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Chicago for student groups

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postedApril 5, 2020

Chicago is a city that knows a thing or two about welcoming school groups. With a varied and extensive list of world-class attractions, the destination on the western shores of Lake Michigan is a major draw for education-based touring.

The city’s Museum Campus, which includes the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium, is a good place for exploration. The Field, which opened in 1894 and will celebrate its 100th year at its current location in 2021, includes nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens.

The attraction has a range of student-focused exhibits detailing life, earth, and social sciences. Interactive sessions take place at the Grainger Science Hub, and other special programs and tours are offered based on grade level.

The nearby Adler Planetarium welcomes more than a million visitors with a goal of helping them better understand the universe. With two domed theaters, a selection of staff-facilitated activities, and a range of interactive exhibitions, the Adler lets students learn about the research and findings of scientists, engineers, astronauts, and astronomers. Programs include the Astro-Science Workshop, Doane At Dusk, and special night-sky events.

For additional information, email Arnaldo Altoran of Choose Chicago or visit

Top Educational Attractions

Shedd Aquarium
The Museum of Science & Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago

Top Recreational Attractions

Millennium Park & Maggie Daley Park
Lincoln Park Zoo


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Top photo: Student group tour at Adler Planetarium
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