2-Day Chicago Educational Tour
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There is so much to see and do in the Windy City, why not let us here at Chicago Field Trips help get you where you need to go? From stunning skyline tours on the water, to intricate culture based tours on land, we strive to help you see the most appropriate and fun destinations throughout the city. Have fun at the famous Navy Pier, learn about SUE at the Field Museum, or stroll around the iconic bean all day with this fun and immersive 2-day Chicago tour!
Chicago Neighborhood Tours - What better way to fully immerse yourself into the sights and sounds of the diverse city of Chicago than with a comprehensive Chicago Neighborhood Tour? These typically 4 ½ hour tours take guests by bus and foot through a portion of the city’s 77 distinct communities, introducing them to the different cultures represented within each, from Ukrainian and Italian to Chinese and Puerto Rican.
- People’s Republic of Oak Park. A tour in an active arts community, this tour is full of galleries, shops, and restaurants in the heart of a fun and diverse neighborhood.
- Epicurious Chicago. This ethnic food filled tour paints on a vivid cultural tapestry for your more mature students.
- Andersonville Adventure. This tour will take students to the most diverse places in the city, a mosaic of history and architecture from Buckingham Fountain to the Water Tower.
- The City that Trains Built. This tour is perfect for younger children, putting important city history on rails and providing a fun way to look at terminals, trains, and tourism.
Shoreline Sightseeing Water Tour -The Shoreline Sightseeing Water Tour is a fun aquatic adventure that explores the rich history, famous architecture, and iconic skyline of Chicago. In 1996 the water taxi company moved to the bustling city of Chicago and eventually grew into what it is today: a 10 touring vessel, 9 water taxi, 75 + years of experience company thrilling and informing hundreds of guests weekly.
- Lake Route - This tour will take your group around the most popular learning centers and museums in Chicago, including Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.
- River Route - The river route will take you to the major hubs of activity throughout the city, such as Willis Tower and Navy Pier.
- Architecture Tour - View over 40 iconic Chicago buildings and that gorgeous skyline on this cruise.
Navy Pier - Welcome to the #1 leisure destination in the Midwest that attracts nearly 9 million visitors annually, Navy Pier. This is also one of Chicago’s most important historical landmarks, celebrating it’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Aiming to be a ‘people’s pier’, this is an exciting and bustling place where local residents and visitors from all around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the Lakefront and Chicago skyline.
- Navy Pier Park - Currently closed, this fun portion of the park will reopen in 2016 with a bigger and better Ferris Wheel. You can ride the Wave Swinger, the Light Tower, the Carousel, play with remote controlled boats or a round of mini golf!
- Amazing Chicago - Located in the middle of the pier, this funhouse maze is Chicago’s only self paced, full sensory maze full of fun history and sitting at an impressive 4,000 square feet.
- Crystal Gardens - This gorgeous indoor, 1-acre, botanical garden features a 6-story glass atrium. Inside you will see a 50 ft arched ceiling that holds over 80 live palm trees, hanging foliage, and leaping fountains.
360 Chicago - Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago is where to find the ‘best views, best location, and best observation deck’. This 96 floor architectural wonder played a huge part in the development of Chicago, originally being the second tallest building in the world when built. Today 360 is the 4th tallest in the city, 33 tallest in the world. Enjoy the view of the Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, and the city skyline from 1,000 feet above the ground!
- Architects Corner Cafe and Bar - Grab a bite to eat and a sip to drink at this new modern cafe and bar featuring artisanal snacks, coffee, gelato, and a full bar.
- Tilt - This thrilling new feature puts guests on a 30 degree angle facing downward, toward the Magnificent Mile below. 8 visitors per time can experience this exciting experience 1,000 feet in the air.
Millennium Park - This state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design, and world-class art is known as Millennium Park, and serves as the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs weekly. Here your group can see concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities in this ‘new kind of town square.’ This noted lively and spectacular gathering spot is located in the heart of Chicago, a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
- Lurie Garden - This 5-acre urban oasis features a perennial garden, hardwood foot bridge, and shallow wading pool. Taking on the ‘urbs in horto’ saying, this ‘City in a garden’ is well worth a visit.
- The Bean - Officially named the ‘Cloud Gate’, this massive, stainless steel structure has become an icon for Chicago and this park. Take a photo in the mirror-like surface or just reflect on the gorgeous city skyline in the background.
- Jay Pritzker Pavilion - This famous bandshell hosts free and premier concerts, from classical music to the latest pop stars. The design is something special in itself.
Field Museum - The Field Museum is one of the world’s greatest natural history museums, holding 4.6 billion years of history under one roof. Backed by a world renowned scientific staff, this museum has inspired curiosity about life on earth for over a century now, allowing it’s some 2 million annual guests to travel around the world and back in time all at once. Explore the over 20 million specimen, from the earliest fossils in the past to the latest current cultures from around the world.
- SUE the T rex - SUE is the largest, best preserved, and most complete T rex you’ll find! At 42 feet long and 13 feet tall, this world famous fossil is the perfect spot for a memorable photo! Check out those 58 dagger-like teeth!
- Tsavo Lions - Learn the story and see the animals known as Africa's notorious man-eating lions, the lions of Tsavo!
- Underground Adventure - Shrink to 1/100th of your size to get a bug's-eye view as you explore this immersive environment of worm tunnels and soil chambers.
Shedd Aquarium - This state-of-the-art aquarium combines the best of early 20th century ‘age of aquariums’ with it’s diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture. Shedd Aquarium is a stately marble building with a collection of aquatic animals from around the world located in Grant Park. Your group will find over 32,000 animals within this aquarium, complete with award-winning exhibits and in depth hands-on activities.
- Caribbean Reef - Attracting guests since 1971, this 360 degree look into an underwater reef community allows your group to see green sea turtles, moray eels, rays, hogfish, and the occasional shark within the 90,000 gallons.
- Polar Play Zone - More for the younger crowd, this penguin, whale, dolphin, and otter filled play area allows kids to learn about the Arctic in a mini submarine!
- Rice Amphitheatre - Stop by the theater for an incredible 4D experience you won’t forget. These immersive experiences take advantage of water misters, neck air blasters, bubbles, and leg ticklers to put you right in the action of their biggest hits, such as Spongebob in 4D.