Chicago CityPASS

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The Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, SkyDeck Chicago at the Sears Tower… these are all essential stops on any vacation to the Windy City, and the Chicago CityPASS is a great way to see them for almost half off and skip the ticket line. It’s no wonder that 99% of more than 300 customers said they’d recommend CityPASS to a friend.

Priced at $69 for adults and $59 for kids, the Chicago City Pass is a booklet with tear-out tickets that you can use any time within 9 days after redeeming the first ticket. You can also choose between the Adler Planetarium or the Art Institute of Chicago, and between the John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. Whether you’re interested in museums, art, science, or architecture, there are several options here.

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Top Included Chicago Attractions

Shedd Aquarium
Skydeck Chicago
Adler Planetarium

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

What’s Good?

You can skip the lines at most attractions with a CityPASS.

Skipping the line at Skydeck Chicago is a big perk. One reviewer reported that they were able to get through the line in 10 minutes when the wait was a reported 2 hours.

What Could get better?

Some Chicago CityPASS users have felt that it’s not a good deal for senior citizens, who are often entitled to discounted admission already.

Admission to special exhibitions at the Field Museum is not included with the Chicago City Pass, and costs $17 more.

Special exhibitions will cost extra at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Although you can only choose one of the bonus locations, your CityPASS does entitle you to discounted admission at the second location.

Your Shedd Aquarium admission also includes the special exhibitions Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium and Polar Play Zone, plus admission to the 4-D Theater Experience.

For an extra dollar, you can get admission to the next available Abbott Oceanarium aquatic show featuring whales, dolphins, and penguins.

Insider Tips

The Chicago CityPASS lets you skip the line going up to the Skydeck Chicago (the Sears Tower Observatory), but not coming down, so that part can still be slow going.

It’s possible to see the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium in one day, and they’re near each other on South Lake Shore Drive. The Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry can be a full day each.

Look for the CityPASS logo at the far-right cashier desk for VIP admission at the Field Museum.

Look online for Adler Planetarium shows. Your CityPASS entitles you admission to two shows, and admission will be faster if you already know what you’d like to view.

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Where to Buy It

The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to Chicago but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the CityPASS website. Buy with confidence from the official site.

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