Visit Navy Pier, peer down on the city from atop the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower on Skydeck Chicago, or take in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Climb aboard a tour boat to cruise the Chicago River as it runs through the city. Admire the unique architecture and the "green" of the water. Then traverse the "lock" as you enter into the "blue" waters of Lake Michigan where the action really begins! Take in shows, fine dining, visit famous parks and fountains, and just enjoy this lively, beautiful city.
Art Institute of Chicago
Authentic works of art...The real thing! From the very famous to the very old; even 1000 years old! Let a guide (Docent) show you different ways of understanding what different pieces of artwork represent and the fascinating stories behind them. Enter a world of artistic works of art from diverse and articulate traditions around our world. Experience art forms designed to inspire and educate in accordance with the institute's highest and ethical standards.
Federal Reserve Money Museum
A guided tour to learn all about the Federal Reserve, watch millions of dollars being sorted, processed, and prepared for shipping. You can even take home a souvenir bag of FREE CASH! Of course, the cash has been shredded and considered 'unspendable', but..it is real money! View displays of artifacts used throughout history as a form of 'money', rare coins and currency, and an actual gold bar that you can lift by a lever to test its great weight. Learn how to detect counterfeit bills and enjoy one of two films explaining the role of the Federal Reserve and the transaction of money.
Museum of Science and Industry
Experience live demonstrations and lots of hands-on exhibits that make subjects like worm farming and coal mining sound downright fascinating! Check out the Omnimax Theater and Exhibits such as Science Storms, revealing the science behind some of nature's most powerful phenomena. One of the largest museums in the world, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is home to acres and acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific interest, questions, and creativity. Other Exhibits include Earth Revealed, an up-close and near "real-time view of planet Earth; Fast Forward...Inventing the Future, a world of tomorrow's inventions; Imaging: The Tools of Science, computer based technology used in medicine, science, and other fields, ...and so much more!
The Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history." In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences. In 1921 the Museum moved from its original location in Jackson Park to its present site on Chicago Park District property near downtown where it is part of a lakefront Museum Campus that includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. These three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together attract more visits annually than any comparable site in Chicago. Start discovering now!
Adler Planetarium presents...Sky Theater! Top-of-the-line digital projection systems and interactive technology on a 'seamless' dome ceiling enable projections of the highest precision and clarity. Take a thrilling journey through space that will inspire and delight. Another feature attraction is Journey to the Stars, narrated by Whoopie Goldberg, which launches visitors through time to experience all aspects of the stars in our night sky. View the super hot gas currents that swirl underneath the surface of our amazing sun. Your group can even present their own musical performance on the fantastic Sundial Terrace.
Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium
Strap a mask and flippers on your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium for colorful sea stars, delicate moon jellies, and powerful sharks and acrobatic dolphins. You'll meet 32,000 animals from aquatic habitats around the world that include an Australian lungfish, the oldest fish in the aquarium, and young beluga whales born in the Abbott Oceanarium. Get face to face with turtles, birds, and sea jellies during live animal encounters. Be sure not to miss Polar Play Zone where you can get your hands wet in a touch tide pool where you will not only 'see' penguins, but dress up like them, too! Shedd Aquarium is the "must-sea" destination in Chicago!
John Hancock Observatory
100 stories tall, the John Hancock Observatory reaches for the sky at a staggering 1000 feet in the air along Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile. It is one of the city's most recognizable buildings. Visit the Skywalk, an open- air viewing area, and listen to the talking telescopes that allow you to see and hear about Chicago sights. View the history wall and the interactive kiosks that provide a video tour of 80 of Chicago's main attractions. On a clear day, it is said you can see a view spanning 80 miles and 4 states. Whatever the number, the experience promises a spectacular view of Chicago's landscape and architecture.
Willis Tower Skydeck & The Ledge
Home to more than 100 companies, Willis Tower, formerly known as the 'Sears Tower', is the premiere corporate office building in Chicago where you can venture to the 103rd floor for the unexpected! Soaring to the 103rd floor, find yourself on the famous Skydeck where you have a birds-eye view of magnificent Chicago. Join in on interactive exhibits, and venture out onto "The Ledge" for an unnerving but thrilling experience as you feel as though you are standing on air; 1,353 feet off the ground! This iconic building is now the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. On a clear day, you can actually see four states; Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Its elevators are among the fastest in the world. Experience the fascinating 9 minute movie, "Reaching for the Sky", telling the story of Chicago's rise to the top of the architectural world. This awesome trip to the 'top of the world' will be an experience you will never forget!
Blue Man Group
Experience unique live music, uncanny humor, and lots of paint! People of all ages will enjoy this totally outrageous experience!
Six Flags® - Great America
Get ready to let loose and laugh hard! From the highest heights to the gentlest adventures, Six Flags has plenty of rides to please everyone. Six Flags® Great America plays host to many wonderful rides and attractions. Venture onto the newest ride, "X-Flight", a revolutionary new wing coaster defying gravity as your feet dangle with no track above or below! Spend the day flying high into the sky!
Inspired by liquid mercury, this extraordinary sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, and is the first public outdoor work of art by the British artist, Anish Kapoor. Where ever you stand, you will glimpse different views of yourself as the Cloud Gate reflects some of Chicago's majestic skyscrapers surrounding it.
