Welcome to the Windy City!

About the Destination

Immerse yourself in the vibrant history, rich music and deep-dish glory of The Second City. Chicago – founded by the son of a French Pirate and Haitian slave – offers much more than you can absorb in one visit. Learn about Chicago’s notorious criminal past (think Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson), and admire the largest collection of French Impressionist paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, rivalled only by Paris.

Feel the spray of water from a Beluga whale at the Shedd Aquarium. Try your hand at the interactive space exhibit in the Adler Planetarium. Or visit Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton, at the Field Museum of Natural History. Of course, take the famous elevated “L” Train through the birthplace of early skyscrapers to the Magnificent Mile for a little retail therapy. After a necessary selfie in front of “The Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park, refuel with Chicago’s world-famous (deliciously greasy!) deep-dish pizza.

Curriculum Connections

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Millenium Park
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Architecture walking tour

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  • Music Institute of Chicago Master Class
  • House of Blues Chicago
  • Performance at Millennium Park
  • Dinner at Andy’s Jazz Club
  • Chicago Blues Archives
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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  • Improv show at the Olympic Theatre
  • Tour of Millennium Park
  • Tour of the Chicago Theatre
  • Chicago Actors Studio workshop
  • Improv workshop at The Second City

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  • Chicago History Museum
  • Historic Navy Pier
  • Architecture walking tour
  • Frank Lloyd Wright historic walking tour

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  • Chicago Blackhawks hockey game
  • Milenium Park
  • Chicago Sports Museum
  • Architecture walking tour
  • Tour of Wrigley Field
  • Soldier Field Stadium tour

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