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If you’re heading to Illinois for a Chicago vacation, deals are probably at the forefront of your mind: where do you get them, how do you get them, and can you ever know if you’re getting enough bang for your buck?

Fortunately, you’re in luck! The city of Chicago has actually a developed a great deal for people heading to Chicago for their vacation after all, when over 30 million people come to your city every year to relax and explore, you want to do whatever you can to make them feel welcome, right?

The city of Chicago has developed what they call the Go Chicago card, a multi-attraction pass that allows you to do and see more in the city than you thought you could afford because you’re doing it all for less! Each card carries admission to over 25 of Chicago’s best vacation tours and attractions for one low price, and it allows you to tailor your plans each day however you like, without restrictions! While it’s always good to plan ahead on your vacations, the Go Chicago card also allows you to change your plans if you’re struck with the urge to be spontaneous.

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If you’re looking for fantastic Chicago vacation deals, this is the way to go. It’s available in 1-7 day increments, starting at around $50, though you should be prepared for this to vary somewhat according to the season. The attractions include such sites as the Alder Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Brookfield Zoo, and even a Lakefront Skyline Cruise! And the card itself isn’t limited to sites, many retailers and vendors in Chicago have decided to offer discounts and special prices at their shops and restaurants for Go Chicago cardholders.

For travelers looking for other great Chicago vacation deals, using the transit system while you’re there will save you a huge amount on transportation costs. The Chicago Transit Authority offers their bus passes online, either multiple ride cards or single-fare admissions. Buying these ahead of time, or even just looking into it will save you a lot of hassle once you get to the city giving you a great deal on transportation costs.

Another great way to take advantage of deals while in Chicago for your vacation is to head to sites that don’t charge admission to visit, freeing you up to spend money on other little luxuries or souvenirs to bring back home! Chicago has a wide selection of free tourist sites, and visitors are encouraged to make full use of what the city has to offer!

For the family, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in the United States, and one of the last zoos that doesn’t charge admission to get in. Any of Chicago’s beaches are also free to visit even though they’re located right downtown! The city also offers a 40-minute train tour of Chicago’s business district, free of charge, where a tour guide will teach you about the area’s history and famous elevated train system.

Chicago also holds many, many festivals free of charge annually, and visitors to the city are encouraged to come and participate in the events. These kinds of events are great deals for anyone vacationing to the city, because you get to experience the culture and diversity of Chicago and since it’s free, you can afford to try some of the ethnic foods and delightful desserts you see along the way!


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