Chicago Pass: which is more convenient

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Chicago, Illinois is one of the largest cities in the United States. Also known as Wind City (city of the wind), this metropolis has a very special charm.

If you have decided to visit it, purchasing a pass might be a good idea for see all its attractions without spending too much.

Which one should you choose? This is up to you to decide, based on what you want to do and how long you want to stop. Below is a useful guide on major passes for Chicago.



Index

  • What passes are available for Chicago?
  • Is it convenient to buy a pass?
  • Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?
  • Do they also include public transport?
  • Chicago Pass Comparison
  • Chicago CityPASS
  • Chicago All Inclusive Pass
  • Chicago Explorer Pass

What passes are available for Chicago?

Those who decide to visit Chicago using a pass, has 4 different offers to choose from:

  • Chicago CityPASS
  • All Inclusive Pass
  • Explorer Pass
  • Build Your Own Pass

Is it convenient to buy a pass?

Usually yes, buying a pass is convenient. When you visit a big city with plenty of attractions like Chicago, you want to see as much of it as possible. A pass, if chosen carefully, can save us a lot on the cost of tickets.

Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?

Of course! With the pass you can skip the lines at the ticket offices, because you already have the ticket. If there is a line for security checks or, in any case, there is a line at the entrance, however, you cannot skip it, unless the pass specifies that you are entitled to a VIP treatment also as regards access .



Do they also include public transport?

In most cases, no.

Often, inside the passes you will find i tour Hop – On, Hop – Off a day, which is even better than public transport for those who want to see the major attractions of a city. If public transport is included, it is usually a free pass for a full day, which counts as an attraction.

Chicago Pass Comparison

Chicago City Pass All Inclusive Pass Explorer Pass Build Your Own Pass
how long does it last 9 days 1 5-days 30 days 30 days
how many attractions it includes 5 26 by 3 to 7 by 1 to 29
savings max 55% 55% 40% 25%
how much from $ 109 and $64 at $132 and $43 at $89 depends on the attractions

Let's see in detail the passes available for the city of Chicago.



Chicago CityPASS

Il City Pass it is one of the most popular passes when you want to visit a US city; it is available for several cities, including Chicago. It is a book of tickets that you can use to see the main attractions of the city.

What does it include?

The Chicago CityPass includes 5 of the major attractions of the city; for two of them, there is the possibility to choose between three different options.

Here are all the attractions included in the pass:

  • Shedd Aquarium - Priority entry, to visit this magnificent aquarium which houses approximately 32 animals from the most diverse marine environments;
  • Chicago Skydeck - Fast Pass, allows you to skip the line at the ticket office to immediately go up to one of the most iconic buildings in the city, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower);
  • The field museum - VIP entrance, with this pass you can visit one of the most important museums in Chicago (the movie A Night at the Museum was filmed here) and you will have the opportunity to see a 3D movie;

Plus two to choose from:

  • Art Institute of Chicago - Fast Pass admission to the permanent collection and special exhibitions without a ticket; including an audio tour;
  • Museum of Science and Industry - Entrance to the museum, plus a timed entry experience;
  • 360 Observation Platform – Express ticket.

How much?

The Chicago CityPass costs:


  • Adults $ 114
  • Children (ages 3 to 11) $ 93

How much do you save?

You can save up to 50% compared to the cost of tickets purchased individually. If for an adult, the sum of the individual tickets would reach $ 215,00, with the pass you pay only $ 99,75: a good $ 116,25 less!


How many days is it worth?

The Chicago CityPass is valid for 9 days, starting from the date of use. You have approximately 5 months to activate it.

You can use both the electronic voucher and its physical printed version.

When is it convenient?

The CityPass is convenient if you want to visit at least three of the attractions included in the price.

Where to collect the pass?

You can collect your pass at the ticket office of any of the participating attractions, presenting the electronic ticket that you printed at the time of online purchase, or have it sent to you by mail.

The CityPass can also be purchased directly at the ticket office.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

Usually no. If there are any attractions that need to be booked, they will be reported to you.

Purchase the CityPASS in Chicago

Chicago All Inclusive Pass

The Chicago All Inclusive Pass is one of the most popular passes for those who decide to visit Chicago, because it allows you to visit all 26 attractions which includes, having the time limit of 1, 2, 3 or 5 days, depending on the type of offer that will be chosen.

What does it include?

As we said, thanks to the All Inclusive Pass it is possible to visit 26 attractions. Below I point out the most interesting:

  • Shedd Aquarium;
  • SkyDeck Chicago;
  • Field Museum;
  • Hop – On, Hop – Off, Big Bus Chicago: 1 – Day Classic;
  • 360 Chicago;
  • Adler Planetarium;
  • Museum of Science and History;
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Rides;
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour;
  • Brookfield Zoo;
  • see all attractions.

