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RESERVATIONS:  A deposit, as indicated by each trip, will hold your reservation.  Final payment is due 40 days prior to the trip, unless indicated otherwise.  Reservations will not be held without some form of payment, as many of the trips are selling out and have waiting lists.  Reservations will still be taken after the final due date if there are openings.  

                                                                                      
DAY TRIPS

                                                   
“Legally Blonde” – Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Based on the hilarious movie, “Legally Blonde” tells the story of Elle Woods, whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her to attend Harvard Law.  But fearless Elle hatches a plan to win him back.  Taking a break from the sorority to hit the books, Elle gets into Harvard Law and realizes her true potential.  She sets out to prove to the world that she’s more than just a pretty face.  “Legally Blonde” is full of huge song-and-dance numbers, big laughs, and larger-than-life characters.  Prior to the matinee performance, we will have lunch at Fireside Grille, which was a huge favorite when we attended “Elf” in 2017.   Please indicate your entrée choice when booking the trip:  Sauteed tilapia with lemon-butter sauce,….or     French onion meatloaf….., or       ¼ rack BBQ baby back ribs…..or     Chef’s Salad (gluten free).       Walk Rate = 1                                           $121.00 per person
Includes:   Lunch, performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.


Deposit:  $35.00 per person                
Final Payment Due:  August 16, 2018

IKEA Schaumburg & Alexandra’s Pierogi
Thursday, October 11, 2018


IKEA has all the household goods you could ever need for any room in your home at very reasonable prices. Just walking in the front door nearly takes your breath away! Very easy drop off and pick up right at the door upon entry and check-out. Take a breather from shopping and have a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll, or some Swedish meatballs, or a huge choice of food from their superior deli (on your own). After IKEA, we will make a stop 10 minutes down the road at The Container Store and Home Goods, which are 2 more stores that we don’t have here locally, as well as a Trader Joe’s, Nordstrom Rack, and many more stores. Our last stop before heading for home is Alexandra’s Pieorgi, where you may purchase a large variety of flavors, plus dumplings and blintzes at a very reasonable price. All are frozen and nicely packaged. Some have said they are the best they’ve ever had. It is advised that you bring a cooler or canvas bag for your purchases so it can be easily identified upon our return home. I may also note that if Alexandra’s furnishes a plastic bag for your purchases, you will be charged a minimal fee per bag, as regulated by Chicago law.

The picture to the left is the luggage compartment before departing for home on our 2017 trip to IKEA, Home Goods, and Alexandra's.

Walk Rate = 3 

$58.00 per person 

Includes: IKEA, Alexandra’s Pierogi, motor coach transportation, driver tip.


Deposit: $15 per person 
Final Payment Due: September 1, 2018

 

                                                                                       Cornwell Theatre/Turkeyville
                                                                                                “NunSense A-Men”
                                                                                          Friday, October 19, 2018


“NunSense A-Men” is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as “Mrs Doubtfire enters the convent”. Done totally serious, this show is, to quote a critic, “no drag”. A whole new line of comedy surfaces with lines like “The guys in the old neighborhood still can’t believe I became a nun”. You will laugh from beginning to end! . An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.   Walk Rate = 1 

$91.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $37.00 
Final Payment Due: September 9, 2018

“Hello Dolly” starring Betty Buckley
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

*Only 1 Opening*

Dolly Gallagher Levi - played by Betty Buckley:  A widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a strong-willed matchmaker, meddler, opportunist, and a life-loving woman who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. In doing so she persuades his niece, his niece's intended, and Horace's two clerks to travel to New York City.  The production includes songs such as "It Takes A Woman"  "Love, Look In My Window", "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", and, of course, "Hello Dolly"!  Prior to the matinee performance at the Oriental Theatre in downtown Chicago, we will enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Connie's Pizza, consisting of salad, an assortment of pizza, and soft drinks.  Don't hesitate - we believe this show will easily sell out.  Seats are located in the Dress Circle.   Walk Rate = 2

$168.00 per person

Includes:  Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $50.00 per person
Final Payment Due:  October 1, 2018

 

  “Eataly” – It’s All Italian
  Monday, November 12, 2018


 

Do you want a day trip that is unusual, interactive, and loads of fun? Then grab your friends and join us on our day trip to Eataly in downtown Chicago. There are 2 floors filled with everything for the kitchen, including fresh pasta, cheeses, breads, etc. made on premises. You can choose between the guided walking tour with tastings, or a cooking class. (Please indicate which you prefer when making your reservation). 

