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Program #2818RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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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.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Zbigniew Banas

A Polish-born graduate of the University of Chicago and Brown University, Zbigniew Banas is a well-known local journalist and scholar. He maintains a dual interest in politics and cinema, providing radio commentary and teaching classes on both subjects. For more than 20 years, he's been active in various adult education programs of the Jewish Community Center of Chicago. At present, he is also a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University, and a Master Teacher for the Princeton Review test preparation company.

Marshall Jacobson

Born and raised in Chicago, Marshall Jacobson knows the Windy City! He graduated from South Shore High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a master’s degree in social service administration at the University of Chicago. He is a Chicago Greeter and was a volunteer for five years for the Chicago Architecture Foundation as an award-winning docent. Marshall served as the vice president for development at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, and is an active supporter and visitor to the Chicago History Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Marshall actively participates in a variety of liberal arts classes, with favorites in art history and film, at Northwestern University. Besides being a bon vivant and Renaissance man, Marshall is an actor and has performed in several productions around Chicago.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Delores Erlebacher

Dolores Erlebacher is a retired elementary school teacher. She has been a Group Leader for Road Scholar for the past five years and looks forward to showing off Chicago to visitors. She is passionate about the city of Chicago and wants each Road Scholar to leave Chicago loving it as much as she does. When not leading Road Scholar groups, she can be found volunteering at the Lyric Opera in the ticket department and at WFMT, a classical music station or baking in her kitchen.

Fora Alderman

Flora Alderman has been leading Road Scholar groups for more than 10 years. She has worked for the Jewish Community Center of Chicao since 1975 in various capacities and was the executive director of the Anita M. Stone Jewish Community Center. She was born and raised in Chicago and loves telling and showing people the city. Flora has attended seven Road Scholar programs as a participant. She divides her year between living in Florida and Chicago.

Mona Shabelman

Mona Mozer Shabelman was born in Denver, Colorado and attended the University of Illinois where she met her husband, Harold . They have made their home in Chicago and its suburbs, but now love living right in the middle of this great city. Mona taught school and worked in Harold's office for many years, but she now enjoys retirement and spending winters in Florida, as well as spending time with her children and grandchildren. Meeting people from many different places is what she enjoys most about Road Scholar programs.

Harold Shabelman

Harold Shabelman was born on Chicago's West Side, but moved north and graduated from Senn High School. He attended the University of Illinois and DePaul Law School, and practiced law in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois for 35 years. Harold has been retired for 20 years and enjoys the anguish of being a Chicago sports fan (especially the Cubs), as well as spending time with is wife, Mona, their children and grandchildren. Road Scholar programs enrich his summer activities.

Arlene Shafton

Arlene Shafton enjoyed a multifaceted career path that led her from classrooms to communication. As an educator, Arlene taught first and second grade classes in the Chicago Public Schools and the Francis W. Parker School. She later served as the director of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago Citywide Adult Services, and with a group of volunteers helped to found the Florence G. Heller Jewish Community Center in 1976. Now retired, Arlene coordinates a peer-driven course at Northwestern University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She enjoys sharing the breadth of Chicago's beauty, diversity, industry and culture with Road Scholar participants.

Susan Diamond

Susan Diamond is a group leader who is a life long Chicagoan. She is an inspirational writer and thought leader with an international following in social media and on Susan is an active member of the esteemed Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a nonpartisan forum for world leaders, policymakers, and experts. Susan sits on the Chicago board of One Acre Fund, a leading NGO solving the problem of extreme poverty and chronic hunger through agricultural micro-finance. Her background also includes expertise in running three successful businesses, lecturing on middle-east policy, and she enjoyed a brief stint behind the scenes of Chicago politics.

Al Erlebacher

Al Erlebacher is a retired professor of history at DePaul University in Chicago where he taught for 42 years, specializing in 19th and 20th century American economic and political history. He has always been fascinated by Chicago and its evolution into a world class city which he enjoys showing to people. His hobby is swimming and he shares volunteer tasks with his wife at Lyric Opera and WFMT, the local classical music station. Since retirement he has also developed an interest in novels dealing with espionage and World War II.

Judith Kamins

Judith Kamins is a retired dental hygienist and avid traveler. Having lived most of her life in Chicago and after traveling many places, she believes it is the most interesting and livable city in the world. Judith looks forward to sharing her love of Chicago and its many delights. When not traveling, studying at the various universities in Chicago, playing golf and bridge take up most of her time.

Clive Kamins

Clive Kamins is a retired attorney and avid traveler who was born in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and, except for college, has lived here his entire life. Clive is delighted to have the opportunity to show off his city and to highlight all the wonderful and exciting things this world-class city has to offer.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips


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