March 21 (Tues) - Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Navy Pier. The tradition of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced back to 1847 when it was created as an exhibition of prized fruits and flowers. Today the show is all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardener. Lets welcome spring after a long cold winter with life-sized gardens, how-to-workshops and instructional seminars. Navy Pier has been going through lots of renovations so you can also enjoy walking and looking at those changes along with lunch outside Festival Hall where the flower show is. Cost is $55 per person; includes admission and transportation.
April 27 (Thur) - Visit Eataly and Enjoy Time on Michigan Ave. This multifunctional "marketplace" where you shop, taste and enjoy high quality traditional Italian products, beverages, local produce, including a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine. There are 23 restaurants, eateries and food counters for your snacking and lunching pleasure! Spend your morning here at Eataly and there will be time to explore Michigan Ave., Water Tower, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales. We leave at 8:00 am and return back to Rockford about 6:00 pm. Cost is $38 per person for your transportation.
May 31 (Wed) - The Rolling Stone "Exhibitionism," Navy Pier. Following a premiere in London and NYC to rave reviews from crowds of music, art and fashion lovers, this show displaying hundreds of Rolling Stones artifacts from the group's 50-plus-year career comes to Chicago! Style & fashion gallery, over 500 Stones items, over 190 original artworks and exciting interactive technology experiences. The exhibit ends in an immersive back stage recreation, leading into a spectacular 3D concert finale. Takes about 90 minutes. Cost is $75 per person; includes admission tickets and transportation or $40 per person if you would like to visit Navy Pier - no admission ticket to the exhibit. We will depart @ 8:00 am and depart the Pier @ 3:30 pm - returning back in Rockford about 5:30 ish pm.
June 22 (Thurs) - "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.
July 13 (Thurs) - Chicago Day - Drop offs at Michigan Ave. (Water Tower Place), Navy Pier and the Museum Campus Area. Cost is $40 per person for your transportation.