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Chicago Explorer Pass


The Chicago Explorer Pass can save you up to 40% on 28 of Chicago’s most popular attractions including the Museum of Science and IndustrySkyDeck ChicagoLincoln Park Zoo and Adler Planetarium.

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and has an estimated population of around 2.7 million. More than 50 million international and domestic tourists visit Chicago every year. 

Chicago’s contributions to American culture have included the deep-dish pizza, the Chicago Cubs baseball team and the development of its distinctive jazz music. Chicago is also known for its innovation of modern improvisational comedy and use of Prairie School architecture.

The Chicago Explorer Pass is the easiest way to make the most of the Windy City with entry to 3, 4 or 5 from a selection of 28 superb attractions.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is this just a discount card? Will I still need to buy tickets?

  • You don't need to buy tickets. Passes include admission to each attraction. Some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee.  


Do I need to choose my attractions in advance?

  • No, choose as you go. 


My child is under 3 years old. Can I get them a Chicago Explorer Pass?

  • You can purchase a child pass for children aged 3-12. Some attractions may offer free admission for younger children. Please consult the attraction websites for more information.


How will I get my pass?

  • When your order is complete you will receive an email with printable and Smartphone version of your pass. There is nothing to Redeem, you can go right to first attraction you want to visit and start using your card immediately.


How do I activate my pass?

  • The pass will activate when you visit your first attraction. 


Is the pass valid all day?

  • Yes. You can visit any of the attractions all day provided its during their operating hours. 


How much will I save?

  • Compare the price of the pass to the gate prices of the attractions you want to visit to see how much you can save. You can save up to 40%. 


Can I visit an attraction more than once?

  • You can only visit once per attraction. 


Does a Chicago Explorer Pass expire?

  • Your Chicago Explorer Pass will expire after one year from the date of purchase. Once you've visited your first attraction you'll have 30 days to visit the others. 


Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

  • Attractions that require a reservation will display a symbol on the guidebook page. Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.


What’s the catch?

  • There’s no catch. Chicago Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to Chicago as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.


Can I share my pass with a friend or sell it?

  • No. The Chicago Explorer Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.


What happens if an attraction is closed or a tour is cancelled due to weather or other problem?

  • While we do our best to ensure that all attractions are available, events happen that are out of our control. The great thing about a Chicago Explorer Pass is that there are so many attractions to choose from. If an attraction is closed, or cannot be visited for some reason, we know you'll find a fun alternative in your guidebook!