City Pass, Chicago
Favorite thing: The Chicago City Pass was quite a disappointing experience for my family. We picked up our passes from the John Hancock building since it was one block from our hotel. Since we were there we thought we might as well go up and check out the view. When we came down it was explained to us that the coupon we used to go up was an either or coupon and now we could not go to the Museum of Science and Industry. When we called customer service, our representative, Amy could not of been less concerned about trying to help us out. When I mentioned a negative review, she replied with a tone and attitude of "go ahead!". I asked to speak with her supervisor (Sharon) and have yet to have her call me back yet! In theory, the pass should be a good thing, but as with all consumer products, the people who you deal with can either make or break the experience and Amy and Sharon have completely spoiled it. Thumbs down to Chicago City Pass!!!
If you are in Chicago for longer than a few days and you are planning to cram a lot into your visit, you might consider getting a CityPass which includes the following 5 attractions:
Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck (fastpass)
The Field Museum (all access pass)
Shedd Aquarium (VIP pass that avoids lines to all three parts)
Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute
Museum of Science and Industry (includes Omnimax) OR the Hancock Observatory (includes audio tour and Fast Pass)
You have 9 days to visit all of the museums from the date of first use, the cost is $94 for adults, $79 for kids. Visit the website to see if it's really a good value for you.
NOTE: One thing that is different from other museum passes is that there are tickets for each attraction so you can only visit once.
Personally I would select the Art Institute over the Adler Planetarium unless you are really into astronomy. I would pick the Museum of Science and Industry over the Hancock, you can visit the Signature Lounge instead and get the same view for the price of a drink.
is a rival of the famed City Pass in Chicago and it claims to have more than 30 rides and attractions and tours under it's belt, far more than the city pass and if you have ready car available and have 1 week free time to go around chicago, then this Go Chicago Card is your best bet to see the City. a 1 day Adult Go Chicago Card will Cost $ 66.99 while a 7 day Go Chicago Card will cost $ 169.99.
Fondest memory: website:
Admission to ALL the attractions below included with your Go Card.
Lake Cruise by Shoreline
Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
John Hancock Observatory
SkyDeck Chicago - Willis Tower
The Field Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
North Side Tour by Gray Line
Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline
Bike Chicago Navy Pier
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago History Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour
Grand Tour by Gray Line
Hop On Hop Off Trolley by Gray Line
Kohl's Children Museum of Greater Chicago
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Lincoln Park Zoo Offers
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Science and Industry Plus Omnimax
Notebaert Nature Museum
South Side Tour by Gray Line
The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour
Windy of Chicago
yes, Chicago aslo has a city pass as of all major cities like san francisco, new york, los angeles and others and is a rival of the chicago card and getting one Chicago City Pass Voucher or "E" Ticket will cost you $ 76 and is available everywhere in Chicago like in shops, stores, museums, at Navy Pier, at Goldem Mile, etc.
CityPASS gives you VIP admission to 5 must-see Chicago attractions like the:
The Field Museum
Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago
John Hancock Observatory OR Museum of Science and Industry
- CityPASS is valid 9 days from day of first use
Fondest memory: website is: www.citypass.com/chicago
Toll Free: (888) 330-5008 7-Days a Week
8 a.m.-6 p.m. MT
according to their website:
What is it?
Chicago CityPASS includes one-time admission to 5 of Chicago’s most famous attractions.
CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use. Booklets include detailed attraction information, hours, location, insider tips and a map.
With your CityPASS booklet in hand, you’ll skip most ticket lines.
CityPASS is available as a shipped booklet or convenient e-ticket.
How do you use CityPASS?
Exchange your e-ticket for a Chicago CityPASS booklet at the first attraction you visit. (If you already have your CityPASS booklet in hand, you'll skip this step.)
Present your booklet at each attraction for admission.
Each attraction will tear out or scan their ticket. Please do not pull a ticket from the booklet or it will be invalid.
An Option Ticket allows you to choose admission to one of the two attractions offered.
What’s included with CityPASS?
CityPASS Includes admission to 5 Chicago attractions:
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
CItyPass is your ticket to Chicago's famous attraction and is valid for 9 days from first use. You can purchase it at the first attraction you visit or online. You'll save almost 50% on admission fees. **Some fees apply to special exhibitions in each attraction!!
- The Field Museum
- The John Hancock Observatory
- John G. Shedd Aquarium
- Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Museum of Science and Industry
$49 - Adult
$39 - Youth (ages 3-11)
DO NOT REMOVE TICKETS FROM BOOKLET!!