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Treasures of Chicagoland

Program Number: 14898RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/20/2013 - 5/24/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,048.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Millennium Park, Chinatown, the Lake Michigan shore and more: the treasures of Chicago are on full display. Experience an insider’s look at the architecture, culture, lifestyle and history of the Windy City’s most celebrated and off-beat destinations. Led by local experts, feel the pulse of the city from the Loop to the South Side to Oak Park and to the revitalized East Side.




Highlights

• Absorb the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Gardens and examine the history, architecture and grounds of the Cuneo Mansion.
• Get “hands-on” at the Museum of Science and Industry, and enjoy Shedd Aquarium’s splendid architecture and aquatic life.
• Learn about the life of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and author Ernest Hemingway, as you discover their historic homes.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day.




Date Specific Information

5-20-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Jewish Community Center Chicago.




Chicago

From charming old neighborhoods to late-night music clubs and a bustling pier on Lake Michigan, Chicago has a tempo that lures visitors and permanent residents alike. Home to the northern blues and jazz scene, world-class art collections, a renowned symphony orchestra and fine cuisine, Chicago has a bit of everything for everyone.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel near the Magnificent Mile, overlooking the Chicago River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters
  Chicago, Illinois 4 nights
 Club Quarters
Type: Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is a private, full service hotel in the center of downtown Chicago and located on the Chicago River. This landmark tower, built in 1928, has been fully restored to its historic grandeur and offers spectacular views of the skyline, including floodlit landmarks. Luxury shopping along the Magnificent Mile is just 1 block away. Grant Park is 10 minutes' walk and Navy Pier is 1 mile away.
  Contact info: 75 E Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
phone: 312-357-6400
web: www.clubquarters.com/chicagoWacker
  Room amenities: Guest room features free high-speed internet access/wired at desk, latest design workstation with tast lighting, luxury bedding and linens.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include 24-hour front desk, non-smoking rooms, fitness center, bar, free wi-fi in the entire hotel, room service, free chilled, purified bottled water.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Per hotel availability Please contact Eric Sillen, or esillen@clubquarters.com to arrange. Ask for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Per hotel availability Please contact Eric Sillen, or esillen@clubquarters.com to arrange. Ask for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is at 3:00. Program starts at 5:45 PM. You will be staying at Club Quarters that night.
  End of Program:
3:00 PM with drop off at hotel in Chicago, IL. You will be staying at Club Quarters the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license. Completed health form returned to coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Garage located next to the hotel for $25day. Underground parking available at 350 E. Monroe or 201 E. Randolph for $20/day. Prices subject to change..
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chicago, Illinois
  Nearest city or town:  Chicago, IL
  Nearest highway: I-90.
  Nearest airport:  O'Hare International (ORD) or Midway (MDW)
  From End of Program
  Location: Chicago, Illinois
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Midway Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Continental Airport Express
phone: 888-284-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20 one way, $36 round trip for one person;. $14 one way and $26 round trip for two people
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one hour on average depending on traffic 

   

Prices subject to change. It is possible to call ahead for reservations but you the Airports have transportation desks and they will direct you where to get the shuttle. Shuttles run every 15 minutes. Cabs are available curb side.

 

O'Hare Aiport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttles available at airport without advance reservation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25one-way, $46 round-trip for one person; $18 for two people one way and $34 round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35-45 minutes on average depending on traffic 

   

Very easy to get a shuttle at both Midway or O'Hare Airports. Airport has a Transportation Desk and they will direct you to where to get the shuttle. Ask for Continental Airport Express. Runs every 10-15 minutes. Prices subject to change

