Updated September 9, 2007
Hottix now has tickets available for purchase online which is great for me since I no longer work near any Hottix locations. You have to pay a small Ticketmaster fee per ticket but it's worth it for the convenience.
1/2 price tickets are also available at the Hot Tix booths for day of show purchase, weekend tickets can usually be purchased on Friday. You probably won't find good seats to the Broadway touring productions usually since they don't stay for very long and I've yet to see Wicked tickets. Weekend tickets for Second City are rare except for the late Friday night show. But you will find a lot of the longer running comedy productions, improv shows and many of the other smaller theater productions. I've never seen a line longer than 1 or 2 people.
Hot Tix locations
MOVED 72 E. RANDOLPH, Chicago-across from the Cultural Center
163 E. PEARSON, Chicago-Michigan Avenue in the Water Works Visitor Center
9501 N. SKOKIE BLVD, Skokie-in the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
They are not open on Monday since most theaters are dark on Monday
Chicago's version of the citipass is a great deal for the museum-bound tourist. The pass includes admission into 5 museums- Science and Industry, the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium as well as to the top of the John Hancock building. The price- $49 as of May,. 2005, is considerably less than what you'd pay if you visited all of these places.
There are a couple of drawbacks, though. The first is that this is not such a good deal unless you plan to visit all attractions. If you only want to see a couple, you are better off just buying individual tickets. Also, the pass does not include admission into many of the shows at the museums, including the very popular Bodywars at the museum of science and industry, so its not exactly all-inclusive.
On a positive note, with a pass in hand, you can bypass the often long ticket lines, especially on the weekends, and make more efficient use of your time. That worked pretty well for my 72 hour foray into Chicago. If you see no other museum, check out the Field Museum. I have a separate tip on it on this page, but I felt compelled to mention it here. This place can go toe to toe with the Smithsonian or any other large museum in terms of content, displays, etc. I could have spent my entire visit here.
MILLENIUM MONUMENT IN WRIGLEY SQUARE
Located at Michigan Avenue at Randolph St., the MILLENIUM MONUMENT designed by Chicago architects OWP/P. is a nearly full-size replica of the original, semi-circle peristyle of Doric-style columns that graced the northwest corner of Grant Park between 1917 and 1953. In appreciation of the park's founders, the monument displays their names along its base.