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Intergenerational Adventures in the Windy City

Program Number: 21529RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/29/2014 - 7/4/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,189.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Chicago is a world-class city rich in history, art, culture, parks and recreational opportunities just perfect for families to learn, play and grow together! Join up with your grandchildren for an in-depth exploration of all that this city has to offer. Experience Chicago from the shores of Lake Michigan and from the parks and museums alongside it, and get to know the entire city from the tallest building in North America to Wrigley Field to Hyde Park, home of President Obama. Let the city of “Big Shoulders” open its arms wide and welcome you and your grandchildren!




Highlights

• Go behind the scenes at the world-famous Museum of Science and Industry.
• Visit iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, where an expert takes you to stadium areas most fans never see.
• Experience the city from the Skydeck of the tallest building in North America while learning how it was built.



Activity Particulars

Entire days spent out and about being active in Chicago. Walking up to one mile at a time, standing for periods at museums; some stairs.




Date Specific Information

6-29-2014

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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
Downtown hotel steps away from Chicago’s famed Gold Coast; indoor pool and gym.
Meals and Lodgings
   Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
  Chicago, Illinois 5 nights
 Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located to the city's renowned Magnificent Mile, featuring excellent shopping, great museums, nightlife, dining, entertainment and cultural attractions. Minutes from The Loop, financial and theatre districs, Chicago sports with the Cubs, Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhaws. Also, secure heated indoor parking facility.
  Contact info: 630 N Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611 USA
phone: 312-981-6600
web: www.fourpointschicago.com
  Room amenities: Each stylish room is equipped with comfortable pillow top bed, free high speed internet, both wired and wireless access in-room, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable television, movies on demand, video games on demand, iron and ironing board, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is 100% smoke free. There is an indoor heated pool and whirlpool in an airy sunroom, fitness center, 24-hour front desk, complimentary USA Today paper, safe deposit box, 24 hour business center, coin laundry, on-site gift and sundries shop and high speed internet throughout the hotel with helpful guest services/bell stand. Easy access to Starbucks and Trader Joe's Grocery Store.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies Additional nights on availability basis. Please call 888-627-7088 or go online to www.fourpointschicago.com to book your additional nights. This is central reservations so only book those additional days which you need either prior to or following your Road Scholar stay. DO NOT give them the dates which are already reserved through the road scholar registration.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Additional nights on availability basis. Please call 888-627-7088 or go online to www.fourpointschicago.com to book your additional nights. This is central reservations so only book those additional days which you need either prior to or following your Road Scholar stay. DO NOT give them the dates which are already reserved through the road scholar registration.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at hotel 3 - 5 pm You will be staying at Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Following breakfast at the hotel You will be staying at Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in hotel lot $50/day self-park and $65/day valet
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
 

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

 

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.

 
Driving Directions
  Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown From O’Hare Airport Start out going NORTHEAST on DEPARTURES. Merge onto I-190 E. I-190 E becomes KENNEDY EXPY E/I-90 E. Take the Local Lanes exit on the LEFT toward ARMITAGE AVE. Merge onto I-90 EXPRESS LN/I-94 EXPRESS LN/KENNEDY EXPRESS LN. Take the EAST OHIO ST exit. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto W OHIO ST. Turn LEFT onto N RUSH ST. End at hotel at 630 N Rush St. From Midway Airport Start out going NORTH on ARRIVALS. Turn SLIGHT LEFT. Turn RIGHT onto S CICERO AVE/IL-50. Merge onto I-55 N/STEVENSON EXPY N. Take the I-90 W/RYAN EXPY/I-94 W exit- EXIT 292A- toward WISCONSIN. Merge onto I-90 W/I-94 W via EXIT 53A toward WISCONSIN. Take the EAST OHIO ST exit- EXIT 50B. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto W OHIO ST. Turn LEFT onto N RUSH ST. End at hotel at 630 N Rush St.
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/Movie
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at the hotel is from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: We will have dinner in a unique food court at the beautiful Water Tower Place Shopping Mall.
 Evening: Get acquainted with your fellow participants and an overview of the upcoming week. In anticipation of tomorrow's visit to the Museum, we will have a presentation of the movie "Night at the Museum."
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum of Science and Industry/Sunset Cruise on Lake Michigan
(Monday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will travel to Hyde Park, home of President Obama, the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. We will have an opportunity to explore the many exhibitions at the museum on our own. Experience Networld, learn about the complexities of genetics and experience the hatching of baby chicks, visit the Henry Crown Space Center, or visit the Fairy Castle or one of the other interesting exhibitions at this world class museum.
 Lunch: We will have lunch at the museum.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the museum with an expert-led behind the scenes experience.
 Dinner: We will have dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: This evening we will have an extraordinary view of Chicago's magnificent skyline from aboard the deck of boat as we cruise on Lake Michigan.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: City Highlights/Skydeck at the Willis Tower
(Tuesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will board our own private double decker bus for a city highlights tour with fun stops along the way including the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower, where we will have the opportunity to step out on the glass ledge and view the city from atop the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
 Lunch: We will return to the hotel and you will have the opportunity to have lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: You have the afternoon to yourselves to explore and experience this amazing city. Whether you choose biking along the lake front, to a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, or an afternoon at the ballpark, you can't go wrong in this amazing city. Your group leaders will be happy to provide you with suggestions and help you to get there easily.
 Dinner: Dinner and the evening are on your own. Our group leaders will be happy to provide suggestions to please every palate and for your evening's entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Field Museum of Natural History/Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium/Navy Pier/Fireworks
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will board the bus for The Field Museum of Natural History. We will have the opportunity to explore with an expert as well as on our own. Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Africa, Gems and Native Americans are among the many wonderful exhibits at this world class institution.
 Lunch: We will have lunch at the museum.
 Afternoon: We will spend the afternoon exploring the Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium. The Aquatics show will provide an opportunity to learn about the marine animals that live at the Shedd. We will have a special expert-led experience of the aquarium prior to returning to the hotel.
 Dinner: This evening we will have dinner in the food court at Navy Pier, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago.
 Evening: This evening you will have the opportunity to explore Navy Pier, take in a game of mini-golf, ride on a 150 foot high Ferris Wheel, carousel, or wave swinger. When the sun goes down, we will have an opportunity to enjoy a fantastic fireworks exhibition set to music, before returning to the hotel for the evening.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Wrigley Field/Lincoln Park Zoo/Movie
(Thursday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will board the bus for an expert-led experience of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. We will go behind the scenes of this iconic ball field.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo offers many venues for lunch sure to please even the pickiest eater.
 Afternoon: We will spend the afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Established in 1868 this zoo has made an ongoing commitment to best standards in conservation, recreation and education, and continues to enthrall visitors 365 days a year. We will have a special zoo experience with a trained zoo eductor in addition to time to explore on our own.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.
 Evening: This evening we will have an opportunity to sit back and relax and watch a movie.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Departure
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: The program ends after breakfast. Check out at the hotel is at noon, so you have time to savor your last morning in the windy city. We hope you have enjoyed your experience in Chicago!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chicago, Illinois General Overview
Museums and galleries, sporting events, e.g., Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Musuem 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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