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Chicago Educational Tours: Windy City Adventure

Chicago, IL
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Chicago Educational Tours: Windy City Adventure

Chicago, IL

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Destination: Chicago, ILType: EducationalSubject: History, Science, Art, Architecture, Social Studies, Literature

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Urban sophistication and shining skyscrapers mix with Midwestern charm and local cultures in this diverse, world-class city. Students of every subject will discover fascinating information at museums such as the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago. The cultural center of the Midwest since the mid-19th century, Chicago’s rich history can be told through its famed, one-of-a-kind architecture. Of course, a school field trip to Chicago isn’t complete without a world-class performance and visits to the city’s unique neighborhoods, attractions and parks.

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  • The Shedd Aquarium
  • The Field Museum
  • The 360 Chicago (The Observatory of the John Hancock Building)
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Day 1

Arrive in Chicago

Visit Navy Pier and Watch a Film at the IMAX Theater

One of Chicago’s most popular attractions boasts a famous Ferris wheel, quirky shops and restaurants, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, a concert stage and stunning views of the Great Lake it juts into.

Enjoy Lunch

Take a Photo at Buckingham Fountain

Visit Cloud Gate (a.k.a. "The Bean") and the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park

Enjoy an Architecture Cruise on the Chicago River

Learn about famed buildings such as the Tribune Tower, the Trump Tower and Marina City as you float down the Chicago River. Discover hidden gems and the ties between the city and its architecture.

Enjoy Dinner

Check into Your Hotel

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Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast

Visit the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Students can walk through an interactive solar system, explore the universe’s evolution, discover the technology behind telescopes and learn about the astronomy of ancient times.

Take a Photo at the Adler Planetarium

Visit the John G. Shedd Aquarium

One of Chicago’s most popular attractions is home to 1000 species of fish, birds, snakes and amphibians. Travel the waters from the Amazon to the Caribbean, the lakes of Asia to the rivers of Chicago.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the Field Museum

As one of the world’s largest natural history museums, the Field Museum is home to a 5,000-year-old mummy tomb, ancient Chinese jade, taxidermied creatures and Sue—the 42-foot-long T. Rex.

Enjoy Dinner

Watch the Blue Man Group

An entertainment for all of the senses, the silent blue men put on a comedic, musical and technologically innovative performance that’ll get audience members movin’!

students at field museum

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast

Visit the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Enjoy the View from the Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck

The tallest building in a city of skyscrapers, Willis Tower invites you to its 103rd floor for 360 degree views of four states. The Skydeck’s glass “ledge” offers unobstructed views of the street below.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo

Striving to bring nature to urban areas, one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. is home to animals ranging from polar bears to African painted dogs, and offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the skyline.

Enjoy a Dinner Cruise with Entertainment Cruises

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Day 4

Enjoy Breakfast

Check out of Your Hotel

Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

Housed in a building from the 1893 World’s Columbia Expedition, America’s largest science museum is home to over 2000 exhibits, including a full-sized replica of a coal mine and a huge model railroad.

Enjoy Lunch

Enjoy Shopping on Michigan Avenue

Try on trendy pieces at affordable retailers, window shop at luxury stores or just people watch on the busy sidewalks.

Depart for Home

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  • students on tour in chicago

    Everything was WONDERFUL!!! Thanks so much for all of your hard work and planning. We had a great time in Chicago.

    - Andrea P.
    Chicago: Windy City Review 2
  • Chicago Windy City Review

    Thank you for a fantastic weekend! We cannot wait to travel with Brightspark again!

    - Leanne R., Michigan
    Chicago: Windy City Adventure Review 2

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