Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
With more than 17,000 square feet of gardens, exhibits and waterways, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one of the best educational opportunities in the city. Justifiably famous for its butterfly house, the museum frequently changes its displays, making it suitable for multiple trips. With exhibits ranging from the worldwide impact of global warming to the local impact of a robust parks system, it offers a thorough explanation of one's place in the natural world.
Chicago Cultural Center
Not only is it one of the best art galleries in the city, the Chicago Cultural Center is also a breathtaking architectural achievement. Once a combined Civil War museum and public library, the Cultural Center features a 1000-square-foot dome that towers over visitors. With film, dance performances and art exhibits, the Cultural Center also features a host of tours for various audiences.
Chicago Transit Authority Hub
This is sure to be memorable with younger children. The Chicago Transit Authority often allows specially arranged tours of their train and bus facilities. Not only will a tour help students understand how public transportation works, it also gives them their first peek into the benefits of positive government. Plus, who can resist taking a bus through the giant washing machine?
Once the largest indoor aquarium in the world and the first to hold a permanent collection of saltwater fish, the Shedd Aquarium offers a remarkable exploration of undersea life. With species death due to overfishing on the rise, bringing an understanding of marine life and the ocean ecosystem to your students is invaluable.
A good trip for younger students, Pretend Town simulates many elements of a working city. Children are encouraged to help with cooking, guiding traffic, shopping and even working as a firefighter. Pretend Town was established by former teachers to encourage a connection between classroom learning and real-world application.