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School Trips to Chicago, IL

Reach New Heights

Chicago has grown to heights that would have been unimaginable in its early days. This urban metropolis showcases the best in American engineering and design, as well as a commitment to advancements in science and technology. Encourage your students to reach new heights on tour of Chicago with Nations Classroom's licensed guides. Scroll down to view sample trip itineraries and suggested local sites for school trips to Chicago.


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Sample Itineraries

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3-Day Chicago Class Trip Itinerary

  • Willis Tower
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Field Museum of Natural History and more... 


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4-Day Chicago Class Trip Itinerary

  • Willis Tower
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Michigan Ave and more... 


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Build Your Own

No canned trips here. We’ll customize your itinerary for your students and their interests.

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Air Travel Available

Your flights will be convenient to maximize your tour time. Whenever possible, flights are direct to and from your gateway city.

Bus Travel Available

Friendly, safety-minded drivers and deluxe motor coaches equipped with TV's, DVD players, and lavatory.

Points of interest to cater to all class types


This Midwest metropolis has been a major player in the economic, cultural, and political development of the U.S. since the 1850s. Chicago is a great place for students to have an all-American historical experience.

  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
  • Untouchable Gangster Tour
  • Millennium Park
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
  • Wrigley Field
  • Willis Tower SkyDeck & Ledge
  • LIttle Italy and Chinatown
  • Soldier Field
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
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Home of the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, a visit to Chicago gives your students access to the most innovative and interactive science exhibits in the country. Or, reach new heights with an up-close study of architectural achievement that spans the centuries.

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • John Hancock Center
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Architecture River Cruise 
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 
  • Union Station
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Class trips to Chicago are some of the best ways to immerse your students in the arts outside the classroom. From improv theater to architectural design, your students will learn from the best in the business while experiencing the performing and visual arts in Chicago, the cultural metropolis of the Midwest.

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Blue Man Group
  • Shakespeare Theater
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
  • Millennium Park
  • The Second City
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Michigan Avenue
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Who is this trip for?

Middle School:

Reaching Middle School Minds

At NationsClassroom, we know the minds of tweens are busy trying to figure out the world while getting side tracked by hormones and emotions. Reaching them through experiences that offer the thrill of adventure with the security of trusted adults is the key to a great educational travel experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

High School:

A Time of Self-Discovery

The high school years are a time of self discovery. Educational tours with NationsClassroom provide new experiences that will open the minds of yours students and help them dream of new opportunities that they had never conceived before.


When Experience is Everything

Think of any job you've ever had. What training served you well? Best guess is that it was what you experienced on the job. NationsClassroom will give your students hands-on experiences that apply your STEM-based curriculum in meaningful ways. These will be lessons learned that students will be able to build upon for years to come.


Build The Cultural Fabric of Their Lives

When students perform and experience the arts in new places, they build self-esteem, motivation, and self-expression. They also gain cultural exposure, witness social harmony, and develop an appreciation of diversity. A performance tour with NationsClassroom allows students to weave their own experiences into the cultural fabric of their lives.

Teachers, parents, and students rave about NationsClassroom tours


“NationsClassroom is like having a ‘that was easy button for student travel.’ Your staff once again went the extra mile for us. We really enjoyed our Chicago tour. There were so many fun and educational things for our students to do and the travel time allowed us drive during the day each way which was a real plus. Thank you for everything that you do. Your staff once again went the extra mile for us.”


-Deanne D., Department Head, Kentucky


“We had a fantastic experience in Chicago. The city offers a nice balance of opportunities for our students and we were very pleased with our first trip to Chicago after years of Washington, DC.The attention to detail of the tour planners from the beginning of the planning all the way through was outstanding. I was afraid that we would not be able to tour everything that we wanted in just three days but we did and never felt rushed.”


-Joyce T., Assistant Principal, Michigan


“Our Chicago tour was absolutely wonderful for 150 fifth graders and parents. We really had a great time and it was so nice to see the students experience so many great things. Your staff was always one step ahead just like you said when we first talked about the trip. Thank you for all of your hard work.”


-Natalie C, 5th Grade Teacher, Indiana


“I just wanted to let you know that my friends and I had a great time in Chicago. The SkyDeck was one of the best things that I have ever done and to have my first baseball game be at Wrigley Field was amazing. I also learned a lot, especially at the Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry, it was even better than the movie.”   


-Carter J., Student, Ohio