Day and Theater Trips



January-June 2018

Ringing in the Chinese New Year                Friday, February 23          $101

Celebrate by visiting Chicago’s Chinatown at the start of the Chinese New Year, one of the most important Chinese holidays. Traditionally gifts are exchanged and red paper lanterns hung to welcome and bring good luck in the New Year. 2018 is the zodiac year of the Dog, whose energy is going to be prevalent during 2018.  Our celebration includes a group dumpling-making demonstration followed by a delicious feast.  Called bao jiaozi, these delicious dumplings are a particularly important food during the Chinese New Year. Their resemblance to yuan bao, a mode of currency during the Ming dynasty, makes them a symbol of prosperity and wealth. The demonstration will also include storytelling about the Chinese New Year.   The day also includes a hands-on Chinese printing and calligraphy class where you will unlock the secrets of the basic calligraphy strokes for the creation of Chinese writing as an art form. There will also be some free time in Chinatown Square where you’ll find a bakery, shops and amazing public art including the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, a pagoda and an amazing mural.

Bible Bingo!  At the Royal George Theatre           Friday, March 9                  $111

Get ready for a fun, hilarious afternoon at the Royal George Theater in Lincoln Park as we see Bible Bingo! From the creator of the popular long-running show, Late Nite Catechism, this interactive comedy revolves around the fictional Archdiocese's new bingo department, needing to raise money for the Our Lady of Good Fortune parish. Character Mary Margaret O’Brien hosts the event, complete with a set that looks like a typical Catholic school classroom including chalkboard, bookcases, walls lined with the cursive alphabet, images of U.S. presidents and the teacher’s desk.  From there you are immediately immersed into the show. After learning the “Ten Commandments of Bingo,” the fun begins! Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes! Between games and as numbers are called, trivia is interspersed. You’ll laugh, sing, chat, and goof around all afternoon in the theatrical event you don’t want to miss!  Before Bible Bingo, enjoy a fabulous lunch at another Lincoln Park landmark, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, Chicago's original tapas restaurant. Enjoy the lively lively atmosphere and warm ambiance, decorated with a range of artwork celebrating Spanish cuisine and culture.

Chicago’s Historic Theatres & Union League Club     Thursday, March 22             $120

Come along on a guided tour of Chicago’s grand old theatres, movie palaces and concert venues synonymous with the city’s theatre scene.   Our first stop is at the landmark Auditorium Theater where we go behind the scenes at this National Historic Landmark. Built by Adler & Sullivan, and completed in 1889, we’ll see the radiant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns, ornate gilded designs, and the endless floor and wall mosaics and murals.  Learn about the theater’s once famous tunnel to the Congress Hotel and the events it has hosted from John Philip Sousa to Jimi Hendrix to Phantom of the Opera.  On our driving tour through the district, see and hear the histories of the iconic theatres such as the Oriental Theatre, built in 1926 to present movie and vaudeville acts, hosting such luminaries as Bing Crosby, Jerry Lewis, The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges. Also opened in 1926, the Palace Theatre became the Bismarck Theatre and is currently the Cadillac Palace Theatre and brought Broadway to Chicago in the 50s with Carol Channing and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  The PrivateBank Theatre (now CIBC Bank Theatre) was built as the Majestic Theatre in 1906 and became Chicago’s tallest building and a premier destination for vaudeville acts. It went on to become the Shubert Theatre, the home for classic plays and musicals such as South Pacific, The King and I and A Chorus Line.  We’ll also stop at the iconic Chicago Theatre for their Marquee tour where you’ll stand on the world-famous stage where the great Frank Sinatra often performed, view the autographed backstage wall and explore the beautiful Baroque interiors.  Lunch today is at the historic Union League Club* for their fabulous luncheon buffet.  This private club dates back to the 1800s and its members have been instrumental in establishing many of Chicago's cultural icons including Orchestra Hall, the Field Museum, the Art Institute and were the driving force for the city to host the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  During our visit we'll also see some of the club's incredible art collection.  With over 800 works, the art collection is one of the oldest and most important private collections of American art in the Midwest.

* IMPORTANT NOTE  Union League Club Dress Code: Business Casual Attire defined as  Men: Collared shirt and slacks (no dress denim). Women: Slacks or skirt with blouse or sweater. Jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts and athletic attire including running or tennis shoes are prohibited.

