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Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 championship season, this heartwarming story chronicles the life of a north side family whose lives for generations have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies. As times change and the family business faces the threat of a growing neighborhood, can they keep faith, not just in their team, but each other? You don’t want to miss this musical 108 years in the making! Prior to the performance, lunch will be at the famous Café ba ba Reeba for a Tapas meal
Come with us to tour the Jelly Belly Factory where you will learn how the jelly beans are made, the history of Jelly Belly along with a good sampling of beans. Then, we travel to Apple Holler for lunch, apple picking and shopping. Lunch will be either a chicken or turkey dinner with all the fixings. It will include a drink of soda or tea and of course their famous apple pie with ice cream. After lunch, go apple picking to receive a ¼ bunch of apples and then cruise their shops. Our last stop will be the Mars Cheese House. Come hungry because there is so much to explore and eat!
We will head over to Shipshewana for a memorable experience visiting the heart of Amish Country. Our escorted tour offers personal details of growing up in such a unique area. The tour begins with 15-minute Amish Buggy ride in downtown Shipshewana. Following the ride, we will visit a buggy shop where we will learn how they make the buggies and the differences between them. We will then stop at a popcorn farm/stand to learn about the farm and get a taste of their very own popcorn. We will also visit the Amish Bakery for shopping
and free samples of their famous donuts. If time allows, we will stop at an authentic Amish furniture store. Our final stop will be at an Amish home where they will prepare a traditional thresher meal for us.
This tour delves into the history, mystery, murder and mayhem of the American serial killer, H.H. Holmes and the World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago in 1893. During the World’s Fair, Holmes operated the infamous “Murder Castle” and this was the first tour to take you on a journey back in time to not only the places where Holmes sought out and dispatched his victims, but also to take a look at the remnants of the World’s Columbian Exposition and to get an inside look at Chicago in 1893 and what the world saw when it came to the Windy City! After the tour, we will enjoy lunch at Fado Irish Pub.
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture and design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on the Gilded Age. The museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace”. It’s outstanding collection of decorative art is a must see. We will take a guided tour through the museum and then travel to Eataly where we will sample the creations of Lidia Bastianich, a critically-acclaimed chef, restaurateur, author, TV personality and Eataly USA partner, so come hungry.
Take a trip to the Wreath Factory in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Decorate your very own 24" holiday wreath, which will be neatly wrapped and tagged for transportation home. Then, shop at the unique Christmas store and save 10% on any in-store purchase. Next, enjoy a box lunch as we travel to Cedarburg. Once there, spend free time holiday shopping at the many quaint stores in the historic downtown area. Don’t miss the Cedarburg Settlement and Cedar Creek Winery! For lunch, choose from ham and cheddar sandwich or turkey and provolone sandwich. All box lunches include carrots and ranch, kettle chips, cookie and water.
Join us for a witty holiday show at The Fireside Theatre in Janesville, WI. The story is of Ralphie who wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. Based on the classic 1983 movie that has become a holiday tradition. A Christmas Story: The Musical, captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight all ages. Enjoy lunch before the show: tomato bisque, freshly baked breads, beef short ribs and chicken cordon blue served with scalloped potatoes and spaghetti squash, gingerbread frozen custard pie, along with coffee, tea and milk. Before or after dining, browse the charming specialty shops.
Enjoy a holiday shopping trip to the Little Traveler in the heart of Geneva, IL. At 2:00pm we will enjoy an English Tea in the Atrium of the Little Traveler with scones and a selection of teas. Following our shopping and tea, we will visit the spectacular holiday light show at Mooseheart in Mooseheart, IL. The light show is a mile and a half of holiday lights that we drive through to help get you in the holiday spirit. Minimal walking.