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Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis: Signature Highlights by River and Rail

Program Number: 21017RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/21/2015 - 6/27/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

By boat, trolley and train, explore three notable American cities. Gain insights into the story told by the Chicago skyline during an architectural survey by boat. Journey by train to Springfield and retrace Lincoln’s footsteps in his home and presidential museum. Relive Route 66 on a road trip to St Louis as you gain new awareness of this region. Experience each city’s beloved landmarks plus hidden local treasures. Set out on your own to explore the historic and cultural sites of most interest to you, equipped at all times with the expert advice of your study leader, who shares a wealth of information and insights about these cities.




Highlights

• Experience the key sites of Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis by river, rail, motorcoach and trolley.
• Visit and learn about icons of the American landscape, including the St. Louis Arch, Lincoln homestead, Cahokia Mounds, and Chicago’s beautiful skyline.
• Choose your own adventures. Ample time permits your choice of museums and activities, with personal guidance provided from your group leader.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day on primarily level surfaces. Climb stairs on/off double-decker bus, train, trolley and riverboat; must tote own luggage into train and hotels. Program is not wheelchair or walker-accessible. Optional group activities require standing/walking up to 60 minutes.



Included in this program: substantial free time; two-day Chicago trolley ticket to more than 20 sites; expert advice for self-directed excursions.




Date Specific Information

6-21-2015

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



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Chicago, Ill., 3 nights; train to Springfield, Ill., 1 night; coach via Route 66 to St Louis, Mo., 2 nights; departure.



Coordinated by Iowa State University Extension.




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
Three- and four-star hotels in convenient downtown locations.
Meals and Lodgings
   Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
  Chicago, IL 3 nights
   Hilton Springfield
  Springfield, Illinois 1 night
   Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
  St. Louis, Missouri 2 nights
 Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Location, location, location! Nestled near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, our hotel is literally steps away from downtown Chicago's beautiful riverwalk and top attractions, including the architecture riverboat tour (1/2 block); Millennium Park and Cultural Center (2 blocks); Art Institute (4 blocks); plus hundreds of dining and shopping options. The Hop On/ Hop Off Trolley stop is only 1 block from our hotel, so you may easily enjoy this program's included 3-day trolley pass throughout downtown Chicago at no additional cost. Listen to the fun narrations of trolley hosts as you travel to your favorite destinations. Located on famous Michigan Avenue, home of the "Magnificent Mile", your uniquely spacious hotel room allows you to stretch out and relax. With only 5 guest rooms per floor, the hotel offers a homelike residential feel. In contrast to some big name Chicago hotels in dingy, noisy neighborhoods, this hotel gem provides a clean, safe and beautiful Michigan Avenue setting to enjoy Chicago by day or night.
  Contact info: 320 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
phone: 312-384-1208
web: www.comfortsuiteschicago.com/
  Room amenities: Rooms have expansive floor plans and residence-style amenities. Rooms with one bed (king or queen) are an apartment suite, featuring a separate bedroom, a full-size kitchen, desk and chair, and living area with sofa and second TV. Room with two beds (queens) are large open rooms (no separate bedroom); plus a kitchen, easy chair, and desk and office chair (no sofa or second TV). All rooms have full kitchens, with coffee maker, stove, microwave, and refrigerator. All rooms are also equipped with a washer and dryer; and workspace with ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet. The newly remodeled rooms provide 600-800 square feet to stretch and relax. Beds feature pillow-top mattresses. Some rooms have city views.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary coffee and full breakfast served daily; Complimentary high speed Internet; Same-day dry cleaning available; Complimentary access to fitness center in hotel;100% smoke free environment; Valet parking available; Bell staff; Concierge services.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary by date Come early and enjoy Chicago an extra day at our same special downtown Chicago rate. Availability and rates vary by date, but are approximately $200 (including tax) per night. Contact the hotel directly at (312) 384-1208. Request the "Iowa State University Road Scholar" rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hilton Springfield
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located near Springfield's most popular historic sites, the Hilton's 30 stories offer the best views of downtown Springfield.
  Contact info: 700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/index.html
  Room amenities: King and queen/queen rooms offer premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. All rooms provide an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair; clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker, and complimentary high-speed internet access.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool; fitness center; complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms; business center; beauty salon & barber shop; ATM; concierge desk; laundry service; gift shop; 5 in-house restaurants, including Starbuck's and a penthouse lounge with amazing panoramic views. Easy 3-block walk to many historical sites, including the Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and Illinois' Old State Capitol.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Three historic National Register buildings have been beautifully renovated into this modern hotel while retaining historic treasures. Conveniently located near St Louis' top attractions, the hotel is directly across the street from the St. Louis Arch and Mississippi Riverfront; and only 1/2 block from the iconic Old Courthouse.
  Contact info: 2 South 4th Street
St. Louis, MI 63102 USA
phone: 314-231-3303
web: wwws.druryhotels.com/PropertyHotelServices.aspx?Property=0103&FromBooking=True
  Room amenities: Refrigerator and microwave in every room. Free wireless Internet and movie channels.
  Facility amenities: Indoor pool and two whirlpools. 24-hr fitness center and business center. Extensive buffet breakfast each morning; plus complimentary cocktails and light dinner each evening.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
8:00 a.m. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Self parking $32/day is available at 111 East Wacker Drive (across the street from our hotel). Park first and carry luggage directly to hotel (no Michigan Ave luggage unloading in front of hotel). Valet $37/day available at Hard Rock Hotel in next block.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chicago, IL
  Nearest airport:  O'Hare International and Midway regional airports
  From End of Program
  Location:  St. Louis, Missouri
Travel Details
 