 

 

 

 

 

On the walking tour, we tasted pizza, cheeses, meats, olives, breads, and pasta. Most of the guides and demonstrators are direct from Italy. A hands-on-demonstration of pasta making and space to make pasta by the attendees will be provided for you on the cooking class to make pasta, box it up, and take home. You will be served a full portion of pasta! Their array of fresh meats, cheeses, pastas, fish, etc. are amazing. 

 

 

 

Feel free to bring along a cooler if you think you may purchase any perishables. No meal is included, but you will have ample time to sit down at one of their eateries for a meal and a glass of wine or beer on your own. You must try one of their meals with freshly made pasta – they are to die for! 

Walk Rate = 3 

$92.00 per person

 

Includes: Tour of your choice, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $25.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: October 2, 2018

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Dock Sale, Superior Nut & Candy,
Kurowski’s Meat Market & Red Apple Restaurant
Saturday, November 17, 2018

We head out to the Chicago area for our annual “goodies shopping” trip. Since many of the items are already sold out when we have arrived, we will first go to Eli’s Cheesecake for their Dock Sale. Yes, it is held on their indoor dock with a huge variety at discount prices. This sale is very popular in the area and there is usually a line, so if it’s a cold day, be sure to dress appropriately to wait in line a bit, but most everyone thinks it is worth the wait. Then it is on to Superior Nut & Candy retail store where you can purchase nuts and candy in bulk, as well as gift sets. 

We will enjoy an included dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, which serves a lovely buffet, including many Polish dishes. This is a superior buffet! It has been suggested many times that we go back to Kurowski’s Meat Market, so since this will be our last trip to Eli’s, we will go back to Kurowski’s. This is truly a Polish meat market, so brush up on your polish. It is advisable that you bring canvas tote bags or other containers to put your purchases in so they will be easy to identify as yours when we return home. 

Walk Rate = 4 

 

$86.00 per person

 


Includes: Dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, motor coach transportation & driver tip 
Deposit: $15.00 per person Final Payment Due: October 7, 2018

 

Drury Lane – “Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast. Please submit your entrée choice when making payment.  Please note that the entree choices have changed.

1. Seared Chicken in Sundried Tomato Sauce.......OR

2. Roast Turkey and Stuffing....OR

3.  Finger Cavatelli Pasta in Creamy Marinara, Mozzarella, Parmesan 

Walk Rate = 1

$107.00 per person

Includes: Lunch & show at Drury Lane, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit: $25.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: October 19, 2018

 

FireKeepers & Essenhaus
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We will spend 4 hours playing our favorite machines at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek where you will receive $20 in free slot play, plus $5 which can be used toward food, slot play, or the gift shop.  On the return trip home, we will stop at Essenhaus in Middlebury for their traditional family-style meal with 2 meats and all the regular fixin’s.  (Please note that the casino giveaways are always subject to change by the casinos.)            Walk Rate = 1           
$68.0
0 per person 

Includes
:  4 hours at FireKeepers, $20 in slot play, dinner at Essenhaus, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit:  $15.00                                 
Final Payment Due:  November 1, 2018

 

                                                                                  Christmas Tea & Luncheon at Wandering Tree
                                                                                               Thursday, December 6, 2018


A Christmas Tea & Luncheon at its finest at Wandering Tree Estate, the private home of “The Train Lady”. A traditional tea and luncheon will be served consisting of three freshly prepared petite sandwiches (Breast of Turkey, Smoked Ham & Cheddar, and Rare Roast Beef), Cranberry Scones, Bite Size Sweets (English Toffee Brownies, Old Fashion Lemon Bars, and Holiday Butter Cookie). Coffee, soft drinks and assorted Tazo teas will also be served. Of course, at this time of year, there will be no flowers in the expansive gardens, but should there only be a light snow covering (or no snow at all), the model trains will be running through the gardens. You are also welcome to visit their Chicago themed model train museum. 

