Chicago: Birthplace of the Skyscraper

with optional Chicago Extension

Length: 3 - 4 days  
 

Chicago: Birthplace of the Skyscraper
Explore Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, look out over Chicago from the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the US, tour the famous Wrigley Field, and walk down a replica of Main Street from the 1900’s at the Museum of Science and Industry.
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  • Day 1 Hello Chicago
    Meet your Tour Director
    Chicago City Walk 
    Lake MichiganMichigan Avenue's Magnificent MileMillenium Park"Cloud Gate" sculpture & Lurie GardenCrown Fountain
    Dinner
    Details: Chicago City Walk
    Explore the city known as the birthplace of the skyscraper. Walk along the shores of the great Lake Michigan and down Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, known for its nightlife, upscale shopping, restaurants and residences. Then stop by Millennium Park, Chicago’s center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. Check out your reflection in the Cloud Gate sculpture and try your luck standing in front of the interactive Crown Fountain – but be careful, you might get wet!
    Details: Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) visit
    Get a bird's-eye view of Chicago from the sky deck of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Currently the tallest building in the United States, the Willis Tower was originally commissioned to house all Sears & Roebuck employees (hence the name). Its distance to the roof is 1,451 feet, and there are 108 stories of office buildings and more.
  • Day 2 Chicago Landmarks
    Breakfast
    North Avenue Beach
    Adler Planetarium visit
    Navy Pier Visit
    Dinner
    Details: Lincoln Park Zoo & Observatory visit
    The Lincoln Park zoo began in 1874 with a gift of a pair of swans--and has now grown to include more than 1250 species of animals. Currently, the zoo includes polar bears, penguins, monkeys, gorillas, and many varieties of reptiles. The Lincoln Park Zoo is also famous for its John Deere-sponsored Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibit. Located on a small working farm, the Farm-in-the-Zoo houses horses, pigs, cows, chickens and more.
    Details: Wrigley Field guided visit
    Any trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a visit to “The Friendly Confines”. Built in 1914, Wrigley stands today as the oldest National League ballpark and the second oldest active major league park. Home to the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley is known for its ivy covered outfield walls and its hand operated scoreboard. While you’re there, be sure to take note of the surrounding buildings, many of which offer an unobstructed view of the field itself.
  • Day 3 End tour
    Breakfast
    Travel home
    Details: Museum of Science & Industry Visit
    Housed in one of the 'White City' buildings created for the 1893 World's Fair, the Museum of Science and Industry holds a diverse collection of exhibits, from a working coal mine, a rambling, 3,500 square foot model railroad featuring the first diesel-powered stainless-steel passenger train, to a real NASA space capsule. Visit Yesterday's Main Street, a replica of a Chicago street from the early 1900's, and walk through a blown-up model of the human heart in some of the museum's most popular exhibits.

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  • Day 3 Chicago
    Breakfast
    Dinner
    Details: Art Institute of Chicago visit
    From the scaled down Thorne Miniature Rooms to the mummy of Paankhenamun, the Art Institute’s unparalleled collection encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression. At one million square feet, it is now the second largest art museum in the US, home to one of the world’s most notable collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art.
    Details: Seadog River & Lake Architecture Tour (seasonal)
    Easily the most thrilling cruise through history you’ll ever encounter, the Seadog Tour is one of the most popular attractions at the famed Navy Pier. On this memorable 75-minute cruise, you’ll hit top speeds along the lakefront before entering the historic Chicago River Locks and meandering your way upriver. There, you’ll take in the sites of Chicago’s most famous landmarks before your high-speed vessel takes you back for another quick spin on the lake.
  • Day 4 End tour
    Breakfast
    Travel home
    Details: Museum of Science & Industry Visit
    Housed in one of the 'White City' buildings created for the 1893 World's Fair, the Museum of Science and Industry holds a diverse collection of exhibits, from a working coal mine, a rambling, 3,500 square foot model railroad featuring the first diesel-powered stainless-steel passenger train, to a real NASA space capsule. Visit Yesterday's Main Street, a replica of a Chicago street from the early 1900's, and walk through a blown-up model of the human heart in some of the museum's most popular exhibits.
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    Map of Chicago: Birthplace of the Skyscraper Educational Student Tour and Trip
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip transportation
    • 2 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (3 with extension)
    • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
    • Dinner daily (except departure day)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Overnight security chaperone
    • Tour Diary™

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