When picking a destination for student tours or senior class trips, the places to jump to students’ minds will likely be something along the lines of New York City or Los Angeles. While this would be nice, these destinations often aren’t a realistic option either due to cost, or the amount of time it would take to travel to one of the coasts. If this sounds familiar, maybe your group should consider a trip to Chicago. For groups in the Midwest in particular, Chicago will include a shorter travel distance and, as the third largest city in America, still contain a “big city” flair with plenty of activities to keep your group busy. Here are some things to know about the city of Chicago.
One of Chicago’s most popular attractions is Navy Pier. This is one of the most visited attractions in America, and provides no end to excitement. Located on the bank of Lake Michigan, your group will find food, shopping, a giant Ferris wheel and amazing architecture all in one stop. Chicago is also a good place to get a taste of other cultures. Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown and Little Seoul are all neighborhoods that contain culinary adventures in the form of ethnic restaurants. If your group’s tastes aren’t up for the challenge of foreign foods, be assured that Chicago also offers familiar favorites. Hot dogs can be bought from multiple street vendors, and everyone will enjoy a slice of Chicago Style Pizza.
There is also quite the assortment of museums, performing arts venues and historical sites. Chicago has a musical heritage in jazz, soul, gospel and blues which contributes to a thriving live music scene. Classical music fans will not be disappointed, and should make a point to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert at the beautiful Symphony Hall. Dance, opera and Broadway style musicals are also in high demand. Museums always make a good destination for a school trip, so make sure to visit some of the museums. Three of the most popular choices are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
While in Chicago your group may choose to travel by driving, and using one of the nine major interstates running through the city, or opt instead for taking the L. The L is a nickname for Chicago’s elevated rapid transit system, and provides 24 hour service and several different lines, making it a very convenient way to travel the city. Riding the L is also a good way to avoid pesky traffic jams. Other options include taking a bus, or riding a bike.
This is just a small taste of the fun that can be had in Chicago. There is always the option of watching a baseball game at Wrigley Field, taking an elevator to the top of the John Hancock Center or getting some shopping done on the Magnificent Mile. Chicago makes a great destination for a student trip, or senior grad trip, so start planning one right now!