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Architectural Masterworks of Chicago and Oak Park: Featuring Frank Lloyd Wright

Program Number: 21498RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/8/2014; 8/31/2014 - 9/4/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/11/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,089.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

See Chicago in a new light as you gain an in-depth appreciation for the city as a center of architectural diversity and innovation, and particularly as the milieu for notable works by America’s greatest architect, the colorful Frank Lloyd Wright. Set out on a variety of field trips as local experts interpret the most creative architectural examples in the city, including a walking exploration of historic elements of the downtown core and a look at the city from the perspective of the Chicago River. Visit Wright’s home, his studio and Unity Temple at Oak Park, and learn about other Wright accomplishments distributed throughout the city.




Highlights

• At historic Oak Park, discover Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, as well as Unity Temple, designed by Wright and considered by many scholars to be the world’s first example of true modern architecture.
• Take a walk inside “the Loop” to examine significant architecture in downtown Chicago and have lunch inside the Macy’s Loop location while learning about the magnificent domed Tiffany ceiling.
• A local expert narrates a historical drive that explores Chicago from the perspective of urban planning, including the importance of the Chicago River to the city and the design of Millennium and Grant parks.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1.5 miles, climbing up to four flights of stairs. Standing up to two hours during field trips.



This program is designed to be taken in conjunction with Architectural Masterworks of Spring Green, Madison and Racine: Featuring Frank Lloyd Wright (#21488).




Date Specific Information

5-4-2014, 8-31-2014, 9-7-2014

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.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.
 
Judy 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.
 
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 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, 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
 

Midway Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$55 one-way and $104 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 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 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: Registration/Dinner/Orientation/Getting Acquainted
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration will be from 3 - 5 pm on the first floor of the hotel. You will have time to get settled in your room prior meeting for dinner.
 Dinner: We will meet in the hotel lobby and walk together as a group to dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: After dinner, we will walk back to the hotel for orientation and an opportunity to begin to get to know one another.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Chicago Architecture/ Loop Walking Tour/Architectural Boat Ride
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will begin with an expert-led presentation that will provide an introduction to architectural topics specific to Chicago. We will learn how to evaluate architecture within its historical conext, why architectural styles change and what we have to gain from experiencing architecture in Chicago throughout the next few days. Our first exploration of the city will be on foot as we explore the interior architecture of some of the Loop's most interesting architectural spaces. Themes we will explore this morning include the history and culture of Chicago, modernist architecture, infrastructure and design psychology.
 Lunch: Lunch today will be in The Walnut Room at Macys. Opened in 1907, at Marshall Fields, this was the first restaurant in a department store. This beloved dining room boasts a 17 ft. marble fountain, Austrian chandeliers and Circassian walnut paneling. Lunch choices will include selections from the original menu.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we will experience the architecture of Chicago from the perspective of the Chicago River. Chicago is famous for its spectacular skyline and is the birthplace of the skyscraper. The Chicago Fire in 1871 destroyed much of the city's commercial property, providing an opportunity for those who had the vision to merge structural steel and plate glass into vertical architectural wonders. We will gain a deeper understanding of the works of famous 19th and 20th century architects including Burnham, Jenny, Root and Sullivan and Kahn, Van der Rohe and Goldberg.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chicago Architectural and Historic Highlights Tour/IIT and U of C Campuses
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will climb aboard a coach to explore the architecture and history of the city beginning in downtown Chicago and moving south to the campuses of IIT and University of Chicago in Hyde Park. We will focus on urban planning, the evolution of architectural design for Universities and the impact on Campus Culture. We will also have the opportunity to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Hyde Park. Completed in 1910 this home is talked about as one of the most important buildings in American architecture.
 Lunch: We will have lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Our exploration of the city continues in Hyde Park and the University of Chicago campus.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio/Unity Temple/Historic Oak Park
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we will board a bus for historic Oak Park,where we will have an expert-led exploration of the first home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Unity Temple and gain a deeper insight into his life and career. We will be joined on our bus by a subject expert as we travel around this historic neighborhood, renown for having the greatest number of Wright-designed buildings.
 Lunch: We will have lunch in Oak Park
 Afternoon: Following lunch we will return to the hotel and you will have the afternoon and evening to yourself for independent exploration!
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: You will have the evening to yourself. There are many choices for entertainment in the evening. Your group leaders will be happy to provide ideas for this evening.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5:
(Thursday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Chicago has been greatly influenced by the immigrants who came to this city and brought their unique ethnicity and culture to the neighborhoods in which they settled. This morning we will explore a number of these neighborhoods to gain an understanding of the social geography of the city, residential and industrial architecture, the evolution of city neighborhoods and contemporary city living. Prior to lunch, we will have an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned and experienced throughout the program. Our local expert will facilitate a presentation and conversation that will allow us to tie together the concepts in our first meeting with our experiences throughout the itinerary.
 Lunch: Our farewell lunch will be at Lawry's The Prime Rib. Lawry's is located in the 1890's mansion of L. Hamilton McCormick, a National Landmark Building.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chicago, Illinois General Overview
Museums and galleries, sporting events, e.g., Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Stained Glass Museum, Adler Planetarium, Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Lincon 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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