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Program #21174RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 29 — May 6, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, April 29 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner,...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation & Program Overview

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm

REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening.

Dinner: WELCOME DINNER: Enjoy dinner at the hotel and begin getting to know your fellow participants. The beautiful surroundings enhance a menu featuring fresh local produce and seasonal American cuisine.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Welcoming remarks, introductions, and general program information. We will review the schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: As with all of Road Scholar's "Great American Get Together" programs, you will have opportunities to hear excellent speakers, go on field trips and excursions, attend events with the group, and explore on your own. The schedule that follows describes the major program activities. Participants will be sub-divided into logistically manageable smaller groups. Each presentation and field trip will rotate so that everyone has an opportunity to attend them all. Depending on which group you are in, you may follow the representative schedule shown or will have an itinerary with variations from day to day. If you have questions about the schedule your group will follow, please do not hesitate to ask your Group Leader.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 30 - Special Guest at Breakfast, Field Trips to Chicag...
Special Guest at Breakfast, Field Trips to Chicago Board of Trade, Willis Tower, Museum of Science and Industry, Free Evening to Explore on Your Own

Note: Field trips involve both bus rides and walking.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

During breakfast, we will welcome a special guest, none other than "Bertha Palmer" (1849-1918) -- socialite, philanthropist, and wife of Potter Palmer, the wealthy business magnate, original owner, and namesake of the Palmer House.

Morning: FIELD TRIPS: This morning we will divide into small groups to begin our expert-led explorations. Chicago’s reputation as a world class city comes in part from the rich and diverse collection of architectural styles that define our skyline and the buildings that define our city. We start the day with visits to two such structures.

Chicago Board of Trade: This national historic landmark is the home of the CME Group. Learn about the history of two of the city’s most important exchanges, the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Willis Tower: Explore the tallest building in the western hemisphere -- 1,353 feet high. Take in an unforgettable view of Chicago from the Sky Deck, the glass balcony that extends four feet outside the 103rd floor!

Lunch: We will have lunch at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Museum of Science and Industry. MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere -- home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. MSI’s mission is to inspire inventive genius by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational, realized through world-class exhibits. The museum is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

Dinner: What’s a trip to Chicago without experiencing real Chicago-style pizza? Enjoy our savory deep-dish favorite at a popular local pizzeria.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Make the program memorable by doing what appeals most to your personal interests. You might consider a Jazz performance at one of the many local clubs. Or, walk over to Buckingham Fountain on the lakefront to see the local denizens in their natural habitat. There’s lots to choose from, and your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations. You are also welcome to join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" activity.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, May 01 - Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Art Institu...
Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Art Institute, Berghoff Restaurant, Free Evening to Explore on Your Own

Note: Field trips involve both bus rides and walking.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Dubbed "the greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright called his philosophy "organic architecture" in which the designs are in harmony with humanity and its environment. He arrived in Chicago in 1887 and began working as a draftsman, soon developing his own distinctive style.

PRESENTATION: Life and Times of Ernest Hemingway. One of Chicago’s most notable favorite sons, Hemingway was born in 1899 in the suburb of Oak Park, which he later called “a place of wide lawns and narrow minds.” But Chicago was also regarded as the literary capital of American by none other than H. L. Mencken, and it was here that Hemingway received his only formal education and became a keen observer of what was real in people’s lives.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: City Exploration. Board a motorcoach for an expert-led exploration of the city from as far north as renowned Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, to Hyde Park at the southern end of the city, home of President Barack Obama and the University of Chicago. See and learn more about Chicago history, the immigrants and neighborhoods who have given the city its rich culture and texture, and businessmen whose influence have made it the world-class city that it is today.

Dinner: Dine at Chicago's oldest restaurant, The Berghoff, founded in 1898. Originally located one door away from its present location, the bar sold beer for a nickel and sandwiches for free! It has long been a favorite Chicago landmark, the menu reflecting its German roots.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Stroll along the “Magnificent Mile” -- one of the world’s great avenues showcasing all that makes Chicago an international destination. This 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue is stacked with more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels, unique attractions, and entertainment venues. Whatever your interests, your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations. You are also welcome to join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" activity.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, May 02 - Oak Park Field Trips to Hemingway Home, Frank Llo...
Oak Park Field Trips to Hemingway Home, Frank Lloyd Wright Studio, Historic Sites, Dinner & Evening To Explore On Your Own

Note: Field trips involve both bus rides and walking.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Oak Park. Located less than 10 miles from the loop, this community is the birthplace of Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway. It is also the community where Frank Lloyd Wright spent the first twenty years of his career developing the Prairie style of Architecture. We will break into smaller groups to learn more about these two important men and this historic part of the city.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues: We will continue our smaller group exploration of this historic neighborhood, returning to the hotel by approximately 4:00pm.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own. Our group leaders will be delighted to make recommendations that meet with your tastes, preferences, budget. Or, you are welcome to join a group leader for dinner at a local restaurant "Dutch treat."

