Northern Region Departures


Join us for this special 5-hour cruise! We will board in Dubuque, IA and cruise to Savanna, IL You can enjoy the fabulous entertainment on board playing your favorite tunes and, of course, we can't forget the food! Their special sticky rolls and fruit will be served upon boarding, followed by the full hot 2-entrée lunch buffet. Stay inside and listen to the music or pop outside to watch the changing Fall foliage on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Upon disembarking the boat, our coach will transport us the short distance to Fulton, IL where we can experience de Immigrant Windmill. This Windmill was manufactured and pre-assembled in The Netherlands, then shipped to Fulton where it was reassembled and installed by Dutch craftsmen. It stands 100 ft. tall and is still fully operational with a set of blue basalt millstones that produce buckwheat, corn, rye, and wheat flours (available in the gift shop).

Cost: $108

Fee Includes: Cruise, lunch, Windmill tour, transportation, taxes and all tips.

Pick-Up Schedule: Motor coach leaves LaSalle Flying J at 6:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 7:30 a.m. (Fox Valley TBD). We will depart Fulton at approx. 4:30 p.m., arriving in Rochelle at 5:15 p.m., Mendota 5:45 p.m., LaSalle at 6:15 p.m.


We're off on a trip around the world although we never leave Illinois! How can that happen? Come along with Vista Club on this exciting 2-day adventure to find out! We think you will be delighted with each of the stops!

Day 1:

 We begin the day with a return to the Annual Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention center in Rosemont. If you haven't been there before, you will be amazed at the variety of jewelry, scarves, clothing, home décor, beauty products, fine jewelry and so much more that you will find. It's a great time to think about those Christmas stocking stuffers! We're calling this our China experience!

 Next, we have a quick lunch stop at the very popular Sweet Tomatoes restaurant for their delicious and unlimited selection and variety of salads, vegetables, soups, breads, beverages, and even dessert and soft-serve ice cream. You will think you are in the Tuscany region of Italy with the décor, and you cannot possibly go away hungry!

 We think you will love our next stop at Galena Cellars Winery in Geneva. Unwind and relax with a nice tasting of eight different wines, many of which are produced at their vineyard in Galena, IL. Weather permitting, we may even be able to sit on their lovely patio to enjoy the Fall day in the U.S.A. (And just dream that you are in France or Italy!)

 Then we head south to Aurora to check into our rooms but today's fun isn't finished yet! We are staying overnight at the Holiday Inn Express, which is close to many downtown venues. We will take just a few minutes to check into our rooms and drop our bags, and then we are off for some evening fun.

 Our next stop is at Ballydoyle's Irish Pub & Restaurant for a pre-selected buffet of famous Irish entrees including Shepherd's Pie, Harp Battered Fish & Chips, Chicken Pot Pie, with homemade cinnamon sugared donuts. I'm sure you can purchase a Guinness beer or Jameson whiskey to go along with your meal.

 Next we are off to a Greek island to enjoy the music and performance of Mamma Mia at the Paramount Theatre. This classic stage performance features toe-tapping ABBA music such as "Dancing Queen," "SOS," "Take a Chance," and many more. You will love the zany escapades amid wedding preparations that go slightly awry!

 Then it is back to the hotel and the remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy. (The Hollywood Casino is about 4 blocks from the hotel, if anyone is interested.)

 Breakfast Snacks, Lunch and Dinner included on this day.

Day 2:

 Be sure to take advantage of breakfast at the hotel before we depart for a quick ride to the Morton Arboretum. The Fall colors should be outstanding as we enjoy a delightful narrated open air tram ride through 13 miles of trails amid internationally-renowned plant collections. (If weather does not permit the open tram, we will utilize our coach with the narrator on board.)

 Next we have a unique venue which might be surprising to you! We will be arriving at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, Bar & Eatery where they have multiple "themed" viewing rooms. Each auditorium is color-coded (gold, purple, black, red, green, blue, rainbow, etc.) and represents various movie settings (the Red room features Chinese productions; the Black room includes Egyptian movie sets, etc.) There will be time to tour the various rooms prior to our seating for a lunch with lots of your favorites that you will enjoy while watching a comedy especially selected for Vista Club!

 Then we are off to Germany! We have a private performance and behind-the-scenes tour of the "Opera In Focus." This is not a typical opera … it consists of hand-made German puppets who will present full staged scenes from, in our case: Halloween Spooktakular, Godunov, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Phantom of the Opera. The puppets are manipulated from under the stage floor and are capable of very lifelike action and dramatic gestures for which opera singers are famous.

 Time for some goodies! We have a stop planned at the Central Continental Bakery/Upper Crust Cafe which has been in operation since 1922, founded by Polish immigrants Teofil & Marie Czerniak. Among their specialties are Polish paczkis, kringles, cakes, donuts, and so many more mouth-watering treats! There will be time to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a sweet or bring some home for later.

