With attractions and museums around every corner, from high-flying observatories to Millennium Park where art and music mix with lots of room to play. Chicago's museums are so rich and robust that students can explore everything from culture, history, and art to planet Earth, the military, and even surgical science. Their theater scene is just as strong. Catch anything from a world-
premiere production bound for Broadway to an edgy drama. In Chicago, students will find something fun and educational to do every day of the year! A few of the choices include:
Adler Planetarium in the Planetarium's incredibly realistic multi-media shows, presents a dramatic representation of the star studded heavens, near planets and distant galaxies.
Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and US history. The museum’s collection of 22 million artifacts and documents is a rich source for the study of Chicago’s history, both as an urban center and as a part of the larger United States.
The Loop here students can observe the architectural diversity of the buildings as well as sculptures, some of which are Picasso masterpieces. The city is an outdoor museum of buildings and sculptures, and its history from 1872 to the present will be outlined.
Millennium Park is an award winning 24.5 acre center for art, music, architecture and landscape design, featuring the work of
world renowned masters in these fields. It is the proud result of a unique partnership between the city of Chicago and the philanthropic community.
Skydeck Chicago see breathtaking views of Chicago from a 360-degree view spanning over 50 miles and 4 states. Students will see skyscrapers, sports stadiums, sculptures, green roofs, the expanse of Lake Michigan and miles of lakeshore. A recent addition, The Ledge, affords a one-of-akind experience of Chicago through a glass floor, 1,353 feet above street level!
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile this is the avenue’s most unique address and features more than 70 shops, restaurants and cinemas.
Chicago River Cruise which will transport students along the same rivers the first explorers used, as well as witness the story of Chicago’s beginning as a tropical sea.
Navy Pier which is a Chicago landmark with over 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops restaurants and attractions of every kind.
Untouchables Gangster Tour where we swing back in history to the Prohibition Era as we visit Al Capone’s headquarters and Dillinger’s ambush site, where the lady in Red betrayed him. We will also see the scene of the infamous Valentine Day’s Massacre.
Rock-n-Roll McDonald’s which is one of the most famous McDonald’s locations in the world. Students will enjoy a meal and experience some interesting surprises as well.
Shedd Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium and is home to 8,000 aquatic animals displayed in 299 naturalistic habitats. The Oceanarium recreates a Pacific Northwest coast that is home to whales, sea otters and seals.
Art Institute of Chicago one of the world’s leading art museums houses one of the largest collections of French Impressionist masterpieces. Here students experience 40 centuries of fine art.
Second City has been bringing laughter and joy to packed houses all over North America for over forty years. Funny and
fast-paced, The Second City is ideal entertainment. The Second City is always topical, highly interactive and sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s residence and workplace for the first 20 years of his career. This restored, turn-of-the-century building contains a light-filled octagonal drafting room and spectacular barrel-vaulted playroom. It is a National Historic Landmark.
Field Museum explores life on earth from prehistoric times to the present. Exhibits include travelling through the Pacific, inside Ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, gems and the cultures of North Middle and South America.
John Hancock Observatory here students will experience breathtaking 360° views that stretch across 4 states –Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois– including stunning views of Lake Michigan and a beautiful night cityscape. Don't be confined to a four foot glass box across town - breathe in the fresh air instead. Find out why Chicago is called the Windy City as you step outside and look way, way, way down.
Museum of Science and Industry houses approximately 2,000 exhibits in 75 major exhibition halls. Among the many displays are the Apollo 8 space craft, a full sized captured German U-boat, 16 foot high walk through the model of a human heart, a brain exhibit and one of the world's largest model train layouts.