May 2, 2012
5.13.12: Thanks again
for wonderful day yesterday. GREAT SHOW, WONDERFUL
MEAL...... Phyllis R.
Wow.......what wonderful weather we were blessed with for this day trip after several days of rain and cold. We could not have asked for any better! Our passengers must be living right!
After loading our 50 passengers, we headed down the road to Chicago with a lively group ready for some great theatre. First, it was lunch at Buca di Beppo's in downtown Chicago. Buca's is top-notch in all areas - food quality, service, friendliness, and atmosphere. I have to admit the atmosphere is a bit quirky, which adds to the fun and ambience that only Buca's can do right.
This little lady greets us on the sidewalk right outside the entrance door.
We arrived about 1/2 hour early, so we had a 5 minute wait in the lobby before being escorted to our room for lunch. Pretty good time for arriving that early!
Showing their pride, they always take us through the kitchen to our seats.
If you have a small group, you can have lunch or dinner with "The Pope".
Then down the hallway to our room on the left.
First served was homemade bread, dipping oil, garden salad and Caesar's salad.
Then came the Fettuccine Alfredo
the Spaghetti with Marinara
and Chicken Parmigana.
And last, but certainly not least, chocolate cake!
As the waiters were clearing the tables, I did not see one serving bowl or platter with any food remaining on them. Some were so full that they asked for a to-go box for their piece of cake. I took mine home nestled in my tummy! Then it was time to say goodbye and thanks to the super folks at Buca's and head for the theatre. Kudos to Melissa and the rest of the Buca's staff for always handling our groups so well!
We arrive at the theatre for an entertaining performance that kept us hopping in our seats to some great music of the 60's. Of course, cameras are not allowed in the theatre, but I was able to sneak one quick shot in before the "camera police" had the time to watch for picture taking while seating the guests.
During intermission some of us got into conversations with some of the young people seated around us to find out they were from South Bend Riley High School's Choir on a field trip. Yes, it definitely is a small world!
I gave a call to our driver as the show ended and he was waiting outside among the many other tour buses and school buses. For those of you who travel with TravelStarz often, Paul did not drive for us this day, but Larry always greeted us with a smile and a happy face.
One of our passengers spotted the young man who portrayed Frankie Valli standing on the sidewalk in front of the theatre across the street. He is in the dark suit.
Again, thank you to Buca di Beppo's, the performers of Jersey Boys, Larry Harmon of Cardinal Buses, and to all of the great passengers for making this such a fun-filled day!