21529
Illinois

Windy City Adventures With Your Grandchild

Explore Chicago with your grandchild from a boat on the Chicago River, and get insider access at Wrigley Field and the Museum of Science and Industry!
Rating (5)
Program No. 21529RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499

At a Glance

Did you know that Chicago is home to the original skyscraper? Do you know why it’s called “The Windy City” and the city of “Big Shoulders?” Let the world-class city of Chicago opens its arms wide and welcome you and your grandchild as you experience Chicago by trolley and by ship along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Together you’ll learn about dinosaurs, architecture, genetics, baseball history and more at museums across the city, including a behind-the-scenes experience at the famous Museum of Science and Industry.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • See the city from above as you walk out onto the glass ledge of the Sky Deck at Willis Tower.
  • Visit iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, where an expert takes you to stadium areas most fans never see.
  • Explore the famous skyscrapers of Chicago by ship along the Chicago River, and become architects yourselves with a Lego Artist.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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