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The FieldTripDirectory.com is a resource of field trips in Chicago, Illinois for elementary school students thru high school students, camp groups, homeschool groups and scout troops for day field trips, overnight field trips and youth retreats. Learn about Chicago’s museums, zoos and aquariums, botanic gardens, nature centers, historic sites, amusement parks, recreation, performing arts and more, CLICK on the ACTIVITY FILTER below for further field trip information. For those unable to travel to these locations, check out our Virtual Field Trips section or Outreach Field Trips & School Assembly Programs section.

American Writers Museum

A museum that inspires students to write! American Writers Museum offers a wide variety of educational opportunities, both in-person and virtual field trips.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee, Free, Title I, Financial Support GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
VIRTUAL
TEL - 312-374-8771
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Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s great art museums, with a collection that spans centuries and the globe. View some of  the museum’s collection virtually. 

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee, Title I GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
VIRTUAL
TEL - 312-443-3600
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Astro Fun World

Indoor Glow in the Dark Fun for all ages from GoKarts to Laser Tag and Arcade Games PLUS much more at Astro Fun World.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Aurora
Chicago
TEL - 630-206-0267
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Ball Factory Playground | Party | Café

Ball Factory is an indoor playground with a café and private party rooms, designed in a unique style!  The mega-sized playground brings a modern approach to children’s fitness through active play.

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
Mount Prospect
Naperville
TEL - Naperville: 630-640-2020. Mount Prospect: 224-244-9580
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Blue Man Group Chicago

Blue Man Group is a theatrical production that combines music, art and science to create a completely unique form of entertainment your student and scout groups will love!

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Performances. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 800-BLUEMAN
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Bronzeville Children’s Museum

The Bronzeville Children’s Museum is the first and only African American children’s museum in the country. The museum is named after Bronzeville, where African Americans settled in Chicago after coming from the south.  

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 773-721-9301
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Chasers Laser Tag & Mobile Activities

We have it all! Come for a field trip to our location at Chaser Laser Tag, or we can come to your location with our Mobile Laser Tag, Game Truck and Knockerball.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
Naperville
TEL - 630-851-6930
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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Garden’s 31 different natural areas offer a wide variety of types of plants, environments, and even architecture for groups to explore.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Free, Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 847-835-5440
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ClimbZone Chicago

Children of all ages will be mesmerized by our 25ft tall artistically themed climbing walls, high ropes course, zipline, laser tag arena, spinning bumper cars, arcades and soft play zone. Our field trip/camp options are tailored to different age groups and budgets…. guaranteeing smiling faces for all!

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 773-455-0555
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Dave & Buster’s Addison

Groups will have a blast at Dave & Buster’s Addison! Start out with a delicious meal in the group-friendly restaurant and then move on to some games in the Million Dollar Midway Arcade.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Addison
Chicago
TEL - 630-543-5151
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Dave & Buster’s Orland Park

Groups will have a blast at Dave & Buster’s Orland Park! Start out with a delicious meal in the group-friendly restaurant and then move on to some games in the Million Dollar Midway Arcade.

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
Orland Park
TEL - 708-428-2100
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Dave & Buster’s Rosemont

Groups will have a blast at Dave & Buster’s Rosemont! Start out with a delicious meal in the group-friendly restaurant and then move on to some games in the Million Dollar Midway Arcade.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
Rosemont
TEL - 847-447-8000
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About us

FieldTripDirectory.com offers field trip ideas for class trips, scout group trips, camp group field trips, and homeschool group field trips in Chicago—for early childhood through college. Search for class trips in Chicago by group type, cost, activity/curriculum type, grade level, distance, and venue name or keyword.

Day class trips are divided by curriculum and subject area:

  • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
    Find Chicago art museums, theater, dance, and music concert field trips.
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    Find class trips to Chicago children’s museums, petting zoos, and kids’ shows.
  • HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
    View Chicago history museums, government & civics, historic sites, living history museums, and multicultural field trip ideas.
  • LIFE SKILLS
    Find Chicago team building field trips, health & safety exhibits, and character education experiences.
  • SCIENCE & NATURE
    Find Chicago aquariums, botanical gardens, environmental studies & nature centers, farms & mazes, planetariums, science museums, STEAM & STEM field trips, dinosaur exhibits, and zoos.
  • RECREATION
    Find Chicago field trip ideas for adventure parks, ropes courses, ziplines, boat excursions, amusement parks, waterparks, kayaking, rafting, tubing, laser tag paintball, roller skating rinks, ice-skating rinks, mini-golf attractions, indoor amusement & recreation centers, and outdoor amusement & recreation centers.


Overnight field trips & retreats are available for environmental education, team building, and recreation.

We created field trip lesson plans to help teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, and homeschool parents provide an enriching experience for their groups. We know funds for class trips are limited, so we’ve included grants for field trips that cover admission, transportation, and more.

It’s important that students and youth explore new environments, learn about other cultures, and develop an understanding of inclusivity as part of the educational process. People learn in different ways—through hearing, seeing, touching, talking, or doing. Class trips can provide a multi-dimensional learning experience. FieldTripDirectory.com can help you find the right trip for your group. A world of experiences is just a click away at FieldTripDirectory.com.

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