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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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Honky Tonk Angels" - Cornwell's/Turkeyville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday, July 8, 2020
The Creator of “always Patsy Cline”combines over 30 classic country tunes in a hilarious story about the three gutsy gals who are determined to be better than their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. The all-hit song list includes “i’ll Fly Away” and “Coal Miners Daughter,” Plus many more (family friendly). 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 
$96.00 per person 


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

 

Mystery in the Mansion
Jacob Henry Mansion – Joliet, IL
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
!!! NEW DATE !!!

Enjoy the mystery and intrigue of a murder mystery luncheon at the Henry Jacob Mansion and Victorian Ballroom in Joliet, Illinois, an 1873 National Historic Landmark., well known for its beauty, old Victorian charm and furnishings, as well as its homemade meals and entertainment. Have fun as we try to solve this whodunit. Will one of us be “the murderer”!?  Cash bar available.

Walk Rate = 1 

$106.00 per person

 

Includes: Murder Mystery, lunch, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $25.00 per person
Final payment Due: June 5, 2020


                                                                                                                                                  Chicago Architectural Cruise & Museum of Science & Industry
                                                                                                                                                                               Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Explore the wonders of what the Museum of Science & Industry holds inside the walls of this magnificent museum. You will be on your own in the museum with a chance to visit the areas and exhibits of interest to you. If you have not been to the museum for years, refresh your experience of going to the museum as a child. Since we will all be going in different directions at the museum, lunch will be on your own. There are 3 eateries in the museum: 1. The Brain Food Court offering fresh-made pizza, hand pressed burgers, cage free chicken tenders, artisan sandwiches, and gourmet pasta; 2. Museum Café offering Starbcks coffee, gourmet sandwiches, snacks, salads, and pastries; 3. Finnigan’s Ice Cream Parlor featuring Hyde Park ice cream offering sundaes and shakes. 

 

 

 

 

Then the afternoon takes us on “The First Lady” architectural cruise on the Chicago River narrated by excellent trained docent volunteers from the Chicago Architectural Foundation sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you’ll get the best overview of Chicago’s architecture and its history.  This proves to be a very informative tour being it is hosted by the Chicago Architectural Foundation.    Walk Rate = 2 – 3
 

Price:  $101.00 per person

Includes: Museum entrance, cruise, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $25.00 per person
Final Payment Due: June 11, 2020

 
                                                                                             FireKeepers & Essenhaus
                                                                                                Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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. (Please note that the casino giveaways are always subject to change by the casinos.) 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.                                     Walk Rate = 1                    

$74.00 per person

Includes: 4 hours at FireKeepers, $20 in slot play, $5.00 to be used in food or at any of the shops at FireKeepers, dinner at Essenhaus, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 
Final Payment Due: June 18, 2020

                                                                                                    "Steel Magnolias"
                                                                                   Drury Lane Theatre - Oakbrook Terrace, IL
                                                                                              Thursday, August 20, 2020

In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life’s challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship. The play received one Drama Desk Award nomination, and the popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes. 

Prior to this matinee, we will enjoy lunch in their lovely on-premises dining room. Please indicate your entrée preference when making your reservation. 1. Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Garlic Red Wine Sauce, or 2. Grilled Salmon with Roasted Shallots, Black Garlic, Beurre Blanc, or 3. 6 oz. Filet Mignon with either a Bordellaise or Chimichurri Sauce. Also included is Freshly Baked Bread, a Mixed Green Salad, Mixed Berry Pie, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on your own. Drury Lane is a very easy theatre to navigate if you have mobility issues, as you are dropped off right at the entrance and the facility is all on one level.                          Walk Rate = 1 – 2 

$144.00 per person


Includes
: Lunch, matinee performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $40.00 per person
Final Payment Due: July 10, 2020

                                                                                         Chicago Botanical Gardens 
                                                                                        Friday, September 25, 2020


