Explore Chicago, the Dynamic ‘Windy City’:
Where History Meets Innovation on Student Tours!

Plan Your Next Student Trip to Chicago

Welcome to Chicago, the “Windy City,” the country’s third largest, and an exciting international city in the Midwest.  This sprawling metropolis offers much to see and do, especially when taking school tours. While some student tours to Chicago focus solely on the historical side of the city, eduStar gives you the opportunity to combine the past with the present. Whether you choose to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio or you spend time at the Field Museum of Natural History, your students will get a glimpse into history that they wouldn’t have otherwise known. There are also options such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, Comedy Sportz, and the Art Institute of Chicago to add a bit of diversity to the trip. When traveling to Chicago on your student tour you and your students can experience great theater, as it is well-known for its theatrical productions and comedy improvisations.  If your students are interested in art, business, architecture and museums, this town is perfect.  Of course, your student trips to Chicago will be filled with other fun outings, such as the “Navy Pier” and shopping on the “Magnificent Mile.”

Customized Itinerary

While on this educational tour, you and your students may see:

Art Institute of Chicago »

The Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the most impressive collections of art in the world, but it’s also filled with exhibits that will excite and fascinate your students.  This well-known museum has many interesting historical collections of masks, spears, and suits of armor.  Your students can also view a miniature recreation of homes from the 13th century until modern times.  You don’t need to be an art group to enjoy this museum while on your school tour to Chicago.

ComedySportz »

ComedySportz is the longest running short-form improv show in Chicago. It is not a stand-up comedy club about sports.  The theater provides improv comedy played as a sport.  ComedySportz is also known for providing improv classes.  If you are on your Chicago field trip with your drama students, ComedySportz always has great shows and workshops

Eli's Cheesecake Company »

While on your school tour, you must take a tour of Eli’s Cheesecake Company.  Students will learn about Eli’s history, the company’s philosophy and how they make their desserts.  Of course, while on your tour, everyone will get a piece of Eli’s Cheesecake

Field Museum of Natural History »

The Field Museum of Natural History contains over 21 million specimens, of which only a small portion are ever on display. There are many awesome exhibits at this popular museum. Your students will meet Sue, the world-famous T-Rex and see many other dinosaurs. The museum has many other interesting displays, including taking a journey through 4 billion years of life on earth or learning about Genghis Khan.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio »

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 500 works. While on your field trip, you can visit his Home and Studio. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. In 1898, Wright added a studio where he developed a new American architecture.

Lincoln Park Zoo »

While on your student tour of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo is a great stop.  Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the nation opening in 1868. The Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals and has great exhibits, including big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totaling almost 1,250 animals.

Millennium Park »

Millennium Park is a public park originally intended to celebrate the millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline. Millennium Park features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate (aka:  The Bean), the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions.  This is a great spot to take a break on this educational tour

Magnificent Mile »

Here your group will have an enjoyable experience on Michigan Avenue. This prestigious avenue is Chicago’s largest shopping district with various high-end shops, restaurants, hotels and office buildings

Mercantile Exchange »

If your business group or FBLA-PBL clubs are looking for a great educational tour, visiting Mercantile Exchange in Chicago is a great choice.  The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (“CME”) is an American financial and commodity derivative exchange. Believe it or not, the CME was founded in 1898 as the Chicago Butter and Egg Board, an agricultural commodities exchange. Today, the “Merc” (as it is frequently called) trades several types of financial instruments: interest rates, equities, currencies, and commodities.

Museum Of Science & Industry »

The visit to Museum of Science and Industry will make learning incredibly fun. While at this Museum, your students will explore many hands on exhibits, including “Science Storms” and “YOU! The Experience.” At the MSI, there is a working coal mine, a German submarine (U-505) captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot model railroad and the Apollo 8 spacecraft which flew the first humans to the Moon.

Navy Pier »

Almost every student tour that travels to Chicago goes to Navy Pier.  Navy Pier is a 3,300 foot long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction.  While at the Navy Pier, your students can enjoy its famous 150-foot-high Ferris Wheel along with other rides and attractions.

Shedd Aquarium »

The Shedd Aquarium is an indoor aquarium containing over 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects.  For some time, the Shedd Aquarium was the largest indoor aquarium in the world and was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. The Shedd Aquarium is a great cultural attraction for your school tour

Willis Tower »

Willis Tower (formerly named Sears Tower) is a 108-story, 1,451 foot skyscraper. At the time of its completion in 1973, the tower was the tallest building in the world and it held this rank for nearly 25 years. The Willis Tower is still the tallest building in the United States and is now the seventh-tallest freestanding building in the world.  While on this educational tour, your group will go to the observation deck of this popular skyscraper for a great view of Chicago.

Subjects for School Trips to Chicago

If while on school tour to Chicago, you are focusing on a special subject matter, eduSTAR can provide you and your group with any of the following:



  • Drama Workshop
  • Show at ComedySportz
  • Show at Second City
  • See a Broadway style show


  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography


  • The Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Loyola University
  • DePaul University

At eduSTAR, we can customize your itinerary to make your school travel experience well worth it!

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