Chicago O'Hare or Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 per person one-way, but subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes from O'Hare; 20 minutes from Midway 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles from O'Hare; 12 miles from Midway

   

The Go Airport Express shuttle service offers convenient door-to-door service between both airports (Midway and O'Hare) and our Chicago hotel. No reservation is necessary before arrival in Chicago. You will find the Go Airport Express shuttle kiosk located in the baggage claim areas of the airports. One-way or round-trip services are offered. Go online for rates and more information: www.airportexpress.com

 

To Chicago Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10-$12 per taxi. Taxi fares vary.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

All taxis in Chicago are required to use their taximeter and payment is due upon reaching the destination. There is an extra $1 charge for the first additional passenger under age 65 and $0.50 for each passenger after that. Chicago has also instituted a $1 surcharge for fuel. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. Suggested tip is 10-20%.

 

To Chicago Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $50 per person/one way - Prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes from O'Hare; 20 minutes from Midway 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles from O'Hare; 12 miles from Midway

   

Most taxis charge flat rates to and from the airports. This rate is usually posted in the taxi. All taxis in Chicago are required to use their taximeter and payment is due upon reaching the destination. There is an extra $1 charge for the first additional passenger under age 65, and $0.50 for each passenger after that. Chicago has also instituted a $1 surcharge for fuel. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. Suggested tip is 10-20%.

 

From St Louis hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$12 per taxi - prices are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

8 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

This program begins in Chicago and ends in St. Louis. Easy direct train service is available from St. Louis to Chicago. You can book a return train at www.Amtrak.com

 

From St Louis hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO BEST Express Airport Shuttle
phone: 877-785-4682
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20 for 1 passenger; $33 for 2 passengers.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 mintues 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Daily van shuttles from all downtown St Louis hotels to St Louis Lambert Airport begin at 4 a.m. Call or book online at www.gobestexpress.com