The Chicago Botanical Gardens opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit and has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers We will enjoy these vast outdoor areas on a narrated tram ride for an overview through the most popular areas of the gardens, which is included. The Roadside Flower Sale will be going on this particular weekend where you can shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from natural plants, dried floral arrangements, and much more made by volunteers and held in the Regenstein Center. The sale features wreaths, arrangements, bouquets, wall hangings, stationery cards, etc. using plant materials they have gathered from the gardens throughout the year. Lunch will be on your own in the lovely Garden Café.                    Walk Rate = 2


$78.00 per person

Includes: Admission to Chicago Botanical Gardens, tram ride, motor coach transportation and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: August 15, 2020

 

                                                                                         Cornwell’s Turkeyville
                                                                                     “Church Basement Ladies”
                                                                                Wednesday, September 23, 2020


A celebration of the church basement and the women who work there. Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes. Funny and down to earth. (family friendly). 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 

$96.00 per person  


Includes: Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, server tip, and driver tip. 
Deposit: $39.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: August 13, 2020

 

“Rock of Ages”
Paramount Theatre – Aurora, IL
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Are you ready to rock….like, really rock?! It’s the story of a small-town girl with Hollywood dreams who meets a big-city boy chasing his rock-star fantasies on the infamous sunset strip in LA. With the historic Bourbon Room as the backdrop, their love story unfolds right where the biggest names in rock got their start – all told through the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Poison, and more. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Rock of Ages” will take you back into the iconic music era of the 80’s, where rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality – and you can be there to watch it all come to life. We enjoy a lunch buffet prior to the matinee performance across the street from the theatre in the Meyer Ballroom. Snacks and alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the theatre during intermission.                     Walk Rate = 2 


$125.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $50.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: August 20, 2020

 

Gun Lake Casino – Wayland, MI
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan offers over 2,000 slot machines and 33 table games, as well as a wide variety of restaurants – Sandhill Café, Tim Horton’s, Coldstone Creamery, Villa Pizza, and Johnny Rockets. You will receive $10.00 in free slot play and a $10.00 voucher to be used toward food at the Sandhill Café or their marvelous buffet during our 4-hour stay. 

Walk Rate = 1 

 

Price $59.00 per person

Includes: $10 in slot play, $10 food voucher, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 
Final Payment Due: September 4, 2020

 

IKEA Schaumburg
Thursday, October
26, 2020

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).  Monday is a great day to go, as it is not so busy.  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 in the strip mall. 

Walk Rate = 3                               $59.00 per person                    

Includes:  IKEA, strip mall, motor coach transportation, driver tip.
Deposit:  $15 per person                                 
Final Payment Due:  September 16, 2020

 

Psychic Reader & Medium
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
!!! SOLD OUT - ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED FOR NOVEMBER 4, 2020 !!!

Enjoy a self guided tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion followed by a luncheon and a “Group Reading” by Psychic Medium Michael Gourley.  Michael is one of the “Top 10 Chicago Psychics” and will explain how he uses his gifts to deliver messages from loved ones in spirit, and will deliver any messages that come through for our guests – there may even be a message for you!!  The Jacob Henry Mansion is on the list of National Historic Landmarks.  Lunch will consist of Jake's Cordon Bleu chicken breast served open with ham, cheese, and a Bearnaise sauce, chef's choice of potato and steamed vegetable, fresh garden salad, warm rolls and whipped butter, coffee, tea, and caramel apple trifle for dessert.  Cash bar available.     Walk Rate = 1 - 2          

$103.00 per person


Includes:  Luncheon, Group Reading, and Self-guided Tours of The Jacob Henry Mansion & Old Central Church


Psychic Reader & Medium
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
!!! ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED !!!

