Ahh…Sweet Home Chicago! Sweet is the key word in this commonly known phrase. Student group tours visiting Chicago will quickly discover the world-class status and unsurpassed beauty of this city. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is culturally rich and diverse in so many ways. This “Windy City” is home to world-class museums, student-friendly attractions, the internationally acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, exciting sports, renowned architecture, award-winning theatres, trendy shopping and delicious food. Chicago offers student tours more to see, do and experience than you and your group will ever imagine.
Imagine the Possibilities Chicago Offers Student Groups
It is widely known that a majority of teachers have chosen the teaching profession because they believe they can inspire, educate and nurture young minds, both within the classroom as well as outside the classroom. At school, children of all ages learn about the world around them through studying textbooks, computers and more. Yet, to physically experience this world outside of the classroom via a student class trip helps children imagine all of their future possibilities ahead of them. What better destination than Chicago to provide these experiences?
For many student groups and teachers, Chicago is both a smart and exciting destination to visit. With a multitude of student-friendly attractions and museums, it’s no wonder Chicago ranks as one of the top destinations for student group travel. Following is a sampling of the more popular attractions/museums student groups can visit.
The Shedd Aquarium
Student groups will have fun visiting the hundreds of species of marine animals that are housed in their natural habitats at the Shedd Aquarium. Groups can view fishes, otters, lizards, frogs, turtles and other marine animals. In addition, the Shedd’s Wild Reef exhibit consists of 20 different habitats and features over 500 species, including the largest public display of live coral in the Midwest, two dozen sharks and more. The Wild Reef is a living illustration of the importance, diversity and frailty of reefs and is a great learning tool for students of biology, marine biology and ecology. Other exhibits include Amazon rising, Caribbean Reef, Oceanarium, Shedd’s Aquatic Show and a variety of changing exhibits. Now through 2013, student groups can visit Shedd’s special exhibit – Jellies. Your group can immerse themselves in the mesmerizing world of jellies, where simple bell-shaped forms are the result of complex biological processes.
The Field Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History is a must-see for any educational student group. This museum was originally founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and it is still one of the most prestigious natural history museums in the world. One of the highlights of your trip to the Field Museum will be your face-to-face encounter with Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in the world. The museum houses many collections in the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, zoology and eco-science. Now through June 2013, students can visit the newest Egyptian mummy exhibition – Images of the Afterlife. Recent CT scans and the latest 3D imaging reveal the mummies age-old secrets, which enabled an artist to create realistic sculptures portraying how these two individuals looked in life, thousands of years ago. This exhibit plus the many others at The Field Museum will truly make your trip special.
The Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world. It houses more than 35,000 artifacts and close to 14 acres of hands-on exhibits that will peak your students’ interest and creativity. Students will be able to board a German U-Boat, experience many science exhibits and enjoy a scientific adventure in the Omnimax Theatre, a five-story wrap-around theatre. What is most spectacular about the museum is the Science Storms exhibition. This exhibition reveals the science behind seven natural phenomena – lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. Your students will be able to investigate the basic scientific principles behind nature’s power as they try more than 50 amazing experiments. It’s a perfect storm of physics, chemistry and curiosity.
The Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium, America’s first planetarium, is home to three full-size theaters, including the all-digital projection Definiti® Space Theater, the Sky Theater and the Universe 3D Theater. It is also home to one of the world’s most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people to pursue careers in science.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a natural place for animal lovers. Being one of the nation’s oldest zoos, Lincoln Park Zoo houses over 1,200 animals that represent 230 species. This zoo is a living, breathing classroom found in the shadows of skyscrapers. At the zoo, students will learn about today’s natural world and encounter a children’s zoo, a farm-in-the-zoo, paddle boats, many reptile, amphibian and mammal habitats as well as hundreds of exhibits.
As one can see, Chicago has a wealth of resources awaiting your group. Its first-class museums, zoo and planetarium will meet and exceed your classroom curriculum and provide your students with hands-on learning activities. By planning an educational class trip to Chicago, your students will be able to physically experience the world outside of the classroom and give them an opportunity to imagine all of their future possibilities ahead of them. Ahhh…Sweet Home Chicago!
For over 19 years, Kaleidoscope Adventures has organized educational trips to Chicago for thousands of schools. We are experts in booking student tours and specialize in planning complete travel services for any student group. We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind. We even provide you a tour director who helps you every step of the way during your trip.
Put your trust in Kaleidoscope Adventures to meet all of your student travel needs. Why not give your group an exciting trip to Chicago? Let us bring your classroom to life and create lasting memories for your student trip.