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  • Save up to 40% on admission to top Chicago attractions. Pay nothing at the gate! See real savings examples.
  • Choose as you go. Enjoy 3, 4, or 5 attractions and tours from 29 options, including Shoreline Architecture River Cruise, 360 CHICAGO, Hop-On-Hop Off Bus and more.
  • Save time and enjoy. Skip the ticket line at select attractions by showing your pass at the entrance.
  • Sightsee at your own pace. Your pass is valid for 30 days from first use.
  • Digital delivery. Use your pass right on your phone and get everything you need to sightsee with the free, easy-to-use Go City Card app.
Chicago Explorer Pass attractions pass
Visit 3 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$79 / $49
Visit 4 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$104 / $69
Visit 5 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$119 / $79

Risk Free Guarantee

Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

No need to decide before your trip. Choose as you go from the following attractions, including the best bus tours, river cruises, observation decks and more

Gate prices listed below include all applicable taxes and fees.

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What is a Chicago Explorer Pass?

A Chicago Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3, 4, 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, 4, or 5-Choice Passes.
  • Your Chicago Explorer Pass gets you into any of the 29 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?

You'll get your pass via email as soon as your order processes. Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

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.

Plus extra dining, shopping and entertainment discounts to help you save even more along the way.

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.

My child is under 3 years old. Can I get them a Chicago Explorer Pass?

Child Passes are recommended for children ages 3-12. Many attractions offer free admission for younger children. Please consult the attraction websites for more details.

How will I get my pass?

You'll get your pass via email as soon as your order processes. Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

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?

Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

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%. Or, check out some real savings examples from Go City Card customers to see how much they actually saved!

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! Visit one of our local purchase locations or order online and receive your pass(es) digitally. Please be aware that online orders may take additional time to process. If you need your pass(es) immediately, please contact cs@smartdestinations.com.

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?

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'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 email us at cs@smartdestinations.com and we'll be happy to help you!

Reviews

This was the best decision we made in regards to our trip to Chicago! We saved so much, got to do everything we could possibly want to do and had a blast! I would recommend this to anyone looking to get the most out of exploring a major city!

- Maggie from Greenville, SC

Real Customers, Real Savings

You can visit any of the included attractions with your Chicago Explorer Pass. Here are some ways our customers have saved big on top attractions in Chicago.

Please note, product offerings and prices may have changed since these customers' trips.

48%

Mikayla J. saved 48%

This customer bought a 5-Choice Chicago Explorer Pass, and visited:

  • Architecture River Cruise
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Classic Tour
  • Museum of Science and industry
  • Navy Pier Centennial Wheel and Rides
Gate price if purchased separately: $189.90
Mikayla J. paid: $98.10
Savings: $91.80
43%

Kevin Q. saved 43%

This customer bought a 5-Choice Chicago Explorer Pass, and visited:

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Architecture River Cruise
  • Field Museum
  • Grand Tour
  • Museum of Science and Industry
Gate price if purchased separately: $190.40
Kevin Q. paid: $109.00
Savings: $81.40
45%

Nick K. saved 45%

This customer bought a 4-Choice Chicago Explorer Pass, and visited:

  • Architecture River Cruise
  • Field Museum
  • Grand Tour
  • Museum of Science and Industry
Gate price if purchased separately: $155.40
Nick K. paid: $85.50
Savings: $69.90
48%

Larissa R. saved 48%

This customer bought a 3-Choice Chicago Explorer Pass, and visited:

  • Architecture River Cruise
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • SkyDeck Chicago
Gate price if purchased separately: $150.80
Larissa R. paid: $79.00
Savings: $71.80