Day and Theater Trips

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July-December 2018

 

Fields of Dreams! Cubs & White Sox Ballpark Tours           Tuesday July 10                                     $109
Fewer places have a richer baseball history than Chicago and today we’ll go behind the scenes to explore our beloved stadiums. The White Sox’s newly renamed Guaranteed Rate Field in Bridgeport, formerly known as US Cellular Field opened in 1991.  This $137 million-dollar modern stadium replaced their former home of 81 years, Comiskey Park. On the tour we’ll visit the Press Box, the suites and the ultra-modern Stadium Club to take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the stadium. Learn why the upper deck was reconfigured and why the color scheme changed after the park opened.  See sculptures of Sox heroes such as Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk and Paul Konerko; the concourse murals and venture on to the playing field and into the White Sox Dugout.  Next, it’s off to one of Chicago’s most iconic restaurants, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse on Kinzie St for lunch in Chicago’s most famous sports restaurants. Harry is a Chicago broadcasting legend who called games for both the Cubs & Sox. See the fabulous baseball memorabilia and Harry’s mementos.  This afternoon, tour historic Wrigley Field, the second oldest park in major league baseball, built in 1914.  If you haven’t been to the park recently you will be amazed by its recent transformation. At the “friendly confines” our behind the scenes tour takes us to the Press Box area, where Harry once called games. Here, the view of this baseball shrine showcases the ivy-covered walls and the old scoreboard, along with the brand new scoreboards. Tour the visitor’s clubhouse, where stars such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Pete Rose prepared for games. You will feel baseball history as you step on the field where Cub heroes such as Ron Santo & Ernie Banks once roamed and where Babe Ruth called his home run in the 1932 World Series. Even take a picture in the Cubs dugout! There will be time to visit the new Park at Wrigley, the outside space adjacent to the park where you can see the 2016 World Championship ring, shop for souvenirs and possibly see the World Series trophy (if available).   Tour requires a good amount of walking at the parks!

Treasures of the Halim Time & Glass Museum                         Wednesday July 25                               $105
Chicagoland’s newest museum has opened its doors! The Halim Time & Glass Museum, a spectacular five-story building in Evanston, is the world’s first museum dedicated solely to stained glass and clocks from all over the world. The collection includes more than 1,100 clocks from all over the world and more than 30 painstakingly restored floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows from American and European artists.  More than 30 masterpiece windows, some as tall as 25 feet, tell the story of the School of Stained Glass. The Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany trace the creative life of the artist.  On display are stained glass paintings that showcase his work. On your tour, guides will help you examine the incredible craftsmanship and designs from an arm reach away and show you  the European and American Schools differences in techniques. The stories of how these pieces were acquired and restored are fascinating. Eight rooms are dedicated to clocks and watches, with each room specific to the collection's home country. From a sundial from the first century B.C. to 16th century German mechanical pieces, these timepieces tell the story of time and its role in navigation, trade and culture.  See works which were commissioned for Napoleon and Catherine the Great. Our day also features lunch at Smylie Brothers, just a block away from the museum where you will enjoy a choice of slow-cooked entrees at this contemporary micro-brewery.  We cap off the day with a visit to the amazing Baha’i Temple in Wilmette.  Built over a 30-year period, this architectural wonder features a 20-story dome, tranquil gardens with over two dozen types of flowers and nine fountains encircling the temple.

WI Streetcars and a Supper Club!                                             Thursday August 9                                        $120 
We cross the border to Wisconsin to immerse ourselves on a delightful journey to the past. Our first stop is in Kenosha to see and ride the city’s beautifully-restored electric streetcars.  Kenosha acquired six historic 'Red Rocket' streetcars, which operated in Toronto beginning in the 1950’s. Each has been restored to a clean, sleek functioning piece of history.  We will stop at the “streetcar barn” where chief mechanic, operator, videographer and tour guide Brad Preston will take us on a special behind the scenes tour.  You will see that the streetcars are different colors, each named after a city that once operated streetcars. Brad will explain the restoration process, show you how they are maintained and show photos of Kenosha’s old streetcars. He then takes us on a narrated streetcar ride through Harbor Park, Kenosha's beautiful redeveloped lakefront park, home to a marina, three museums and new condos. We are dropped at the doorstep of our next attraction, The Civil War Museum.  Many call this ten-year-old museum, the finest of its kind in the nation. The museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper Midwest including Illinois and Wisconsin. Here you’ll see an award-winning 360° film and multiple interactive displays. Next is something so unique that you feel like you have been transported back in a time capsule to the late 1950’s or early 60’s--the Wisconsin Supper Club. This evening we will dine at one of Wisconsin’s most classic – The Hobnob, located since 1954 on the shores of Lake Michigan between Kenosha and Racine. From the Neon signage and the huge martini painted on the outside wall to the inside retro-lush decor with deep burgundy walls, booths and a classic lounge, you will step into another era!

