Educational Student Tours for Groups in Chicago

Explore Chicago on an educational student field trip with us.


Our fun, educational student tours and field trips engage elementary and high school students with Chicago’s best architecture, history and culture. Your student group will go beyond a museum visit or theater performance with us. We offer a variety of fun and educational group tours for students. Your students can explore the indoors of downtown Chicago on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour. Our step-on guides can come on your bus for the interactive Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tour, which is our most popular tour for the many student performance groups that visit Chicago.

“This was a great opportunity for my students.  The tour provided them with insight into their city’s history and culture and sparked a curiosity to explore more on their own.  I highly recommend this Loop Interior Architecture Tour for student groups.” -Amy L., Yelp

We can accommodate groups of 10 to upwards of 200. To see all student group tour options and rates, please download our 2018 Chicago Student Group Tours Catalog now. Our educational student tours promote critical, independent thinking and active evaluation of Chicago architecture, and students have fun, too! Most of our student tours include a game with prizes. From elementary school to high school groups, everyone loves interacting with the city and its architecture. All guests on our educational student tours also receive memorable Chicago souvenirs with their unforgettable experience of Chicago. For university groups, please peruse our wide variety of Large Group Tours.

Chicago Student Group Tour Options

Chicago Detours welcomes primarily high school groups on student field trips for our fun, educational and interactive walking tours and bus tours:

Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour for Student Groups

Student groups could spend all day walking the sidewalks, but with this educational tour they get an inside peak into downtown buildings, from the late 19th-century to contemporary architecture. Tour groups stays mostly indoors to venture into ornate lobbies and corridors as well as the underground Pedway system of passages. The tour guide creates an interactive dynamic with visual engagement, asking questions, and presenting historic photos and videos on shared iPads. This fun, educational school tour provides students with a great introduction to Chicago as well as new ways of looking at architecture and history in downtown Chicago.

1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour with Games for Student Groups

This mostly indoor walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures our imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Students will explore downtown buildings that all tie in with the history of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The guide provides tour commentary and leads students in interactive, educational games.

Jazz, Blues & Beyond Step-on Guided Bus Tour

Educational student tour of the rich history of Chicago music, led via a guide that hops on your bus (or we can book you a comfortable coach). The tour guide connects architectural stops to jazz and blues stories with DVD presentation of historic performances, archival interviews, and songs on this educational student group tour. Student groups go to Chicago neighborhoods north and south to see the most famous – and also the most overlooked – landmarks of Chicago jazz and blues. Students play a fun active-listening game, too.

Chicago Neighborhoods and City Life Step-on Guided Bus Tour

For student groups who really want to connect with Chicago beyond its typical attractions, this educational student tour bring students to Chicago’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Students will view varied architecture, from downtown skyscrapers to neighborhood homes. They also have an open Q & A with the tour guide about urban life challenges and rewards.

This Chicago neighborhood bus tour of architecture and history explores the exciting diversity of neighborhoods significant to Chinese, African American, Greek, Mexican, Irish and Italian cultures.

We can accommodate groups of 10 to upwards of 200. To see all student group tour options and rates, please download our 2018 Chicago Student Group Tours Catalog now. EDUCATIONAL CATALOG

P.S. For after your educational student tour, here are some of our recommendations for cheap student group meals. Here are additional resources for planning your student field trip in Chicago.

Please call us at 312.350.1131 or email [email protected] to plan your student group tour with Chicago Detours.


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