Which Chicago attractions should I include in my school trip?
There are many options to choose from, including many free Chicago attractions. Knowing what is available is often half the battle in planning an amazing experience for your students!
Student Group Rates:
$ = $10 or less
$$ = $11-20
$$$ = $20+
Dive into Science
- Meet Sue the T. Rex, admire rare jewels, and enter a real Maori meeting house at the Field Museum of Natural History ($)
- Consider the chemistry of tornadoes, experience the U-505 Submarine, and visit the fun Idea Factory at the Museum of Science and Industry ($)
- Explore coal reefs, flooded forests, and the Great Lakes ecosystems at the John G. Shedd Aquarium ($$)
- Visit Adler Planetarium ($$), America’s first planetarium, to experience the universe up close through exhibits and shows.
Explore Famous Architecture
360 CHICAGO ($) soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline.Take in incredible views of Chicago at the top of the John Hancock Observatory.
Chicago is internationally renowned for its historic and modern architecture. Learn what makes it so great on a Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour ($$)
Learn about Chicago’s architectural heritage while cruising down the Chicago River on a Wendella Lake and River Cruise ($$)
Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower ($$). At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck.
Experience Live Action
Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre ($$$) “combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages.”
Experience the excitement of major league baseball at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field ($$$).
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