Rosewood Lunch & Cabaret                                                        Wednesday August 22                  $108                                       Visit one of Delavan, Wisconsin's newest event destinations, Rosewood. Experience  unique "farm to table" cuisine as their chef, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, prepares a mouthwatering lunch for the group.  Spend some time at Rosewood's new boutique retail shops, where you find everything from homespun treasures to delicious bakery goods.  After lunch, step into the new state-of-the-art theater at Rosewood for a cabaret style show performed by the famous local duo of Mark and Gretch Hladish.  The show, entitled CRUISIN’!  …takes a trip down memory lane with your favorite 50s & 60s songs. Cruise to the rhythms of The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, early Elvis, Five Satins, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Grease and more.

Bob Chinn’s and Wandering Tree Estate Railroad Gardens   Wednesday September 12                  $119
At Wandering Tree Estate in North Barrington, visit the incredible home of  Elaine Silets, one of the most uniquely beautiful private event venues in the country.  Elaine is an internationally recognized artist, designer and manufacturer of Model Railroads & Garden Railways. Her work has been featured in the formerly-named John Hancock Center and the Christmas windows at Tiffany & Co.  She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  At Elaine’s ten-acre railroad garden you will experience: The Shabui Railway, a Japanese water garden, and the Gloree and Tryumphant Railway Gardens, which include 1500 feet of linear track, bridges, trestles, waterfalls all among beautiful flower gardens. The estate also features a greenhouse and an incredible miniature railroad display in a recreated train depot.  For lunch it’s off to the anchor of Milwaukee Avenue’s Restaurant Row, the iconic Bob Chinn’s Crab House! Forbes Magazine  has called Bob Chinn's the "Disneyland of seafood restaurants," serving over 2,000 meals on an average day. With 3,000 pounds of fresh seafood flown in every day from Alaska, Hawaii and New Zealand Bob Chinn's has been an institution in Wheeling since 1982. Here you’ll order from a special six-item menu featuring both seafood and steak.  We finish our  day with a tour of the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills. This mansion was once owned by Samuel Insull, a founder of General Electric, and John Cuneo the founder of Hawthorn Mellody Dairy Farms.  This incredible historic mansion boasts a collection of art & tapestries and was a backdrop in the 1997 movie My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz.

American Writers Museum & Chicago River Luncheon Cruise Tuesday September 18                                    $125
Join us for two of Chicago’s newest attractions--the American Writers Museum and the new Odyssey, a European glass-enclosed boat that begins sailing on the Chicago River in July of 2018.  The American Writers Museum opened on Michigan Ave in 2017 and has already been ranked #1 in USA TODAY Top 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Illinois Attraction and by Fodor’s as first in their article “Inside the World’s 10 Best New Museums”.  The Museum is the first of its kind in the US to feature innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming. It is a celebration of the American writer, and how those writers have shaped the country’s identity and culture. The final product is a vibrant, inspiring space that allows museumgoers to interact with the writers of America’s past and present.   The exhibit in the main hall, “American Voices,” celebrates a hundred emblematic American writers below a sixty-foot timeline of American history, starting with the exploration of the Americas by Europeans in 1492 and ending in the present day. Other exhibitions include the Word Waterfall and the Wintrust Chicago Gallery which features Chicago Writers, its journalistic communities and more.  Later we board the new Odyssey cruise vessel, a 200-seat, single-level boat which will offer an upscale 3 course full service luncheon. The glass-covered boat will offer an unparalleled 360 degree view of Chicago’s incredible architecture. The two-hour cruise will sail the river’s main branch as well as the north branch to Goose Island and the south branch to Chinatown.