 

We will also make a stop at Treetime Christmas Creations, a lovely Christmas shop offering beautiful ornaments, decorations, and trees. Let’s get into the Christmas spirit! 

Walk Rate =1

$122.00 per person

 

Includes: Tea & luncheon, Treetime Christmas Creations, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $50.00 
Final Payment Due: November 6, 2018

 

“Wizard of Oz” – Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

You may have been to Oz before, but never like this… Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man with no heart, a living scarecrow … and a wicked witch that will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy. Prior to the matinee performance, we will enjoy a buffet lunch directly across the street at the Meyer Ballroom. You will love just having to walk across the street – especially if it is a cold and snowy day. Walk Rate = 1 $107.00 

“Who hasn’t sat looking out their window when the world feels like a hopeless jumble and dreamt of what life could be like on the other side of the rainbow? You may think you’ve gone down the yellow brick road before, but our journey to Oz brings this story to life for a whole new generation of rainbow chasers.”
–Amber Mak, Director

Includes: Lunch, matinee performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $45.00 
Final Payment Due: November 2, 2018

 

“The Producers” – Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than with a hit.  And so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history.  Max Bialystock is a has-been Broadway producer who has produced one too many flops.  After an off-the-cuff comment from accountant Leo Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever.  “The Producers” is an uproariously funny musical with hilarious songs that will have you grinning from ear to ear.  Lunch is included at Fireside Grille prior to the matinee performance.  

Please submit your entrée choice when making your reservation:  Chef’s Salad (gluten-free), or Sauteed tilapia with lemon-butter sauce, or French onion meatloaf, or ¼ rack BBQ baby back ribs.  Served with garden salad, bread & butter, vegetable, mashed potatoes, and non-alcoholic beverages.             Walk Rate = 1             

 

$119.00 per person

Includes:  Show, lunch, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $40.00                                 
Final Payment Due
:  January 3, 2019

 

                                                                                    Chicago Flower & Garden Show
                                                                                           Saturday, March 23, 2019


Get a jump-start on Spring at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Navy Pier to dazzle the senses with an abundance of amazing displays and landscapes. You can attend education seminars with top horticulture experts and professionals who will share their insights at seminars held daily. Buy fresh flowers, or bulbs for fall planting. You can also buy plant related foods, such as teas, veggie dips, etc. There will be vendors where you can sit down and grab a bite to eat. The shops will also be open, so browse the many offerings on Navy Pier.        Walk Rate = 2

$63.00 per person 

Includes: Admission, motor coach transportation, and driver tip

 

“Old Time Religion” – Cornwell Theatre
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Give me that Old Time Religion, it’s good enough for me. Toe tapping and knee slapping inspirational music we’ve all come to love at the “Ellen” theatre in Big Elk, North Carolina, as a Concert Promoter is getting ready for a HUGE concert. As the evening starts, the band has not arrived. Promoter, Debbie Stalker, is at a loss as to what to do. She tries to stall the show as the entire crew is waiting for the entertainers to show up. Lucky for the promoters and the town, some of the residents of Big Elk are ready to jump in and help out. The evening goes on with its share of challenges, but by show time, all is resolved and the fun begins. During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.                           Walk Rate = 1 

 

$92.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $38.00 
Final Payment Due: March 15, 2019

 

“August Rush” – Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Evan Taylor is an 11-year-old orphan on a journey in search of his parents, who don’t even know he exists.  But Evan refuses to give up hope, and while on his search, he surrenders to the symphony of sounds in the city and follows the music, discovering his own genius along the way in this new musical.  Prior to the show, we will have a buffet lunch directly across the street from the theatre in Meyer Ballroom, making this day trip a very easy day for all.  

