In Person Field Trips

At Chicago Children’s Theatre, we produce high-quality, professional productions for students of all ages. We offer discounted ticket prices to school groups in an effort to make our shows affordable to institutions expanding their students’ learning beyond the classroom.

Milo Imagines the World

Recommended for 1st Grade and Up

Dates: Oct. 8th – Nov. 8th, 2024

Run Time: 60 minutes (subject to change)

Young Milo is on a long subway ride with his big sister. To pass the time, he imagines the lives of the other passengers as his colorful illustrations spring to life. This timely World Premiere musical about a young boy who uses his imagination to prove that you can’t really know anyone’s story just by looking at them features exciting hip hop, pop and country music and is adapted for the stage by Chicago theatre artist Terry Guest, with music by Christian Albright and Christian Magby. Based on the book by Newbery-winning children’s author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson.

Field Trip Reservation Request Form

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  • This form begins the booking process for a school field trip to see a performance at Chicago Children's Theatre.

    The student performance group minimum is ten people.
    Chicago Public School tickets are $13 for students and adults. Private School tickets are $15 for students and adults. Scholarship tickets at reduced prices may be available.
    Questions? Contact Guest Services via email at or by calling (312) 374-8835.

  • 2024-2025 Request Form Details

  • All adults attending MUST purchase a ticket

Teacher Testimonials

“I’d like to thank you for an amazing performance today! Your staff is always exceptional and the play was engaging, entertaining and really well done. Our first graders just completed a Frog and Toad reading unit, so this was the perfect way to celebrate it.”
– Kristin from Lincoln Elementary

Field Trip FAQ’s

Q: How do I book group tickets for a Student Matinee Performance?
A: Please fill out the Reservation Form above. To complete the form, you will need to know the following:

  • What show you would like to see
  • How many students and adults will be attending
  • Which performance days and times you can attend
  • Any accessibility needs your group may have
  • What payment method you intend to use once your field trip has been approved and contracted by CCT

Q: What is your Cancellation Policy?
A: To avoid penalty, cancellations must be made by email at least 6 weeks prior to the attendance date. Agreements signed closer to their attendance date than 6 weeks must cancel 3 weeks prior to avoid penalty. Groups that cancel their reservation afterward in either case will be charged 50% of the total balance due to the credit card provided on the School Group Reservation Form. If no credit card is provided the school will be held responsible for the payment. All group sales are final. There are no exchanges or refunds for unused group tickets. Absolutely no exceptions.

Q: Do you require a deposit and/or a contract?
A: Groups need to provide 3 items to fully confirm their field trip: 1) a fully signed digital agreement, 2) a bus transportation confirmation, and 3) a confirmed payment method, which may include credit card, check delivered with group, purchase order, etc.

Q: How and when will I receive confirmation of my reservation?
A: After completing the online Reservation Inquiry Form, and depending on ticket availability, you will receive an email with your contract link and detailed payment requirements. The email will also contain important day-of-show information to ensure your field trip is a success.

Q: Do teachers and chaperones need to purchase tickets to attend?
A: Yes, every member of the group must purchase a ticket.

Q: Are there any fees when purchasing tickets to Student Matinees?
A: No!

Q: When is a payment due?
A: All details of payment method and processing will be mutually agreed upon in your field trip contract.

Q: Do you accept CPS purchase orders?
A: Yes!

Q: Are further reduced-price tickets available?
A: CCT does offer deeply discounted rates for all field trips, which are priced significantly lower than our standard weekend single and group ticket rates. More significant discount rates can be requested for consideration when completing the Reservation Inquiry Form. Our performances are of a professional caliber and we pride ourselves in compensating our performers and artists with a living wage.

Q: Will each person in my group receive an individually printed ticket?
A: No. In order to save on paper, we do not issue printed tickets to school groups. We take a head count of your group before you enter the theatre to ensure the number of people present does not exceed the number of purchased tickets.

Q: Can I make adjustments to the number of tickets I request for my group?
A: Pending availability, slight adjustments in group tickets may be accommodated without penalty. Final payment(s) must reflect the number of tickets mutually agreed upon in your contract with CCT. Final payment(s) must account for the contracted amount of attendees, regardless of the number of actual attendees on the day of the field trip.

Q: Are educational materials available to educators prior to the performance?
A: Yes!  Please feel free to reach out to our Guest Services Team at, or by calling (312) 374-8835 for more information.

Q: Is parking available?
A: Yes, individual cars and vans are welcome to park in our private parking lot for performances. Buses must drop off students either street side or in our private parking lot for safety reasons, and we cannot guarantee bus parking on our site during performances. Buses may consider parking in the nearby United Center parking lot directly west of the theatre on Madison.

If you still have questions related to field trips, please contact our Guest Services Team at, or by calling (312) 374-8835.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Unforeseen Cancellation Policy: If Chicago Children’s Theatre or the Group shall be prevented from exercising the terms of the Field Trip Agreement, or if the production hereunder shall be interrupted or canceled due to epidemic, fire, strikes, labor disputes, governmental or court order, act of God, public enemy, wars, riots, civil commotion, day of national mourning, illness of performers, or any other cause beyond the company’s or group’s control, such interruption shall not be deemed a breach of the Field Trip Agreement. Every effort will be made by both parties to reschedule the Field Trip to a mutually agreed-upon performance in the current season. If no other performance can be agreed upon by both parties, Chicago Children’s Theatre reserves the right to either credit the Group for a future performance OR authorize a refund of any and all payments previously made by the Group for the contracted performance on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Chicago Children’s Theatre is not responsible for refunding unclaimed tickets for prepaid groups.
  3. The use of any photography or recording devices by any member of the Group during the performance is strictly prohibited, and any unauthorized use of devices to capture the performance may result in the Group being removed from consideration for any future performances.
  4. Chicago Children’s Theatre’s liability for non-performance under this Agreement is limited solely to the total monies already paid pursuant to this Agreement prior to non-performance.
  5. This Agreement shall be subject to and governed by the law of the State of Illinois.
  6. All orders are subject to the terms of the agreement as listed above. If you are unable to meet the terms of this agreement, please contact Chicago Children’s Theatre immediately. Chicago Children’s Theatre reserves the right to refuse all reservations.