The Crosstown Classic!          Cubs @ White Sox                                  Friday September 21                     $163
Join Community Education Travel for what will be the hottest ticket in town, as we travel to the South Side to see the Chicago Cubs play the Chicago White Sox in inter-league baseball action at Guaranteed Rate Field!  This opportunity is a fabulous one for any baseball fan who has never witnessed a Cubs-White Sox rivalry game.  These games usually have a “play-off atmosphere” with fans of both teams intense on every pitch. This rivalry stretches back to 1900 when Charles Comiskey moved his Saint Paul Saints minor league franchise to Chicago. It is believed the Cubs filed suit against Comiskey but nevertheless could not stop the move. It was agreed the move could be made, pending that Chicago was not used in the title of the team name, and that the team play south of 35th Street. Comiskey then took the name White Stockings, the original name of the Cubs from 1867 and it has been “game on” since! You will watch the action from the Lower Box seat area.  Our seats will be located in section 115 on the right field side for this 3:10 PM game. The seats are conveniently-located and in the shade at game time.  Each tour member will also receive $20 in “Comiskey Cash” that can be used for dinner at the game. So, sign up quickly and wear your Cubby blue or White Sox black and come cheer for your team!

     *** If you sign up and attend the July 10 Fields of Dreams/Ballparks tour, get $10 off your final  payment for this trip!

Chicago Maritime Museum & Chicago River Luncheon Cruise          Tuesday September 25           $125
Spend an autumn day on the Chicago River learning about its intriguing history. First we tour the Chicago Maritime Museum at its new home in the Bridgeport Art Center.  Located on the once infamous Bubbly Creek branch of the river near the old Union Stockyards, the museum tells the story of Chicago’s waterways and their impact on Chicago’s history.  One of the fascinating displays is about the golden age of steamships in Chicago and includes a dive suit used in the rescue operation of the Eastland disaster in 1915.  The museum’s pictorial archives will amaze you as you see how docks, wharves and railroad yards once lined the river and you’ll learn exactly how the flow of the Chicago River was reversed.  Later we board the new Odyssey cruise vessel, a 200 seat single-level boat which will offer an upscale three-course, full service luncheon. The glass-covered boat will offer an unparalleled 360 degree view of Chicago’s incredible architecture and the two-hour cruise will sail the river’s main branch as well as the north branch to Goose Island and the south branch to Chinatown.

Under & Over Chicago--Pedway & the 95th                                                                          Tuesday October 9                  $127
(second departure--October 2 sold out)

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 within 40 blocks. Over five miles of pathways protect pedestrians from the cold brutal winters and hot humid summers.  On the tour learn about the fascinating Pedway, its history and how to use it, and get 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 formerly-named John Hancock building to visit the remarkable Signature Room for 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 Neighborhoods: The Polish Corridor                                        Wednesday October 17              $90
With its rich Polish history, Milwaukee Avenue is one of Chicago’s most fascinating streets. Explore this historic thoroughfare on another Chicago neighborhood tour! At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Polish settlement along Milwaukee Avenue was the largest outside of Warsaw, Poland. Visit the Polish Museum of America to learn of the immigration to Chicago. See the colorful displays including the Pope John Paul II collection and native folk costumes. Travel up Milwaukee Avenue to see the recently gentrified areas of Bucktown and Wicker Park. Hear stories of Milwaukee Avenue as an Indian Trail and later a plant “toll road.”  Visit one of Chicago’s Polish churches. Lunch today is a buffet at one of Chicago’s well-known Polish restaurants, The Red Apple. This restaurant serves traditional and contemporary Polish foods. There is also time to visit a Polish bakery or deli after lunch, before finishing our tour on Chicago’s northwest side.       

Secrets of the Mummies and Grand Lux Cafe                                         Wednesday October 31             $125
Another blockbuster exhibition, Mummies, has opened at Chicago’s world-renowned Field Museum. See mummies as you never have before in this rare, close-up look at mummies from the two places in the world with the longest and most interesting mummification traditions: ancient Egypt and ancient Peru.  By using non-invasive CT scanning, DNA analysis, and other cutting-edge technologies, scientists have been able to give you a look back thousands of years to reveal the people behind the wrapped bundles and gilded coffins. See fascinating computerized-scanned results to learn about the person inside the wraps. You’ll learn why Peruvians buried their mummies in accessible underground pits, while Egyptians used wooden coffins and sealed tombs. The exhibition also features life-size samples of a burial pit, a tomb, and multiple examples of the wooden coffins, typically decorated with hieroglyphic writings.  At the Field Museum’s permanent exhibition, Inside Ancient Egypt, you can explore an ancient Egyptian tomb. The Museum’s three-story recreation of a mastaba features two authentic rooms from the 5,000-year-old tomb of a pharaoh’s son.  During our visit we will also view a movie, Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies. Literally discover hidden tombs and walk through deserts as you experience the wonders of ancient Egyptian monuments in 3D. You will follow researchers as they uncover secrets of the past, learning more about the world of the pharaohs!  Lunch today is at Grand Lux Café on the Magnificent Mile. Along with their renowned cuisine you will love their lavish interior design, hand-blown glass fixtures and intricate mosaics.

