Mendota Area Departures

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28--"DONNY & MARIE LIVE" – At the Paramount Theatre in Aurora

On a rare show tour away from Las Vegas, the Osmonds will be appearing at the Paramount Theatre and we have tickets! We have the chance to see them in this intimate theater setting where you will never be more than 102 feet from these superstars. The gleaming costumes, sizzling choreography, and their warm and playful personalities will shine at this show. We will have a private banquet dinner before the show at Two Brothers Roundhouse.

  • Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM
  • Cost: $156 per person
  • Fee Includes: Dinner, performance tickets. Wiersma Charter transportation, taxes, tips
  • Departure: 3:00 PM from Rochelle Petro, 3:30 PM from Mendota Civic Center, 4:00 PM from LaSalle Flying J parking lot


We are extending an exclusive invitation to you to visit Wandering Tree Estate in Lake County, Illinois, the home of "the Train Lady" Elaine Silets. Internationally known for creating famous train gardens and landscapes for more than 20 years, Elaine's work has been featured in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, on Oprah, and much more. Elaine will welcome us as she opens her Shabui Garden Railway, a Japanese water and steam garden, where we can view the 6,000 feet of track, bridges, trestles, a waterfall and a lake. There is also a 1400 sq. ft. Railroad Museum designed to highlight famous Chicago landmarks and used to house her indoor trains. Lunch will be served at nearby Chessie's Restaurant where you will dine in a vintage 1927 train car! Reservations are very limited for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. To complete our day, the motor coach will be stopping at Norton's USA where they sell ONLY U.S. made products. They offer over 3750 products from over 500 U.S. manufacturers -- help keep America working!

  • Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM
  • Cost: $76 per person
  • Fee Includes: Tour, lunch, transportation, taxes, tips
  • Departure: 7:30 AM from LaSalle Flying J parking lot, 8:00 AM from Mendota Civic Center, 8:30 AM from Rochelle Petro


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

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.


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