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Chicago Performance Tours: Chicago on Stage

Chicago, IL
chicago on stage

Chicago Performance Tours: Chicago on Stage

Chicago, IL

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Destination: Chicago, ILType: Theater / Performance, MusicSubject: Choir, Orchestra, Clinics / Workshops, Theater, Concert Band

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With over 200 stunning theatres, professional ensembles of the highest calibers and world class universities offering clinics with esteemed music educators, the Second City’s performance arts opportunities are second-to-none. Whether you want to participate in a music workshop with masters during your high school band trip, perform with your choir at iconic sights such as Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, or enjoy Broadway shows with your theatre troupe, Chicago student tours are perfect for performers.

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  • Workshop and Performance Opportunities
  • A Broadway Show, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Joffrey Ballet
  • Visits to the Observatory of the John Hancock Building or Willis Tower (formerly Sears)
  • Trip to the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium or the Museum of Science and Industry

Day 1

Arrive in Chicago


Visit Navy Pier

Jutting into the beautiful Lake Michigan, Chicago’s most popular attraction boasts a Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and plenty of vendors.

Enjoy a Lunch Cruise Around Lake Michigan

Visit the 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 Dinner

Experience a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performance

Consistently listed as one of the "Big 5" orchestras, this dynamic symphony has been wowing audiences since 1891. Enjoy a variety of Classical productions in idyllic settings.

Check Into Your Hotel

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Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Participate in a Music Clinic

Enjoy Lunch

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago

Introduce students to the landmarks of art history with the expansive masterpieces housed in this Beaux Arts style building. A particularly strong impressionist collection is sure to inspire.

Explore the Magnificent Mile

High-end department stores, luxury retail boutiques and upscale restaurants are located amongst some of the city’s tallest, most iconic buildings.

Enjoy Dinner

Visit the Skydeck at Willis Tower

Take an elevator up to the 103rd floor of Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) to the Skydeck Chicago experience.  See Chicagoland from one of the tallest buildings in the world, and stand on The Ledge 1,353 feet above the ground from this Chicago architectural icon.

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Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

Housed in a building from the 1893 World’s Columbian 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

Perform at the John Hancock Plaza

At the foot of the iconic skyscraper, your group will perform for shoppers as they wander down the Magnificent Mile.

Enjoy Dinner

Experience a Blue Man Group Performance

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’!

Depart for Home

chicago on stage


  • Chicago On Stage Tour Review

    Thank you for planning such a wonderful tour for my students. The weekend went very well. Thank you also for the heads up on making sure the band was fully prepared.

    - Kurt K., New York
    Chicago: On Stage Review 1
  • 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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