Best Field Trip Attractions in Chicago

When it comes to school field trips, I would love to be a kid in Chicago. The number of world-class educational attractions in Chicago is unbelievable—and all of them are every bit as entertaining as they are enlightening.

Name a subject and Chicago’s got it: history, science, astronomy, art, culture! Of course, we know affordability is a concern for many teachers and parents who plan field trips, as well as for the families who send their kids on them. Fortunately, with a Chicago attraction pass, which is perfect for group travel, educational trips are easy and inexpensive. Smart Destinations offers discounts to the top Chicago attractions, including Museum Campus and several tours on land or on the water!

Museum Campus is the most obvious choice for field trip destinations because three of the nation’s top museums are located here, within easy walking distance of one another.

Visitors explore the underwater wonders at the Shedd Aquarium.

Visitors explore the underwater wonders at the Shedd Aquarium.

The Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum are all great for elementary and middle school students, especially those studying topics like the solar system and the three ages of dinosaurs. Geology, marine biology, and archeology are also subjects that correlate well with a trip to these museums. You can take the group to all three or split up among chaperones and have students visit the museums that interest them most. Either way, the Chicago Museum Campus Pass is the way to go.

The youngest students will enjoy the Chicago pass designed especially for them, the Chicago Kid’s Pass. Featuring admission to the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center, we can just about guarantee that this pass will have your students loving learning more than they ever have before.

Art-lovers view  "La Grande Jatte" (Seurat, 1884).

Art-lovers view “La Grande Jatte” (Seurat, 1884).

Art students are also in for a treat with a Chicago field trip. High school and even college students who are interested in the arts will be in paradise at the Art Institute of Chicago. The nation’s second largest museum is filled with galleries featuring works from the old masters, like Seurat, Monet, and Rembrandt, as well as the most contemporary artists (and everything in between, too!). If contemporary art is more your students’ artistic preferences, take them over to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Here, you’ll get a feel for what currently make’s Chicago the thriving arts community it is today. Permanent collections with work by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman from hold down the fort while ever-changing exhibitions keep the museum on the cutting edge of the scene. Other art students, especially those interested in architecture, may enjoy the Frank Lloyd Wright House, the Robie House, or the Architecture River Cruise. Customize your trip to meet your group’s interests with a Chicago pass.

Be sure to check out all of the options available to you with a Smart Destinations Chicago attraction pass so as to start the school year off right. There’s nothing better than a field trip to get students excited about learning, and Chicago is a city that’s full of mind-stimulating attractions.

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