Made in Chicago!

Made in Chicago!                                Tuesday  April 7, 2020                   $115

Chicago is indeed “my kind of town” with some of our country’s best architecture, entertainment, restaurants and ethnic neighborhoods. It is known for a multitude of unique products and local flavor and today we’ll visit a few of these places to sample some of these outstanding products.  Our first stop is at the "Original" Ferrara Bakery, a proud staple on Taylor St in Chicago's "Little Italy” since 1908.  Featuring the finest selection of cakes, pastries and cookies we will learn its history and sample some of the bakery’s specialty cannoli! At the Museum of Broadcast Communications we will enjoy a special guided tour of the Chicago Television Gallery where you will reminisce as you see props from the set of the Bozo show, including Garfield Goose, and stories from the host Frazier Thomas and Chicago’s own Svengoolie and Ray Raynor.   Also visit the museum’s special exhibit “Stay Tuned: Rock on TV” featuring shows from the The Ed Sullivan Show to The Voice, and exploring the way rock and roll and television shaped each other. The multimedia exhibit includes narration from Mike Meyers and Paul Shaffer.  Artifacts featured include the outfits worn by the Jackson 5 during their first live performance and clothing worn by Sonny and Cher, a suit from Johnny Cash, and Dick Clark’s original microphone from American Bandstand.  Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli is among the last of the unique style of Chicago’s urban eateries. This iconic family-run cafeteria bubbles with the spirit of its neighborhood, attracting patrons from politicians to celebrities to “wise guys”. Lunch is at this iconic restaurant, offering made-from-scratch sandwiches, soups and salads. Recently expanded and remodeled, the walls are decorated with news clippings, snapshots, and memorabilia demonstrating how deeply Chicagoans treasure this historic restaurant. On our way home we stop at Eli’s Cheesecake World, a 62,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art bakery, corporate office and dessert café, located on Chicago’s northwest side. Since making its public debut at the first Taste of Chicago in 1980, Eli’s has grown from a local favorite to one of the country’s largest specialty bakeries. A tasty treat awaits!