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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

   “Eataly” – It’s All Italian
        Tuesday, November 12, 2019



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. 

 

 

 

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. 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! There were several people on this trip in 2018 who had never heard of Eataly and loved the trip!                         Walk Rate = 2 

 

 

$92.00 per person

Includes: Tour of your choice, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $40.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: October 2, 2019

 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Sunday, November 17, 2019
!!! SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST !!!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a new Cirque adventure, Broadway musical and family holiday spectacular wrapped in one! This incomparable phenomenon features over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.  Join us for our first trip to Honeywell Foundation theatre in Wabash for this matinee production.  Prior to the show, we will enjoy brunch in Eugenia’s Restaurant located in the venue, making it an easy trip for anyone who may have mobility issues. Don’t miss out on this dazzling opportunity full of beautiful costumes, stage settings, and Christmas music for which Cirque is so well-known.        Walk Rate = 2                         

$116.00 per person

Includes:  Brunch, show ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit
:  $60.00 per person                            
Final Payment Due:  October 7, 2019

 

FireKeepers & Essenhaus
Tuesday,
November19, 2019

!!! SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST !!!

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           $69.00  

Includes:  4 hours at FireKeepers, $20 in slot play, dinner at Essenhaus, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.

Deposit:  $15.00                                
Final Payment Due:  October 9, 2019
 

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Dock Sale, Superior Nut & Candy,
Kurowski’s Meat Market & Red Apple Restaurant
Saturday, November 23, 2019


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 = 4 

 

$89.00 per person

Includes: Dinner at Red Apple Restaurant, motor coach transportation & driver tip
Deposit: $15.00 
Final Payment Due: October 13, 2019 

 

“Santa Gets a Pink Slip” – Cornwell Theatre
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas is the busiest time of year for Santa.  Right?  Well………not this year!  Santa LLC has plans to change Christmas this year.  They decide they don’t need Santa – he is overpaid.  After all, he only works one day a year.  So, the new version is all planned and ready to begin.  It starts with Santa getting a pink slip.  Let’s just say, chaos and mayhem ensue.  Christmas may not happen?  But of course the Big Man in Red returns and Christmas is saved.  Packed full of Christmas songs and memories for the entire family.  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


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

Deposit:  $38.00                                 
Final Payment Due:  November 1, 2019

 

                                                                              Christkindlmkt & Winter WonderFest
                                                                                      Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Fill your senses with two eye-popping annual Christmas events in Chicago! Sparkling lights, glittering decorations, and activities abound each year with visitors attending from all over the world. Christkindlmkt, an outdoor market, in the Chicago Loop is no longer just a German tradition – it has become a Chicago institution. It’s a unique shopping experience with typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse Holiday entertainment. Winter WonderFest celebrates winter and the holidays. Entirely indoors on Navy Pier, the festival offers several activities and the hall is decorated with candy canes, Christmas tree, and lights galore. There is a skating rink, and inflatable slide, a carousel, spinning cups, and a train ride filling the 170,000 square feet in Festival Hall. There will be plenty of vendors where you may purchase snacks. Before heading out of Chicago, we will stop at Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen for dinner on your own. Being that this cafeteria style, including the meal in the pricing is nearly impossible, so your evening meal is on your own. Manny’s was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” and we thought it looked like a very interesting eatery. So be sure to save some room for a unique experience. 

Walk Rate = 3

Price: $67.00 per person

Includes: Christkindlmarkt, Winter WonderFest, motor coach transportation, and diver tip.
Deposit: $20.00 
Final Payment Due: November 9, 2019

 

Mannheim Steamroller
Thursday, December 19, 2019

America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years is back at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana!  Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects. Experience the spirit of the season as it comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  We will enjoy a Pasta Buffet lunch at Eugenia’s Restaurant located on the Honeywell premises, making this trip very easy for anyone who may have mobility issues.  Join us just before the holiday season with a production like none other than Mannheim Steamroller compares.               Walk Rate = 2

Price:  $141.00 per person

Includes:  Pasta buffet lunch, ticket, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit:  $80.00                                 
Final Payment Date:  November 9, 2019
 

 


                                                                                          “Beauty & the Beast”
                                                                                   Paramount Theatre – Aurora, IL
                                                                                    Wednesday, January 15, 2020


WHAT IS BEAUTY? Join us as we step inside this classic storybook fairytale and discover that beauty isn’t always as it appears. Once upon a time on a bitter winter’s night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever. But who could ever learn to love a beast? One of Disney’s most beloved animated films comes to life on stage with all the enchanted castle characters in a holiday extravaganza that will thrill, entertain and amaze young and old alike. Celebrate the power and wonder of theater with us and take a photo-op at their two-story Christmas tree in a lobby decorated to create memories that last a lifetime. Lunch is conveniently located right across the street at the Meyer Ballroom prior to the matinee performance.                                 Walk Rate = 1

