CityPASS Chicago articles
The most dominant building in the Chicago skyline, Willis Tower is home to The Skydeck, a thrilling tourist attraction that offers 360-degree views of The Windy City. The skyscraper (formerly known as the Sears Tower) has been a highlight for visitors to Chicago for many years. The Skydeck played a role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off , where the main characters famously leaned their foreheads against the windows to peer down on the city below.
Think the Windy City is just for grownups? Think again. The wide selection of kid-friendly museums, restaurants, shops, shows and gardens makes Chicago an exciting city to visit with little ones. The best things to do are centrally located and require little or no transportation—a huge plus for families. And the icing on the cake? These kid-friendly attractions are enjoyable for adults, too.
It's mind-boggling to consider that 71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. Now, just imagine the variety and number of creatures thriving in the mysterious blue oceans, rivers, and lakes of this planet. Well, you don't have to leave everything to the imagination. In fact, you can see for yourself the magnificent beauty the water has to offer at the historic and renowned Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.
Take a step back for a moment and think about just how different things are today compared to thousands or even millions of years ago. Back then, giant dinosaurs ruled the planet, but the largest species today are mammals. At the Field Museum, you can see it all: modern technology enhancing what we know about our past and guiding us in our journey toward progress.
Most major cities have observation decks where people can see over the tallest skyscrapers and beyond. But 360 Chicago isn’t just an observation deck. Stretching 1,000 feet above Magnificent Mile, 360 Chicago is at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the country, has the fastest elevators in North America, and is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the world with 100 or more stories.
By boat, bus, bicycle, foot, or even Segway, there is no shortage of ways to experience the country’s most celebrated architectural metro: Chicago, Illinois. Admired for creativity rather than longevity—the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 destroyed a majority of notable buildings—each tour, no matter the means, showcases the character, ingenuity, and groundbreaking methods that make up Chicago’s towering skyline.