Northern Region Departures


Pack your bag, put in your lucky rabbit's foot, warm up the credit card, and get ready to be "All Shook Up"! You won't want to miss this exciting 2-day adventure to Indiana, Michigan and back to Chicago for a game of Bingo! Included in our adventure are: Tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion with breakfast buffet, Performance of All Shook Up at Theatre at the Center with lunch included, evening dinner at Shoreline Brewery with taste testing available, overnight stay at Four Winds Casino with extras, shopping at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, relaxing wine tasting at Shady Creek Winery, lunch at B & J's American Cafe, a walk in the gardens at International Friendship Gardens, a quick stop at the Albanese Candy Factory, and finishing with a unique performance of We Gotta Bingo which includes dinner and lots of hilarious antics.

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* Sign-Up Time: Tuesday, June 2 at 8:00 A.M.

* Cost: $298 Double / $383 Single

* Fee Includes: All tours, tickets for performances, meals as listed on flyer, transportation, taxes and tips.


You won't want to miss this remarkable river cruise along the Chicago River and hear the history behind many of the famous "cloud busters" (skyscrapers as they are now commonly known). No matter which direction you look from the deck, yet another story looms up from the riverside related in fascinating detail by an expert guide. Following our 90-minute excursion, we will relax and enjoy a unique culinary experience at Geja's Café. The mouth-watering fondue courses of salad, cheese, meat, and dessert will indulge your tastebuds in a very satisfying experience.

* Sign-Up Time: Open for Reservations Now

* Cost: $105

* Fee Includes: River cruise, lunch, transportation, taxes and tips

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 -- LAND, WATER & WINE, Starved Rock State Park & August Hill Winery, Utica, IL

You won't want to miss out on this tour through historic Starved Rock State Park and Utica, IL! We will begin with a delicious, hot lunch in the rustic dining room at the majestic Starved Rock Lodge. Then we will board the trolley to learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. SRSP boasts canyons, waterfalls, prairies, and sculptures spread through the park and, who knows, we may even see an eagle! We will also view the Lock & Dam and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Next we will board the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddlewheel boat, for a leisurely 50-minute river cruise on the picturesque Illinois River before returning to the Lodge and boarding our bus for the short trip to the charming Village of Utica.

Located in the heart of downtown we will find the August Hill Winery nestled between charming shops and the LaSalle County Historical Museum. Enjoy a wonderful experience in the beautiful new tasting room as an August Hill associate leads us through the tasting experience. We will be able to see, smell and taste how a glass affects wine and uncover the secrets of food and wine pairings.

* R.S.V.P. by August 10, 2015

* Cost: $94

Fee includes: Transportation, lunch, land and water tour, wine tasting, taxes, and tips.

Departs: Rochelle First State Bank at 9:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:45 a.m.

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

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.


At the request of our members, we have scheduled our second annual trip to this fantastic show to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. You can have it all with retail buying at wholesale prices! This is one of the largest trade shows in the U.S, and five a year hundreds of vendors congregate with apparel, accessories and a bustling shopping environment, and First State Bank Vista Club will be there. We plan to arrive about 9:30 a.m. and have 4 hours to explore and search for bargains! You will find friendly and inviting show staff and vendors dedicated to making your trade show experience a lot of fun. There is a fabulous assortment of treasures with a focus on Beauty & Style and a wonderful collection of Home & Gourmet products as well. Have a great time shopping for jewelry, fashion, accessories, gifts, décor and specialty items! We will stop for a late lunch at Harner's Bakery & Restaurant to rest our weary feet, and enjoy your choice of a plated lunch with yummy homemade dessert!

* Sign-Up Time: Open Now for Reservations

* Cost: $52

* Fee Includes: Show entrance, lunch, taxes, and tip

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015 -- "ROUTE 66" -- Circa 21 Theatre, Rock Island, IL

In Circa '21's tradition of presenting musicals that feel as comfortable as your favorite sweater, Route 66 is a new romantic musical comedy featuring catchy story songs and clever down home lyrics that move to the rhythm of America. It is about two people falling in love not only with each other but also with the good ole U.S.A! Plated lunch is included, and you can choose to have your dessert after lunch or during intermission. Another stop is still being determined.

* R.S.V.P. by September 15, 2015

* Cost: $82

* Fee Includes: Transportation, lunch, musical performance, taxes and tips


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 Northern Departures contact:

Bobbi Burke, 815.562.2200, X52044 or