Use of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public transportation system including the El "L" system; not all stations have elevators and may require walking up/down flights of stairs; occasionally crowded conditions. Getting on/off a motorcoach, walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; city streets and sidewalks, standing up to an hour at a time at field trip sites.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers an European inspired spread with cured meats as well as scrambled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, croissants, quiche, and toast. Variety of juices, coffee and tea will be available.
We will start the day with a lecture at the hotel from a local expert about the “Great Migration” and its impact on the development of African American music. Between 1910 and 1970, more than six million African Americans migrated from the South to other parts of the country. During this time, famous musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong became well known in the music industry and their music was enjoyed by people of all backgrounds. Next, we will walk from the hotel with our Group Leader and take public transportation to the Chicago History Museum. A docent will lead our exploration as we learn about the city’s history and culture of diverse neighborhoods as well as the architecture and skyscrapers that transformed Chicago into what we know today. Founded in 1856, the museum is the city’s oldest cultural institution.
At a local restaurant, with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
During a motorcoach exploration with commentary by a local expert, we’ll learn about jazz and blues music in Chicago. While exploring different neighborhoods, we’ll learn more about cultural history and see architectural landmarks of music in Chicago.
We will depart the hotel on foot and walk approximately 4 blocks to a local jazz club. During a jazz performance, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of coffee and water. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
At the club, we’ll groove to live jazz music. Afterwards, we will walk back to the hotel.