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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, plus you can enjoy perks like skip-the-line entry for many of the attractions. 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
  • Enjoy direct entry to attractions with your printed pass – no voucher redemption required

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What You Can Expect

Chicago Explorer Pass

Enjoy the attractions of Navy Pier with a Chicago Explorer Pass.

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 attractions including skip-the-line entry. 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.


Customer Reviews

Christina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommend the explorer pass, save so much money compared to paying entry to the sights individually!

Lore D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a great time, hopping on and off at different museums and events. Each tour guide was unique and interesting. Thanks so much!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Explorer Pass is the best option to visit Chicago. So Flexible and easy to use.

Wouter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really nice, some quick entrances and some nice attractions! Only thing that I didnt really like is that the planetarium closed earlier than expected apparently I was just too late for summer season and the opening times were slightly different.

James N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We both thought the Explorer Pass was a good value. We knew we wanted to see four or five venues so this worked out for us.

Kristi K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We used the Explorer Pass for 3 activities- the Big Bus Tour, Willis Tower and the Architecture River Cruise. All 3 were top notch attractions. The only negative that I can mention is that the Willis Tower entry said skip the line, but it didn't really skip anything, although since it was not crowded it didn't really make much difference to us, but if you wanted to use it to skip a long line it apparently would not have done what you were expecting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour on the Mississippi was just amazing. The buffet was great, nice friendly staff and the view was also great. We just loved this tour, was the best evening of our whole vacation. The only thing I felt was a pitty was that they lost our picture that was made in the beginning, I would have bought it if they didn't.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great deal. And super easy to use at the 3 fabulous attractions we went to!
(Architectural Boat Tour, Double decker bus tour, and Museum of Science and Industry.) Would definitely buy again next time and hit different attractions.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved the Explorer pass.. It did indeed saved us .. The 5 attractions we picked were:

1 SkyDeck Chicago
2 The art institute of Chicago
3 Hop ON - Hop OFF Bus tour
4 Architecture Tour departing from Navy Pier
5 Centennial Wheel Navy Pier

Overall - The explorer pass is great and gives you much more flexibility comparing it to the CitiPASS.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Easy to use and lots of activities! Definitely worth the money. We purchased the 5 activity pass. Just wish the Shedd was included.
If you are going to any of the museums on Museum Campus in the fall, be sure to note the home football schedule. Soldier Field is right there and traffic can be insane.

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