 
Driving Directions
  From Indiana via I-80/94: Driving west on I-80/94, stay on I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) going north. Continue north on I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit at 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Drive. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the North/O'Hare Airport: Take I-90 East (Kennedy Expressway). Exit 50B toward Ohio St E. Merge onto W Ohio St. Turn right onto N Michigan Ave. Turn left onto W Wacker Drive. Public parking garage is immediately on your right at 111 W Wacker Drive. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the South: Proceed north on1-57 N. Merge onto I-90/94 W (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Dr. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker Dr (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the Southwest/Midway Airport Take Cicero Avenue north to get to I-55 north (Stevenson Expressway). Take I-55 to exit #292A, I-90/94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway, direction Wisconsin). Exit 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Dr. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in the parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
  From the West: Head east on I-80. Take exit 151B on the left to merge onto I-57 N toward Chicago. merge onto I94 W. Take exit 51A for Lake Street. Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Wacker Drive. Enclosed public parking garage is 111 W Wacker (right side) just past Michigan Ave intersection. After parking, carry luggage from parking garage to hotel. Hotel is on Michigan Ave, across the street from the garage. Travel Tips: Unload luggage in the parking garage or in the valet area by the Hard Rock Hotel next door. Luggage handling is not permitted on Michigan Avenue directly in front of our hotel's front door. Avoid weekday rush hour (7-9 am, 4-6 pm).
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: Orientation/City Lights Tour
(Sunday, June 21)
   
