Bloomington Area Departures


Stop by and say hello at our booth at the annual expo.

Expo Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Includes an Ice Cream Social by Fresh Market from 12:00 to 2:00! Stop by and enjoy!


Experience the legacy for yourself. Cantigny is a name synonymous with amazing beauty and wonderful land-marks. Come with us for the day and experience for yourself the historic places created by Robert R. McCormick and his wife and which delight thousands of annual visitors and will continue to do so for generations to come. Our first stop is St. James Farm Preserve. This tranquil 612 acre site served as the family's retreat. Purchased in 1920, this property features pristine buildings, trails, and over 300 different species of plants and birds. Relax as our tour guide takes us on a covered wagon tour and shares the rich history of this beautiful and historical property.

Since farming can work up an appetite, our stop for lunch is at Le Jardin Restaurant at Cantigny Park. Sit back and relax as you overlook the scenic beauty of the park while you dine. Then, allow the hustle and bustle of life to melt away as you step into the majestic beauty featured as we stroll along to our first stop. We will have a private tour at the McCormick Home & Museum where you will learn about the rich history of this amazing homestead.

Do you hear the gardens calling you? Our next guide will take us on a tour of the gardens. Listen to the unfolding story as we weave through the landscape of each garden where one is more beautiful than the last. Following our guided tours, you are welcome to explore other areas of Cantigny Park on your own or you may relax and enjoy an ice cream at Bertie's Coffee Shop or explore the gift shop. Come along with us on this wonderful day trip and allow your cares to melt away as you enjoy the Cantigny pace of life.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 17, 2015

Cost per person: $75

Price includes: Covered Wagon Tour, Cantigny Park Admission. McCormick Home Tour, Garden Tour, Lunch, transportation, taxes, and tips (includes the driver's tip).

Depart Bloomington at 7:30 a.m., LaSalle Flying J Pick up at 8:30 a.m. Return LaSalle 5:45ish p.m. & Bloomington 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 -- THE ABC Tour Along I-74, Rock Island & Peoria, IL

Come along and experience the ABCs along I-74 beginning with a tour at the…

Arsenal: The Rock Island Arsenal is the largest government-owned manufacturing facility. This highly secure site offers step-on-guided tours only to give you a snap-shot of what goes on behind-the-scenes at this amazing place which supports the armed forces. After the tour we will have time to explore some of the history at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. This is the Army's second oldest museum which originally opened July 4, 1905. Then we travel to the…

Belle: Relax as we cruise down the Mississippi River on the wonderful Celebration Belle River Boat. The captain will narrate our cruise while we enjoy a delicious lunch. We continue to our last stop for the day at….

Caterpillar: The Caterpillar Visitors Center offers a fascinating look at the company from humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leader-ship in building infrastructure around the world. But don't miss the featured exhibit about the….

Dieselettes: This summer the Caterpillar Visitors Center is featuring the Dieselettes: Girls of Summer Exhibit. This display offers a look back at a legacy of softball legends with never-before-seen footage and memorabilia of ladies who won numerous state softball championships with several who played professionally. Then, enjoy the air-conditioned ride back to Bloomington with...

Everyone from this day trip and

Finish our day filled with wonderful memories of a

Gorgeous day along I-74

Hurry--Don't Delay & Sign Up Today!!!

(Who knows - maybe we will have time for Ice Cream!)

R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 17

Cost: $84

Price includes: Tour of the Arsenal, River Cruise with Lunch, Admission to the Caterpillar Visitors Center, transportation, taxes and tips. Depart Bloomington at 7:00 a.m. & Return approx. 6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 -- BREAKFAST WITH THE CLUB -- Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington

Join us for our Fall "Breakfast-with-the-Club" Event at the Dining Room overlooking center ice at the Cellular Coliseum. Our featured speaker for this event is Chris Maxeiner who will be sharing on the "ABCs of Medicare." As the end of the year approaches, do you know what to select? Are you aware of the new changes? How do you indicate your selections properly? Come hear Chris review Medicare and how to make it work for you. Following the presentation, we will share about upcoming events with Vista Club. Our morning event will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of Cellular Coliseum. Join us for this exclusive opportunity and don't forget to bring a friend!

