October 6 (Thur) - Lunch @ Fried Green Tomatoes and Shopping in Galena, IL - Stroll along Galena's main street and shop one of many eclectic boutique shops, art galleries or antique stores with your choice of many restaurants. The restaurant we will have lunch at is Fried Green Tomatoes; they open especially for us and include a really wonderful meal...fried green tomato appetizer, house salad, chicken parmesan and french silk ice cream for desert. Now you will have your choice of having lunch as a group or if you'd rather be on your own for lunch you can do that also. We'll depart at 9:00 am - lunch will be about 11:15 - then you are on your own for shopping - we'll be back in Rockford about 5:00 pm. Cost is $70 for lunch and transportation or $40 for transportation only.
November 7 (Fri) - SOFA - International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art and Design, Navy Pier, Chicago. Celebrating its 22nd year, SOFA Chicago continues to entice collectors, artists, interior designers, and art lovers with a vast array of exciting things to see and do. The fair will also feature special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and art organizations. The work on display ranges from glass to ceramics to textiles, sculpture and much, much more! It's on of the few places to see what is new and evolving before it hits mainstream. We depart @ 8:30 am and return to Rockford around 6:00 pm. Cost is $38 per person for your transportation and you can purchase a general admission ticket for $20 each prior or at the door.
December 1 (Thur) - Chicago Day or "One of a Kind Show" @ the Merchandise Mart - Transportation with many drop off locations: Rush & Superior (Michigan Ave. & Water Tower), the Loop (Macy's - Christkindlemarkt), Art Institute, Merchandise Mart. We had 112 people on 2 buses last year! Join us for the fun!
February 8 (Wed) & 11 (Sat) - The Bodyguard - the Musical, Oriental Theatre, Chicago - the award-winning musical based on the smash hit film, starring Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love! A breathtakingly romantic thriller featuring the irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time-I Will Always Love You.
February 14 (Tues) & 16 (Thurs) - Chicago Auto Show, McCormick Place. Cost is $50 per person; includes ticket and transportation.
May 24 (Wed) - "An Afternoon with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln" and Luncheon, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Joliet, IL. Taking place of the end of the Civil War, the President and Mrs. Lincoln reflect on the events of the past four years, look back to the beginning of their lives together and forward to their plans for the future, ending as the President realizes that it is time for them to leave for Ford's Theater. Enjoy a special live performance by Max & Donna Daniels as the Lincolns. We will have lunch at the Mansion along with a talk and self-guided tour and a backstage tour of the Rialto Theater with mini organ concert. Cost is $98 per person; includes our tours, luncheon, mini concert and transportation.