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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.   

NOTE:  With the virus situation at this time, we are limiting only 30 passengers on a 56 passenger bus.  Should the conditions change, we could possibly raise the number of people on the bus.

 

                                                                                 DAY TRIPS

                                                                                                                                                                 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

 

Ladies Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Friday, October 23, 2020
!!!
SOLD OUT  !!!
This event has currently been put on hold by the event planner until the State of Illinois opens up to events.

We had a trip to this event a couple of years ago and proved to be quite interesting.  It is held in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and is set up flea market style with individual booths and tables with great bargains to be had.  The merchandise ranges from socks to casual clothing to coats.  You will find faux furs, costume jewelry, diamonds and other precious gems.  You will also find gourmet food, home décor, and health and beauty products.  It’s a ladies’ shopping delight in over 1 million square feet of exhibits at prices you will not find at the malls.  So grab your mothers, daughters, sisters, and girlfriends for a fun-filled girls’ day out!  An eatery is also available on the premises.                Walk Rate = 2                            $56.00
Includes:  Admission, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit:  $15.00 per person
Final Payment Due:  September 13, 2020

 

IKEA Schaumburg
Monday, 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

 

                                                                                            

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