21908
Illinois

Winding Through the Windy City: Art & Architecture in Chicago

On expert-led, small group walks and during independent explorations, learn about Chicago’s historic architecture and diverse neighborhoods with local experts.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 21908RJ
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6 days
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4.97 Average
Joan
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This was my first trip with RS. The planning, leaders, and places we were taken were absolutely superior!! I had never been to Chicago- i fell in love with it. The leaders were amazing. Took care of everything!! , .

Janet
(5)

I found this trip to be very interesting and informative. I learned so much about architecture and especially enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and Tiffany glass in old buildings with current uses.

Marilyn
(5)

"Out and About in Chicago" hits the high points of the city and environs with knowledgeable leaders and instructors as guides. Though this is a "flex" program with some free time, the leaders offered options for independent exploration. The participants, leaders and instructors all contributed to a memorable experience.

Valerie
(5)

This program provides fascinating insight into Chicago's history, art, and architecture. It's an A+!

JOSEPH
(5)

The program exceeded our expectations. The leaders were excellent and warm. The lectures informative and our fellow RoadScholars were delightful. We found out that Chicago is our kind of town!

Sharyn
(5)

The Chicago art and architecture tour provided an outstanding overview for those visiting for the first time. I highly recommend it for anyone with the slightest interest in these fields.

Karen
(5)

If you want to see Chicago's art and architecture with others who have a similar interest, this trip is for you. You will learn much about the city and its unique buildings,

Ruth
(5)

the program changed my idea about Chicago.

Valerie
(5)

Out and About in Chicago is my 35th RoadScholar program. Based on my experience, it lives up to RoadScholar's standards of education and many-faceted adventures which I enjoyed with a delightful group of fellow travelers.

Beverly
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar and it exceeded my expectations. It was well planned, with just the right amount of lectures, field trips, and exploration. I appreciated the free time for my own adventures. Restaurant choices and hotel location were excellent. I learned a lot and will certainly take more Road Scholar trips.

Gina
(5)

A good selection of venues to visit (architectural boat tour was fantastic; Oak Park and Frank Lloyd Wright home lovely and interesting; Millenium Park is gorgeous and quirky; the Magnificent Mile is pretty, very walkable, and with retail options galore). The food included on the tour was terrific, even for those of us who don't eat meat (for vegans and/or the gluten-intolerant, it wasn't so great). There was enough free time to satisfy my individual interests (Field Museum, the play Hamilton). There were only a couple of flights of stairs, and we never walked more than a couple of miles, all of it on flat terrain. When the weather turned warm and sticky/humid, those who wanted a cab back to the hotel got one at no charge, during scheduled tour events. The hotel was not one I would pick, and I wish Road Scholar allowed booking one's own hotel, perhaps near the hotel RS chooses, and simply meeting up/dispersing from that central spot (and paying separately for one's independently chosen hotel). Road Scholar's choice of hotels is a disincentive for me to travel with them often. But at least I know what to expect when I book with them: a room where I have to ask to have the room vacuumed because there's debris on the carpeting when I check in, a room with a too-soft and hammocked mattress with hard pillows upon which I never got a decent night's sleep, a bathroom with moldy grout in the shower, a room with a wonky thermostat. Sometimes it's worth it to go anyway, but sometimes it just isn't. OTOH, our guides, Lonnie and Mary Fran, were wonderful. I'd travel with them anywhere. They were well organized and resourceful, but also gracious, fun and approachable. And the hotel staff were fantastic: thoroughly professional, friendly, resourceful, helpful and unfailingly kind.

Barbara
(5)

An exciting program touring this easy to navigate city. Unlimited restaurants, museums, and theater. Lots to see and do within your interest and comfort levels.

Wayne
(5)

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting a substantial, yet flexible, introduction to Chicago. There was a good mix of structured and free time. The group leaders, Clive and Judith Kamins, were superb, and especially good at adjusting the schedule when weather (high heat, thunderstorms) interfered with our plans, and making detailed suggestions for our free time. The lecturers and the sites we visited were first class as well. The hotel was in a very convenient location, within walking distance of many major sites. My only suggestion--don't go in mid-summer, it can be hotter and more humid in Chicago than you might imagine; try this trip in spring or (especially) early fall.

