2017 Day Trips:
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”!
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 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
Join Vista Club for an evening with Jamie Farr, best known as the cross-dressing Klinger from M*A*S*H. He will star in the live theater production of "Tuesdays with Morrie."
Travel with us to Dixon, IL for a wonderful Friday evening meal featuring a delicious buffet at Mama Cimino’s Restaurant where there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Just around the corner is the beautiful Historic Dixon Theater where Jamie Farr will bring the pages of the best selling book, "Tuesday’s with Morrie," alive. This heart-warming adaptation features an autobiographical story of Mitch Alborn and Morrie Schwartz — Mitch’s former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Reunited, they begin meeting every Tuesday with what turns into his last class on the meaning of life.
Fee includes: Deluxe box seats at balcony front, evening buffet meal, motor coach transportation plus all associated taxes and tips.
Pick-up Schedule: Depart Schnucks in Normal at 3:15 p.m., Love's in Oglesby at 4:05 p.m., Mendota Civic Center at 4:45 p.m. Return to Mendota approximately 9:55 p.m., Oglesby at 10:35 p.m., Normal at 11:30 p.m.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
For more information on the Northern Departures contact:
Bobbi Burke, 815.562.2200, X52044 or firstname.lastname@example.org