The Amazing - “Blue Man Group”              Friday April 6                       $131

Come celebrate 20 years of the Blue Man Group in Chicago and take one more “must-do” off your bucket list!  This entertainment phenomenon is best known for its award-winning theatrical production which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," and "visually stunning".This multi-sensory show, performed at the Briar Street Theater, fuses theatrical spectacle and original music with comedy art vaudeville and science. We’ll see the famous blue bald guys take a humorous look at contemporary forms of communication. Giant PCV tubing and tubs fill the stage while brightly colored objects fly about before a pulsating new finale set to an original music score.  Don’t miss the music, laughter and surprises at our matinee performance and see why over 35 million people, of all ages worldwide, have loved the Blue Man Group!  A pre-show lunch at the famous Ann Sather’s Swedish restaurant, just blocks from the theatre, is included. This legendary Chicago diner has been serving Lakeview residents for over 70 years! You will love the delicious entrees and will be delighted as you sample their famous cinnamon rolls and freshly baked breads.

Museum of Broadcast Communications and Chicago Movie Tour  
 Wednesday, April 18                                   $113

A nostalgic day awaits you as we tour the Museum of Broadcast Communications and their new blockbuster exhibition- Saturday Night Live: The Experience.  This once-in-a-lifetime immersive multimedia exhibition will let you go behind the scenes of the popular NBC TV show which will be entering its 43rd season on the network.  Ten galleries will take you through a typical week at SNL where you will experience the creative team coming up with the skits and feel the fast paced schedule involved with each episode. You’ll see the replica office of the executive producer Lorne Michaels, the writers’ room, control room and more, highlighted by more than 500 authentic artifacts. Along the way you can take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch and deliver the ‘news’ from behind the Weekend update desk.  See iconic costumes on display along with hundreds of other original sets, props and scripts, such as Steve Martin’s King Tut headdress, Eddie Murphy’s Mr. Robinson cardigan, Dana Carvey’s Church Lady dress, Bill Murray’s lounge singer jacket, the Coneheads, the Killer Bees and more. The exhibit finishes with a full-scale replica recreation of SNL’s Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center in New York where you witness the excitement of an SNL performance with new material from Tina Fey, and some of your favorite performers, musical guest and sketches from the past 40 years. For lunch, it’s off to the newly remodeled Manny’s Deli and Coffee Shop, a Chicago institution since 1942. Enjoy a great cafeteria-style lunch, acclaimed for its famous corned beef sandwich, at this restaurant frequented by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and used as a backdrop for the TV show Chicago Fire. The we’re off on a narrated tour with a Chicago Film Tours guide to enjoy a whimsical journey through Chicago’s many neighborhoods to see various famous filming locations while showing clips of the movies, such as  "North By Northwest", “The Dark Knight", “Blue Brothers” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”  

Under and over Chicago!  Pedways and the 95th         Tuesday, May 1          $127

Explore Chicago in a new and interesting way as we tour the city from below the streets and from high in the sky! First we join renowned guide Margaret Hicks as she takes us on her famous Chicago Pedway walking tour.  The Pedway is a series of mostly indoor tunnels, introduced in 1951 to connect the Red and Blue Line subways. Now it is an intricate labyrinth connecting over 50 buildings with 40 blocks and over five miles of pathways, protecting pedestrians from the cold brutal winters and hot humid summers.  This tour will talk about the fascinating Pedway, its history and how to use it, while getting a great insight into the city. Learn about the different facets of Chicago, its architecture and history and how each building provides their own security making the Pedway safer than the streets.  The Pedway, a mystery to even the most seasoned natives will challenge your logic, senses and your sense of direction. Find hidden entrances leading to mysterious destinations and explore interiors of famous buildings along the way.  Among the highlights are the Thompson Center, designed by the great modernist, Helmut Jahn; City Hall, with its marble walls and stairways, mosaic vaulted ceilings and countless amazing stories of Chicago politics;Macy’s, the former iconic Marshall Field’s department store, and more!  Later we emerge from below ground and rise to the 95th floor of the mighty John Hancock building to visit the remarkable Signature Room for a fabulous lunch overlooking the city.  This upscale spot features floor to ceiling windows and acclaimed contemporary American cuisine in an exquisite atmosphere.

