20+ Trip Options Each Session

EXPLO offers more than 20 fantastic trips each session, allowing you to explore locations throughout Chicago and surrounding areas. Weekend trips are focused on cultural, educational, and recreational activities, including sightseeing, cultural destinations, art and performance, and outdoor adventures. All residential students attend weekend trips, and day students are highly encouraged to participate.

Trip Tips:

  • Not everyone has to go on the same trip — there are more than 20 options each session.
  • Students sign up for trips at the program, so they can consider the choices and decide where they want to go.
  • Many trips are available to all students. However, some trips are limited in size due to location or the necessity of advance reservations.
  • Some students choose based on where their friends are going, but we always recommend choosing what you want to do (it’s a great way to make new friends who share your interests).
  • Students take four trips each session — try something new and something you love to do!

Trips May Include:

Shows + Events

Second City
Steppenwolf Theatre
Taste of Chicago
Broadway in Chicago
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Blue Man Group Chicago
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
Looking Glass Theatre

Cultural Sites

Navy Pier
Magnificent Mile
360 Chicago Observatory
Architecture of Chicago Tours
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Field Museum
Adler Planetarium
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Parks Conservancy

Recreation + Adventure

Urban Kayaking
Lake Michigan Day Cruise
Lakefront Trail Bike Tour
Six Flags Great America
Classic Chicago Food Tours
Pizza Tours
Wrigley Field Tour
Chicago Sports Museum
Ropes Course
Whitewater River Rafting