2019 Day Trips

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 -- "The Producers", Aurora, IL

Vista Club will travel to Aurora for a production of "The Producers," A Mel Brooks Musical.  Prior to the performance, we will enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the beautiful Paramount Theatre.  The Paramount, also known as the Paramount Arts Center, opened in Aurora, Illinois in 1931. It was designed by Rapp and Rapp in the Art Deco style with Venetian elements. Over the years, it has hosted films, plays, musicals, concerts, comedy shows, and other acts. The structure was restored in the 1970s and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Next we will be stopping for lunch at the nearby Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant.  We will enjoy a buffet of house salad, Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Harp Battered Fish & Chips, Housemade Donuts, Soda and Coffee.

Finally, we return to the Paramount for a production of "The Producers."  Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. And so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history. Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he’s now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as “beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls”). With the reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.  "The Producers" is an uproariously funny musical with hilarious songs that will have you grinning from ear to ear throughout. Nobody does comedy like Mel Brooks, and nobody does shows like the Paramount!

Be sure to call today to reserve your spot on this delightful trip!

COST:  $105

Fee Includes:  Backstage tour of Paramount, lunch buffet, performance, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-up Schedule:  Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:40 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:10 a.m., Rochelle First State Bank at 8:40 a.m.  We will depart for home from the theatre at approximately 4:30 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approx. 5:30 p.m., Mendota at 6:00 p.m., LaSalle at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -- "Grumpy Old Men", Rock Island, IL

Fasten your seatbelts.  It’s going to be a grumpy ride!

We hope you will join us anyway as we travel to Rock Island to visit the historic Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse.  Originally the Fort Armstrong Theatre, a vaudeville and silent movie house that opened in 1921.  The architect drew heavily on Fox and Sauk Indian symbols for his design (see if you can find the great warrior Blackhawk while we are there). The theatre has undergone several transitions, and in 1977 following the opening of the Circa 21 dinner theatre the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places! It is one of only two theatres in the country with a performing wait staff, The Bootleggers.  We will enjoy a wonderful lunch, including your choice of coffee, tea or soft drinks and of course dessert!  After lunch you can sit back and enjoy “Grumpy Old Men” a laugh out loud story of family, friendship, love and romance in a fresh new musical that’s guaranteed to delight you.  The play is based on the 1993 movie starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret.  The guys, Max and John, are neighbors who have been feuding for more than 50 years.  When the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street, the rivalry is raised to new heights!  Come along with us to see how the story ends. 

Before we  arrive at the theatre we will be stopping at The John Deere Pavilion in Moline.  While we are here you will have a chance to act like a kid!  From the vintage machines to today’s agricultural, construction and forestry equipment we will discover the past and future of these marvelous machines.  During our guided tour you will be encouraged to touch, climb aboard and learn about everything you see.

COST:  $86

Fee Includes:  Transportation on a full equipped motor coach, John Deere Pavilion tour, performance, lunch, choice of beverage and dessert.  All taxes and tips are also included.  

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.  We will depart for home immediately following the performance at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 -- Bikes and Brews, Milwaukee, WI

Join Vista Club as we visit one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations, The Harley Davidson Museum!  This 20 acre, park like campus offers tons of history and information about Harley Davidsons!  Following our guided tour, we will enjoy a lunch at the Motor Restaurant in the museum.  Lunch choices include a Chicken Caesar Salad, Motor Burger or Barbeque Pork Sandwich. 

With our bellies full, we will make a stop at one of the most unique locations in Milwaukee, the Original Cheesehead Factory.  Now is your chance to learn all about those famous foamy creations you have seen on many a Wisconsiner’s head!  You will learn about the history of the Cheesehead, watch a Cheesehead being made and you will even get to make your own Cheesehead creation to take home with you.  Our guided tour will include many “cheesy” puns along the way.

Be sure to keep your thirst up for our next stop...the Milwaukee Brewing Company.  This stop will include a tasting and guided tour of their new 9th street facility, along with a keepsake pint glass.

Our last stop of the day will be at the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago—a farm kitchen bakery, deli and market.  The Elegant Farmer is famous for their “apple pie in a bag”, which was noted by Gourmet Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Food Network and Milwaukee Magazine as being the best pie in America.  Take your time to browse the aisles of this unique shopping location and feel free to grab a snack for the ride home. 

Be sure to call today to secure your reservation for this exciting day of adventures in Wisconsin!

COST:  $125

Fee Includes:  Tours as listed above, lunch, Cheesehead Creation to keep, 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 6:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 7:40 a.m.  We will depart for home at approximately 6:15 p.m., returning to Rochelle at approximately 8:15 p.m., Mendota at 8:55 p.m. and LaSalle at 9:25 p.m.

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!

The Fireside is always a very popular destination for our travelers, so be sure to call today to reserve your spot!

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”!

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.  

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.

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