Mendota Area Departures


Join us at the one of the largest trade shows in the U.S. -- purchase all of your retail products at wholesale prices! The Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. We have (4) hours to explore and search for all types of products in the Beauty & Style section or in the wonderful collection in the Home & Gourmet section. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping! Lunch will follow at Sweet Tomatoes in Lombard.

Cost: $49 per person

Sign-Up Date to Register: Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 AM

Fee Includes: Show admission, motor coach transportation, lunch, taxes and tips

Departure: 8:00 AM from LaSalle Flying J parking lot, 8:30 AM from Mendota Civic Center, 9:00 AM from Rochelle Petro parking lot, Fox Valley to be advised.


Are you an avid fan of "Dancing with the Stars"? Then come join us at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for an exciting matinee show featuring world famous dancers competing against each other ... and you have a chance to cast your vote for your favorite couple! Edyta Sliwinska of DWTS will serve as the head judge, and competitors (including cast members from DWTS, American Idol, and The Voice) will vie for the title in this unforgettable live competition show. See the dancers do amazing renditions of the ChaCha, Tango, Samba, Jitterbug, and more. Plus every audience member submits their vote electronically.


We also have been able to secure a limited number of tickets to see the "Amazing Grace" musical. This depicts a captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption. The story is set in Britain and follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change for freedom from slavery.

Brunch will be included at The Chicago Firehouse restaurant prior to the shows, and we will have a quick private tour of this landmark historic building before moving over to the two different theaters.

Cost: $145 per person

Sign-Up Date to Register: Thursday, August 28 at 8:00 AM

Fee Includes: Brunch, Tour, Show, transportation, taxes, and tips

Departure: 8:00 AM from LaSalle Flying J parking lot, 8:30 AM from Mendota Civic Center, 9:00 AM from Rochelle Petro parking lot, Fox Valley to be advised.


Details are being finalized as we write this, so we will know very soon which ship we will be utilizing and have exact dates, costs, and ship layout. All current available details can be found under the "Extended Trips" section. We will be hosting an Information Night for the Mendota area at which time you can actually select the specific cabin you wish to hold and place deposits for the trip.

Time & Date: 6:30 P.M. on Monday, November 17, 2014

Location: Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive, Mendota, IL 61342

RSVP for the meeting is requested no later than 11/10/2014.

A complete brochure with ship layout and pricing will be available by November 3. This trip is available to ALL Vista Club members at ALL locations, and we will accept non-member guests also.

Trip Deposit Required at time of reservation: $400 per person

Travelers Protection Plan (optional): $399 per person


The perfect start to the holiday season – a trip to the Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique" in Barrington Hills for a catered luncheon with wine in the Carousel House. This is the 44,000 square foot private residence of the Sanfilippo family, (owners of the Fischer Nut Company) which holds a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. It's worth the trip just to see the Eden Palais Carousel. After lunch, we will move into the home itself for a musical organ concert featuring the world's largest restored theater pipe organ. Seeing is believing! Wow! Additional information to follow.

  • Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, September 30 at 8:00 AM
  • Cost: To be determined
  • Fee Includes: Tour, lunch, transportation, taxes, tips

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 – "NEWSIES" – Oriental Theatre, Chicago, IL

Newsies took New York by storm and now it's coming to Chicago to the Oriental Theatre! It is the smash-hit, crowd pleasing new musical from Disney. A heart pounding, high energy explosion of song and dance -- they delivered the newspapers until they made the headlines. Newsies was the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography! This performance is in Chicago for four weeks only! Additional info to follow in the coming months.

  • Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 AM
  • Cost: To be determined
  • Fee Includes: Theater tickets, lunch, transportation, taxes, tips

For more information on the Mendota departures please contact:

Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or

Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or