 Start practicing your hula so you will be in the mood for a Polynesian adventure! We have reservations at The Tiki Terrace where you will enjoy the beautiful island décor while choosing your entrée from seafood, chicken or pork specialties. You may also want to try some traditional taro chip appetizers with pineapple salsa or eggrolls Bora Bora. And save room for some of their famous desserts such as Haupia coconut cake or the Chinaman's hat. You can purchase a Hawaiian beverage such as a Mai Tai, Mango Colada, Waikiki Beachcomber, and lots more. Then sit back and enjoy the performance of the action-packed Echoes of Polynesia revue show which will have you swaying in the tropical breezes.

 Unfortunately, we have to return home after the show, but you will have sooooo many fun memories and new friends from our 2016 Around the World Fun!

 Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today.

Cost: $298 for double room, $363 for single room, $281 for triple, $271 for quad.

Fee includes: All tours, tickets for performances, meals as listed above, transportation, taxes and tips. Any cancellations will be refunded if we can fill your vacancy.

Pick-Up Schedule: Depart on 10/20/16 from LaSalle at 7:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:30 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:00 a.m. (Fox Valley TBD). Approximate return on 10/21/16 to Rochelle Petro at 11:00 p.m., Mendota at 11:30 p.m., LaSalle Flying J at 12:00 p.m.


We begin our day at the new Bright Farms hydroponic facility scheduled to begin production on June 30. This 4-acre greenhouse has five pools for growing a variety of greens including leaf lettuces, spinach, herbs, and a dedicated area for growing tomatoes. This is definitely not like any "farm" you have ever seen and seems more like something out of science fiction. Watch the bees in action as they do their pollination duties. If you have never seen a hydroponic farm, you are in for an amazing lesson!

Following our "farm" visit we will be treated to a delicious lunch at the Flight Deck located at Tom Koritz Field in Rochelle, which is also the home of Chicago Land Sky Diving Center. Lots of goodies are on the menu, and then we will be captivated by a presentation about sky diving.

After our busy morning and delicious lunch, we will travel back in time to visit the amazing Roberts WW II Armory. This world class museum specializes in the acquisition and display of armored vehicles, artillery and many other artifacts used by the U.S. in World War II. During WW II reenactments, the museum usually portrays the 70th Tank Battalion. The purpose of this museum is to preserve the history of World War II and to honor those who served. If you like history, you will love this place! Check out the website at, and see the huge array of items. This Armory is a well-kept secret and only open to the public a few days of the year! Our Veterans will be honored here for their service to our country with a few surprises! You will be excited to see the old and the new -- Call today!


$15 pp = Drive yourself and meet in Rochelle;

$45 pp = Use the motor coach from Mendota or LaSalle.

Fee includes: Tours, lunch, tips, and transportation if desired

Pick-Up Schedule: Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:45 a.m. and Mendota Civic Center at 9:15 a.m. The coach could also pick up at FSB Rochelle (space permitting) for moving around Rochelle.

Deadline for Sign-Up: Friday, November 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 AT 10:00 A.M. -- COIN STORIES, presented by Ron Beckstrom


Come and see how the Vista Club does "Antiques Road Show" for Coins/Currency! Ron will share his interest in coin collecting, discuss some interesting facts about money, and then take the time to answer any questions you may have regarding coins and currency. Each attendee can bring 3 - 4 items and have Ron appraise them and offer up a bit of history on those items. Join us for this opportunity to see if that old coin you found in the back yard is really a rare find! Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $ 0


Reservations begin Monday, October 3. Please call Shelly at (630) 584-7100, X51338 for your spot!

This event will be held at our First State Bank location at 75 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora, IL.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 -- CHRISTMAS-WITH-THE-CLUB, Joliet & Romeoville, IL

Please join us for our 2016 Christmas Season Celebration! Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with Vista Club members from all 21 First State Bank locations. We will

travel to Joliet and gather at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

 All decked for the holidays, this impressive museum was formerly a Methodist Church built in 1909 and now houses the Route 66 Experience & Welcome Center. The museum offers a variety of wonderful displays including a tribute to the I & M Canal, Joliet sports figures, and boasts a step-in Lunar Lander Simulator envisioned by Joliet's John Houbolt for the Apollo 11 race to the moon. You can view many more exhibits which illustrate how the past shaped the world you now enjoy.

 Enjoy some delicious finger foods and Christmas cookies while recalling memories with your Vista friends from previous trips.

Our Vista Club Christmas Party continues as we travel to White Fence Farm where you will enjoy a delicious pre-selected entrée of either their famous Fried Chicken, Broiled Fish, or Ribeye Steak! All dinners will be served with salads, corn fritters, and delicious dessert! Then sit back and enjoy the entertaining Christmas program planned for you.

Cost: $89 pp -- Be prepared to select your dinner entrée when registering.

Fee includes: Self-guided tour of museum, food, beverages, dinner, entertainment, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule: All motor coach routes, locations, and time schedules will be available by early November.

For more information on the Northern Departures contact:

Bobbi Burke, 815.562.2200, X52044 or