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2019 Day Trips

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 -- That's What I Call Rock N' Roll, Ft. Atkinson, WI

Join Vista Club as we travel to one of our favorite venues, the Fireside Dinner Theatre.  The Fireside offers unique entertainment, dining and shopping experiences. 

First, we will enjoy a delicious meal of Chopped Chef’s Salad, freshly baked breads from the Fireside Bakery, Chicken Bruschetta and Key Lime Pie.  Next, the Fireside will present a brand new, live musical celebration featuring the wildly popular Fireside Band led by Fireside favorite Steve Watts! Also featuring a cast of super talented

singers, this show is the ultimate rock and roll party!!! The Fireside will be rockin’ with the music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s!! They will be paying tribute to some of the biggest rock superstars of all time such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Michael Jackson, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, and many more! This is an unforgettable afternoon of rock and roll like no other!  Wait list only.

COST:  $105

Fee Includes:  Performance, lunch, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:50 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:20 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:55 a.m.  We will depart for home from the theatre at approximately 4:20 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approximately 5:40 p.m., Mendota at 6:15 p.m., LaSalle at 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 -- Chicago Cubs at Miller Stadium, Milwaukee, WI

Back By Popular Demand!  Come along with us to cheer on the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!  Don’t fight the Chicago traffic or park miles away from the stadium and forget where your car is parked!  Instead ride along with Vista Club to Miller Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to see the    Cubbies take on the Brewers.  Don’t worry about cool temperatures or rain —in case of inclement weather, Miller Park’s fan-shaped roof can close in less than 10 minutes. We will have the same great seats as last year! While at the game, we will enjoy traditions only experienced at Miller Park, like the 6th inning Sausage Races.  Cheer on your favorite sausage: the Bratwurst, the Polish, the Italian, the Hot Dog or the Chorizo.  If watching all those sausages run makes you hungry, you can use your Brewer’s Bucks to visit the concession stand and sample a few.  Get your vocal cords ready — during the 7th inning stretch not only will we  sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” we will also sing “Roll Out the Barrel” saluting Milwaukee’s beer-making history!  We may be sitting in Brewer Country, but we will be singing “Go Cubs Go”!  Wait list only.

COST:  $119

Fee Includes:  Transportation, admission (infield seating), taxes, tips and $10 Brewer's Bucks. 

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 9:30 a.m.  Return immediately after the game is won!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 -- Come From Away, Chicago, IL

Join Vista Club as we travel to the Cadillac Palace Theater to hear the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. 

Broadway’s "Come From Away" has won Best Musical all across North America!  The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.  Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.  Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley.  Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” 

Before the show, lunch will be on your own in the neighborhood surrounding the theatre, and restaurant maps and directions will be handed out on the bus.

Be sure to reserve your spot on this surprisingly uplifting story about 9/11, the day the world stood still.  On 9/12, we began to learn the stories about the people involved in this tragic event…stories that moved us all.  Wait list only.

COST:  $80

Fee Includes:  Performance, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 9:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:30 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 10:00 a.m.  Return to Rochelle at approximately 5:40 p.m., Mendota at 6:10 p.m., LaSalle at 6:40 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 -- Ten Chimneys & Trains, Wisconsin

Step back in time with Vista to when life was a little simpler, as we enjoy a relaxing ride on the East Troy Railroad.  The historic rail cars of this railway travel a 10-mile trip through beautiful Southeast Wisconsin, from East Troy to Mukwonago.  The railroad is the last vestige of Wisconsin’s once vast network of interurban railways.  Concentrated in the southeastern quarter of the state, this network once totaled over 385 miles of track.  Most of the interurban railway mileage in Wisconsin was built between 1890 and 1910. 

Next, we continue on to Ten Chimneys, the estate lovingly created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

In 1913, Alfred Lunt came into an inheritance from his father and purchased undeveloped land in Genesee Depot where he and his family often picnicked. He then personally designed the first portion of Ten Chimneys’ Main House as a home for his mother and sisters. In 1922-23, after the Lunts were married, the house was extensively remodeled and the chicken coop was converted into a cottage for Lynn and Alfred to live in when they weren’t performing.  And yes, there really are ten chimneys!