Kathy
(5)

This trip was well-organized, with just the right amount of free and structured time. We were very pleased with the lectures (Marshall) and commentaries while on the bus and walking (Joe) tours, as well as the river cruise. When a heat wave scuttled our plans for a two-hour walking tour, our tour guides (Clive and Judith) were extremely adept at adjusting our schedule so that we could enjoy alternatives. Clive and Judith also gave us excellent advice on how to enjoy our free time and on restaurant options for non-group meals. We want to return to Chicago to see and enjoy more!

Myrna
(5)

If you are hesitant about traveling solo, try Road Scholar. I was, I did and am glad for it. MH, first time RS traveler but not the last.

Linda
(5)

The beauty, history and architecture of Chicago made the visit a delight.

Elizabeth
(5)

This was a wonderful intro to a great US city, its diversity, talent, museums,great universities, architecture and resilience.

Richard
(5)

This program provides a good overview of the history, art, and architecture of Chicago. The leaders (Clive and Judith) are terrific--very knowledgeable and flexible. There is substantial free time but our leaders were very helpful to us in making arrangements

Deborah
(5)

This program is very well-run and has a lot of flexibility built in, with useful advice from the group leaders in planning independent outings, but also alternatives for those who don't wish for them. The content is a satisfying introduction to Chicago with knowledgeable and interesting speakers and guides. The hotel is surrounded by good restaurants and convenient to the waterfront. We very much enjoyed our week, despite the dreadful heat wave.

Patricia
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip. It exceeded expectations. I commend the intelligent leadership of Judith and Klive.

Ann
(5)

Wonderful introduction or return visit to Chicago.

Susan
(5)

This program was great. The flex time was wonderful, allowing me to absorb some new information and explore things I was particularly interested in. Leaders were wonderful.

Robert
(5)

We were disapointed Elderhostel participants years ago and now are pleased with the creation of the Road Scholar off-shoot and the programs available for participants of all ages.

Judith
(5)

Great value and soooo educational.

Patricia
(5)

Road Scholar does an excellent cost-effective job. I encourage others to go on their trips.

Vickie
(5)

Enjoyed this program very much. I find even the other participants are fun to be with and have a lot to teach me.

Pamela
(5)

Our first visit to Chicago. The leaders made it very special. There was just enough group time and free time to get a true feeling of the city. The weather, last week in September, was perfect for walking and touring. A delightful week.

Kathy
(5)

If you want to learn about Chicago, this is a great trip. Mary Fran Bubak and Mary Ann Savage were warm and outstanding leaders. Be flexible when using Lyft and Taxis . Have your hotel address with you to avoid confusionwith different Hyatt. Places. Highlights were Frank Lloyd Wright’s Studio and the Art Institute. My free time was spent at Field Natural Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Hamilton was great.

Robin
(5)

If you want to know about Chicago and learn its history, past present and future, this trip is for you.

Robert
(5)

Great program. Great city.

Joan
(4)

Excellent program to gain an appreciation of Chicago history and art/architecture. Hotel in a perfect location to explore the city on your own during free time. Once all group restaurant choices improved, this program will be first-class.

Janice
(5)

The 2 tour directors did an excellent job. They always gave us some ideas that we could do on our off time.

Linda
(5)

Great way to introduce yourself to the city of Chicago. You'll know why it's nickname is Second City! Very enjoyable. Make sure you think about what to do with your spare time; there is enough of it to explore your own interests.

Lauri
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Exceeded our expectations. Very enjoyable and educational trip. The Kamins served as excellent guides, very knowledgeable and obviously "high" on their city of Chicago, and were happy to help direct us to public transportation or other sites when we needed info. Excursions with Joe Cunniff and lecture by Marshall Jacobson were excellent. Had free time to do our own thing and were delighted to see Hamilton, The Second City comedy club, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Riverwalk, etc. A lot of chances to interact with other Road Scholars on our trip is always an added bonus. Weakest areas: The food choices were mostly limited and not that tasty given Chicago's reputation for excellent food--very heavy and unhealthy--much fried food, few vegetables. Exceptions were delicious lunches at Winberries (Oak Park) and at D4 Irish Pub. Our docent from the Chicago Modern Architectural Foundation was very weak--she read everything on our tour (I think it might have been the first tour she had ever given or so it seemed) and could answer no additional questions we had.

David
(5)

This is an exceptional program for learning about Chicago, its history and groundbreaking achievements...in a very short period of time both for us but also for the very short history of Chicago itself. The leaders provide tremendous background and the program is well thought out. Plenty of free and structured time.

Phyllis
(5)

This is a wonderful trip, and well worth the money. Chicago is a wonderful, magical city.






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