 Arrive To: You may check in to your guest room beginning at 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may leave your luggage at the hotel while you explore the neighborhood until 3:00. Our hotel is surrounded by landmark sites to stroll through or simply sit and admire. Meet 4:45 p.m. in our hotel's meeting room on the main level, where you will be greeted by your group leader and receive your program materials. Our program begins 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: We walk to a nearby local restaurant for dinner.
 Evening: Chicago lights up as the sun goes down. We board a double-decker bus for a City Lights tour, as our first evening's introduction to Chicago.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chicago Riverboat Architectural Tour
(Monday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is provided in our hotel.
 Morning: Gain fascinating insights into Chicago's skyline with a boat tour on the Chicago River through the downtown, with instruction by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Our river excursion begins at the famous Michigan Avenue Bridge, located only 1/2 block from our hotel.
 Lunch: Chicago is famous for it deep-dish style of pizza. Experience the local culture as we sample this popular specialty.
 Afternoon: What would you most like to experience? The remainder of the day is free time. Join your group leader on a narrated trolley ride through Chicago's downtown and historic neighborhoods (trolley pass is included). Or use this time for self-exploration of famous art, peruse amazing museums, sample ethnic dishes, explore Michigan Avenue shops or stroll through Millennium Park. Detailed site information and leader assistance is provided.
 Dinner: Choose your favorite spot for dinner during your afternoon and evening of free time. Dining suggestions are provided in your program packet. Your Group Leader invites you to join her for any meal.
 Evening: Our evening permits free time to enjoy activities of your choosing: attend a concert or theater performance, explore local sites, or relax at our hotel. Travel Tip: If you wish to visit several museums, consider purchasing the Chicago CityPass. These tickets provide FastPass entry ahead of long lines. For more information, go to cityPASS.com/Chicago.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Chicago Insider Tour/Free Time
(Tuesday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is provided in our hotel.
 Morning: Private group tour and instruction at a notable Chicago icon, such as the Art Institute, Chicago Board of Trade or other landmark location. Tour site varies by date. Contact your group leader for details of this morning's activities.
 Afternoon: Free time offers so many interesting things to do - and the choices are yours! Enjoy the personal perspective of local hosts as they introduce you to their city. You may choose a one-hour downtown walking tour near our hotel; or explore museums and sites on your own. You may also register prior to our program for a free 2-4 hour Chicago Greeter tour. (See Chicago Greeter details in the Free Time section.) Past participants highly recommend the Chicago Greeter tours. Your 3-day trolley pass provides transportation to Chicago's top attractions; plus narrated tours to Chicago neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Little Italy. Your group leader provides free time assistance.
 Dinner: Dinner is at your own time and taste during free time. You are invited to join your group leader for any meal.
 Evening: Catch a live performance or stroll through nearby Millennium Park during evening free time. Suggestions are provided.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Train trek Chicago to Springfield
(Wednesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is provided in our hotel
 Morning: Our 4-hour train ride to Springfield provides ample leg room, so you can relax and listen to exclusive Road Scholar narrations while enjoying the views. Learn about this region's early settlers and history. While riding the train, you may listen to the narrations, dine in the café car, read a book, watch the scenery from the observation car, catch a snack or a nap. The choice is yours!
 Lunch: Lunch is your choice -- purchase sandwiches or snacks from the train's cafe, or you may carry food with you onto the train. Your group leader will provide suggestions on where to purchase a lunch to take on the train.
 Afternoon: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum combines traditional scholarship with cutting-edge technology for a masterful learning experience about the 16th U.S. President and his role in the American Civil War.
 Dinner: Dinner is provided at a local restaurant
 Evening: Relax in our hotel or stroll the neighborhood. Our downtown Springfield hotel is located near the Old Capitol and other historic sites.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Springfield
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Route 66 to Cahokia Mounds/ St. Louis
(Thursday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet in our hotel.
 Morning: We visit the Lincoln Home Historic Site; then enjoy a driving tour of Springfield's historic sites, including Lincoln's tomb and the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln made his "House Divided" speech.
 Lunch: A classic Route 66 lunch stop is provided.
 Afternoon: Route 66 takes us via motorcoach to Cahokia Mounds, an ancient American Indian city. Often called "The Lost City", it is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of Mexico. Then we cross the Mississippi River into St. Louis, Missouri. Our hotel is nestled amid famous sites, including the Arch, Eads Bridge, Old Courthouse, and the beginning point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
 Dinner: Enjoy an evening of food, conversation and relaxation. Complimentary cocktails and light meal available 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
 Evening: Meet me in St Louis! A local expert takes us on a narrated bus tour of his beloved city. Sprinkled with stories and history, this 22-mile (75 minutes) exploration of St Louis highlights the downtown and Mississippi riverfront, and Forest Park, location of the 1904 World's Fair and Summer Olympics.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: St. Louis Arch/ Museums
(Friday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet is included at our hotel.
 Morning: We visit the landmark of St Louis -- the arched Gateway to the West, where we watch a documentary of how the arch was built. Free time permits viewing museum exhibits inside the arch. You may purchase tickets to view another film or take a tram ride to the top of the arch. See Arch details in the Free Time section.
