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STUDENT AND YOUTH ITINERARY

For a trip they'll always remember, bring your student and youth groups to Chicago.

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Planning a student trip or youth group outing? Design your own itinerary with this comprehensive roundup of fun activities to do with kids, as well as interactive museums, exciting theaters and kid friendly restaurants.

FUN ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

360 CHICAGO (Formerly John Hancock Observatory)
875 N. Michigan Ave., 94th Floor, Chicago
Sky-high views are the draw at this attraction on The Magnificent Mile, where an observation deck, café and new stadium-style seating offer spectacular views. Kids can get a unique viewpoint of the city on TILT, a thrilling feature that allows groups to lean out over The Magnificent Mile for downward facing views from 1,000 feet up. (**TILT is currently closed for renovations.) Groups can enjoy discounts on tours and more.

Chicago Detours
30 E. Adams St. #425, Chicago
Learn about Chicago history, architecture and culture on these walking and bus tours. Private educational student tours are also available.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St., Chicago
This free zoo is open year-round, offering a budget-friendly experience that kids are sure to love.

Mercury Skyline Cruiseline
112 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago
These boat tours are perfect for groups of all ages, featuring specialty cruise options such as a "Science Is Fun Cruise" and an "Urban Adventure Cruise." Group rates are available.

Millennium Park
Welcome Center: 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago
Explore the outdoors, as well as iconic sights and architectural wonders, at this sprawling urban park, where free events take place throughout the year. 

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
The home to a number of museums, rides, attractions and dining options, this one-stop destination has it all for student and youth groups looking for fun and excitement.

Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Give groups the thrill of their lives with a super fast speedboat cruise. Private charters are available for groups.

Shoreline Sightseeing
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Students and youth can learn all about Chicago's architecture, history and culture on these boat tours. Group rates are available.

Skydeck Chicago
Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago
Kids won't believe the thrill of The Ledge: a glass box observation box that puts them 103 stories over the city. Groups of 20 or more receive a discounted rate, with lunch options available. 

Spirit Cruises
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Sightseeing, music and dining come together in one exciting destination when you book a group tour through Spirit Cruises. 

Wendella Sightseeing Boats
400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
With a narrated tour of Chicago's dramatic architecture, history and culture, Wendella offers an array of tour options perfect for student and youth groups. Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

WhirleyBall Chicago
1825 W. Webster Ave., Chicago
Let the kids loose with this interactive game that blends lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars. The venue also offers laser tag and dining. 

Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St., Chicago
Take them out to a ballgame at this iconic stadium, home of the Chicago Cubs. Group ticket options are available.

DINING

The Berghoff
17 W. Adams, Chicago
Serving traditional German cuisine since 1898, this restaurant welcomes groups to its Old World-style restaurant. Private dining rooms and menus are available.

Big Bowl Chinese and Thai
Multiple Locations
Chinese and Thai dishes are served in a casual environment. Kids menus and special dietary menus are available.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
700 E. Grand Ave., Suite 131, Chicago
Enjoy fresh seafood in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Kids menus and special dietary menus are available, as well as student programs.

Connie's Pizza
Multiple Locations
It's hard to go wrong with pizza and pasta dishes, so plan a meal at this Italian eatery, where private dining is available. 

Dave & Buster's 
1030 N. Clark St., Chicago
Arcade games, bowling and billiards come together with dining in this lively, fun experience. Youth packages and experiences are available.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
661 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
This unique steakhouse features a parade of delicious dishes, as well as gourmet salad options and vegetarian dishes. Children's pricing is available.

Foodlife
Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
This healthy eatery focuses on dishes made from scratch, offering options to suit a variety of tastes: sushi, Chinese dishes, Mexican cuisine, pasta, sandwiches, soup and more. Foodlife has 14 different kitchens, and vouchers are available for groups.

Gino's East of Chicago
Multiple Locations
This famous deep-dish pizza is the perfect spot to give groups a true taste of Chicago, while satisfying large groups with a modest budget. Party packages are available.

Giordano's
Multiple Locations
Stuffed pizza, deep-dish pizza and Italian specialties are the draw at this Chicago mainstay. Private dining rooms are available.

Hard Rock Café
63 W. Ontario St., Chicago
Rock 'n' roll, music memorabilia and delicious food make this spot a must-visit destination for student and youth groups looking for a lively dining experience.

House of Blues Chicago
329 N. Dearborn, Chicago
A mix of American and international cuisine is served at this rockin' eatery, where a kids menu is also available.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Multiple Locations
Serving up deep-dish pizza for more than 40 years, this classic Chicago eatery serves up mouthwatering Italian fare. Kids meals are also available.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Multiple Locations
For a fast, casual meal, this spot serves up fresh sandwiches, salads and soups. Individual box lunches are also available.

