Chicago Festival

3 Chicago

Deep dish pizza, fantastic museums, interesting architecture, passionate sports fans, and a world-class orchestra are just some of the things that make the Windy City special.

Tour Highlights

  • Blue Man Group

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert (Pending Availability)

  • Shedd Aquarium Entrance

  • Navy Pier

  • Museum of Science and Industry Entrance

  • Art Institute of Chicago or Field Museum of Natural History Entrance


4 Days / 3 Chicago

Board your deluxe coach bus this morning for the ride to Chicago. Arrive in the Windy City, meet your Encore Tour Manager and check in to your hotel. Relax and enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight followed by a Game Show Mania event and DJ Dance. Game Show Mania includes a dynamic, engaging host who will bring your students and chaperones/teachers up on stage as contestants. In groups of 4 or more they will be asked to stand behind electronic podiums and prepare to answer questions in a friendly round of competition. The system comes complete with digital scoring, lock out buzzers, and bright and fun lighting. Game Show questions are prepared in advance and selected from a huge library of trivia questions that fall into categories such as; current events, television, radio, hit songs, sports etc. Additionally, groups are strongly encouraged to submit customized questions in advance to incorporate into the show.

This morning have breakfast, provided each morning at your hotel, before transferring to your adjudicated festival performance. Your ensemble will have the opportunity to receive feedback and coaching from an expert panel of music educators. Later today, have time for lunch on your own and shopping on the Magnificent Mile. This evening, have dinner together and see a show! Possible performances include either a Broadway performance or Blue Man Group.

Spend the morning at the magnificent Shedd Aquarium then head to Navy Pier for lunch on your own and time to explore. This afternoon visit the interactive exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry, the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most visited museums in the world. Tonight, have dinner as a group and then head to Orchestra Hall to hear the world-famous CSO in concert.

This morning visit the Art Institute of Chicago in beautiful Grant Park. Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually. Its collection includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. After lunch on your own, board your coach or flight for the return trip home.

Sample Customizations*

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General Changes

  • Add day(s)/Remove day(s)
  • Add/Remove meals
  • Add a performance
  • Add a musical highlight
  • Add an activity or excursion

Add A Musical Highlight

  • Joint performance or school exchange
  • Workshop with local director

Add An Activity Or Excursion

  • Architectural Boat Tour
  • Millennium Park
  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Cultural Center
*All customizations subject to operational feasibility and availability

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