Chicago is a culturally diverse and innovative city that still holds fast to its Old World charm – an innovative, vibrant town with the characteristic friendliness and warmth of the Midwest.


The city hosts New York Broadway shows and features premier musical attractions such as the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Sinfonietta and Blue Man Group, making it an ideal destination for music performance tours and educational school trips. Most famous for its Chicago blues and Dixieland jazz clubs, this historic music scene can’t be missed.

Hip hop and rap hold a popular place among teen visitors, because rappers such as Kanye West, Cupcakke, Twista, Shawna and Chance the Rapper all frequent the clubs and venues of “Chi-town”, as it is called by these performers.

A Top Cultural Destination

The museums of Chicago have catapulted Chicago to one of the country’s top cultural destinations, attracting more and more visitors from around the globe every year. The Field Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago History Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art highlight the town’s uniqueness and provide the opportunity to explore multiple galleries in a city setting.

Recreational activities are just as easy to find in Chicago. This city is home to the MLB Chicago Cubs baseball team and the NFL Chicago Bears football team. There are also a myriad of sightseeing opportunities such as a trip to the Lincoln Zoo, a cruise on Lake Michigan or a shopping excursion to the Miracle Mile or the Navy Pier.

With such a wide range of activities, arts, and history all happening in one city, Chicago is a must-see for student performance tours.

Chicago Festivals and Student Performance Opportunities

Join choirs, bands and orchestras from around the world when you perform in a national music festival in Chicago. In the past, festivals in Chicago have included performances at venues such as the J Theater and the Performing Arts Center at Harper College.

Festival performances will often run throughout the day, where your group will arrive at the event venue and perform on stage in front of a panel of adjudicators. You will receive feedback and following your performance, an adjudicator will conduct a mini-clinic with your group. Performance groups will also have the opportunity to participate as an audience for other groups competing—giving your ensemble exposure to their peers.

After your performance, enjoy the sites of Chicago, visiting museums, art galleries, or even spending a day at Six Flags!


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Destination Highlights

Blue Man Group

Chicago Symphony

Lyric Opera

Navy Pier

Sears Tower Chicago

Performance Opportunities

  • Music Clinic at the Local University
  • Music Exchange with Another School
  • Festival and Parade options
  • Various Public Performances, with locations like:
    • Navy Pier
    • Service Performance
    • The Museum of Science and Industry
    • The Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago music performance tour group

Activities and Sightseeing

  • Shedds Aquarium
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Sightseeing Cruise
  • Shopping Magnificent Mile and State Street
  • Wrigley Field
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Art Institute
  • Navy Pier- Shakespeare Theatre
  • Willis Tower Skydeck
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Six Flags Great America

Sample Itineraries

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