and this is how we used it: Day of arrival (before activating the pass): Oz park (free movie in a park), Lincoln Park, strolled down the Magnificent mile at night. Day 1: John Hancock building, Willis Tower, Chicago Theater Tour, Field Museum, Planetarium, Architecture Tour, Navy Pier rides (if you pick up the tickets they are good for anytime during your stay). Day 2: Millennium park,North & South side gray line tours (if you pick up the tickets in advance they are good for anytime during your stay), shopping, grant park. Do the tours, they are really great. All the tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. You can tell they are very passionate about what they do.

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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!

If you have your own itinerary in mind, try our Savings Calculator!

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$131.99
You save$96.2
42% 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 (skip the line!) 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 24 attractions.

“LOVED the Go Chicago Card! We saw so much more than we could have otherwise and saved a bunch of money. Definitely getting them again…”

—Sara S., Montclair, NJ

Get the most out of your trip, buy a Go Chicago Card today!

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  • Visit any or all of the included 24 attractions.
  • Save up to 55% off gate prices.
  • Skip the ticket line at many top attractions.
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1-Day $79.99 $59.99
2-Day $115.99 $82.99
3-Day $149.99 $131.99 $110.99 $97.67
5-Day $179.99 $152.99 $125.99 $107.09
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Free cancellation insurance

Learn about our free cancellation insurance.

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

How much can you save?

Check out the savings from an example trip on this Go Chicago Card infographic.