Time Schedule:

8:30AM …...Registration & BREAKFAST which includes a CREATE–YOUR-OWN PANCAKE STATION

9:00 - ABC's of Medicare By Chris Maxeiner from Health Alliance

10:15 - Vista Club Overview for 2015 and beyond

10:45 - Guided Tour of "Things I bet you didn't know!"

Register Immediately! AGAIN - RSVPs are needed to attend this event.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept 4

Cost: $5

PARKING: It is available in parking lot on the south side of the coliseum near the Pepsi Ice Center door.

NEW DATE -- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 -- OKLAHOMA MUSICAL, Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL

This Rodgers & Hammerstein musical has stood the test of time with its internal love story between Curly and Laurey. Set in Oklahoma, this show created the standards for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics, and dance into a well-crafted story. You know the songs ... "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Poor Jud is Dead," "People Will Say We are in Love," "Oklahoma" ... and the list goes on! The show begins at 3:00 p.m. Following the show, we will travel to Lakeview Grill in Yorkville for a delicious evening dinner before returning home.

* R.S.V.P. by Friday, August 28

* Cost: $119

* Price Includes: Show tickets, dinner, transportation, taxes and tips

* Depart Bloomington at 12:00 p.m., Pick-ups at Rts. 251 & 18 at 12:40 p.m. and Mendota BP Truck Stop at 1:15 p.m.

OCTOBER 2, 2015 -- HIDDEN GEMS, Champaign, IL -- More details to follow

What does Japan, coffee, cars, and organs have in common? These are items we will experience as we uncover some of the hidden gems in Champaign.

Our day begins with the beautiful aroma of coffee beans and coffee at the Columbia Street Roastery. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour, and a "thank-you" gift during our visit. Then, it is off to Buzzards Pipe Organ Builders where we will learn about the craftsmanship which is vital to a time-honored, labor-intensive process of creating, cleaning, repairing some of largest musical instruments in the world.

Before we stop for lunch, we will get a unique tour of Alan Strong's car collection. This collection rivals Jay Leno's and has been shared on the tonight show as well. Learn about this unique collection of automobiles along with historical memorabilia from the era of the cars. Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious sit-down meal at one of Alan Strong's establishments, Silvercreek Restaurant.

Following our meal, we travel to the U of I campus. First we will explore Memorial Stadium on a guided walking tour and learn about some of the rich and unique history behind this stadium. Next we will experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at Japan House. Upon entering Japan House, you will asked to remove your shoes which is their tradition. (If you want to bring some other socks for this, feel free to bring them along.) Sign up today for a very unique day in Champaign, IL.

* R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 11

* Cost: $79

* Price Includes: Roastery tour, thank-you gift, Organ Repair Shop and building tour, Magic Motors tour, lunch, Memorial Stadium tour, Tea Ceremony, transportation, taxes and tips.

* Depart Bloomington 7:00 a.m. / Return 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 -- "ROUTE 66" -- Circa 21 Theatre, Rock Island, IL

AREA PREMIERE! Get your kicks on "Route 66 " at Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse. This relaxing day trip takes us to the Quad Cities for some fun. We begin our day at the Isabel Bloom Production Facilities. Here we will see how individuals hand-craft these unique pieces of pottery along with time for discount shopping at the Gift Shop. Following our tour, we will enjoy a plated lunch and matinee performance of "Route 66: A New Romantic Musical Comedy." You will love the catchy story songs and clever down home lyrics that move to the rhythm of America.

* R.S.V.P. by

* Cost: $89

* Cost Includes: Isabel Bloom Tour, Lunch and Show at Circa 21, Transportation, Taxes and Tip.

* Depart Bloomington: 6:45 a.m. Return Approx. 6:00 p.m.


YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!!! We are treating members from all (4) Vista areas with a unique visit to Barnacopia where you will be amazed as you wander through the museum and view the collections that will awaken some of your fondest childhood memories, all while being entertained with festive music and scrumptious food and beverages -- all compliments of Vista Club. Plus there may be some EXTRA surprises! Next we venture over to White Pines Theatre for a delicious buffet dinner and a hilarious rendition of Scrooge – the Comedy. More details and cost to follow.

* R.S.V.P. by November

* Cost: To be determined

* Fee Includes: To be determined

For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:

Evon Long: 309.663.6300 ext. 821 or