 Lunch: During free time, select lunch of your own choosing.
 Afternoon: Free time provides opportunity to visit St. Louis attractions of your choosing. Across the street from our hotel is the beautiful Old Courthouse, known especially for two historic court cases: The Dred Scott Case, a slave who sued for his freedom; and Virginia Minor's case of women suffrage. Or self-explore other St. Louis sites, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, Forest Park, St Louis Cathedral Basilica mosaic murals, walk to nearby Busch Stadium or visit a brewery and Budweiser Clydesdale stables. Complimentary motorcoach shuttles are provided to the Cathedral and Forest Park sites, including the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center and St. Louis Zoo. All are free admission.
 Dinner: The Little Italy neighborhood in St. Louis is famous for its dining; and will host our farewell dinner of our program.
 Evening: Program wrap-up and farewells.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures.
(Saturday, June 27)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures. You may wish to book additional nights to explore more of St. Louis on your own.
 Breakfast: We start our morning with an included hot buffet breakfast at our hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chicago, IL Chicago Greeter Program
Gain a local inside perspective during a FREE 2-4 hour tour on a topic of your choice. Greeter visits combine personal narration while walking through a neighborhood, or hopping onto buses and trains (no additional cost), and are the perfect orientation to Chicago’s public transit system. Choose to visit one of Chicago’s 25 diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Or choose to explore one of over 40 special interests. Must book online at least 10 days prior. Contact your group leader if you wish assistance in booking a Chicago Greeter tour. Chicago Greeter tours are highly recommended by past participants of this Road Scholar program. Shorter (90 min)) "InstaGreeter" free walking tours of downtown Chicago are also available if you didn't have a chance to register 10 days prior for a Chicago Greeter tour. InstaGreeter tours begin every 1/2 hour 10 am – 3 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours begin at the Cultural Center, 78 E Washington (2 blocks from our hotel). For additional information, visit www.chicagogreeter.com
  Chicago Cultural Center
A brief walk from the hotel, this stunning landmark building is home to Chicago's Visitor Information Center, the world's largest Tiffany glass dome and free music, performances, films, lectures, and art exhibits. Located at 78 E Washington. This building is also the home of the Chicago Greeter program. For additional information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org
  Chicago History Museum
Collects, interprets, and presents the city's history to the public through exhibitions, programs, research collections, and publications. For additional information, visit www.chicagohs.org
  Chicago: Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Center
The first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere. For additional information, visit www.adlerplanetarium.org
  Chicago: John G. Shedd Aquarium
Explore the beauty of the aquatic world. For additional information, visit www.sheddaquarium.org
  Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry
The last remaining major structure from the 1893 World's Fair, the Musem of Science and Industry will delight visitors of all ages. Visit the newly reopened U-505 submarine. The Museum of Science and Industry offers continuously changing exhibits and the Omnimax Theater. For additional information, visit www.msichicago.org
  Chicago: The Field Museum of Natural History
Taking center stage on Chicago's "Museum Campus," the Field Museum boasts a world-class collection of biological and anthropological objects assembled for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Home of Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex. For additional information, visit www.fieldmuseum.org
  Art Institute of Chicago
With one of the world's greatest collections of Impressionist paintings. Enjoy Chicago's premiere museum of art encompassing a magnificent panoply of global heritage and aesthetics. Visit the Art Institute's online calendar to browse a listing of public lectures and performances offered.
  Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave. One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibits of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. For additional information, visit www.mcachicago.org
  Chicago: Hot Tix
Offers half price tickets to theatre events in and around Chicago. Hot Tix is run by the League of Chicago Theatres on behalf of the theatre industry in Chicago. Selection is updated daily. Some tickets are available several days prior to the show; other theatres choose to offer last-minute tickets for the day-of-show. Purchase online or at kiosk at 72 E. Randolph. Tuesday-Saturday 10a.m.-6p.m. Sunday 11a.m.-4p.m. (2 blocks from our hotel, across the street from Chicago Cultural Center). For additional information, visit www.hottix.org
  Broadway in Chicago
A collection of theaters in the downtown theater district and around town featuring some of the most popular musical theater smash hits! For additional information, visit broadwayinchicago.com
  Chicago: The Second City
Delighting audiences for over 50 years, the Second City resident theatre troupes write and perform original sketch and improv comedy revues. Origins of many "Saturday Night Live" television stars. Located in the historic Old Town neighborhood at 1616 North Wells St. For additional information, visit secondcity.com
  Chicago: Goodman Theatre
The internationally-renown Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater. 170 N. Dearborn St. 312-443-3800.
  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Located downtown at 220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year. For additional information, visit cso.org
  Chicago: Andy's Jazz Club
Located at 11 E. Hubbard, just a short cab ride from the hotel, Andy's is one of Chicago's best-known jazz establishments, featuring a musical menu of Chicago's top jazz artists. Go online or call 312-642-6805 for performers, times, & cover charge. For additional information, visit andysjazzclub.com
  Blue Chicago
Located in the River North entertainment district at 536 N. Clark St. just a short cab ride from the hotel, Blue Chicago features some of the best of Chicago blues music. Visit the website or call 312-661-0100 for performers, times, & cover charge.