Walk Rate = 1                                                           

$113.00 per person

Includes:  Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

 


Deposit:  $40.00                                 Final Payment Due:  April 1, 2019

 

Midlife Crisis - Cornwell Theatre
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

With a balanced look at the ‘joys’ of growing older, a cast of three men and three women, MID-LIFE! strikes a chord with anyone regardless of age. A series of scenes and sketches poke fun at the frustrations of mammograms, love handles, weekend warriors, and proctology exams. The cleverly written songs celebrate forgetfulness, reading glasses, and menopause, but also touch on the sentimental wisdom that the later years afford us. MID-LIFE! is a hilarious romp with an honest humor about the trials and tribulations of the unavoidable aging process. With such great hits as “Welcome to Mid Life”, “Turning Forty”, and “What Did I Come In Here For”. During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.                         Walk Rate = 1 

Price: $92.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit: $38.00                             Final Payment Due: April 25, 2019


 

Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets
Saturday, June 22, 2019


We have again been given the opportunity to make deposits for 2019 Cubs games.  Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover.  Please note that game time has not yet been determined for this game, but I have reserved the date because I have had fans ask for a night game.  Consequently, this could be a night game, getting us home very late, but it is a Saturday night.   Ticket prices are not yet available, but we are giving you the opportunity to reserve your spot.  Just make a $70 deposit and your seat is secure.  When game ticket prices are published, then the full trip cost will be established.  We wanted to get the tickets secured and have made a deposit to ensure that we have them. Tickets will not be held without a deposit.              Walk Rate = 3 – 4

Includes:  Ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $70 per person                                 
Final Price:  To Be Determined

Final Payment Due:  May 12, 2019

 

Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres
Friday, July 19, 2019

We have again been given the opportunity to make deposits for 2019 Cubs games.  Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover out of the sun for this afternoon game.  Ticket prices are not yet available, but we are giving you the chance to reserve your spot for this game.  Just make a $70 deposit and your seat is secure.  When game ticket prices are published, then the full trip cost will be established.  We wanted to get the tickets secured and have made a deposit to ensure that we have them. Tickets will not be held without a deposit.              Walk Rate = 3 – 4

Includes:  Ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $70 per person                                 
Final Price:  To Be Determined

Final Payment Due:  June 9, 2019

 

                                                                              “The Marvelous Wonderettes” – Cornwell Theatre
                                                                                                          Thursday, July 25, 2019


This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop”, “Dream Lover”, “Stupid Cupid”, and “Lipstick on Your Collar”. In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic 50s and 60s hits. During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods. An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.                          Walk Rate = 1 

Includes: Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Price: $92.00

Deposit: $38.00 
Final Payment Due: June 15, 2019

 

“Come From Away” – Cadillace Palace Theatre, Chicago, 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The true story of a small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s “Come From Away” has won Best Musical all across North America!

This production takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town of Gander in Newfoundland that welcomed them when all planes were ordered grounded on September 11, 2001. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical which Newsweek cheers “it takes you to a place you never want to leave”. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. We will enjoy all the salad and pizza you care to eat at Connie’s Pizza prior to the show. 

Walk Rate = 2 

$189.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $95.00 
Final Payment Due: July 4, 2019


Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco Giants
Thursday, August 22, 2019

We have again been given the opportunity to make deposits for 2019 Cubs games.  Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover out of the sun for this afternoon game.  Ticket prices are not yet available, but we are giving you the chance to reserve your spot for this game.  Just make a $70 deposit and your seat is secure.  When game ticket prices are published, then the full trip cost will be established.  We wanted to get the tickets secured and have made a deposit to ensure that we have them. Tickets will not be held without a deposit.              Walk Rate = 3 – 4

Includes:  Ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $70 per person                                 
Final Price:  To Be Determined

Final Payment Due:  July 12, 2019

 

“The Rat Pack” – Cornwell Theatre
Friday, September 20, 2019

Frank, Dean, and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on Earth.  It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge.  Now he and the boys have one night to make things right.  No need for look-alikes or impersonators – just a cast who can charm the audience with hits like “My Way”, “What Kind of Fool Am I?”, and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”.  With over 30 hit songs, The Rat Pack Lounge will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers.  During intermission, browse their wonderful gift shop full of indoor and outdoor home décor, jams & jellies, & baked goods.  An excellent traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s is included at the theatre prior to the matinee.              Walk Rate = 1

Includes:  Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Price:  $92.00

Deposit:  $38.00                                 
Final Payment Due
:  August 10, 2019

 

 

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