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First stop on the trip will be an authentic German lunch at the House of Gerhard followed by an afternoon at Civil War Museum which includes a 30-45 minute theater performance. Who better to tell the stories of the people who were touched by the Civil War or slavery than the individuals themselves? The Civil War Museum focuses on the contributions of the Upper Middle West – Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan. Before heading back to Illinois, trip goers will also have some time to explore on their own and hop aboard an authentic streetcar for a 2-mile scenic tour of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Harbor Park, two historic districts and the downtown business district.
The House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI, began in 1945 when a man named Alex Jordan had a towering goal: to build a retreat as awe-inspiring as the view from the rock upon which the House would eventually be built. Since those early days, it has grown far beyond the original house and into an attraction with many buildings, exhibits and collections. Enjoy a leisurely self-guided tour of two sections including the Original House & Infinity Room, Streets of Yesterday, Spirit of Aviation, Carousel Room and so much more. After touring the attractions of The House, enjoy a late lunch at The Grumpy Troll Brewhouse
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 7:45am - 5:00pm AGES: ACTIVE ADULTS Fee: $93/$103 Location: Depart F&RC - Lobby for Chicago, IL Chicago’s breathtaking houses of worship tell the story of the city’s rich cultural history as well as our diverse population. Visit Chicago’s oldest and most beautiful churches, emphasizing architecture, immigrant life, the effect of The Great Chicago Fire and the dynamic changes within the city’s population. Tour includes St. Patrick’s Cathedral (oldest in the state), First United Methodist Church (tallest in…
We will be traveling by bus first to one of the most interesting biker bars in Illinois called Poopys. It’s menu offers your typical pub items like burger, chicken wings, sandwiches, hot dogs and appetizers like mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, etc… along with a full bar. The fee for this event will allow you to choose your lunch from the sandwich menu and then a non-alcoholic drink. Once done with lunch, we will then travel to the American Pickers store to check out mementos that Mike and Frank have created from their finds on the road along with other cute shops along that same strip.
Come join us for a fun historical day on top of the Big Bus of Chicago for a two-hour tour where we will see and hear about the history of places like the Chicago Theatre district, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park and Hard Rock Café. Lunch will be on your own. Once done, we will meet at the entrance of The Art Institute of Chicago, which was founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park. It is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States! Its collections include Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. There are a thousand years of artifacts to see. You will have about three hours to explore this magnificent building.