Price: $119.00 per person

Includes: Buffet lunch, performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit: $46.00 per person 
Final Payment Due: December 10, 2019


Cornwell Theatre/Turkeyville
“Grandma’s Secret Diary”
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

While going through Grandma’s things, Rachel finds a diary.  As Rachel reads the diary, she finds that Grandma had a far more exciting life than anyone ever knew!  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:  $96.00 per person

Includes:  Lunch, matinee, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit:  $39.00 per person
Final Payment Due:  February 15, 2020
 

 

Shrine of Christ Passion, Albanese Candy, Chicagoland Popcorn, Tiebel’s Restaurant
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Experience the story of Easter along the paved ½ mile Prayer Trail at the Shrine of Christ Passion depicted with magnificent bronze sculptures along the trail. We had visited the venue in 2017 and everyone was quite moved by the talent and the beauty of the grounds and thought Holy Week was the perfect time to go back. 

Our first stop is Albanese Candy. Filled with a huge array of candies, including their famous gummies, is a candy lover’s delight offering candy in bulk, gift sets, and a variety of all sorts. We hop across the street to Chicagoland Popcorn and its 250 varieties of popcorn to choose from, ranging from the common flavors to the bizarre such as dill pickle, cotton candy, cranberry, jalapeno, and many, many more. You can try as many samples as you’d like, happily given out by the funny business owner who looks exactly like Mohammed Ali. 

 

 

 

It’s then on to Tiebel’s Restaurant for lunch where fried chicken and lake perch will be served family style, along with their popular wonderful accompaniments. Their boned and buttered lake perch is the best I’ve ever had! Tiebel’s art deco décor has not changed over the years, giving us a nostalgic feeling of the 20’s and 30’s. Lastly we visit the Shrine of Christ Passion to stroll along their paved one-half mile Prayer Trail and visit the story of Christ with magnificent bronze sculptures, taking you through His life up to He Is Risen, There will be time to visit the gift shop with beautiful gifts and treasures of all sorts. A limited number of golf carts are available for those with mobility issues.          Walk Rate = 2 

$99.00 per person

Includes: Shrine admission, Lunch at Tiebel’s, Albanese Candy, Chicagoland Popcorn, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 per person
Final Payment Due: March 1, 2020

                                                                                        Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets
                                                                                                 Thursday, June 18, 2020


We have again been given the opportunity to make deposits for 2020 Cubs games. Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover. This is an afternoon game. 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 18, 2020

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                                                                                        Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers
                                                                                                 Thursday, July 2, 2020


We have again been given the opportunity to make deposits for 2020 Cubs games. Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover. This is an afternoon game. 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 27, 2020

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Ladies Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Thursday, July 16, 2020

                                      The above photos are from a previous trip when we attended this event.

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 

Price:  $56.00 per person
Includes: Admission, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit: $15.00 per person
Final Payment Due: June 6, 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

 

                                                                                               “The Devil Wears Prada”
                                                                                             Saturday, August. 1, 2020

An ambitious young writer in New York City lands a job at a prestigious magazine. Trying to survive under her stylish yet terrifying boss, she finds herself caught between the dreams she thought she wanted, and the cost of what that reality brings. A joyous, funny, and – of course – ultraglamorous story about navigating life’s runway to discover where you’re meant to be. “The Devil Wears Prada” is a new musical that gives the hit film a fabulously fresh makeover in this matinee performance at the James M. Nederlander Theatre (formerly The Oriental Theatre) in downtown Chicago models that getting what you want simply means chasing it down, even in four-inch heels. The seats are located in Orchestra Section C.  We enjoy lunch prior to the matinee performance at Buca di Beppo served  family-stlye - all you can eat mixed greens salad and Caesar Salad, house bread, spaghetti marinara, fetuccine alfredo, chicken parmigiana, cheesecake, and soft drinks, coffee and tea. 

Walk Rate = 2                                $189.00 per person

Includes: Lunch, performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip
Deposit: $65.00 per person
Final Payment Due: June 1, 2020


Dear Evan Hansen
Saturday, August 22, 2020
!!! DATE CHANGE !!!

NOTE: Due to a prior commitment, we have had to change the date.

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.  DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”  This show is being held in downtown Chicago’s CIBD Theatre, formerly known as the Shubert Theatre, and has housed Hamilton most recently.  Our seats are located in the Mezzanine.  

Prior to the matinee performance, we enjoy lunch served family-style at one of our favorite restaurants – Connie’s Pizza – serving all you can eat salad, homemade bread, pizza, and beverages.  Walk Rate = 2                             Price:  $190.00

Includes:  Lunch, performance, motor coach transportation, and driver tip.
Deposit:  $65.00 per person
Final Payment Due:  July 15, 2020

 

                                                                                           Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers
                                                                                                 Thursday, August 20, 2020


We have again been given the opportunity to make deposits for 2020 Cubs games. Our tickets will be in the Terrace Reserved Section, as usual, and will be under cover. This is an afternoon game. 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: July 10, 2020

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