2018 Day Trips:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 -- Italian Chicago, Chicago, IL

We have all heard the stories about gangsters and the Mafia in Chicago  — now is your chance to experience them (if you dare) for yourself!  Join Vista as we travel around Chicago to learn more about these larger-than-life characters and how they lived.

Our first stop will be at Tommy Gun’s Garage, an interactive speakeasy which offers a musical comedy review with gangsters, flappers and YOU!  After a delicious sit down lunch with your choice of prime rib, lasagna or chicken breast, you will join Vito Gloves, “da gangsters” and “da flappers” for non-stop comedy and dangerous fun.  Musical selections from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more will all be played by Chicago’s Sinfully Orchestra.  Be ready to hide your hooch (available at the cash bar—and you must pay in cash—the green stuff!) because the speakeasy could be raided by “da coppers” at any time! 

Next, we will continue on to experience the Untouchables Tour.  A “questionable character” will join us on our coach for this 1-1/2 hour bus tour around the city!   We will experience the city as it was in the 1920’s- see old gangster hot spots and hit spots, hear historically accurate accounts of the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger and the rest of the boys.  We will enjoy a journey into the past as we cruise the city in search of the old hoodlum haunts, brothels, gambling dens and sites of gangland shootouts!

Finally, we will make a stop at Eataly, Chicago’s Italian marketplace.  This 63,000 sq.ft. store offers anything and everything Italian you could want!  There are two floors and dozens upon dozens of aisles of groceries, along with 22 (or so) different restaurants and bars...it is literally enormous! The quality of everything is astonishingly high, from the delicate handmade pasta and crusty bread to the impeccably fresh fish, cheeses and dry-aged beef. Spend some time browsing the complex, enjoy a glass of wine, or grab something to eat for supper or the ride home.

COST:  $110

Fee includes:  Tommy Gun's show and meal, Gangster Tour, transportation, taxes and tips.  Supper is on your own at Eataly.  Any cancellations will be refunded if we can fill your vacancy.

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., North Aurora Woodman's TBD.  Return to Rochelle at approximately 8:45 p.m., Mendota at 9:15 p.m., and LaSalle at 9:45 p.m.

For more information on the Fox Valley Departures contact:

Jean Simkins at 815.539.1524 / jsimkins@firststatebank.biz

Beth Hubbard at 815.539.1526 / bhubbard@firststatebank.biz

Deb Hochstatter at 815.539.1535 / dhochstatter@firststatebank.biz