Decatur Middle School: Chicago Science Expedition 2020

Custom Educational Program

2-Day Expedition



2-Day Program: Chicago


May 29 (Friday) – May 30 (Saturday), 2020


Student Quad Occupancy: $360,00 per person
Adult Double Occupancy: $410,00 per person
Adult Single Occupancy: $510,00 per person

Payment Schedule

$60 Deposit required upon registration.

Remaining balance due in four installments: 9/27/2019, 11/29/2019, 1/31/2020 and 3/27/2020.


  • Hop on a boat cruise to discover the systems of rivers and canals that constitute the Chicago River while learning about the history and architecture of the unmistakable Chicago skyline.
  • Dive in for unforgettable encounters with belugas, stingrays, sea otters and so many more animals from aquatic environments around the world at the Shedd Aquarium, one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums.
  • Experience the Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world with a myriad of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity, including a special Apollo 11 Exhibit presenting the final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of the historic mission.
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America. Get the chance to meet more than 200 different species of animals – many of which are rare and endangered.
  • Taste Chicago’s Famous Deep Dish Pizza.
  • Your visit won’t be complete without seeing your reflection in the famous “Bean”, the monumental structure in Chicago’s Millennium Park, home to 25 acres of beautiful landscape, architecture and public art.

View and Download Your Itinerary

*Your itinerary will evolve as the trip nears and more appointments are confirmed. The actual order and flow of non-scheduled sites will likely be adapted before and even during your trip. The above link will always provide you with the latest version of the itinerary as it develops.

Trip Details

What's Included?

  • Professional General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy ($10,000,000)
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation with driver and all transfers (2 days)
  • Premium hotel accommodations (1 night)
  • Private professional hotel night time security (1 night)
  • Full-time professional Academic Expeditions tour educator (2 days)
  • All supplemental guiding services
  • All meals (1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners)
  • Custom designed itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all program sites and day/evening activities
  • All taxes
  • All gratuities (tour leader and driver included, additional gratuity for exceptional service is always appreciated)
  • Entrance fees to all program sites and day/evening activities
  • 24 Hour emergency access number
  • Personalized laser engraved luggage tags and name badges with lanyards

Optional Add-Ons

  • Trip Insurance (Comprehensive Accident, Medical, Liability, and Travel Protection/ Cancellation/ Interruption Insurance, including Cancel for Any Reason Insurance – cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive 75% refund)

Not Included

  • Souvenirs

Meet Your Program Director

Aaron Mertig, Program Director
Contact: Email Aaron / c: 917-608-3474

Aaron, one of our program directors

Aaron grew up in very rural northern Wisconsin, an hour south of Lake Superior. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After teaching middle school social studies for six years, he successfully transitioned to tour guiding which became his love. After being a tour director for 10 plus years, which included being a licensed guide in Washington, DC, he was seeking some balance in his life (and so were his four kids and their weiner dog named Oscar). He was excited to join the Academic Expeditions team as Director of Program Development and share his passion of lifelong learning coupled with his love of traveling. Aaron and his kids currently reside in Hudson, WI, just outside the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Safety is our highest priority. We work only with the highest quality vendors and will not run a trip if we feel the safety of our clients and guides is compromised. From full-time staff & logistical support, to 24-hr emergency phone access for all travelers, we’ve got you covered. Read more on our Standard Tour Features page.

We understand that circumstances can change. We always attempt to work with our clients individually and find the best solutions for each situation. All details regarding our cancellation terms or substitution are outlined in the Terms and Conditions when registering for your trip online. Travel insurance, if included or purchased as an add-on, covers trip cancellation for legitimate emergencies and interruptions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

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