Student travel to Chicago is booming! As a culturally diverse and innovative city that exudes the characteristic friendliness and warmth of the Midwest, your students are sure to leave Chicago with valuable memories that will last a lifetime. 

Immerse yourself in Chicago culture and explore iconic landmarks like Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, and the Willis Tower Skydeck on an EDT-hosted Chicago Student Performance Tour! Learn more below. 

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Experience Food, Music and the Culture of Chicago


Chicago is well known for a variety of traditional American cuisine, with comfort foods like deep-dish pizza or the Chicago-style hot dog that will make your mouth water! 


Chicago’s iconic museums have branded the city as one of America’s top cultural destinations. Some of the most recognized museums in Chicago include The Field Museum of Natural History, The Chicago Art Institute, The Museum of Science and Industry, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Museum of Science and Industry, and Adler Planetarium. 

If recreational activities are more your style, you may want to explore some other top destinations of Chicago including the Lincoln Park Zoo, cruising Lake Michigan, or shopping at the Magnificent Mile.


The Chicago blues and jazz genres were born from a historic music scene; the Great Migration, or the relocation of over 6 million African Americans from the rural south to the urban north, prompted the wave of traditional jazz and blues music in the area. 

There are of course other music genres outside of jazz and blues that have a home in Chicago, including the current hip-hop scene which most notably features popular rappers such as Kanye West, Twista, and Chance the Rapper. Professional groups such as the Chicago Symphony, The Lyric Opera, The Chicago Sinfonietta, and Blue Man Group can also be seen live in Chicago as well! 

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Chicago Performance Tour Top Destinations 

While Chicago might be known for its skyscrapers and beautiful city lights on the water, there is much more to see when visiting this unique city. Learn more about what to expect on an EDT Chicago Student Performance Tour below.

#1 Navy Pier 

Navy Pier is Chicago’s very own lakefront treasure boasting beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The pier has an array of entertainment options from carnival rides and games to city events and shows. Here, you can also schedule a sightseeing cruise across the Lake for an up-close and personal view of the water. 

#2 Broadway or Jazz Club Show

Broadway in Chicago is located in the Downtown Theater District. The theater stages have hosted a number of famous Broadway shows including Hairspray, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof to name a few. Students can also enjoy a show at a local jazz club and experience a live jazz performance first-hand. 

#3 Lincoln Park Zoo

Did you know the Lincoln Park Zoo operates one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country? Guests can fully immerse themselves in the world of wildlife all while being surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of the big city.

Chicago Student Performance Tours With EDT

Experience true Chicago immersion with an Educational Discovery Tours Performance Tour. Contact us today for a free quote and we’ll help craft an itinerary that specifically meets your group’s needs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to discover all that Chicago has to offer! 

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