I’m headed for Chicago in two weeks (Yes, a Dopefest is planned - please join us!). Most of my visit will involve touring Chicago with a group of high school students from late Saturday afternoon until mid-day Thursday.
I’m looking for recommendations from Dopers on what to visit, tips on how to visit well-known landmarks with a group (there will be 13 of us). My best friend is the teacher leading the group and she’s planned an itinerary, but I want to do a reality check on it and make sure we’re getting the most out of the week in Chicago. The group is part of an exchange program and they’re coming from Germany; all the students are 18.
Here are the stops my friend has planned - anything we should skip or add? Any caveats for going there as a group? Any recommendations for eating cheaply as a group? Would it be worth it to get a Go Chicago Card?
[li]Museum of Science and Industry[/li][li]Sears Tower (yes, I know, go to Hancock instead…not sure if I’ll be able to talk them into it)[/li][li]Arts Institute[/li][li]Concert at Millenium Park[/li][li]Architectural Tour (not sure which one she’s planning on)[/li][li]Nike Town (anything nearby I/we should stop by or substitute for those not fascinated by the prospect of an afternoon there?)[/li][li]Shedd Aquarium (She’s allowed a a whole day for this; will it really fill up a day?)[/li][li]Day trip to Indiana Dunes[/li][/ul]
I’ve read through lots of threads (I’ll link later) and note that Navy Pier and the Field Museum are missing from her planned list. Any other places (preferably low-cost or free) we should consider?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!