Consider this sample itinerary for three days of educational travel in the beautiful mid-west treasure, Chicago. We call it a Sample, because all of our school travel tours are fully customized before reservations are made. Our travel coordinators are trained to design the perfect itinerary for your travel group. Begin with ideas like these for the perfect Chicago tour.
Museum of Science and Industry – Completely hands-on and comprehensive in its many exhibits to interest students of every age, this museum draws millions of visitors every year. Favorite attractions include the working Fairy Castle and a walk-through replica of a human heart. The museum has exhibits on space exploration, the environment, and engineering, plus many more – with subjects to interest every student.
Hancock Observation Deck – Every group loves a view from the top when they visit an unfamiliar city. The Hancock Observatory has literature and exhibits (so you can learn more about the view you’ll see). Sound-enhanced telescopes make the scenes below come alive with noise appropriate to the setting. And the skywalk lets you experience the deck in the open air for a view that’s truly unforgettable.
Grant Park is Chicago’s front yard. Some of the world’s best museums rest nearby. Walkways, open spaces, and gardens dominate the beautiful space. An extension named Millennium Park offers more exciting sights. The J. Pritzger Pavilion is an engineering masterpiece with its outdoor sound system. In the sculpture Cloud Gate you can see the Chicago skyline reflected. And Crown Fountain is a digital display of Chicago faces as well as a refreshing reprieve.
Dave and Busters is a fun restaurant and gaming center students will love.
The Field Museum has a star attraction in Sue, the largest T-Rex fossil in the world. Sue makes way for a host of reptiles, sea creatures, and famous mammals in this museum that showcases the wonders that have gone before. You can explore ancient Egypt and go underground for a walk where usually only critters dwell.
Shedd Aquarium – Visit the largest indoor aquarium in the world. Sharks and stingrays have always thrilled aquarium visitors. Dolphin shows similarly spread the joy. And a world of further undersea adventures await.
Ed Debevic’s – A 50s and 60s theme restaurant with lots to entertain, including its famously sarcastic wait-staff.
Comedy Sportz – Experience a comedy show that’s also a thrilling competition.
Magnificent Mile – Several attractions make the top of the list for favorite Chicago spots, and the Magnificent Mile is certainly one of them. This stretch along Michigan Avenue is world-famous for its shopping, restaurants, and historic sights.
Navy Pier – There’s no end to the fun and excitement offered by Chicago’s playground. Navy Pier is the loading dock for water cruises, including the famous, speedy, Seadog. You’ll also find fun dining and shopping. The fifteen story tall ferris wheel is a favorite way to take in the view. And the Funhouse Maze is perfect for group tours, especially the young and the young at heart.
Photos by City of Chicago