Featured Teaching Safari: Chicago Money, Finance, and Government Tour

CEC_Chicago_Federal_ReserveAs we gear up for another school year, our Teaching Safari program has grown into one of the top educational field trip resources in our area.  Our wonderful team of Chicago Education Consultants, LLC have worked hard to develop a unique series of Chicago Cultural Literacy Tours for students.  Teachers and parents have found these series of field trips to be interesting, engaging and they reinforce classroom concepts through standards-based tour itineraries.

This month, we are spotlighting the Chicago Money, Finance, and Government Tour (students in the 8th grade and up). The recent economic downturn has raised many questions from students in all levels (adults too!); this experience is designed to  help students make the connection to the financial markets how we are connected to them.   Teachers are provided lesson plans to supplement the experience.

Group will be picked up in a clean bus and will meet a City of Chicago certified tour guide at LaSalle and Jackson in the Chicago Loop for visits to the Federal Reserve Money Museum (see what a million dollars looks like in varying denominations) and the Chicago Board of Trade.

The Money Museum offers an orientation video and also exhibits on money and how it is handled by the Federal Reserve. The theatre holds a maximum of 39  participants maybe broken into multiple groups with some seeing the video first and others seeing it after viewing the exhibits. The Federal Reserve estimates the total visit time to be 45 minutes.

The Chicago Board of Trade is immediately across the street from the Federal Reserve and visits to the gallery can be pre-scheduled. The Board of Trade also has a small museum and exhibit area.

Participants will then walk east on Jackson to Dearborn where they can view the Federal Government Complex as well as the famous sculpture by Alexander Calder.

Boarding the bus, participants will then drive past the Daley Center, the Thompson Center, and City Hall. A visit to the interior of the Thompson Center is quite interesting and can be added upon request. Participants then travels to Millennium Park for a visit to the park and lunch. Price includes picnic lunches provided by participants – lunch can be provided by Chicago Education Consultants for an additional fee.

After lunch, participants will cross Michigan Avenue for a visit to the Chicago Cultural Center to tour the building and visit one or more of the exhibits.

NOTE: The Federal Reserve requires school groups to provide a minimum of one adult per 10 children under the age of 17. Tour available for for 8th grade and up only.

To learn more about the Chicago Money, Finance, and Government Tour or to explore other Teaching Safari educational experiences, visit www.teachingsafari.com.

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