Best Group Activities in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Large Group Activities & Things to Do in Chicago

Best Group Activities in Chicago

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  • Caitlin H
    Kansas40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing art in a gorgeous setting. The museum has been carefully retrofitted for mobility access without losing its historical charm, but definitely get a map as different elevators service specific parts of the building complex. The staff is friendly and well informed, so don't be afraid to ask for directions if needed.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a nice park in the heart of Chicago near Lake Michigan. The bean is here though under construction in late May when we went. They also have a concert/pavilion that had a kid friendly music festival going on while we were there for the surrounding school districts. Plenty of people watching, fountains, greenery, and art adjourn the park walking paths. There are also several bathroom facilities free to the public and clean. We felt quite safe the entire time we were there including later in the evening upwards of 9pm.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Cruiser55504650666
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chris is amazing. Fun times and cool vibes throughout the whole boat ride. Learned a lot and some awesome ques when needed.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Sheryl C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We got there just after opening and left as it was closing. One day is not enough to see it all. My daughter's boyfriend, a real rocket scientist, totally geeked out. He's not a guy of many words but when I asked him about the U-505 tour, he gushed! He, my husband, and daughter took the tour, not my thing. My husband and daughter first saw it when the indoor exhibit first opened and had to come back. They all loved it. The space area where they have models of rockets, for us was kind of meh- for that we have Kennedy Space Center to see rockets and a space shuttle but they don't have a submarine, everything else was great. Wish we had time to go to all of the exhibits. Once again this is a "don't miss place"!!!!
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Irina
    United States13,346 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's always enjoyable to visit the Mag Mile (North Michigan Avenue), especially during the week days, when it is not too busy with traffic and people.

    There are new things on The Mile -- new shops, restaurants, cafes, offices, etc, and there are also closures of some famous establishments, mainly restaurants -- a very popular Grand Lux Cafe at 600 N Michigan Ave, and Signature Room with Signature Room Lounge on the 95th floor of John Hancock Center at 875 N Michigan Ave are permanently closed.

    The avenue is now decorated with bright summer flowers and ... cool-looking butterflies, i.e. the art installations of all types of colorful butterflies, with info plaques about the artists and also about the migration habits of butterflies. The exhibition project was organized by the Chicago Park District, and it looks fresh and wonderful!

    The upscale shops are doing very well -- and they are busy with offering new, trendy, city chic summer items. All the attractions nearby welcome public, as well: Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Pioneer Court, Chicago Riverwalk, and many other historic and modern sites of this great and friendly city. I'll be back very soon!
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Toodles4now
    Calgary, Canada62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let me start by stating that I am not a big baseball fan. I mention that because being a fan of baseball was not my motivation to go on this tour. That being said, this was probably one of my favourite things to do in Chicago. Our guide was so engaging and informative. Wrigley Field is historic and iconic. I loved everything about this tour - from watching the grounds keepers, to sitting in various seats, learning about the culture of the bleachers, to sitting in the press box, to going to the dugout and team room. I feel highly motivated to return to Chicago to attend a Cubs game to see it all in action. Plus, I would really like to return when we have more time to explore the area around Wrigley Field.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Pure_Diamond
    Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm afraid of heights and thought that I can't do this: stand on 103rd class floor and look down. We had 90 secs time to stand on that floor and I sneaked there and looked down. Wow... I did it👍👍👍. Very proud of myself..

    What a view.... I recommend this experience👍
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Mathias n
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to see but the bean was fenced off for some reason put a real damper on the visit. I assume it’s either a short term project or for the winter weather. Regardless it was cool would like to see it up close next time.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • Caitlin H
    Kansas40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and historic Chicago building that has been skillfully retrofitted for wheelchair accessibility. Multiple bathroom configurations available depending on your personal needs.

    Educational and fun exhibits, including their ticked experiences.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Killed an hour or so here before a business meeting on a Thursday and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Some excellent exhibits, active animals, and clean bathrooms. I entered right at opening and had most of the place to myself. Field trips started to trickle in as the day went on but I got to see most of the zoo in an hour and a half. Admission was free but donations are appreciated.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • DriveAllNight
    New City, NY261 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quintessential Chicago - you can’t be here without walking along the river. Again and again! Loved looking at the architecture as we walked.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Donald L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very awesome the sets are great gory and informative. The ghost tour is really cool you can record and snap a pic so all in all great.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • MojoLad
    Graton, CA305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went here just to check out the famed Tiffany Dome, but as there was a free docent-led tour starting, decided to take in the whole experience. It was wonderful! And free! The building itself is something else, with jaw-droppingly beautiful mosaics throughout, recently cleaned and now in their full original glory, and of course the Dome, which just in itself is worthy of a visit. There's also a cool little (unafiiated) gift shop with very interesting art & souvenirs for sale entirely created by local Chicago artists. Strongly recommended.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Chicago River is a winding, wandering, wonderful body of water. It flows backward, piercing the heart of Chicago, linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles that runs through downtown Chicago. It is dyed bright green on St. Patrick's Day and is spanned by iconic bridges that open and close to traffic. Today, the main stem of the river flows west from Lake Michigan to Wolf Point, near the Merchandise Mart, where it converges with the North Branch to form the South Branch, which flows southwest and empties into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The North Branch has its beginnings in the northern suburbs where its three principal tributaries converge -- Skokie River, Rondout and Mettawa -- and continue south through Niles before entering Chicago near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Devon Avenue. Meanwhile, the South Branch enters the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at Damen Avenue and flows down the canal through the southwestern suburbs and, in time, into the Des Plaines River between Crest Hill and Lockport, eventually reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Historically, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, though probably not the first Europeans to visit the area, are the first recorded explorers to have visited the Chicago River in 1673. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, acknowledged to be the first permanent resident of Chicago, built a farm on the north bank at the mouth of the river in the 1780s. In 1803, Fort Dearborn was constructed on the bank opposite what had been Point du Sable's settlement, on the site of the present day Michigan Avenue Bridge. The first bridge over the river was constructed over the North Branch near present day Kinzie Street in 1832. A second bridge over the South Branch near Randolph Street was added in 1833. Today, the Chicago River is spanned by 38 bridges, down from a peak of 52. To learn about the history of the Chicago River and how the bridges are raised and lowered, visit the five-story, 1,613-square-foot McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum at the southwest bridgehouse of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Looking for other ways to enjoy the river? Take a lightening fast cruise on the speedy Seadog, which jets off from Navy Pier, speeds along the lakefront, then zips down the river. allowing passengers to see the most famous riverfront buildings, including Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Willis Tower, Marina City, Lyric Opera and Merchandise Mart. Take a ride on a fireboat, paddle a kayak, take a guided architectural tour that circles the Loop and glides past the spot where the first settlers to Chicago set up their home base or hail a water taxi to travel via the Chicago River to Chinatown, Navy Pier, the Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Michigan Avenue and Union Station. All in all, there are many exciting ways to explore the Chicago River.
    Written 4 June 2024
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