How much? (discounted prices until 18/03)

The Chicago All Inclusive Pass is divided into four different price ranges, which correspond to the days of validity of the pass, ranging from 1 to 5. Here are what they are:

  • All You Can Do for 1 Day, Adults $ 95 - Children (ages 3 to 12) $ 64
  • All You Can Do for 2 Days, Adults $ 134 - Children $ 94
  • All You Can Do for 3 Days, Adults $ 159 - Children $ 112
  • All You Can Do for 5 Days, Adults $ 188 - Children $ 132

How much do you save?

With the All Inclusive Pass you can save up to 55% compared to the cost of tickets purchased individually.

How many days is it worth?

The pass is valid from 1 to 5 consecutive days from the moment of activation. To activate it, you have one year from the date of purchase.

When is it convenient?

The pass is worth it if you plan to visit at least 3 among the most expensive of the attractions proposed. This especially applies to the 1-day pass. For its purchase to be really convenient you should visit, for example:

  • Hop – On, Hop – Off Big Bus Tour Chicago 1 – Day $40,00;
  • Shedd Aquarium $39,95;
  • 360 Chicago $20,50;
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour $18,00.

If your total cost for separately purchased tickets is $ 118.45, you only spend $ 95,00 with the pass, saving you $ 23,45.

Where to collect the pass?

Get the All Inclusive Pass it's very simple. It can be print, together with the attached guide, through the link in the purchase confirmation email, or you can download on the App dedicated and use your phone as a pass.

How does it work?

Using this pass is really easy. It will be enough for you introduce it to the first attraction that you will decide to visit to activate it. Later you will have from 1 to 5 working days of time to use it, depending on the offer chosen.

The pass is valid for one entry only to each of the attractions in the offer.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

Usually, attractions can be accessed at any time, during opening hours. In case a reservation is required, you will find it indicated in the guide.

Purchase the All Inclusive Pass in Chicago

Chicago Explorer Pass

The Chicago Explorer Pass, the second type of pass offered by Go Card, works more or less like the CityPass, because it gives you the opportunity to visit a limited number of attractions.

Unlike the CityPass, however, the attractions are you can choose, from the list of 25 at your disposal.

What does it include?

Among the most interesting attractions that you have the possibility to choose are:

  • Adler Planetarium;
  • SkyDeck Chicago;
  • LEGOLAND®Discovery Center;
  • Brookfield Zoo;
  • Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour;
  • Grand Tour;
  • Navy Pier Centennial Ride;
  • Museum of Science and Industry;
  • Art Institute of Chicago;
  • Chicago Children’s Museum;
  • see all the attractions to choose from.

How much? (discounted prices until 18/03)

The cost of the pass varies according to the package you decide to purchase. There are three different types:

  • package from 3 attractions, Adults $ 67 - Children $ 43
  • package from 4 attractions, Adults $ 88 - Children $ 59
  • package from 5 attractions, Adults $ 102 - Children $ 69
  • package from 6 attractions, Adults $ 112 - Children $ 79
  • package from 7 attractions, Adults $ 119 - Children $ 89

How much do you save?

The Chicago Explorer Pass allows you to save up to 40% compared to the cost of tickets purchased individually.

How many days is it worth?

The pass is valid for 30 days from the date of activation. You can activate it within 1 year of purchase.

When is it convenient?

This pass is suitable for those who want to visit a limited number of attractions and want to be able to choose them on their own. Remember that, to be really convenient, the sum of the tickets for the various attractions must exceed the cost of the pass.

Let's take for example the 3 day pass. In order not to risk paying more you should choose a combination like this:

  • Adler Planetarium $ 34,95;
  • Hop – On, Hop – Off Big Bus Tour Chicago 1 – Day $40,00;
  • SkyDeck Chicago $23,00.

Tickets purchased separately would cost $ 97,95, versus $ 75,00, for a savings of $ 22,95.

Where to collect the pass?

It's possible print directly at home the pass and the attached guide, via the link contained in the purchase confirmation email, or you can download the dedicated App and use your phone as a ticket.

How does it work?

activate the pass just show up at the first attraction you choose to visit. After that you have 30 days to visit all the other selected attractions, following the order you prefer.

The pass entitles you to only one entry for each attraction.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

For most attractions reservation is not necessary. The few exceptions (if there were any) are however reported in the guide attached to the pass.

Buy the Explorer Pass in Chicago
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