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne are widely considered the greatest acting team in the history of American theatre. By the mid 1920s, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were the two most respected, most popular, most critically acclaimed, and highest-paid stage actors in the country.  They designed and decorated Ten Chimneys the same way they crafted each performance – one delightful detail building upon another. Each room was carefully dressed as if it were a stage set. Their choices were more about theatricality and whimsy than opulence.

Prior to our guided estate tour, we will enjoy a lunch in the Program Hall of the estate.  Lunch choices include a Turkey Focaccia sandwich, Chicken Walnut Salad Croissant sandwich, Roast Beef sandwich, Veggie Wrap or Cranberry Mango Salad.  All meals come with a dessert and beverage, and sandwiches also include chips.  Be ready to make your lunch selections when you call to reserve your spot on this trip!

Tour note:  The Ten Chimneys tour will require a good deal of walking and standing, and steps are involved.  The tour lasts approximately two hours.  No bags are allowed on the tour—complimentary lockers are provided for all bags and purses. 

COST:  $100

Fee Includes:  East Troy train ride, Ten Chimneys entrance, lunch, transportation, all taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:40 a.m.  We will depart for home at approximately 3:45 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approximately 5:25 p.m., Mendota at 6:05 p.m., LaSalle at 6:35 p.m.

Friday, October 18, 2019 -- Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show, Rosemont, IL

The show must go on due to popular demand!! We are once again visiting the Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show!  This will be our sixth year venturing to this tradeshow where shoppers are able to purchase retail items at wholesale pricing.  You can shop-til-you-drop, browsing the huge selections of jewelry, scarves, purses, Swarovski Crystal, gold, silver, beads, gems, as well as home décor, toys, food (Nothing Bundt Cakes), clothing, leggings, and bedding! Fill your shopping bags with deals you won’t get anywhere else. Whatever your heart desires, this show will have it! Lots of stocking stuffers for everyone!!

Five times a year hundreds of vendors congregate at the Jewelry,  Fashion & Accessories Show to make this one of the largest trade shows in the U.S. The venue opens at 10:00 a.m. and our plan is to arrive at opening time to give you four full hours of shopping time! This is a great opportunity to get a head start on Christmas shopping or look for those unique stocking stuffers. Each vendor accepts payments according to their own business practices; however, we have noticed in previous years that it is beneficial to have CASH on hand for smaller purchases and to make check-out faster.

After leaving the show, lunch will be on your own at the Portillo’s in Downers Grove. Portillo’s was named #1 U.S. casual restaurant 2018 by Trip Advisor. They specializes in Chicago-style food such as hot dogs, Maxwell Street Polish, and Italian Beef.  They also have some great desserts such as Chocolate Éclair Cake!!

Call Vista Club today to reserve your spot on this very popular shopping extravaganza!!!

COST:  $35.00

Fee Includes:  Show entrance, motor coach transportation, taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:20 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:50 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:30 a.m.  Return to Rochelle at approximately 5:15 p.m., Mendota at 5:55 p.m., LaSalle at 6:25 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 -- War Horses & War Heroes, Lake County, IL

On this trip, Vista Club will visit the Tempel Lipizzan Farm in Wadsworth, IL, which houses the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world! This breed originated late in the 16th century when the Royal Court of Imperial Austria imported Spanish stallions in an effort to improve its domestic stock. Prancing, dancing and executing refined grace, the Tempel Lipizzans perform in a centuries-old tradition.  We will enjoy a behind the scenes tour, where our guide will tell about their daring rescue from Vienna with the help of General George Patton during the last perilous months of World War II.  We will have a chance to get up close to the horses in the stables and learn how they earn their interesting names as well as watch an actual training take place in the arena.

A delicious lunch of slow roasted chicken, mixed green salad, Italian bread, baby red mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans and warm cherry crisp with vanilla ice cream will be enjoyed at the nearby Route 41 Roadhouse. 