Rainforest Café
Multiple Locations
Walk on the wild side at this jungle-themed restaurant, where a kids menu, activities and attractions like a "live volcano" keep things interesting. 

Roti Mediterranean Grill
Multiple Locations
Wraps, pita pockets, rice plates and salads are the name of the game at this fresh, delicious Mediterranean eatery, offering unique flavors and budget-friendly options.

 

MUSEUMS

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Immersive sky shows, hands-on exhibits and interactive displays make this planetarium an easy choice for space-themed outings. Group menus and special group experiences are available.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
With impressive collections of art and historical pieces spanning thousands of years, this comprehensive museum offers an array of experiences to suit your group. Student tours are available.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St., Chicago
Hands-on exhibits and kid-friendly features make this the perfect spot to give groups a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago and its history and culture. Student programs are available.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Science, history, nature and culture seamlessly blend together at this exciting museum, where kids could discover everything from dinosaurs to mummies to Chinese artifacts. Discounted admission and special perks are available for groups.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park 
View the private residence, workspace and important architectural works by this esteemed architect with a group tour. Customized group tours for 10 or more people are available.

Money Museum
230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago
This free museum gives groups a behind-the-scenes look at the Federal Reserve System, the Chicago Fed and currency. Guided group tours are available.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Modern paintings, sculpture, video and installations are on display at this thought provoking museum. Pre-paid, discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Space, science, robotics and machinery can be discovered in this educational museum, as well as informative IMAX movies. For groups of 15 or more, discounted admission and guided special-interest tours are available.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago 
Bees, bugs and butterflies can be found at this nature-focused museum, where kids can learn all about the world around us. Group discounts are available.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Dive into the world of whales, sharks, otters and other marine species at this immersive aquarium that 32,000 animals call home. Educational group experiences are available.

Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago
This free art museum on the University of Chicago campus features artwork from four main pillars: Asian art, European art, contemporary art and modern art and design. Guided and self-guided group tours are available.

THEATERS

Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago
This magnificent theater has been presenting ballet, music and special presentations for more than 125 years. Group pricing and special benefits are available for groups of 10 or more.

Blue Man Group
3133 N. Halsted, Chicago
This bold, innovative show features music, humor and mystical blue characters for a rollicking, kid-friendly production. Group tickets are available.

Broadway In Chicago
Multiple Locations
Give groups a one-of-a-kind experience with a Broadway production. A number of age-appropriate musicals are available, such as The Lion King, Roald Dahl's Matilda, A Charlie Brown Christmas and more. Group sales and student discounts are available.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Housed in a theater that evokes the design of Shakespeare's Globe in London, this professional theater company features everything from classic Shakespeare works to special family-friendly productions to outdoor performances during summer months. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

The ComedySportz Theatre
929 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
All ages can attend these hilarious comedy shows, where improv performances will have audiences laughing for hours. Private customizable shows are also available.

Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
This special theater focuses on young audiences, providing age-appropriate programming and plays for more than 80,000 children every year. Discounted group rates are available.

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
Broadway hits, daring dramas and side-splitting comedies draw in diverse audiences each year. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.

Lookingglass Theatre
821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Bring your group to this thought-provoking theater, where brilliant adaptations, important dramas and special events wow attendees. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago
Treat groups to a night of profound sound with a classic operatic performance, daring drama or a special event. Groups pricing is available.

Steppenwolf
1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago
With engaging performances, special events young adult programming, this dynamic theater is a great introduction for student groups. A variety of discounts and special student pricing options are available.


360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory)
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 875-8439
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5300
Skydeck Chicago
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 875-9696
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 744-6050
Connie's Pizza
2373 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3443
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Chicago - Gold Coast
1120 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 725-7777
Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(312) 994-4000
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410
Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 332-1353
Chicago Detours
Various Locations
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 350-1131
Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-4200
Blue Man Group
3133 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-4000
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 345-3880
Spirit of Chicago
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 957-2634
Fogo de Chao
661 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 932-9330
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-9328
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 252-4867
Hard Rock Cafe
63 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-2252
Berghoff Restaurant
17 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170
Rainforest Café
605 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-1501
Wendella Sightseeing Boats
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446
Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2361
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650
Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-0665
ComedySportz Theater
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-8080
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0200
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
190 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 683-1234
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2660
Gino's East - Superior
162 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3337
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5600
Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza
730 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-0747
Foodlife
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
Dave & Buster's
1030 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-5151
Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 529-2690
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 827-5600
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