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Educational Student Tours for Groups in Chicago

Explore Chicago on an educational student field trip with us.


Fun and Educational Student Tours for Groups


Our fun, educational student tours and field trips engage elementary through high school students with Chicago’s best architecture, history and culture. Your student group will go beyond a museum visit or theater performance with our tours. We offer a variety of fun and educational group tours, including the option for customized tours, tailored towards students.

Our educational student tours promote critical, independent thinking and active engagement with Chicago architecture. 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 on a group tour. All guests on our educational student tours also receive memorable Chicago souvenirs with their unforgettable Chicago walking or bus tour.

We can accommodate groups of 10 to upwards of 250. To see all student group tour options and rates, please download our 2019-20 Chicago Student Group Tours Catalog now. Or call us at 312.350.1131.

For university groups, please peruse our wide variety of Large Group Tours.

Testimonials from Student Tour Groups

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

“We took 34 high school students to Chicago for purposeful travel and we partnered with Chicago Detours to provide some customized in-depth tours which touched on themes of gentrification, the great migration, architecture and historical information. Amanda provided several thoughtful, unique, interesting and very engaging tours for our students. She also found local, warm, off the beaten path dining experiences as well. We 100% endorse Chicago Detours for any tour they offer. They research and pull out interesting facts and they are run by a badass group of women.” – Kym P., Yelp

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. Here are a few tour ideas great for student field trips:

Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour

Student groups could spend all day walking the sidewalks, but with this educational tour they get an inside peek 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

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. Student groups will explore downtown buildings that all tie in with the history of the World’s Columbian Exposition. 2/3rds of this tour is spent indoors. The guide provides tour commentary and leads students in interactive, educational games.

Financial District Walking Tour for Students

Your student group will learn how to read the messages of wealth and power that architecture can express to building occupants. Students will explore architectural interiors of bank and insurance buildings from the turn of the century and beyond. Stories include flamboyant characters of the past, and the colorful roots of the futures trade. With 80% of this walking tour taking place inside, you can bring students any time of year. This tour is our newest tour option for student groups! Book it for Monday through Friday with the last start time of 5:00pm.

Jazz, Blues & Beyond Step-on Guided Bus Tour

For this educational student tour, the tour guide hops on your bus (or we can book you a comfortable coach) and shares the rich history of Chicago music. Students will experience architectural stops, jazz and blues stories, and view DVD presentation of historic performances, archival interviews, and songs. Student groups go to Chicago neighborhoods north and south to see the most famous – and also the most overlooked – historic 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.

Contact Us for Chicago Student Tours

We can accommodate groups of 10 to upwards of 200. To see all student group tour options and rates, please download our 2019-20 Chicago Student Group Tours Catalog now.

P.S. For after your educational student tour, here are some of our recommendations for cheap student group meals.

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



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