Next, we will continue on to enjoy a windshield tour of the Historic Fort Sheridan.  This was originally established as a United States Army Post named after Civil War Cavalry General Philip Sheridan, to honor his services to Chicago. Our step-on guide will explain the foundation and history of this National Historic Landmark District.  Many of the original officers’ homes and barracks are now private residences and the imposing water tower can still be seen today.

Our final stop of the day will be at the Long Grove Confectionery.  You will have time to browse their factory store and purchase items for the upcoming holiday season! 

Be sure to call today to secure your reservation!

COST:  $100

Fee Includes:  Behind the scenes tour, lunch, Ft. Sheridan tour, all taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:30 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:10 a.m.  We will return to Rochelle at approximately 6:10 p.m., Mendota at 6:50 p.m., LaSalle at 7:20 p.m.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 -- Best of the Barn Christmas, Goodfield, IL

The Barn is back!  Since 1975, the Conklin’s Barn (later known as the Barn II) has been hosting generations of theatergoers.  In August 2015, the building was hit by a storm and destroyed.  Although the old barn could not be salvaged, many pieces of the original barn have been repurposed and can be seen within the new Barn III building.  The new barn is built on the same footprint as the old Barn II, but is slightly larger.  It has the same look and feel of the old barn with many new, modern amenities.  The new building returns with all of the Barn II players back in action, ready to perform for visitors!

Prior to the show, we will enjoy the Barn’s Sunday Brunch Buffet featuring breakfast favorites such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and ham, along with freshly baked cinnamon rolls and buttermilk biscuits. In addition, you will find their traditional buffet including fried chicken and a full compliment of side dishes and tempting desserts.  A full service cash bar is also available.  A drink ticket with your choice of first drink (house draft, wine or soft drink) is included.

Drawing from their ten years of holiday revues, The Best of the Barn Christmas features their most popular musical and comedy performances to get you in the holiday spirit. It will be the ideal seasonal outing to celebrate with your Vista Club friends in the brand new Barn. The music will range from secular to sacred, including their own wonderful renditions of some holiday classics. Hilarious sketches will have you laughing till you cry, and audience participation opportunities will put you in the center of the action! 

Be sure to join us for this trip down memory lane, as we visit the new Barn III and enjoy a Christmas gathering with all of our Vista Club friends!

COST:  $100

Fee Includes:  Lunch buffet, one drink ticket (for house draft, wine or soft drink), performance, transportation, taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart Rochelle Petro at 10:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 10:45 a.m., LaSalle Flying J at 11:15 a.m.  Return in reverse order following the performance.

2020 Day Trips

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 -- Kinky Boots Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL

A REGIONAL PREMIERE!  This flashy, sassy, sexy story of big heels invading a small town shook Broadway and was universally adored by critics and audiences. Now it’s Paramount’s turn to try these shoes on for size.

Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be any more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie’s failing shoe factory.

With a Tony Award-winning score by Grammy Award winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein (Tony Award-winning star of Broadway’s Hairspray), Kinky Boots tears up the stage and never lets go. From its glorious costumes to its dizzyingly tall heels and songs you’ll be humming for days, no show on Broadway has captured what it means to do what you love and love what you do as much as Kinky Boots.

Before the show we will enjoy a buffet-style lunch across the street from the Paramount at their Meyer Ballroom.  Menu will consist of Greek salad, rolls, Lemon Oregano Chicken, vesuvio potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower mix and baklava for dessert (meal subject to change).  Coffee, water and soda is also included.  

Don’t waste any time kicking up your heels and getting signed up for this entertaining day out with the Vista Club!

COST:  $100

Fee Includes:  Lunch buffet, transportation, performance, all taxes and tips.  Cancellations will be refunded if we are able to fill your vacancy.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 9:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 10:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 10:40 a.m.  We will depart for home from the theatre at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approximately 5:00 p.m., Mendota at 5:40 p.m., LaSalle at 6:10 p.m.

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