2017 Day Trips

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -- Cruising Chicago -- Navy Pier in Chicago

Summer is the perfect time for cruising, so come along as we "Cruise" into Chicago!  We will board the "Spirit of Chicago" for a 2-hour cruise on Lake Michigan.  You will be amazed at the lovely vistas of the magnificent lakefront with spectacular views of the city's downtown from our comfortable climate-controlled deck.  While on board, we will enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with a variety of main entrees, salads, vegetables and don't forget to save room for dessert!  After lunch, enjoy the entertainment from one of the hottest DJ's in Chicago, or head up to the open-air observation deck to catch the famous Lake Michigan breezes and views!

Our last adventure of the day will be "cruising" nearly 200 feet into the air aboard the new Centennial Wheel on Navy Pier.  From our climate-controlled glass gondolas, we will enjoy a 360 degree spectacular view of Chicago and Lake Michigan!

Cost:  $99

Fee Includes:  Lunch and cruise, Centennial Wheel ride, transportation, all 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., Woodman's/Aurora at 10:45 a.m.  Return Woodman's at approx. 4:45 p.m., Rochelle at 5:30 p.m., Mendota at 6:00 p.m., and LaSalle at 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday & Friday, September 7-8, 2017 -- Wandering Wisconsin (Girls Days Out)

Day 1:  Pack your overnight bag and let’s go for a fun-filled getaway north to Wisconsin!  Our first adventure begins at the Janesville Rotary Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy coffee, muffins, and a docent-led stroll along the paths in this 20 acre expanse, filled with 24 different gardens and over 4000 varieties of plants.  Then it is off to the popular Fireside Theatre for their delicious lunch, gift shops (can’t miss those), and performance of the "Church Basement Ladies."  You be rolling with laughter at these antics!  Next, it’s onward to Milwaukee where we will experience a smorgasbord of activities.  What is more Wisconsin than beer?  You will enjoy the Lakefront Brewery where we will be treated to a guided tour of the brewery followed by a hefty sampling of beer and a light meal of hors d'oeuvres.  This tour (rated #4 Brewery Tour in the U.S.) will keep you laughing as you are educated about the beer making process and the history of the brewery...this tour is renowned for it’s entertaining guides!  Ready for bed?  We’re checking into the Fairfield Inn located in the famous Third Ward district.  Remainder of the evening is at your leisure to wander along the Third Ward Riverwalk, in the unique shops, or catch a free shuttle to the Potawatomie Casino.  Don’t stay out too late … we have a full day ahead tomorrow.

Day 2:  Following our hotel breakfast, we hop on our coach with a step-on guide who will provide an interesting overview of the City of Milwaukee including the architecture, history, ethnic wards, and much more.  We will time it just right so you can see the “wings” open of the famous Brise Soleil at the Art Museum.  Then we are off to see the beautiful Pabst Mansion, home of Captain Frederick Pabst, famed beer baron and avid art collector of a priceless collection. The house was the scene of many fine parties and receptions by the Pabst family.  Ready for lunch?  We hope so!  We are visiting the world famous Mader’s Restaurant founded in 1902 and specializing in traditional German cuisine, including strudels, schnitzels, and sauerbraten.  Even with your bellies full, there is no time to rest aboard the History & Architectural Cruise on Lake Michigan where you will have unforgettable views of the city.  As we depart Milwaukee, we are heading for The Elegant Farmer — home of the award-winning Brown Bag Apple Pie!  Their bakery is amazing, and there is plenty of time to check out (and purchase?) the fall produce such as apples, pumpkins, decorations, etc.  And a trip to Wisconsin wouldn’t be complete without a traditional Friday Night Fish Fry, so we are stopping at the Evergreen Country Club for their traditional fish fry (other options are also available).  We return home with many delightful   memories from Wandering Wisconsin.  Registration is open.

Cost:  $298 

Fee Includes:  All admissions to sites, meals per itinerary above, hotel, motor coach transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule:  We will depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:30 a.m., Rochelle FSB at 8:00 a.m. Return to Rochelle at approx. 9:15 p.m., Mendota at 9:45 p.m., LaSalle at 10:15 p.m. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017 -- Chicago Cubs at Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI

Come along with us to cheer on the 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 late September cool temperatures or rain —in case of inclement weather, Miller Park’s fan-shaped roof can close in less than 10 minutes. 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”!

Cost:  $119

Fee Includes:  Admission to the game (infield seating on first base side), $10 Brewers Bucks, motor coach transportation, taxes and driver tip.

Pick-Up Schedule:  We will depart from Princeton Road Ranger at 8:30 a.m., LaSalle Flying J at 9:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:30 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 10:00 a.m.  We will return for home immediately after the game is won!

Friday, October 6, 2017 -- "Tuesdays with Morrie" Starring Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H* at Dixon Theatre, Dixon, IL

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Alborn, an accomplished journalist  driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor.  Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Jamie Farr, best known as the cross-dressing Klinger from M*A*S*H* is the star of this performance.  Tuesdays with Morrie is the story of the lives of two men, a magical chronicle as Mitch shares the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world.