  Chicago: Blue Man Group
Internationally-recognized comedy, pantomime, and industrial-rock musical performance. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood in the Briar Street Theatre at 3133 N. Halsted. For additional information, visit blueman.com/tickets/chicago/
  Chicago: Buddy Guy's Legends
Located at 754 S Wabash, just a short cab ride from the hotel, Buddy Guy's features Cajun soul food, a major archive of Blues memorabilia, and some of the finest blues music in Chicago. Go online or call 312-427-1190 for performers, times, & cover charge.
  Chicago: Grant Park Music Festival
Enjoy the nation's only remaining free, municipally-supported, outdoor, classical music series set against the backdrop of Millennium Park's new state-of-the-art Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry. For additional information, visit grantparkmusicfestival.com
  Chicago: Green Mill Jazz Club
Steeped in the heady sounds of the early '30s and '40s and Chicago's notorious prohibition-era mobster history, the Green Mill speakeasy has an atmosphere that's sure to delight. Located a cab-ride away at 4802 N. Broadway Ave., 773-878-5552. For additional information, visit greenmilljazz.com
  Chicago: Jazz Showcase
In the historic Dearborn Station building at 806 S. Plymouth Ct, just a short cab ride from the hotel, Jazz Showcase offers nightly sets at 8 and 10 p.m., 312-360-0234. For additional information, visit jazzshowcase.com
  St. Louis, Missouri Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis: mosaic masterpiece
The cathedral is home to the largest mosaic collection in the world, designed by Tiffany Studios and other artisans, which took 60 years to complete. Gain insights into the depicted stories and designs of the mosaic masterpieces through a narrated or self-guided tour. Free admission. 4431 Lindell Blvd (complimentary motorcoach shuttle provided during afternoon free time). For additional information, visit cathedralstl.org
  Clydesdale Stables/Anheiuser-Busch (Budweiser) Brewery Tour
Gain an inside look at how some of America’s favorite beers are crafted. The tour begins with the famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the historic stables, built in 1885. The tour ends with free samples of beers and soft drinks. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. Allow 2 hours. Tours fill daily, prior reservation is recommended by calling (314) 577-2626. 12th and Lynch Street (2.5 miles from our hotel). Taxi service is required. For additional information, visit www.budweisertours.com/z01/index.php/age-gate/
  Clydesdale on Grant’s Farm Tour
This behind-the-scenes tour provides an in-depth look at what it takes for horses to make the hitch and become a Budweiser Clydesdale. Guests will tour stables while gaining an inside look into Clydesdale Operations, the training process, and daily maintenance of our iconic horses. 10501 Gravois Rd (13 miles from our hotel). Taxi service is required. For additional information, visit anheuser-busch.com/index.php/our-heritage/grants-farm/attractions/clydesdale-stables/
  Forest Park
Location of the 1904 World’s Fair and 1904 Summer Olympics, Forest Park covers 1,371 acres and is known as the “heart of St. Louis”. It features a variety of attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, and the “Muny” (outdoor musical amphitheatre). Forest Park is located 8 miles from our downtown hotel; however, our program provides complimentary motorcoach shuttles to Forest Park sites during afternoon free time. See descriptions of key Forest Park attractions below. Forest Park Map at link below For additional information, visit mohistory.org/files/general/file_upload/map_of_forest_park.pdf
  Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd (Forest Park) Originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, the museum now engages visitors in the exciting history of St. Louis from its founding in 1764 up to the present day. Exhibits include he 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis Cardinals baseball and more. Free admission to some exhibits; fee for special exhibits. For additional information, visit www.mohistory.org
  Old Courthouse
You’ve heard about the Dred Scott Case; now visit the place where it happened. The Courthouse is the site where an enslaved husband and wife, Dred and Harriet Scott, sued for their freedom, and Virginia Minor sued for a woman’s right to vote in 1872. Embrace history in restored courtrooms and view exhibits and murals depicting historic events. Self-explore this beautiful building, watch the films, and study the exhibits. Free admission 8 am – 4:30 p.m. 11 North 4th St (conveniently located across the street from our hotel). For additional information, visit www.gatewayarch.com/experience/old-courthouse
  St. Louis Arch Tram Ride to the Top
Experience unforgettable views of St. Louis and the Mississippi River from the top of the 630-ft Arch. Open 8 am to10 pm. Tram tickets sell out as the day continues, so early morning tram tickets are recommended. Would you like to go to the top but don’t wish to do it alone? Your leader is happy to assist you in purchasing your ticket and organizing fellow adventurers to join you. Allow 1 hour to board tram and visit the top. NOTE: Our group showing of the documentary film is 10:00-10:30 am. Best ticket times for tram ride is between 8:00-9:00 am; or after 10:30 am. $10 (no need to purchase the required National park pass – it is provided by our program). You must have a photo ID or driver’s license to purchase tickets at the Arch. You may purchase tickets online or when you arrive at the Arch. For additional information, visit gatewayarch.com
  St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive (Forest Park) Collection of 33,000 works spans the centuries from ancient Egypt to the present. Free admission . For additional information, visit www.slam.org
  St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium
Home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, “New Busch Stadium” (2006) has a central point of influence in the city’s culture. 700 Clark Ave (3 blocks from our hotel).See link below for Cardinal game schedule or stadium tour tickets. Leader insider tip! Free admission to Cardinals games permitted after 7th inning. For additional information, visit cardinals.com
  St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive (Forest Park) 90 acres features 19,000 animals and 600 species in naturalistic exhibits. Free admission For additional information, visit www.stlzoo.org
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Suggested Reading List


Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness that Changed America


Author: Erik Larson


Description: We highly recommend reading this book for a historical background about Chicago! It provides an interesting knowledge base for the architecture you will see and the stories you will hear during our program. This nonfiction account brings Chicago circa 1893 to life. Larson's spell-binding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men - the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of history and thrills of fiction.



Historic Photos of Chicago


Author: Russell Lewis


Description: Historic Photos of Chicago captures the remarkable journey of the "city of broad shoulders" and its people through the historic photographs of the Chicago History Museum. From the Great Fire, to the rise of industry, through prohibition, World Wars and into the modern era, Chicago has remained a city of innovation and resilience. Captions and chapter headings are written by Russell Lewis, Chief Historian for Chicago History Museum. Hundreds of archival photos reproduced in stunning duotone on heavy art paper.



Chicago: A Brief History


Author: Vook


Description: "Chicago: A Brief History" presents a comprehensive look at the city's transformation from a fur trade outpost to America's Second City. This compact digital compendium helps you track the diverse forces that shaped the city as we know it. Explore the exciting history behind the city's cultural, economic, and architectural mainstays. 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; and Chicago's Public Enemies.



Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West


Author: J. Frederick Fausz


Description: Historian J. Frederick Fausz offers a fresh interpretation of St. Louis from 1764 to 1804, explaining how Pierre Lacde, the early Chouteaus, Saint Ange de Bellerive and the Osage Indians established a "gateway" to an enlightened, alternative frontier of peace and prosperity before Lewis and Clark were even born. Historians, genealogists and general readers will appreciate the well-researched perspectives in this engaging story about a novel French West long ignored in American history.



Historic Photos of St. Louis


Author: Adele Heagney and Jean Gosebrink


Description: St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and the Gateway to the West, a moniker symbolized since 1965 by the mighty Gateway Arch fronting the Mississippi River. Historic Photos of St. Louis is a photographic history of this important American city spotlighting photographs collected from the area's top archives. Included here are the Eads Bridge, the St. Louis World s Fair of 1904, Busch stadiums 1 and 2, Union Station and the Milles Fountain, yesterday's Olive Street, aftermath of the 1896 tornado, Grant's Hardscrabble, the Admiral, the Southern Hotel, Forest Park, and much more. In stunning black-and-white photography, this handsome coffee-table book details the historical growth of St. Louis from the early days of the camera up to recent times. Spanning two centuries and nearly 200 images, the book follows life, government, and the building of this history-rich city, offering a compelling look into the past for any longtime resident and every history buff of St. Louis.



Lincoln


Author: David Herbert Donald


Description: A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Donald, this account is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency. The author depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.



Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln


Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin


Description: Winner of the Lincoln Prize, this brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.





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