Evening: FREE EVENING: By now you have a good sense of all Chicago has to offer and how to get around. If baseball is your thing, take in the 7:10pm game at Cellular Field, when the White Sox host the Cleveland Indians. If you enjoy comedy and improv, Second City is a popular destination You are also welcome to join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" activity.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, May 03 - History of the Windy City, Back Story of Chicago ...
History of the Windy City, Back Story of Chicago Politics, City Motorcoach Exploration, Dinner & Evening On Your Own

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

Morning: PRESENTATION: History of the Windy City.

PRESENTATION: Chicago Politics, The Back Story.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Art Institute of Chicago. Hone your knowledge and appreciation for art at the world-famous Art Institute. Home to more than 300,000 works, the permanent collection includes “American Gothic,” the famed Chagall Windows and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. You will have ample time to explore the galleries in-depth.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. It’s Friday night and the city offers a broad range of choices for dinner. If you want to take in that game, you have time for ballpark food at Cellular Field prior to the 7:10pm start. If you prefer fine dining, group leaders will be pleased to suggest some favorite restaurants. You are also welcome to join a group leader for dinner at a popular downtown eatery “Dutch treat.”

Evening: FREE EVENING: The city is alive with opportunities for a night on the town. If you enjoy classical music, you might consider getting tickets for this evening's 8:00pm performance at Symphony Center, where Pablo Heras Casado will conduct the Chicago Sympony Orchestra in an evening featuring dance-inspired works by Ravel, Debussy, and Falla. If it's musical theatre you prefer, you might want to attend a performance of "The Book of Mormon." Or, join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" night out.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, May 04 - Chicago History Museum, Free Afternoon & Evening
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Chicago History Museum. CHM is the city’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1856. It cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history to illuminate the past, shed light on the present, and inform the future. In addition to thousands of manuscripts, hundreds of paintings, sculpture and more, its historical artifacts include the bed on which Abraham Lincoln died and George Washington’s compass.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own upon return to the hotel from this morning's activities. If you would like, join a group leader for lunch at a local eatery "Dutch treat."

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Continue your personal independent exploration of all Chicago has to offer. Our group leaders will be happy to make recommendations, or help you navigate your way around the city. Perhaps you are interested in an afternoon at Navy Pier and the Smith Stained Glass Museum. Or, perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Hyde Park. If you enjoy theater, you might want to consider a matinee performance. If you would like, join one of our group leaders for the afternoon to explore neighborhoods and activities "Dutch treat."

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening and what a choice you have! Chicago is a city with a rich culinary history defined by the waves of immigrants that settled in the city. Whatever your preference, Greek, German, Chinese, Italian, Swedish, Polish, our group leaders can help you find the perfect place to enjoy dinner this evening. You are also welcome to join a group leader for dinner "Dutch treat."

Evening: FREE EVENING: If you enjoy classical music, you might consider getting tickets for this evening's 8:00pm performance at Symphony Center, where Pablo Heras Casado will conduct the Chicago Sympony Orchestra in an evening featuring dance-inspired works by Ravel, Debussy and Falla. If you enjoy musical theater, you might want to attend a performance of "The Book of Mormon." Or, join one of our group leaders for a "Dutch treat" night out.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, May 05 - Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago River Cr...
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago River Cruise, Farewell Dinner, Musical Performance

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

During breakfast, hear a local expert who will tell you about Chicago's musical heritage in Blues and Jazz.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Field Museum. Learn as you explore this world-class institution that was primarily an outgrowth of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Combining the fields of Anthropology, Botany, Geology, Paleontology and Zoology, the Museum uses an interdisciplinary approach to increasing knowledge about the past, present and future of the physical earth, its plants, animals, people, and their cultures. It seeks to uncover the extent and character of biological and cultural diversity, similarities, and interdependencies so that we may better understand, respect, and celebrate nature and other people. You will have opportunities to see exhibitions on gems, dinosaurs, mummies, Africa, the Pacific, the Ancient Americas, Pawnee Indians, and much more during an expert-led exploration.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.

Afternoon: CHICAGO RIVER CRUISE: Observe and appreciate more of the city's eclectic architecture from the deck of a boat cruising along the Chicago River.

Dinner: Enjoy a delighteful farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: A special treat awaits with a musical performance exclusively for Road Scholar.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Monday, May 06 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

Morning: We hope you have enjoyed this Great American Get-Together in Chicago and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Chicago, Illinois
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, sporting events, e.g., Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Musuem of Contemporary Art, Stained Glass Museum, Adler Planetarium, Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Lincon Park Zoo, Navy Pier.
For additional information, visit: www.choosechicago.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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7 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Performances

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