 
Driving Directions
  Directions to Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan From the Madison, Wisconsin Area Take I-90 East to Downtown, Chicago. *Exit on Ohio St. eastbound, travel 1 1/2 miles on Ohio St. (Passing Lasalle St.) to State Street. Turn right onto State Street, travel south 4 blocks to East Wacker (cross State Street bridge). Turn left onto East Wacker, travel east one block, Club Quarters will be the 3rd building on the right hand side. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo. From the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area Take I-94 to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From O'Hare Airport Take I-90/94 to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From Midway Airport Take Cicero Ave. North, 3 miles to I-55. Take I-55 Northeast to I-90/94 North to Downtown Chicago. Exit at Ohio Street. *Follow directions above. From Indianapolis, Indiana Area Take I-65 North to I-90 West, it will turn into I-90/94 West to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio Street. *Follow directions above. From Grand Rapids, Michigan Area Take I-90/94 Westbound to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From Iowa Take I-80 or I-88 East to I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) East to Downtown, Chicago. Take I-90/94 traveling northwest To Ohio St. Exit on Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From Urbana and Southern Illinois Take I-57 North to I-90/94 West to Downtown, Chicago Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. Parking Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is affiliated with System Parking located at 111 E. Wacker Drive. Club Quarters guests are offered a rate of $24 for a 24 hour period with no in an d out privileges, and $35 for valet parking overnight (enter between 7am and 6:00 pm), with in and out privileges.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at Club Quarters Hotel check-in is at 3:00. Check in, pick up program packets in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant within walking distance of hotel.
 Evening: Welcome and orientation at local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bus Tour of historical North Shore/Cuneo Museum & Gardens/Chicago Botanic Garden/Ragdale Artists' Retreat
(Tuesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Coach bus tour of Chicago's North Shore.
 Lunch: Lunch at local eatery.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Cuneo Museum and Gardens. The Cuneo mansion was built in the Venetian style in the early 20th century.
 Dinner: Tour of the Gardens. Followed by a private dinner.
 Evening: Carillon Concert under the stars.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio/Bus tour of Frank Lloyd Homes/Unity Temple and Ernest Hemingway Museum and Home
(Wednesday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Discover the architectural brilliance of Chicago native Frank Lloyd Wright.
 Lunch: Lunch at Winberie's Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and visit the museum and childhood home of Author Ernest Hemingway.
 Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy the city.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Museum of Science and Industry/Oriental Institute and Chinatown
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Experience the museum of Science and Industry on a docent-led tour. Additional time available to explore the museum on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Museum of Science and Industry.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a private tour of the Oriental Institute on the University of Chicago Campus. Followed by a docent led walking tour of Chinatown.
 Dinner: At an authentic Chinese restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy the city.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Millenium Park/Shedd Aquarium/Lunch and Spertus Institute/Final Day in Chicago
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Chicago's newest gem Millenium Park. Followed by a visit to the newly renovated aquarium situated on the beautiful Lake Michigan shore line.
 Lunch: Luncheon and program wrap up at Soundings Restaurant in the Shedd Aquarium.
 Afternoon: Return to hotel 3:00pm
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chicago, Illinois General Overview
Museums and galleries, sporting events, e.g., The Field Museum, The Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, Stained Glass Museum, Adler Planetarium, Ravinia Festival, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier. For additional information, visit www.choosechicago.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Lost Chicago


Author: David Garrard Lowe


Description: Lost Chicago explores the architectural and cultural history of this great American city, a city whose architectural heritage was recklessly squandered during the second half of the twentieth century. David Garrard Lowes crisp, lively prose and over 270 rare photographs and prints, illuminate the decades when Gustavus Swift and Philip D. Armour ruled the greatest stockyards in the world; when industrialists and entrepreneurs such as Cyrus McCormick, Potter Palmer, George Pullman, and Marshall Field made Prairie Avenue and State Street the rivals of New York Citys Fifth Avenue; and when Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and Frank Lloyd Wright were designing buildings of incomparable excellence. Here are the mansions and grand hotels, the office buildings that met technical perfection (including the first skyscraper), and the stores, trains, movie palaces, parks, and racetracks that thrilled residents and tourists alike before falling victim to the wrecking ball of progress.



Chicago: A Brief History


Author: Vook


Description: "Chicago: A Brief History" presents a comprehensive look at the citys transformation from a fur trade outpost to Americas Second City. This compact digital compendium helps you track the diverse forces that shaped the city as we know it. Youll explore the exciting history behind the citys cultural, economic, and architectural mainstays. Youll also gain valuable insight into groundbreaking Chicago events and major figures down through history, including: The Birth of a Major Trade City The Great Fire of 1871 Construction of the Sears Tower Chicagos Public Enemies The University of Chicago ...and more.



Loving Frank


Author: Nancy Horan


Description: I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of Americas greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheneys profound influence on Wright. Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horans Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamahs is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novels stunning conclusion.



Creating Chicago's North Shore: A Suburban History


Author: Michael H. Ebner


Description: They are the suburban jewels that crown one of the world's premier cities. Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff: together, they comprise the North Shore of Chicago, a social registry of eight communities that serve as a genteel enclave of affluence, culture, and high society. Historian Michael H. Ebner explains the origins and evolution of the North Shore as a distinctive region. At the same time, he tells the paradoxical story of how these suburbs, with their common heritage, mutual values, and shared aspirations, still preserve their distinctly separate identities. Embedded in this history are important lessons about the uneasy development of the American metropolis.




What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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