My kind of town for Music Tours, Chicago is….
Had a great time visiting the Windy City with my band trip this week. They arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take in the sights, despite being on the bus overnight! We started at Millenium Park and had perfect spring weather with lots of great photo ops at the “bean” and throughout the park. After a quick lunch near the Willis Tower it was up, up, up to the top! The walk out viewing platform, which is a big plexiglass type cube, was a big hit. The band director even did a head stand in it as the kids cheered her on. It is a funny feeling to step out in that space and be able to look straight down to the street! After a checking in at the hotel and freshening up a bit it was off to dinner. Buca di Beppo is always a nice time with groups - so much to look at and yummy family style food! From there it was off to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, they were as fantastic as expected and the kids really enjoyed the entire concert.
Day two started with breakfast in the hotel and then we headed out to the Museum of Science and Industry. We were there through lunch, and everyone agreed this would be a place they would love to come back to anytime. It is such a big museum, you can never see it all in just one trip. After lunch it was time to head up North for their festival performance. As always, the performance opportunities are the highlight of the trip for me. This particular group is so well prepared and functions as such a strong team, that it was really a pleasure to watch! We were back in to the city for dinner at Rain Forest Cafe and then headed to Blue Man Group at the Briar St Theater. If ever there was a show that band kids will all like, BMG is it! So high energy and all the techno aspects always gets the kids involved and excited!
Day three we started out at the Lincoln Park Zoo where the color guard performed. This is a wonderful city zoo, that has wonderful habitats and a lovely setting. The kids had a great time experiencing the zoo on their own after the performance. From there we headed to Navy Pier for lunch and free time - it was a little windy, but had warmed up nicely so the kids could take in all the Pier has to offer. The festival the band had competed in the day before wrapped up today and the awards dinner and dance were being held out Medieval Times in Schaumburg, IL. We came in and supported our knight, who competed valiantly and then they had a great DJ dance party after the normal festivities were completed. You have never really experienced a dance quite like one held right next to suits of armor and swords! The kids had a lot of fun and got back on the bus excited and exhausted!
Our last day in Chicago started out at the Field Museum of Natural History with a performance by the band. This is a great space, but you have to be very careful about your decibel levels because of the delicate nature of the exhibits. The band did a fabulous job following the conductor and played musically and had a great crowd! After a lunch stop at the Hard Rock Cafe it was time to SHOP! We strolled the Magnificent Mile and shopped till we were ready to drop! Everyone got a bite to eat and then jumped on the buses to head for home! It was a great time in a great city with a great group of kids!
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