A big thanks to Choose Chicago and CityPASS for sponsoring our Chicago activities via CityPASS. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Recently I took my son to Chicago for a fun mother-son weekend. Although the whole family went last summer, this was a trip specifically geared towards things the two of us enjoy doing together.

Thanks to CityPASS, we were able to do everything we desired for one low price! I’ve heard of CityPASS before but hadn’t checked it out myself, so when we received two passes for this trip, I was super excited to learn more.

Each Chicago CityPASS has savings of 51% off regular admissions. Our CityPASS included Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science & Industry OR 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. As an added bonus, we got VIP admission, so were able to skip ahead of the normal ticket lines.

Our Chicago CityPASS tickets

As soon as we arrive Friday, we picked up our passes and headed off to the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. Neither of us had been to this attraction before so we were super excited to check it out. It was early evening so we had the opportunity to see the skyline at dusk which was beautiful. It was interesting to walk all the way around the observation deck and check out the city from various angles. We didn’t indulge since we were heading to dinner next, but there was a lively bar full of specialty drinks for both adults and kids.

For an additional $8 we could have tried the tilt option. There is a small section of the observation deck that actually tilts out over the city. I asked my son if he wanted to try it and his response was no thanks. I laughed and figured I’d give it a go myself on another trip!

Tilt at 360 Observation in Chicago, IL

What a great way to start off our Chicago adventures.

Saturday we woke up bright and early to take full advantage of our CityPASS tickets. First stop was the Adler Planetarium. My son is a big fan of astronomy and loves telescopes, so we enjoyed quite a bit of time wandering around this museum and checking out the exhibits. In addition to avoiding the ticket lines, with the CityPASS, we received unlimited VIP Access to available shows and exhibitions.

Inside the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

Even though it was pouring down rain, we walked the short distance to Shedd and spent a fantastic few hours enjoying the aquarium.  This was a spot we hadn’t visited on our summer trip so we spent quite a bit of time thoroughly checking it out. The CityPASS included a 4D Experience which I normally wouldn’t have spent the extra money on, but I was so glad we did it. It was a super interesting documentary type short film and we had some good conversations about what we learned. So thanks CityPASS for encouraging us to try something new!

Finally, we headed over to The Field Museum. This particular museum is my son’s favorite in Chicago so I was thrilled that it was included in the CityPASS. This pass also included one 3D film as well as admission to all permanent and regularly-priced ticketed exhibitions.

Shedd and The Field Museum in Chicago, IL

Although we only had a few days to spend in Chicago, the CityPASS is good for 9 consecutive days, including the first day of use. After our experience, I can confidently say that I would 100% recommend checking out CityPASS next time you visit Chicago. I loved the convenience of not having to wait in long admission lines, I liked all the attractions included in the pass and I felt that we saved quite a bit of money.

If Chicago isn’t in your near future, CityPASS also covers Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, and Toronto. To learn more, head over to the website at CityPASS and check out the benefits for yourself.

Have you ever purchased a CityPASS before? Did you find it worthwhile? Where did you go?

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