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A Taste of Chicago's Food History

Program Number: 19218RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/28/2013 - 11/1/2013; 10/12/2014 - 10/16/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $975.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Savor a delicious exploration of Chicago’s international food scene and let your every sense be awakened by the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of a city renowned for its culinary history and multicultural restaurant culture. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn tricks of the trade from esteemed local chefs and learn about the impact of the local-food movement on the Chicago restaurant scene.




Highlights

• Explore Chicago's diverse ethnic neighborhoods, where interweaving cultures and histories manifest in the cuisine.
• Acquire secrets of the trade while cooking your own gourmet meal alongside chefs at a famous Chicago culinary school.
• Browse and learn about local and sustainable produce at the city’s only year-round farmers’ market.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1 1/2 miles per day. Fully participating in this program may be a challenge for those with extreme dietary preferences. Vegetarian options provided where possible.




Date Specific Information

10-28-2013, 10-12-2014

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 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: 203-905-2100 xor3123576400
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 For shoulder days please call 203-905-2066 or 203-905-2067. Ask for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Per hotel availability For shoulder days please call 203-905-2066 or 203-905-2067. Ask for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in begins at 3:00pm.After you get your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar registration desk to pick up your arrival packet. Road Scholar program begins at 5 pm You will be staying at Club Quarters that night.
  End of Program:
Please be sure you have completed hotel check-out by 9:00am. You may leave your bags with the concierge until departure. Program ends after lunch. You will return to the hotel at 1 pm You will be staying at Club Quarters the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking for a fee is available in a private lot next door to the hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chicago
  Nearest city or town:  Milwaukee, Joliet,
  Nearest highway: 90/94
  Nearest airport:  O'Hare and Midway
  From End of Program
  Location: Chicago
    (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.

 

Midway Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20 one-way and $36 round-trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes depending on traffic 

   

Prices subject to change. Shuttle leaves Midway every 15 minutes.

 

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 su;bject to change

 

O'Hare

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Available curb side at the airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35-$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes approximately depending on traffice 

   

Prices are subject to change

 

O'Hare Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$32 one-way and $62 round-trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes depending on traffic 

   

Prices subject to change. Shuttle leaves O'Hare every 10 minutes from the baggage claim area and at a counter at entrances 1E, 2D and 3E.

 
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 & Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation & Getting to Know You, Opening Presentation
(Monday, October 28)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: You may check in beginning at 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you get your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar registration desk to pick up your arrival packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and additional program information that we'll review during our orientation session after dinner.

Please be aware that local circumstances may be require adjusting schedules and/or program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: We'll gather in the hotel and board our bus for dinner out at a favorite local restaurant. As you relish this first taste of Chicago, make it an opportunity to begin getting acquainted with your fellow participants.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: Returning to the hotel, we’ll have an informative overview of the program including responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. We’ll also review the up-to-date schedule and answer any questions you may have.

PRESENTATION: History of food in Chicago with a representative from City Hall. The city is justly proud of its heritage and provides extensive information services about food and dining in the Visitor Center of the Chicago Cultural Center.

   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Progressive Tasting in Ethnic Neighborhoods, Iconic Chicago Foods
(Tuesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel is a full buffet with tasty hot and cold entrées and more.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: As we board our motorcoach, we will be joined by our very own expert Culinary Concierge who will lead our driving exploration of more than a dozen of the city’s ethnic neighborhoods. All of your senses will be piqued as you learn about the multi-ethnic nature of the city and the profound impact these cultures have had on Chicago’s culinary culture. In addition to several stops for tastings and to stretch our legs as we see something of the neighborhood, we’ll also enjoy savory samples brought on board.
 Lunch: Lunch will continue our exploration and enjoyment of ethnic flavor as we dine out at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We continue our study of ethnic neighborhoods and their vitality as expressed in food. Chicago has 77 areas identified with a distinctive heritage and community spirit that run the gamut of delicious tastes. To name just some of the identities we’ll explore: German, Polish, Greek, Italian, Chinese, and Vietnamese. It wouldn’t be complete, of course, without a stop at a Jewish deli!
 Dinner: Tonight you'll experience authentic Chicago-style pizza at a noted pizzeria. What makes it different from others? Taste and see!
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Iconic Chicago Foods. Learn more about foods that were invented here or that got characteristic interpretations.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Green City Market, Chef Demonstration, Culinary Arts School
(Wednesday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Green City Market. Founded in 1998, Chicago’s only year-round farmers’ market promotes local, sustainable agricultural practices and provides a marketplace that connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs, and the greater Chicago community. We’ll go behind the scenes to see first-hand how an abundance of fresh, high-quality, locally produced food provides the basis for a regional cuisine.
 Lunch: We’ll meet one the chefs at a renowned culinary school for a lesson in preparing locally produced, sustainable foods. As a special highlight, participants will work alongside the chef to make lunch and then enjoy the fruits of our labors in the school’s dining room.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: We'll return to the hotel after lunch so you can begin to explore the city on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to choose the restaurant(s) and cuisine(s) of your choice.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Continue your personal adventure of discovery. There are many, many activities and events to choose from, and your Group Leader will be happy offer suggestions.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: A Restaurant Critic's View, Progressive Lunch, Meet the Chef
(Thursday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: A well known and respected restaurant critic will provide insights into contemporary Chicago dining trends and factors that lead to the success or failure of restaurants.
 Lunch: PROGRESSIVE LUNCH: Led by an expert, we’ll have a walking-and-eating experience in the trendy Bucktown neighborhood, an up-and-coming “foodie” paradise. As we stroll along the streets, enjoy food tastings that range from historic Mom-and-Pop specialty food shops to one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries and the work of acclaimed food artisans. The tastiest way to learn!
 Afternoon: We'll return to the hotel at approximately 3:30pm with time to relax until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner is out at a well-known Chicago eatery that includes a visit with the chef. Learn first-hand about Chicago as a restaurant town from the chef's perspective…
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Inside the Restaurant Business, Farewell Lunch
(Friday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Please be sure you have completed hotel check-out by 9:00am. You may leave your bags with the concierge until departure.

 Morning: PRESENTATION: Expand your knowledge of the restaurant business with insider perspectives from a National Restaurant Association professional. Today's restaurant industry employs 12.7 million Americans in 945,000 locations. The National Restaurant Association represents more than 380,000 businesses from restaurants and suppliers to educators and non-profits, providing valuable resources and continuing education.
 Lunch: Our final lunch is out at favorite “must-visit” restaurant noted for its excellent food and location.
 Afternoon: The program concludes with lunch. We'll return to the hotel at approximately 1:00pm for departures.

We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar educational adventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

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