Enjoy a self guided tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion followed by a luncheon and a “Group Reading” by Psychic Medium Michael Gourley.  Michael is one of the “Top 10 Chicago Psychics” and will explain how he uses his gifts to deliver messages from loved ones in spirit, and will deliver any messages that come through for our guests – there may even be a message for you!!  The Jacob Henry Mansion is on the list of National Historic Landmarks.  Lunch menu will be announced.  Cash bar available.     Walk Rate = 1 - 2          

$103.00 per person


Includes:  Luncheon, Group Reading, and Self-guided Tours of The Jacob Henry Mansion & Old Central Church

Deposit:  $35.00 per person
Final Payment Due:  September 25, 2020

 

Christmas Kringle Tour in Racine, Wisconsin
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Racine, Wisconsin is famous for their delicious Danish Kringle, so let’s take a tour to Racine and try some of their famous goodies. Upon arrival in Racine, we will enjoy lunch to give us the energy needed to shop 4 bakeries where you will be given treats, samples, and shopping time. En route, we will listen to a narration by our local step-on guide of the history of Christmas holiday traditions of the Polish, German, Italian, Irish, and more. (If you went on the Milwaukee Foodie Tour in 2019, we have scheduled Karen, the same great step-on guide we had on that tour.) We’ll delve into the infamous Racine Kringle, the official State of Wisconsin pastry. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the holidays with friends while sampling baked goods and learning about Racine’s Danish history while exploring the city, just in time to purchase sweet treats for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. FYI – Kringles freeze very well waiting to be pulled out for your holiday celebrations.                                Walk Rate = 2 

$158.00 per person 

Includes:
Lunch, 4 bakeries, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit:
$25.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
October 1, 2020

 

El's Cheesecake Dock Sale, Superior Nut & Candy, 
Kurowski's Meat Market, Red Apple Restaurant
Saturday, November 21, 2020

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 on previous trips, 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 we will go back to Kurowski’s instead of Gene’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 = 3 

$91.00 per person

Includes: Dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, motor coach transportation & driver tip
Deposit: $15.00 
Final Payment Due: October 11, 2020

 

“Eataly” – An Italian Experience
Monday, November 23, 2020

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 food tastings, or a pasta making 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.  No meal is included with the tasting tour, 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. Besides, you may be full after the numerous tastings.  You must try one of their meals with freshly made pasta – they are to die for!

 

 


A hands-on-demonstration of pasta making and space to make pasta by the attendees will be provided for you on the pasta making class to make pasta, box it up, and take home. You will be served a full portion of pasta made by the demonstrator, along with some wine tastings! I have personally done both tours and am not sure which I enjoyed the most. The walking tour is very informative, but the pasta making is a lot of fun in a small group. 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. 


Walk Rate = 2 
$97.00 per person
Includes: Tour of your choice, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $40.00 per person Final Payment Due: October 13, 2020

Cornwell’s Turkeyille
“Christmas is for the Birds”
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Christmas is always full of surprises and blessed moments, but this hilarious comedy will have the birds in your life wondering what happened to Christmas.  Includes lot of your favorite Christmas songs, plus a few new ones.  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                          $96.00 per person

 

Includes:  Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, server tip, and driver tip.
Deposit:  $39.00 per person 
Final Payment Due:  October 25, 2020

 

                                                                                                                   “Kinky Boots”
                                                                                                   Paramount Theatre – Aurora, IL
                                                                                                        Wednesday,
August 11, 2021

Based on a true story, the owner of a failing old shoe manufacturing business passes away and his son, Charlie, inherits the factory. No way will the factory survive…..until he meets Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen. Charlie develops a plan to produce a line of upscale high-heeled boots and discovers that he and Lola are not so different after all. This is a splashy, light-hearted musical filled with laughter, music, and lyrics by Tony, Emmy, and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper, based on the book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein. Prior to attending the matinee performance, we will have a buffet lunch across the street from the theatre at Meyer Ballroom, making this a very easy trip for anyone with mobility issues.                        
Walk Rate = 1 

$139.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, theatre ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit: $50.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: July 1, 2021

 

 

 

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