School Field Trips

We believe that field trips are an important way for students to make connections between the classroom and the real world, and to deepen their learning across subject areas. We are here to provide an exciting and educational experience for your group, and look forward to helping you plan an engaging and meaningful self-guided field trip to our facility.

We have an array of resources developed and compiled with teachers like you in mind! We know that you’ve got more than enough to do without creating specialized activities for field trips, so we’ve done some of the work on your behalf.

Peruse the options in the links below and choose what works best for you and your students. And remember: Studies show that the best way to get the most out of a field trip is to connect it to your classroom curriculum through pre- and post-visit activities!

This project was made in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding provided by PNC.
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All of our free, self-guided field trips include:

  • An orientation with a staff member upon arrival
  • Access to hard copies of select resources
  • Possibility of a free picnic lunch outside or renting our lunch room for a small fee
  • Free parking for buses
  • The opportunity to deepen student learning across subject areas in one of Chicago’s most beautiful institutions!


Taking a field trip at the Conservatory is easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Book your trip by clicking the big green button.

  2. Look through our Themed Resources to choose what you would like to use during your visit. Don’t forget to check out other activities on our Resource Center, too!

  3. Print and bring with you copies of any resource(s) you would like to use on the day of your visit.


Please note: If your desired trip time and date are not visible, that means those dates and times are already booked by other groups. Please choose a different date and time. Additionally, any youth group that books their visit as an adult group will be automatically CANCELLED.