Sign up and attend this tour and we will deduct the cost of this trip ($125) from the cost of the 2019 Peru or Egypt trip if you enroll on either of those trips.

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch                                                                            Friday November 9                        $108
Get the holidays started early this year as we ride to Rantoul, IL, home to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch.  This wonderful Christmas Tree Farm and magical Reindeer Ranch features 16 reindeer, over 5000 Christmas trees, a barn gift shop and a western style banquet hall!  As Christmas approaches, it's a magical time of year with the Reindeer.  So after our arrival we take a buggy farm tour (weather permitting) and get up close and friendly with Klondike, Flurry, Mistletoe and the other Alaskan Reindeer. Learn how the Hardys started with a small Christmas Tree Farm and two reindeer and how it has grown into a major tourist attraction.  For lunch we visit the ranch's Western Style Banquet Hall, a great setting for our chuckwagon dinner, complete with tin plates, mugs and bandana napkins.  Sit down to some of the best Texas BBQ you'll ever experience!  Following lunch, enjoy some of the area's best performers entertaining us with music, comedy and a whole lot of fun! Before our departure there will be time to shop in the Country Barn Gift Shop, hand built by the Hardy family with salvaged materials from old barns in the area. See its old pot-belly stove heater and shop for ornaments, giftables and delicious treats!

Illumination & White Fence Farm                                                            Tuesday November 27       $95
Our first 2018 post-Thanksgiving holiday tour starts with a late afternoon start as we are off to dinner at the landmark White Fence Farm Restaurant for its proclaimed  "World's Greatest Chicken"!  The restaurant has served travelers on what was once old historic US Route 66 since 1926. The famous chicken is pressure cooked thoroughly before being flash fried for only three minutes and is delivered immediately to your table, always hot, golden, crispy, and delicious along with their famous relishes, corn fritters and mashed potatoes & gravy!  A special holiday treat is then in store for you at Morton Arboretum’s, “Illumination: Tree Lights at the Arboretum."   In just its fourth year, Illumination is a spectacular holiday lights display using amazing new technology. Early evening, walk along a paved path to see the beautiful Christmas lights glowing with dazzling LED lights adorning the trees. You will not only see them, but you interact with them as well! You can hug a tree to make it glow brighter, sing to a tree and watch it change color and swipe your hand to make it do both. There’s also an amphitheater in the woods where lights are synced to music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! It’s a new experience at every turn! Enjoy a cozy fire and some hot chocolate and stop in at the Visitor’s Center to see other themed displays. Don’t miss this spectacular new yuletide adventure taking Chicagoland by storm!

 (Illuminations requires a walking along a relatively level outdoor pathway about one mile!)

Dickens Village & Wonderland Express                                              Thursday November 29                   $102
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch, IL with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era!  Join a local guide for a short narrated walking tour along the delightful streets of Antioch.  You'll enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops, and eateries.  Your guide will explain how the Dickens characters were made and brought to life by local volunteers and how each character exhibit describes how life was in the Dickens Era.  In addition, Antioch will feature Kringle's Christmas Village, where dozens of oversized shadow boxes are filled to the brim with quaint holiday scenes! Lunch follows at the Chocolate Sanctuary Restaurant in Gurnee. We top off our day with a visit to the Chicago Botanic Gardens’ Wonderland Express!  Inside the Regenstein Center at the Gardens, lies a whimsical world of  miniature trains winding over bridges, under trestles and past waterfalls.  The whizzing, whistling  trains also run through more than 80 replicas of Chicago's most famous landmarks! The unique blend of artistic wizardry, fanciful design and artificial snow falling throughout the display is quickly making the Wonderland Express a must see and a Chicago area holiday tradition!                                                                

Lawry’s, Christmas Around the World & Christkindlmarket              Tuesday, December 4               $115
Join us for a tradition going back more than 75 years as we visit the Museum of Science & Industry’s “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.” See the museum's grand 45-foot tree which graces the Museum rotunda covered with more than 30,000 twinkling lights and surrounded by more than 50 smaller Christmas trees carefully decorated to represent countries and cultures from around the world. This sparkling display and festival of trees is a true immersion into Christmas with multiple varieties of ornaments, lights, garlands, dolls and ribbons. Each tree has a description about the decorations and the customs of that country.  Afterward, visit the colorful Christkindlmarket an enchanting and inviting holiday village at Daley Plaza.  Shop for holiday crafts at   Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas Festival.  At Lawry’s - The Prime Rib, in the magnificently decorated old McCormick Mansion, enjoy a dining experience featuring their incredible prime rib. After dinner enjoy a driving tour of the sparkling Christmas Lights along the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park.

