One of my favorite times to visit Chicago is in the fall. Fewer tourists pack Michigan Avenue. The cooler weather invites exploring. And shorter lines make popular restaurants and attractions more accessible.
If those reasons are not enough to lure you to the Windy City, how about the Chicago CityPASS, a booklet of discount tickets to major attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Besides saving you about 50 percent off admissions, the CityPASS allows you to skip lines and duck in through the VIP entrance at most places.
The Chicago CityPASS is $76 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-11. It includes pre-paid admission tickets to the attractions listed above as well as Skydeck Chicago. The package also features a choice between the John Hancock Observatory or the Museum of Science and Industry. At the John Hancock Observatory, CityPASS holders receive a free multimedia tour and a cup of coffee.
The combined value of admission to all the attractions totals $157. You can buy CityPASS at CityPASS.com or at any of the attractions listed above. The tickets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.