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Please be aware that many venues are closed for the month of April due to COVID-19. We have added a new section of “Virtual Field Trips” on FieldTripDirectory.com in your state and beyond! Use the activity filter below to search for virtual trips, resources, and distance learning options in Illinois or CLICK HERE for a list of virtual trips nationwide. Explore topics in the arts, science, social studies, and more from anywhere.

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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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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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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Dupage Children’s Museum

Visit DuPage Children’s Museum, where play allows kids to make new discoveries, explore new spaces, share experiences, and see themselves and their world in new and exciting ways!

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach, Professional Development. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
Naperville
TEL - 630-637-8000
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DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the Collection, Documentation, Preservation, Study and Dissemination of the History and Culture of Africans and Americans of African Descent.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 773-947-0600
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Gizmos Fun Factory

At Gizmos Fun Factory, with 7 major attractions, 70 arcade games, and 7 party rooms! Test your skills on the Ratchets & Ropes course, featuring three levels of obstacles that let you climb, leap, and even soar on a zip line, bumper cars, go-karts and more.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family ILLINOIS
Chicago
Orland Park
TEL - 708-949-8948
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Kline Creek Farm

Step back in time to experience life on a working farm in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm at Timber Ridge Forest Preserve. Stroll through restored farmstead structures and meet the historically costumed interpreters.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 630-876-5900
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Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar, see gorillas climb, trees as visitors immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 312-742-2000
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  • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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  • 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
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  • SCIENCE & NATURE
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  • 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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