The Pedway tour consists of about a mile of walking, with lots of ups and downs using both escalators and stairs, while also encountering revolving doors.  The tour is not recommended for anyone with walking difficulties.  The tour is limited to 25 passengers.

Chicago Architectural Cruise                     Tuesday, May 22                   $109

The city of Chicago sparkles with some of the greatest architecture in the world! Come along on a 90-minute cruise on the Chicago River to see and learn about these masterpieces from an expert narrator from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The tour has been rated the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” according to Trip Advisor users.   Learn about the history of the masters such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Trace the evolution of Chicago architecture from the Wrigley Building to the Tribune Tower to the Merchandise Mart to the ultra modern Trump and NBC Towers. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises will be our host today. Their boats hold up to 250 passengers and feature open-air upper decks, a full-service bar, and climate-controlled lower cabins.  Lunch is included at Mity Nice Grill in the architecturally significant Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue.

Ukrainian Village & Russian Tea Time           Thursday, May 31                  $110

Another of Chicago’s wonderful neighborhoods awaits today as we visit the Ukrainian Village. Enjoy a guided tour of this old world neighborhood, which will fascinate you with unique shops, churches and restaurants. At the Ukrainian National Museum see the amazing collection of folk arts such as embroidery, costumes, musical instruments, and artwork from the former Soviet Union. Marvel at the museum’s famous decorated Easter eggs, a staple of Ukrainian folk art. Afterward visit two of the neighborhood’s most majestic European-style churches.  St. Nicholas and St Volodomyr & Olha are among the most beautiful in Chicago. We then travel a short distance to downtown Chicago for lunch at the Russian Tea Time Restaurant. Enjoy the nostalgic cuisine of the former Soviet Union with an extensive family-style lunch in an elegant and intimate atmosphere. Rich mahogany, brass samovars, heart-warming balalaika music and impeccable service create a uniquely warm atmosphere that is the perfect end for our tour!

The Wabash & Erie Canal and Monon Connection         Tuesday, June 12           $119

Take a trip back to the past as we travel to west central Indiana to see the Historic Wabash & Erie Canal. The Wabash and Erie Canal was a shipping canal that linked the Great Lakes to the Ohio River providing traders access from the Great Lakes all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.  At over 460 miles long, it was the longest canal ever built in North America.  In Delphi, IN the canal has been brought back to life at the Wabash & Erie Canal Park. Here you’ll be taken back in time to celebrate this early manmade waterway and the 1850’s way of life.  While you are here we tour the impressive Canal Interpretive Center and Museum filled with a dozen interactive, action-filled galleries. The museum offers a chance to learn the history of how the Wabash and Erie Canal was important to our country’s transportation system.  We’ll also enjoy a 35-minute trip on a replica 19th century canal boat, the Delphi. Tour guides share adventures and stories of everyday life as it was 150 years ago on the canal. The Canal Park also features a Pioneer Village complete with a log schoolhouse, fur trader's cabin, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, and the Reed Case House, a Federal style house built in 1844 by Reed Case, the building contractor for the canal in Carroll County. On the way to the canal, we’ll also tour the Monon Connection Museum, which totals over 6,000 items of railroad artifacts and memorabilia. The museum will take you back to a bygone era when the railroad was the king of the transportation industry. On display are hundreds of handheld lanterns, over 40 brass steam locomotive bells and whistles, and a full-size, authentically furnished Illinois Central Railroad depot, with dining car china, silver and other artifacts that were a part of everyday life on the railroad. Lunch is at the adjacent Whistle Stop Cafe.

The Pride of Oregon Lunch Cruise          Thursday, June 28             $91

Board The Pride of Oregon, docked at the historic Maxson Riverside Restaurant, for a luncheon cruise (and the famous orange rolls!) and panoramic sights of the gorgeous Rock River Valley near Oregon, IL.  Delight in the beautiful scenery on a fifteen-mile, two-hour cruise aboard this authentic paddlewheel boat. Built as a replica of the famous Rosie O’Shea paddlewheel, her festive exterior and graciously appointed interior provide a relaxing atmosphere for your memory-making cruise. While on the cruise, hear the interesting narration of the legend of Chief Black Hawk. See the picturesque bluffs in Lowden State Park and the 50-foot Black Hawk Statue gazing over the Rock River Valley, thought to be the second largest concrete monolithic statue in the world.



