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Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

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Program #1437RJ
5 Days | 4 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.
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Itinerary for Apr 15 — Apr 19, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.

Contact info:
101 Trade Centre Drive
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
phone: 217-398-3400
web: www.hawthorn.com/hotels/illinois/champaign/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-champaign/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Rooms feature a remote-controlled color TV with cable channels, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, and high speed wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Several restaurants, a full-service grocery store, ice cream shop, and a park are within walking distance of the hotel. The west side of the University campus is also within walking distance.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $79.99 - $99.99 + tax
Additional nights before and/or after the program are based on dates and space availability. Participants responsible for making their own before or after the program room reservations. Room rates may be higher than Road Scholar program rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, April 15 - Registration, Program Welcome & Orientation, Gues...
Note: Approx. 2 films shown

Afternoon: Registration and check in at 2:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Suites. Followed by program orientation and a private lecture by the Festival Director.

Dinner: Dinner around 4:30 p.m. at Hawthorn Suites.

Evening: Bus departs for first film at Virginia Theatre around 5:45 p.m. Theatre doors open at 6:00 p.m. Festival welcome and introductions begin at 7:00 p.m. First film typically begins around 7:30 p.m., followed by discussion with filmmakers. A bus trip back to the hotel will be offered shortly after the film ends, and a second and final trip will be offered shortly after the discussion ends.

Lodging: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.

Contact info:
101 Trade Centre Drive
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
phone: 217-398-3400
web: www.hawthorn.com/hotels/illinois/champaign/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-champaign/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Rooms feature a remote-controlled color TV with cable channels, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, and high speed wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Several restaurants, a full-service grocery store, ice cream shop, and a park are within walking distance of the hotel. The west side of the University campus is also within walking distance.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $79.99 - $99.99 + tax
Additional nights before and/or after the program are based on dates and space availability. Participants responsible for making their own before or after the program room reservations. Room rates may be higher than Road Scholar program rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, April 16 - Panel discussions, Festival films
Note: Approx. 3 films shown, 2 panels

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Hawthorn Suites.

Morning: Bus leaves around 8:30 a.m. for 2 panel discussions with film experts and critics, at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus.

Lunch: Bus departs Illini Union for Virginia Theatre. A bus will take those who do not attend the morning panels directly to the theatre before lunch. Box lunches provided to all at an off-site location near theatre.

Afternoon: Approx. 2 films shown at Virginia Theatre, follow by discussions with filmmakers.

Dinner: Dinner provided at hotel or off-site location near theatre, depending on film schedule. Opportunity to return to the hotel for those who do not want to see the final film of the day.

Evening: Final film of the day at Virginia Theatre. A bus trip back to the hotel will be offered shortly after the film ends, and a second and final trip will be offered shortly after the discussion ends.

Lodging: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.

Contact info:
101 Trade Centre Drive
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
phone: 217-398-3400
web: www.hawthorn.com/hotels/illinois/champaign/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-champaign/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Rooms feature a remote-controlled color TV with cable channels, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, and high speed wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Several restaurants, a full-service grocery store, ice cream shop, and a park are within walking distance of the hotel. The west side of the University campus is also within walking distance.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $79.99 - $99.99 + tax
Additional nights before and/or after the program are based on dates and space availability. Participants responsible for making their own before or after the program room reservations. Room rates may be higher than Road Scholar program rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, April 17 - Panel discussions, Festival films
Note: Approx. 3 films shown, 2 panels

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Hawthorn Suites.

Morning: Bus leaves around 8:30 a.m. for 2 panel discussions with film experts and critics, at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus.

Lunch: Bus departs Illini Union for Virginia Theatre. A bus will take those who do not attend the morning panels directly to the theatre before lunch. Box lunches provided to all at an off-site location near theatre.

Afternoon: Approx. 2 films shown at Virginia Theatre, follow by discussions with filmmakers.

Dinner: Dinner provided at hotel or off-site location near theatre, depending on film schedule. Opportunity to return to the hotel for those who do not want to see the final film of the day.

Evening: Final film of the day at Virginia Theatre. A bus trip back to the hotel will be offered shortly after the film ends, and a second and final trip will be offered shortly after the discussion ends.