Visit this extraordinary park initially designed and planned to honor the Millennium. Above and beyond its expectations, this park has evolved into a mecca of public entertainment and fun. From serene and stunning beauty, Crown Fountain, and theater arenas, to the Cloud Gate (also know as "The Bean") and famous Jay Pritzker Pavilion, you will find your self surrounded by local art of all kinds and architecture that personifies a state-of-the-art park such as this. From summer outdoor concerts and performances to ice skating in the winter, there is plenty to do and see!
One of Chicago's most popular attractions, Buckingham Fountain, produces a major water display every 20 minutes. Center jets shoot water 150 feet into the air creating a spectacular show. At night, this display is accompanied by a major light and music performance, creating a mystical aura. Located in Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain is constructed of Georgia pink marble and shoots out 14,100 gallons of water per minute conveyed through 134 jets. It is one of the largest fountains in the world, and was dedicated to the people of Chicago in 1927 in memory of its namesake, Clarence Buckingham.
Lincoln Park Zoo
For animal lovers, Lincoln Park Zoo is a must-see with all sorts of animals from the ordinary to the exotic. Go nose-to-nose with gorillas and chimpanzees in the award-winning Regenstein Center for African Apes. Hand Feed cows at the Farm in the Zoo presented by John Deere, and take an immersive journey into the heart of Africa where giraffes and meerkats mingle, pygmy hippos lurk around the bend, and black rhinos wallow. Attracting an estimated 3 million visitors per year, the not-for-profit zoo is home to one of the larges zoo-based conservation and science programs in the world. It is America's most historic zoo while also being one of the most modern. The zoo successfully combines state-of-the-art facilities with beautiful architectural reflections of Chicago's past. The zoo has a long tradition of commitment to the community and is accessible to guests year round.
Enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan! Navy Pier offers 50 acres of parks, promenades, shops, restaurants, and attractions. Ride the 15 story Ferris wheel or catch a movie at the IMAX® Theater. Join in for hands-one fun at the Chicago Children's Museum or select a cruise boat tour. In a location unlike any other, Navy Pier is the place for Chicagoland and tourists to spend a fun-filled day. During the summer, Navy Pier hosts street performers including jugglers and singers. There is always something there for everyone! At the very least, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful sights, sounds and smells!
High Speed Water Adventure
A 30-minute speedboat ride on the lake, jam-packed with music entertainment and Chicago's unbelievable skyline! Zip along the shoreline as you thrill to high speed water travel. No time for napping on this afternoon 'pick-me-up'! Departing from Chicago's very own "Navy Pier", enjoy an excursion full of high-speed exhilaration. You will also get a glimpse of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Cruise the "Magnificent Mile" catching a view of the Willis Tower, Buckingham Fountain, and Grant Park along the way.
Skyline Cruise & Tour
Cruise the Magnificent Mile along the shoreline and the Chicago River. Venture through the 'Lock' which tends to be dramatic as it separates the river from the lake. Sit back and relax for an educational and fun tour of sights, rich culture, and history surrounding the city of Chicago. When you think you have seen it all, your adventure takes you out on Lake Michigan for a spectacular and breathtaking view of Chicago's skyline. This 75 or 90 minute narrated boat tour promises to be a highlight in your trip itinerary. Knowledgeable and interesting guides are waiting to introduce you to one of the most fabulous cities in America!
Medieval Times Dinner Attraction
Witness epic battles of steel and steed as you are swept away to an age of bravery and honor. Ringside seats offer all the splendor and romance of 11th Century Spain as you enjoy a four- course feast prepared for the occasion. Let your journey begin as you are pulled into the 11th Century, witnessing the thrill of a rousing, two-hour jousting tournament. Marvel at the expertise and inspiration of horsemanship and falconry. Watch as a love story unfolds as Prince Tristan leaves his bride, Princess Leonore, in the King's care to free two kingdoms. Witness the flight of the royal falcon as it soars over you, the guests of the King.
Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Show
Tommy Gun's Garage is an Audience Interactive "Speakeasy" that offers a musical comedy review wit da gangsters, da flappers and YOU!!!!!(uh, dat's audience participation). After a delicious sit-down dinner, join "Vito", "Gloves", and da "gangsters" and da "flappers" for non-stop comedy and dangerous fun. You will be transported back to da 1920's complete wit da boss's 1928 Model "A" Ford, Roaring Twenties music and memorabilia from da Twenties. Da mugs and da molls dance and sing da Charleston and udder musical selections from Cole Porter to George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more…. All played by Chicago's Sinfully Orchestra. Be ready to hide your hooch (alcohol) cause we could get raided by da coppers at anytime. Be careful, you could get pulled up on stage at any time to perform a sobriety test given by Officer Murphy.
Spirit Cruises of Chicago
NOT your traditional school event!! Visit Chicago's most entertaining cruise ship for a night of fun on 'the high seas'. Enjoy dinner, dancing with a live DJ, and sightseeing; all designed with your student group in mind. Climb aboard the sleek Spirit cruise ship for an evening of fun for student groups of all ages. Feast on a dinner buffet to delight one and all! Dance to favorite music as he or she 'spins the tunes', and view Chicago's beautiful skyline at night on this 3-hour excursion.
Evening Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan