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STUDENT AND YOUTH ITINERARY

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.

Chicago Sports Museum
835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Not only is there an impressive collection of artifacts and sports memorabilia, but a combination of interactive skill challenges and simulated experiences. Guests of Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch receive complimentary admission. 

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 KingRoald Dahl's MatildaA 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.

 

Related Listings

360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory)
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 875-8439

Skydeck Chicago
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 875-9696

Connie's Pizza
2373 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3443

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(312) 994-4000

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438

Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 332-1353

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

Spirit of Chicago
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 957-2634

Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-9328

Hard Rock Cafe
63 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-2252

Rainforest Café
605 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-1501

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650

CSz Theater Chicago
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-8080

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0200

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2660

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza
730 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-0747

Dave & Buster's
1030 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-5151

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 827-5600

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5300

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 744-6050

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Chicago - Gold Coast
1120 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 725-7777

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

Chicago Detours
Various Locations
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 350-1131

Broadway In Chicago
17 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 977-1701

Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 345-3880

Fogo de Chao
661 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 932-9330

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 252-4867

Berghoff Restaurant
17 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170

Wendella Sightseeing Boats
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2361

Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-0665

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 755-5100

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
190 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 683-1234

Gino's East - Superior
162 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3337

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5600

Foodlife
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663

Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 529-2690

Chicago Sports Museum 
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 202-0500

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