Chicago CityPass is the Biggest Attraction Bargain for Summer Travelers

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Hotels and airlines are dealing, but the best vacation bargain remains Chicago CityPass's five spectacular attractions tickets, discounted 47%

Chicago rolls out a green carpet for summer. Every man, woman and child heads outdoors in the Midwest's ultimate urban playground, enjoying lush parks, shimmering Lake Michigan, festivals, concerts, fireworks, and incomparable attractions. Chicago CityPass leads a pack of summer vacation bargains with its booklet of five leading attractions priced 47% less than regular combined admissions to the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, and a choice of either Sears Skydeck or John Hancock Observatory.

Hotel rates are lower this summer, with some offering a third night free with a two-night weekend booking; look for dining credits or free parking. Airlines are discounting seats. Gas is presently $1.30 less a gallon than last summer. It's time to shake off recession blues and head to Chicago.

The Shedd Aquarium just revealed its magnificent new Oceanarium, adding $50 million worth of Wow factor to Summer 2009. The Sears Skydeck has added four glass bays to simulate walking into thin air at 130 stories. Millennium Park's Cloud Gate and Crown Fountain (two 50-foot glass towers spewing water at each other), and Grant Park's Buckingham Memorial Fountain are fantastic - free -- people-watching spots.

Try to include one of Chicago's signature summer events: Taste of Chicago, June 26-July 5; Outdoor Film Festival, classic American Films shown outdoors, July 14- August 25; Venetian Night boat parade, between Shedd Aquarium and Chicago Yacht Club, July 25; Chicago Air &Water Show, August 15, 16; and a great Labor Day tradition, the Chicago Jazz Festival, September 4-6.

When in Chicago, order steaks, pizza, and hot dogs (just don't put ketchup on the dog). Ask for pop, not soda. And take a break at the beach. Everyone does.

Book the best part of a Chicago getaway now. Click on to buy Chicago CityPass and get the deepest vacation discount out there.


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