How to Visit Chicago on a Budget and Save at over 25 top attractions

Chicago Architecture Foundation's First Lady Cruise

There are so many things to do in Chicago, and you want to do it all, but it can get to be SO expensive. With the Go Chicago Card you pay one price and receive free admission to more than 25 Chicago attractions. When you're visiting Chicago on a budget, this is definitely a great way to save money.

Included in this list are the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, Bike and Roll Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. You can even take a hop-on hop-off bus tour or a skyline cruise on Lake Michigan.

Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago

How Does the Go Chicago Card Work?

There are three ways to save on Chicago attractions with the Go Chicago Card. You can purchase the All-Inclusive Pass, which is a good option when you've got a specific number of days to visit.

You can get the Explorer Pass, which is great for locals or if you want to break up your visits to attractions with other activities.

There's also a Build-Your-Own Pass if you know exactly which attractions you want to see. 

All-Inclusive Pass

This pass offers the biggest savings. It's also the only pass that includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium. You buy your pass in 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day increments. You can buy it at any time and once you use the pass at your first attraction the countdown begins. Then you'll use need to use your Go Chicago Card within the number of days you purchased.

For example, if you purchase a 3-day pass on June 1 and start using it on August 1, you can use it through August 3. You can see as many attractions as you can fit into your schedule during that time. You'll save up to 55% with this option.

Save money seeing horseshoes at the Shedd Aquarium with the GoChicagoCard

Explorer Pass

With the Explorer Pass you choose the number of attractions instead of the number of days. You can select three or five options and you'll have thirty days to visit them after your first attraction visit. With this option you'll save up to 40%.

Build Your Own

For the most flexibility create your own Go Chicago Card. You pick only the places you know you want to visit. Choose two or more and you'll automatically save 20%.

Field Museum of Natural History is included in the GoChicagoCard

Using Your Go Chicago Card

Your pass is a PDF document with a custom QR code. Once you purchase a pass you can print it or display it on your smart phone and present it at any of the participating locations. 

Check out all of the participating Chicago locations below, and then get your Go Chicago Card and explore the city like a Local Tourist!

TLT is a Go Chicago Card affiliate. If you purchase a Go Chicago Card we'll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Visit Chicago on a Budget and save on 25+ attractions
875 N Michigan Ave
94th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
312.751.3681
Perched 94 stories above the Windy City, the 360 Chicago provides commanding views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s towering skyscrapers, including Willis Tower.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312.922.STAR
Visit the Adler’s theaters and numerous exhibitions for an unforgettable space science experience.
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
312.443.3600
The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the USA housing a world-renowned encyclopedic collection.
Art Institute of Chicago
17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
877.285.4796
Our sightseeing bus tours of Chicago take you on an extensive route, showcasing the best the city has to offer.
Big Bus Tours
600 E Grand, Chicago, IL 60611
312-729-1000
Chicago’s premier bicycle/Segway tour & bike rental company. Celebrating 23 years of fun in Chicago! Locations include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, & Riverwalk.
Bike and Roll Chicago
8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513
800-201-0784
How much: Adults: $17.85 Seniors 65 and Over: $12.50 Children 3 to 11: $12.50
Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo inspires conservation leaders every day by connecting people with wildlife and nature.
Brookfield Zoo
224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604
312.922.3432
Tours, exhibitions, programs & events highlighting Chicago architecture.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
312.527.1000
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect.
Chicago Children's Museum
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
312.642.4600
The Chicago History Museum is a place of learning, discovery, creativity, and, well, history.
Chicago History Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr , Chicago, IL 60605
312-922-9410
Travel around the world, go back in time, and discover things you never knew at The Field Museum! Whether you're a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, we're your home for endless adventures.
Field Museum of Natural History
951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
312.994.4000
This world-renowned complex served as Wright's private residence and studio from 1889 to 1909. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, trying out design concepts.
Frank Lloyd Wright House & Studio
17 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603
888.257.5080
Gray Line is the largest provider of sightseeing tours on the planet.
601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 592-9700
How much: $20
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is an indoor family entertainment destination with over 3 million LEGO bricks and nine attractions.
Legoland Discovery Center
2200 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
312.742.2000
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
312.280.2660
How much: $15 adults; $8 students, teachers, and seniors
The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
773.684.1414
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
708.848.1976
Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and an icon of modern architecture.
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
312.939.2438
How much: Shedd Pass: Adult $30.95 Child $21.95
Shedd Aquarium is Chicago's indoor public aquarium. At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference.
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
312.222.9328
Chicago's favorite tour boat company. Shoreline offers Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River, Skyline Tours on Lake Michigan, Water Taxis, Private Charters.
Shoreline Sightseeing
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
877-SKYDECK
Located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, the Skydeck offers spectacular sweeping views and is full of interactive exhibits.
Skydeck Chicago
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
312-451-2700
Set sail aboard Windy, Chicago's very own Tall Ship! Windy, a 148-foot schooner, departs from Navy Pier on 60- and 75-minute sailing adventures. Enjoy fireworks, special events, and more!
Tall Ship Windy
175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
312.902.1500
Legendary auditorium that hosts a variety of entertainment, including stage events, concerts, dance, comedy and special events.
The Chicago Theatre