From Chicago to Nashville to New York, the U.S. showcases its diverse musical traditions in iconic cities and venues where your band, choir, orchestra, or theatre group can connect with the very best of the professional music world. Click below to download our latest infographic and learn more about each destination.
Science, engineering, technology, and math can be daunting subjects for some students, but we know many educators use creative, innovative STEM activities to tie these lessons to everyday life. From LEGO® blocks to making your own butter, STEM can help kids build skills in problem solving and teamwork, while building work ethic and self-esteem.
At Brightspark, we offer seven new custom STEM tours to some of our top destinations, including hands-on workshops and project-based experiential learning opportunities at many attractions.
Here are just a few of our favorite stops by subject:
You’ve probably heard of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). You know that it was the tallest building in the world for a long time. And that it dominates the Chicago skyline. But do you know everything that’s gone on in this iconic building since it was first dreamt up in 1969? Check out our timeline of the major events of Willis Tower history.
There’s a reason that the Willis Tower’s Skydeck is a top attraction on our Chicago student tours. This 104th floor observation deck has amazing views that extend to Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Before you take off to the Windy City for a chance to see this iconic building, discover some unexpected facts about it.
Christine Frisch is the digital marketing coordinator at Brightspark Travel. She recently spent two days touring Chicago with a Michigan-based middle school. Read about her experience!
History buffs, it’s time to discover Chicago. Since the 1850’s this city has dominated the Midwest. A hub for both business and culture, Chicago has inspired countless innovations in architecture, jazz music, art, commerce, higher education and cuisine. It’s witnessed everything from gangster shootouts to the World’s Columbian Exposition. So what’s the best way to soak up all this history? Check out these Chicago activities for history students.
As the hub of Midwestern culture and industry, Chicago has had major influences on American architecture throughout history. From the Chicago School of Architecture’s first skyscrapers to the prairie-style homes of Frank Lloyd Wright, the buildings in this city have been known to stun. Want to learn more about them? Visit the Windy City for the chance to participate in these activities:
America is a country of immigrants, and nowhere is this more obvious than Chicago — a city where individuals from throughout the world settled in culturally familiar enclaves during the 19th and 20th centuries. At first glance, Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods could be oceans away from one another — but most are only separated by a quick subway ride. This blog is a great guide for student travelers and foreign language enthusiasts who want to experience cultural immersion in Chicago.
Planning a Chicago student tour? These resources from top Chicago museums will help you plan activities and lessons that prepare students for the many cultural and historical sights they will see.