Sanfilippo Mansion Christmas Luncheon & Concert                             Tuesday December 11              $135
Celebrate the holidays with a special event at Place de la Musique, the spectacular Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills!   We begin our day at the estate with an elegant sit-down holiday meal in the Carousel Building. We dine next to the “Eden Palais” carousel, the only complete European Salon carousel in the world. The 89-foot wide and 42-foot tall-carved façade has life-size carved horses, giant art glass butterflies, and an 89 key gavioli band organ. You will see and hear this masterpiece in its full glory, while learning about the estate's collection. Following lunch, we'll visit the Sanfilippo residence for a 90 minute Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Concert highlighting Christmas and seasonal holiday music.  The concert is performed by Dave Wickerham, one of the finest theater organists in the world!  A special surprise guest soloist is also scheduled and you can sing along.   The afternoon is capped with exploration of the mansion where docents will explain and demonstrate some of the world’s greatest collections of restored antique music machines.

 

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CHICAGO THEATRE  All performances are Matinees with Dress Circle seats or equivalent, lunch at Petterino’s or similar and include gratuities for guide & driver.

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 is 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
THE CHER SHOW is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere 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.

Hello, Dolly!  Oriental Theatre                                                              Wednesday, Nov 7                                       $189
Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

Miss Saigon  Cadillac Palace Theatre                                                   Wednesday, Nov 21                                    $189
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “Last Night of the World.” “THE NEW MISS SAIGON SOARS TO THE RAFTERS!” (NY1)

Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker  Auditorium Theatre                        Sunday, December 2                                    $182
Journey to Chicago's 1893 World's Fair with Wheeldon's holiday masterpiece. Magic is on the horizon for young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the iconic Statue of the Republic. As they prepare for their annual holiday celebration, a visit from the charming but mysterious Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. Wheeldon's Nutcracker is a must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.

Dear Evan Hansen  Oriental Theatre                                                    Wednesday, March 6, 2019                        $199
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.  The Washington Post says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.”  Rolling Stone calls Dear Evan Hansen “a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart” and NBC News says the musical is “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”  Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).  The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961.

LYRIC OPERA  All performances are Matinee with seats on the Main Floor Rear to Main Floor Center.  Includes lunch at Petterino’s, gratuities to driver and guide and the Lyric’s Pre-Opera Talk, when available.

Elektra                                                                                                   Wednesday, February 6, 2019                      $189
Elektra—a poisoned, shattered soul—witnessed the murder of her father King Agamemnon when she was just a child. And the killers? Elektra’s very own mother, Queen Clytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus. Isolated and maltreated, Elektra now lives for just one thing—death for her mother at the hands of her brother Orestes. But when she’s told that he’s been killed, Elektra cracks—vowing to enact her own terrible revenge. It’s a stunning vocal marathon, with riveting intensity.  You owe it to yourself to experience the vocal grandeur and blazing drama of this passionate heroine.  As Richard Strauss’ staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera’s hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith--magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving. Sung in German with English subtitles.

West Side Story                                                                                   Wednesday, May 15, 2019                 $169
Leonard Bernstein’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway musical masterpiece.  Tony and Maria are two wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love.  As their friends and family battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for “a place for us...somewhere”.  Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of “Maria” and “Tonight” to the exuberance of “America” and the humor of “Gee, Officer Krupke”.  Add to that the bold, sexy, iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience you’ll never forget.

Please note “Fine Print For All Our Day Trips”!   Rates are per person. Full payment should be received at least 60 days or sooner prior to date of the trip! Don’t delay, book today! These trips are very popular. Once you sign up you will receive a yellow postcard as confirmation with cost, payment due date and cancellation information.  Rates include free parking at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S Goebbert Rd, Arlington Hts on day of tour; transportation on restroom-equipped motorcoach; sightseeing, admissions, theatre tickets, meals as described; City guide on all Chicago itineraries, guide/driver gratuities, CET Tour Director and CET Rewards.  All cancellations will be charged a $10 administration fee.  *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.    COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRAVEL, ROOM B106, FOREST VIEW EDUCATIONAL CENTER, 2121 S GOEBBERT ROAD, ARLINGTON HTS 60005 847-718-7709 email: cetravel@d214.org  Website:  ce.d214.org.  Itineraries, dates and prices subject to change.  Updated 3/22/18