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Treasures of Chicagoland

Program Number: 14898RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/18/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - 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

9-14-2014

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, 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: 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 task lighting, luxury bedding and linens. Refrigerators are available upon request and availability.
  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 dates, please call Member Services at 203-905-2100 and ask for 'Road Scholar pre-post program rates', or email memberservices@clubquarters.com
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Per hotel availability For shoulder dates, please call Member Services at 203-905-2100 and ask for 'Road Scholar pre-post program rates', or email memberservices@clubquarters.com
  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 System Parking 111 E. Wacker Drive (corner of North Michigan) Tel: (312) 819-5051 Parking is available at a discounted rate at System Parking located at 111 E. Wacker Drive. The cost is $24 for a 24 hour period, with no in and out privileges and $45 for valet parking overnight with in and out privileges. Directions to/from System Parking System Parking is located one block to the East (right) of the hotel. The garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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
(Sunday, September 14)

Note: We will enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant.



   
 Afternoon: Arrival at Club Quarters Hotel check-in is at 3:00. Check in, pick up program packets in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local downtown restaurant.
 Evening: Welcome and orientation.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bus Tour of historical North Shore/Cuneo Museum & Gardens/Chicago Botanic Garden
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Explore Chicago's north shore, including an expert-led visit to the Baha'i Temple, the only one in North America.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Coach bus tour of Chicago's North Shore.
 Lunch: Lunch at local eatery.
 Afternoon: Docent-led exploration of 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: Relax at the hotel, or perhaps take a stroll along Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
   
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
(Tuesday, September 16)

Note: We will spend the day exploring Oak Park, a community rich in history and culture. We will focus on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the literary tradition of Ernest Hemingway.



   
 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/Robie House and Greektown
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Today we will travel to Hyde Park, home of the University of Chicago. We will visit the world famous Museum of Science and Industry.



   
 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 expert-led tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House on the University of Chicago Campus.
 Dinner: At an authentic Greek restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy the city.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Millennium Park/Shedd Aquarium/Lunch /Final Day in Chicago
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: We will visit Chicago's newest tourist attraction, Millennium Park followed by a visit to the Shedd Aquarium, on the city's Museum Campus.



   
 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 a downtown restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to hotel approx. 2 pm
   
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.


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