 More details to follow

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -- "Big River" at Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this musical telling of Mark Twain's treasured tale features songs and music by Roger Miller, who created such hits as "King of the Road" and "Dang Me." Led by melodies of country, bluegrass and gospel, join the humorous and harrowing river journey of Huck and his friend Jim as they meet up with con-artists, reunite with Tom Sawyer, and encounter a collection of characters as only imagined by one of America's greatest writers. We will enjoy the Theatre's delicious plated lunch prior to the performance which includes baked potato soup, choice of roasted chicken breast or roast loin of pork, corn bread stuffing, buttered peas/carrots, along with wonderful apple crisp. As a special treat, we will make a stop at the beginning of the trip at Albanese Candy Factory! Registration is open.

Cost: $89

Fee Includes: Performance, lunch, stop at Albanese Candy, transportation, driver tip, taxes.

Pick-Up Schedule: We will depart from Rochelle First State Bank at 7:45 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:15 a.m. and LaSalle Flying J at 8:45 a.m.  (Fox Valley:  TBD).  We will depart for home from the Theatre at the Center at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

Friday, October 13, 2017 -- Annual Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show, Rosemont, IL

Come shop with us where you will find wholesale pricing on all your favorites!  This trade show offers a wide array of scarves, jewelry, purses, home décor, clothing, leggings, bedding -- Swarovski Crystal, gold, silver, beads, gems -- you name it!!  This will be our fourth adventure into this show and our ladies have loved it every time!  Great for stocking stuffer shopping before Christmas!  After leaving the show, you will enjoy a delectable lunch at The Patio - Home of Chicagoland's Finest Barbeque!  Order (on your own) from the many delicious selections on their menu!  Save room for a Vista dessert treat!!

Cost:  $39

Fee Includes:  Trade show entrance, dessert, motor coach transportation and driver tip.  (Lunch is at your own expense due to restaurant restrictions.)

Pick-Up Schedule:  Depart from LaSalle Flying J at 7:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:30 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:00 a.m., Woodman's Aurora at 8:45 a.m.  Return to Aurora at approx. 4:15 p.m., Rochelle at 5:00 p.m., Mendota at 5:30 p.m. and LaSalle at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -- "Ring of Fire," Circa 21, Rock Island, IL

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, home and family.  You will be delighted at more than two dozen classic hits which are included such as “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune “Ring of Fire.”  They are performed by a multi-talented cast and paint a musical portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend!  Though he is never impersonated, Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate!

A sumptuous plated lunch will be served in the beautifully restored 1920’s theatre (on the National Register of Historic Places).  The Bootleggers — your wait staff — will perform a pre-show musical revue, and then watch as the stage comes alive with the magic of professional theatre by performers from across the nation.  You can also choose to have your delicious dessert served after lunch or during intermission!

Prior to our arrival at Circa 21, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we will enjoy a tour of the Rock Island Arsenal Island.  The Rock Island Arsenal encompasses 946 acres, and was originally known as Rock Island.  It is located on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, IA and Rock Island, IL and is home to the First Army headquarters. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816, with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States, and has manufactured military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s. Our step-on guide will provide all the details about this National Historic Landmark, as well as interesting locations on the island such as Colonel Davenport’s Home, Rock Island National and Confederate Cemeteries, Prison Camp, Mississippi River Visitors Center, the Rock Island Arsenal Museum and more.  Registration is open.

Cost:  $80 

Fee Includes:  Tour, lunch, dessert, performance, transportation, taxes and all tips.

Pick-Up Schedule:  Depart Rochelle FSB at 7:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:30 a.m., LaSalle Flying J at 8:00 a.m., Princeton Road Ranger at 8:30 a.m.  We will depart immediately following the performance at approx. 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8, 2017 -- "Christmas Bingo-It's a Ho, Ho, Holy Night," Royal George Theatre, Chicago, IL

Vista has a Christmas Triple Delight awaiting you!  We begin with a stop at Naperville’s Christkindlmarket.  This market boasts the same traditional booths and multiple vendors who offer handcrafted and holiday-themed wares similar to those found at the Chicago market.

"Christmas Bingo, It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night" — Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt!  If you liked "Late Night Catechism," you won’t want to miss this play written by the same author! In this interactive comedy, the Catholic parish needs money and the Archdiocese has a new “bingo department.”  Bring the two together and you have a night of Bible trivia, audience interaction, improvised moments, and the funniest Yuletide trivia you’ve ever seen!  You’ll actually play bingo and will love the show … even if you aren’t Catholic! 

Hope your tastebuds are tuned up and ready for a delightful upscale dining experience at Maggiano’s Little Italy on our way toward home.  We will be treated to a delicious family style meal including authentic Italian appetizers, salads, wonderful pastas, entrees, and Maggiano’s Signature Sweet Table for dessert! Yum, yum!  This trip of shopping, theater and food will certainly put you in the Christmas spirit! Reservations are open.

COST:  $132 

Fee Includes:  Market entrance, performance, dinner, motor coach transportation, associated taxes and tips (cash bar available at dinner).

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., and Aurora Woodman's at 10:15 a.m.  Return Aurora at approx. 8:00 p.m., Rochelle at 8:45 p.m., Mendota at 9:15 p.m., and LaSalle at 9:45 p.m.

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