Youth Program

The $165 Youth and Teen Program includes: 

  • Access to the activity center.
  • Professional supervision.
  • Breakfast, lunch and a snack (Tuesday – Thursday).
  • All daily youth tours, except the American Girl Place Lunch, which can be purchased for an additional fee.
  • Welcome and closing events.

Activity Center Location: 190A/B (Ground Level McCormick Place West)
Hours of Operation:   
Monday, August 6, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm:  On-Site Registration and Check-in
Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 am-5:30 pm:  Activity Center Hours
Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 am-5:30 pm:  Activity Center Hours
Thursday, August 9, 7:30 am-5:00 pm:  Activity Center Hours

Wednesday, Aug. 8 | Art of Exploration  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Field Museum
Explore over 35 exhibits, including ancient cultures, rare wildlife and dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era during a fun and educational scavenger hunt.

Shedd Aquarium
Experience “insheddible” connections with 32,600 animals – from whales to snails from the world’s fresh and salt waters.

Adler Planetarium
Prepare to be inspired as you explore and learn about the universe. You’ll discover space science exhibitions and encounter one of the world's most important antique astronomical instrument collections on display.

Thursday, Aug. 9
"The Art of Sport, Part Two"

Art of Sport, Part Two
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
US Cellular Field
The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd…and you are right there in the middle of it! Become one with America's pastime as you take a behind-the-scenes tour of U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. You'll catch a glimpse of private areas usually reserved only for players, take a breather in the dugout, take a photo, and even have a chance to run the warning track. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Chicago Sports Depot team store with a variety of items from all Chicago sports teams and some college teams.

United Center
Come discover the United Center, home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. Explore the concourse, see the championship awards, get ready to take a photo and view the statues, including the Michael Jordan statue, one of Chicago’s favorite tourist attractions.

Toyota Field
Home to the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Toyota Park is a world-class facility and a must-see destination for other sporting events too. Explore the grounds, learn about the Fire’s U.S. Open Cup awards and take a photo to remember the special day.

Youth Activity Center

Located at the McCormick Place Convention Center, all youth tours will depart from this location.

Hours of Operation:
Monday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, Aug. 7
"The Art of Play"

Chicago Children's Museum
(Ages 5-9 years)
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Splash, climb, build and learn at the award-winning Chicago Children’s Museum where there’s always something new and exciting to explore and discover.

Chicago's Navy Pier
(Ages 10-17 years)

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
While children 5-9 years old will enjoy the Chicago Children’s Museum, children ages 10-17 will experience an entirely different side of Navy Pier that guarantees non-stop entertainment. Ride a gondola on the 150-foot-high Ferris Wheel, take in an IMAX Show or take a ride on the Wave Swinger, a 14-foot swing ride. Children will also have the opportunity to explore the Pier and its many scenic sights and sounds, including roving performances and a shopping area with unique and festive gifts available for purchase.

Art of Sport, Part One
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Wrigley Experience
Get ready for an historic VIP experience! You’ll get the behind-the-scenes tour of the famous home of the Chicago Cubs that has been the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. You’ll visit the press box, locker rooms and warning track. Take a photo in this special location.

Soldier Field
Come experience both the historic and modern-day journey of Soldier Field Stadium, one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks. This is a behind-the-scenes tour that includes the Field, South Courtyard, Colonnades, Skyline Suite, Visitors Locker Room and lunch. Each guest goes home with a picture as a memory of the special day at one of the nation’s great sports venues.

Special Tour- $50 per person
American Girl Place Lunch

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Chicago’s American Girl Café is the place to experience a fun and fancy lunch where girls, parents and their dolls can enjoy an elegant meal and make memories together! Explore the store featuring everything from outfits to furniture.

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