Lodging: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.

Contact info:
101 Trade Centre Drive
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
phone: 217-398-3400
web: www.hawthorn.com/hotels/illinois/champaign/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-champaign/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Rooms feature a remote-controlled color TV with cable channels, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, and high speed wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Several restaurants, a full-service grocery store, ice cream shop, and a park are within walking distance of the hotel. The west side of the University campus is also within walking distance.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $79.99 - $99.99 + tax
Additional nights before and/or after the program are based on dates and space availability. Participants responsible for making their own before or after the program room reservations. Room rates may be higher than Road Scholar program rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, April 18 - Panel discussion(s), Festival films
Note: Approx. 3 films shown, 1-2 panels

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Hawthorn Suites.

Morning: Bus leaves around 8:30 a.m. for 1-2 panel discussion(s) with film experts and critics, at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus.

Lunch: Lunches provided off site.

Afternoon: Approx. 2 films shown at Virginia Theatre, follow by discussions with filmmakers.

Dinner: Dinner provided at hotel or off-site location near theatre, depending on film schedule. Opportunity to return to the hotel for those who do not want to see the final film of the day.

Evening: Final film of the day at Virginia Theatre. A bus trip back to the hotel will be offered shortly after the film ends, and a second and final trip will be offered shortly after the discussion ends.

Lodging: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Sunday, April 19 - Closing remarks during brunch, group discussion, ...
Note: Approx. 1 film shown

Morning: Van(s) depart for Virginia Theatre in late morning for final Festival film. Participants may drive their own cars to the theatre so that they can depart for home after the final film, or they may choose to ride to the theatre in the vans and return to the hotel after the final discussion after the film.

Brunch: Private brunch buffet, group discussion led by special guest speaker and closing remarks at Hawthorn Suites.

Afternoon: Final Festival film and discussion at Virginia Theatre. Program ends. Independent departures.

Meals Included: Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignThe University of Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois alumni have earned Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, have orbited the earth, and lead international corporations. The campus offers rich experiences beyond the classroom, from the best performing arts to Big Ten sports.
For additional information, visit: www.uiuc.edu
Champaign, ILGeneral information about the Champaign area, including places of interest.
For additional information, visit: www.visitchampaigncounty.org/
Arcola, ILArcola and Arthur, Illinois (45 miles Southwest of Champaign exit 203 off of Interstate 57) are home to the fourth largest Old Order Amish community in the nation. Both towns also have numerous antique and specialty shops.
For additional information, visit: www.arcola-il.org
Amish Interpretive CenterThe Illinois Amish Interpretive Center is the first museum in Illinois dedicated to the Old Order Amish culture. It traces the history of the Amish religion and provides a glimpse into the lives of Illinois Amish. The Center provides to the public a rich source of authentic, factual information about the Amish community in Illinois through exhibits of contemporary and historical objects and artifacts. The Amish Interpretive Center is located near Arcola.
For additional information, visit: www.amishcenter.com
Allerton ParkThe 1500-acre woodland, garden, meadow, and prairie landscape that surrounds the Allerton Mansion was once the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton. What was once the private oasis for a single family is now a vibrant teaching, recreational, and learning sanctuary for nearly 100,000 users every year. Allerton Park and Retreat Center is a unique cultural and environmental asset of the University of Illinois and serves as a bridge between the public and the educational and research resources of the University’s faculty. Located 28 miles southwest of Champaign in Monticello IL
For additional information, visit: www.allerton.uiuc.edu
Rockome GardensFor nearly half a century, Rockome Gardens' unique stonework and sprawling gardens have attracted vacationing families from all over the world. By combining a touch of whimsy with serious craftsmanship and setting the result amid the natural beauty of the Midwest. Rockome Gardens is located near Arcola.
For additional information, visit: www.rockome.com
Springfield, ILSpringfield, Illinois is the state capital and also the home of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Springfield has many Lincoln historical sites. Springfield is 90 miles Southwest of Champaign off of Interstate 72 (Interstate 72 ends at Springfield).
For additional information, visit: www.visit-springfieldillinois.com

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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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