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  • Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    1. Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    Enjoy an unrivaled view over the city of Chicago on a trip up the city's Willis Tower. This famous building, once known as the Sears Tower, is not only home to a Skydeck on the 103rd floor, but it also features The Ledge, a series of 4 glass-paneled boxes that extend out from the building's facade to give visitors a view straight down. As you wind through the ground levels of the Willis Tower, you will be surrounded by museum-quality exhibits highlighting the iconic tower. Learn about Chicago's rich history and culture through these informative visuals. Watch a video presentation, "Reaching for the Sky," where you will be briefed on the history of the building and of architecture in Chicago. Then step into your elevator and you will be amazed at how quickly it ascends. As you travel, your multimedia-equipped elevator will inform you about your vertical progress. Upon reaching the 1...

    It was amazing. If you’re visiting Chicago you definitely have to go here. Beautiful pictures from up here

  • Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    2. Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    Located on Historic Navy Pier, the Centennial Wheel is suspended over Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Chicago River and offers spectacular views of the iconic Chicago skyline, the many attractions on Navy Pier, as well as the famous parks and world-class attractions located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Choose between Regular of Fastpass ticket options: The Regular Barcoded ticket is pre-barcoded to allow you to skip the line to purchase tickets and proceed directly to the line to board the wheel. The Fastpass Express ticket allows you to skip all the lines - both the ticket line and the regular boarding line - and gives you VIP access via the exclusive Fastpass Boarding Entrance. Both tickets also feature the Flexible Date feature which lets you visit whenever you like, within 7 days of your scheduled ticket date - so you can plan your visit around the weather when you are in...

    Great experience! Fast pass did relatively nothing to move you up in line. 3 times around and Tyrone loading and unloading…

  • Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History Ticket or VIP Tour

    3. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History Ticket or VIP Tour

    Visit the Field Museum of Natural History, one of Chicago's great museums. With more than 35 world-renowned natural history exhibitions, there's something for everyone. Imagine subterranean life in the Underground Adventure exhibit, where you'll “shrink” to 1/100th of your natural size to explore the world beneath the surface. Admire sparkling gemstones in the Hall of Gems, and marvel at one of the largest collections of Chinese jade in North America in the Hall of Jades. Then, follow the stories of the Ice Age mammoth hunters and the temples of the Inca and Aztecs, or visit the Dinosaur Hall Evolving Planet exhibit to mingle with giant sloths, woolly mammoths, Sue, and Maximo. All this is included with the General Admission Ticket option. Upgrade to the All-Access Pass and receive entry to a 3-D movie and all 3 ticketed special exhibitions. Choose the Early Access VIP Tour option fo...

    Plenty to see at the Field Museum. More interactive exhibits for the kids. Had a great day!

  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck Admission: Skip the Ticket Desk

    4. 360 Chicago Observation Deck Admission: Skip the Ticket Desk

    Soaring 1,000 feet over Chicago’s legendary Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is one of the city’s most unique attractions. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, magnificent skyline and four neighboring states. After only a 40-second ride in North America's fastest elevators to the observation deck, you can experience what Travel & Leisure Magazine voted one of the best views in America. No other tower gets you closer to the heart of Chicago. Located on the Magnificent Mile and close to Navy Pier, 360 Chicago provides easy access to Chicago’s premier shopping and dining districts.   360 CHICAGO is also the only place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy TILT, Chicago’s tallest and most thrilling attraction. The first of its kind in the world, this one-of-a-kind marvel literal...

    This was a pretty fun experience. The drinks and views are a great combo. Good music was also played. In addition to getting an amazing view of Chicago they offer the tilt, ride. However, don’t get this confused with sky deck attraction, you would be a little upset. They are 2 very different experiences. This is worth doing especially if you have never been to Chicago before, I would recommend carving out a few hours to enjoy this.

  • Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    5. Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a 45-minute cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features a full-service cash bar and live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago- a perfect way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the o...

    We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

  • Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

    6. Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

    See a different side of Chicago on a family-friendly guided tour and hear the tales of the ghosts that haunt the city. Explore the famous Chicago Loop district with interesting stories hidden behind each turn.

    Embark along the Chicago Loop, known as the vice district during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as Al Capone used to party, make deals, and carry out business.

    Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes led by historians. Stop at the Congress Hotel, Death Alley, and the Palmer House. Enjoy a refreshment along with way, with frequent stops and a restroom break.

    We loved this tour, Stephan was very funny and knowledgeable. Will suggest to friends and family:)

  • Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    7. Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    From your vantage point on the double-decker sightseeing bus you'll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the 875 N Michigan, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's impressive landmarks as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to visit attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. You’ll travel down the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. The bridge connects the north and south sides of the city. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. There are 13 stops, where you can hop-off to visit attractions and...

    Great way to get around town and to all best attractions without paying for a can or taxi and with the plus of getting information about the different attractions along the way.

  • Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

    8. Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

    Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city for the first time, taking in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline from the lake makes for a perfect outing. This 40-minute Lake Tour takes you on a sightseeing cruise that highlights Chicago's most significant landmarks from beautiful Lake Michigan. You’ll see the city as never before, while listening to informative commentary on Chicago's dramatic history and architectural gems. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as you admire the striking buildings that make up the Chicago skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.

    The staff on board were very friendly and helpful ! The tour was informative and fun!

  • Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

    9. Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

    Experience the magic of Chicago at nighttime and watch the city's glorious skyscrapers, historic buildings and modern marvels come to life with millions of twinkling lights. Relax and unwind at the end of the day on a cruise which not only lets you enjoy the scenic Chicago River, but also takes you through the Chicago Harbor Lock and out onto Lake Michigan where you can admire epic views of the sparkling Chicago skyline and shoreline. Throughout the ride, listen to lively narration about Chicago's rich history as the onboard guides point out the many sights of the city including Buckingham Fountain, Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Building, Museum Campus, Marina City, Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Building, Navy Pier, the Lighthouse and more. This tour also gives you the unique experience of passing through the Chicago River Lock System, while learning about the operation an...

    Great activity and perfect timing on the fireworks. The only improvement I would suggest is an expanded food menu.

  • Chicago CityPASS®: Save 50% on 5 Top Attractions

    10. Chicago CityPASS®: Save 50% on 5 Top Attractions

    Take in incredible views, fascinating science, world-class art, and more with Chicago CityPASS® tickets that include premium admission to Chicago’s top attractions and save travelers 50% off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. The CityPASS system is simple. Simply present your mobile (or printed) ticket to be scanned at any of the 5 attractions for entry. What exactly can you experience with the CityPASS ticket? One-stop is the Shedd Aquarium, where you can see otters, lizards, whales, and dolphins – and much, much more. Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 32,000 animals, housed under one octagonal dome. You can also take in breathtaking views at Skydeck, which stands 1,353 feet above the city. The Field Museum is on the list too, home of “Sue” the world’s largest T. Rex. There are two option tickets that give you access to either the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck or th...

    It was pandemic crazy. Everybody everywhere. Having those passes helped the boys and I get into places and events without jumping through reservation hoops. A relaxing vacation, go figure.

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What people are saying about Chicago

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 41 reviews

It was such a good time lived in the city so long and never been on the Ferris wheel and was really good time got to see the sunset and the city from a different view

It was very organised . The queue were not long and there was social distancing . At the staff was very helpful .

We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

Was an incredible experience!!! I love ❤️ The Windy City

Absolutely loved seeing the architecture of Chicago!