LYRIC OPERA  All performances are Matinee with seats on the Main Floor Rear to Main Floor Center.  Opera preceded by lunch at Petterino’s and the Lyric’s Opera Talk, when available.

Faust Wednesday, March 21                                                                      $188

Who doesn’t long to be young again?  It happens for the aging philosopher Faust—he sells his soul to the devil and, in exchange, is transformed into a dashing young man.  He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences.  Gounod’s masterpiece has been one of the world’s most popular operas for more than 150 years.  You’ll know why when you hear the score, which simply bursts with memorable music.  Marguerite’s Jewel Song, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the spectacular final trio—these and much more make Faust a sublime experience for young and old alike.  Sung in French with English subtitles.

Jesus Christ Superstar Wednesday May 2                                                 $158

One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age.  With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot.  As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal.  Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.  A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!

All performances are Matinees with Dress Circle seats, preceded by Lunch at Petterino’s or similar and include Gratuities for Guide & Driver.

Love Never Dies  Cadillac Palace Theatre
Wednesday, February 21 (second date)         $189

                                                Wednesday February 28 (SOLD OUT)              

If you’ve seen Phantom of the Opera and wondered what happened to the Phantom himself, here’s your chance to find out.  This new story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera ten years later.  The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Webber’s spellbinding sequel.  This dazzling new production takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance.  Be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful and occasionally melancholic score.  Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Chicago. A must-see!

Macbeth Chicago Shakespeare Theatre  Wednesday, May 23                                   $149

Shakespeare’s Macbeth comes alive as adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn and Teller).  This famed duo reunites for an enchanted take on “the Scottish play”. Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare’s seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power.  Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye.  The flexibility of the new performance venue, The Yard, is the perfect platform for Teller and Posner’s wild imaginations in this thrilling culmination to the season. Lunch will be prior to the performance at Riva at Navy Pier.

Memphis  Ruth Page Center for the Arts  Thursday May 24                                   $135

Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

The Cher Show   Cadillac Palace Theatre  Wednesday, July 11  $189  (SOLD OUT)

THE CHER SHOW is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher!  The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty.  The glam TV star who quits at the top.  The would-be actress with an Oscar.  The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold.  The legend who’s done it all, still scared to walk on stage.  The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.  The woman, looking for love.  The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream.  They’re all here, dressed to kill, singing at the top of her lungs, telling it like it is.  And they’re all the star of THE CHER SHOW.  Featuring her beloved chart-topping hits, THE CHER SHOW will feature a book by Rick Elice (Tony Award-winning best musical Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (Avenue Q), choreography by Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony Award-winner Daryl Waters (Memphis).

Waitress  Cadillac Palace Theatre  Wednesday, July 18 $189

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.  Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

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CET also has Extended Tours—call 847 718 7709.  CET REWARDS* earned on each trip—you receive $5 in CET Rewards for every day you are on a CET Tour.  For example, a seven-day tour equals $35 in rewards, which can be used toward the final payment of your next Extended CET Tour. Redemption limits apply.  It pays to travel with CET because CET Celebrates Every Traveler!  CET GOLD CARD DISCOUNT—Gold Card Members receive $50 off trips over $2500, $25 off trips $750-2499 and $10 off trips under $750 (not combinable with rewards and not applicable to Day Trips).  CET REFERRAL PROGRAM—refer a friend or relative and earn $25 Referral Dollars toward your next CET trip when that person deposits on a CET extended trip.   CET REUNIONS—Reunions with a light lunch are held once a quarter for everyone who went on a CET Extended Tour in the previous three months.  CET GIFT CERTIFICATES—Looking for a great gift idea?  Give the gift of travel.  Perfect for the avid traveler!

*NEW REWARD PROGRAM BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2018:  Day Trip Reward certificates will now be good for either 1 Point OR $5.  Collect three certificates (equal to three points) and turn them in for $10 off your next CET Day Trip.  Day trip dollar rewards can still be used towards extended tours (overnight or longer) using the dollars-off redemption program currently in place.    

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______THE AMAZING “BLUE MAN GROUP” 4/6/19 $131








______FAUST 3/21/18 $188

______JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 5/2/18 $158

______LOVE NEVER DIES 2/21/18 $189

______MACBETH 5/23/18 $149

______MEMPHIS 5/24/18 $135

______WAITRESS 7/18/18 $189


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