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This is the easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace. The Chicago Explorer Pass, valid for 30 days after first use, provides admission to your choice of three, four or five attractions, tours or activities that will save you up to 42 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing from among over 25 top sites and things to do, including Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier and and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
  • See Chicago with an Explorer Pass and included guidebook
  • Choose up to five attractions, tours or activities from a selection of more than 25
  • Enjoy a 24-hour hop-on hop-off trolley pass or take a Tall Ship cruise
  • Visit the Skydeck Chicago, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry and more
  • Take advantage of discounts and special offers at select restaurants and retailers

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Your pass includes entry to three, four, or five top-tier Chicago attractions, plus additional discounts.
Your Chicago Explorer Pass comes with an included guidebook to choose the three, four or five activities that interest you most from more than 25 museums, tours, cruises and other attractions. The pass provides discounts at restaurants and retailers, and many featured attraction. The guidebook gives you the rundown on attractions, hours of operation and directions.

Once you've chosen your three, four or five attractions, access to them is easy — simply swipe your pass at designated ticketing areas and enjoy. You might visit the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo; play miniature golf at Navy Pier; check out the exhibits at the Field Museum; go on a Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour; or take a Tall Ship cruise.

See below Itinerary for a full list of included attractions and tours, including additional savings.


Your Chicago Explorer Pass is activated upon first use and is valid for 30 days afterward.

  • Adler Planetarium (skip-the-line entry included)
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Frederick C Robie House (walking tours available; closed Tue and Wed)
  • 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory; skip-the-line entry included)
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center (skip-the-line entry included)
  • Lincoln Park Zoo (includes pass for Carousel and Children's Train)
  • Navy Pier includes Ferris wheel, miniature golf, lighthouse, wave swinger ride and carousel
  • SkyDeck Chicago, Willis Tower (express entry)
  • Art Institute of Chicago (skip-the-line entry included)
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Chicago History Museum with Audio Tour*
  • Field Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry, plus Omnimax (express entry included)
  • 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off, North Side, South Shore or Grand City Bus Tour
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour
  • Chicago Theatre Marqee Tour
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour
  • Architecture River Cruise*
  • Navy Pier or Millennium Park Half-Day Bike Rental
  • Classic Lake Cruise*
  • Tall Ship WINDY Skyline Cruise*
*Please note: Certain attractions are seasonal; consult guidebook for exact schedules.

  • Water Tower Place: ‘Premier Perks’ shopping savings
  • Hershey’s Chicago: 10% savings
  • Macy’s: visitors savings pass
  • Bloomingdale’s: 15% savings
  • Haagen Dazs Café: 20% savings
  • Segway Experience of Chicago Guided Tours: 15% savings
  • Macy’s, Walnut Room: complimentary dessert with purchase of main course
  • Chicago Bike and Segway Tours: 15% savings

Additional discounts at area restaurants and shops are also available with this card.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Aug 2018

Definitely a deal.

, May 2018

My friend and I had a really great experience with the explorer pass. We chose it over the CityPass because it gave us more options. The only downside is that we didn't have skip to the front of the line included with the Skydeck admission. But it wasn't that big of a deal. I highly recommend the Big Bus Tour and the Architecture River Cruise. Museums were fun, but both those tours were definitely the highlight. We also had a bit of trouble using one pass on the river cruise because a Shoreline employee scanned the pass twice and incorrectly told us we had already used the pass for that location. We had to come back the next day after calling Viator customer service, which was really frustrating. Other than that though, great experience!

, Mar 2018

Great way to see many sights when you have a limited time frame. The bus was our mode of transportation, but it turned out to be fun and informative too! Guides and drivers were good fun. Recommend!

, Feb 2018

It's only worth the cost if you apply it to the highest-priced tours/admissions included as part of the package. Otherwise, it's more cost effective to purchase the sights individually.

, Jan 2018

Not worth it, we did not use it much.

, Oct 2017

A very enjoyable architectural boat ride. Our local expert was very knowledgeable. The audio equipment was very good and we had no problem hearing and understanding everything that was said. Chicago has a wealth of interesting and beautiful buildings. Highly recommend this tour.

, Oct 2017

This was okay, but but may have been superseeded with a city pass. I paid for the most attractions but becareful as the Aquarium has been removed, though it is on the City pass

, Sep 2017

The agent did the booking for me and didn't send me the barcoded tickets to scan at our entire trip was screwed for that.
In addition the priority pass is not accepted any where. good for nothing. from the 3 we bought we only could use 2 and had to come back.
Avoid at all cost.

, Sep 2017

Loved the flexibility that the Explorer Pass allows. Did eight different activities -- would recommend all except the Gray Line Scenic North Side and Historic South Chicago bus tours - had the same tour guide on different days - Antone - who was more interested in sending texts and spending time on Facebook on his phone than he was in telling us about our surroundings, history, etc.

Architectural Boat ride and Hop On/Hop Off tours were a must!

, Sep 2017

Excellent !

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