Thursday, March 26, 2020 — An American In Paris, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace
Vista Club invites you to join us as we watch a tale inspired by hope and possibility! An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Come away with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love. Set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, this Academy Award winner for Best Picture was also a Grammy Award nominee and four-time Tony Award winner. This day trip includes a full meal along with the show. Registration deadline Friday, February 28, 2020.
COST: $95 per person
Fee Includes: Pre-show lunch (11:30 a.m.), matinee show tickets (1:30 p.m.), motor coach transportation and all associated tips, including the driver.
Pick up locations: Schnuck’s in Normal and Flying J in LaSalle.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 -- Lunch and Learn, Bloomington, IL
Join us for a lunch and learn event to hear all of the exciting details about what is coming up in 2020 and beyond.
Location: Holiday Inn Suites / 3202 E Empire St. / Bloomington, IL/ (across from the airport)
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020
COST: $5 per person
Friday, April 17, 2020 -- Tour, Tasting & "Field of Screams", Mackinaw, IL
Join us this April for an intriguing night out...if you dare! Vista Club has partnered with Mackinaw Valley Vineyard for an evening filled with food, fun, mystery and intrigue.
The evening starts at 4:00 p.m. for Vista Club only with a private behind-the-scenes tour and tasting showcasing some of their latest refreshing flavors of wines. Following the tasting, enjoy mingling with the other guests (or are they the show’s characters?) before the main event. Be careful who you mingle with so you are not caught in a case of mistaken identity! Who did it? Well, that is for you to figure out as we participate in a murder mystery event, “Field of Screams,” featuring actors from a traveling professional production company. While we are trying to decide who did it, enjoy the delicious buffet dinner prepared by the Catering Company.
So join us for a memorable evening out and invite a friend!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2020
COST: $59 per person
Fee Includes: Private tour, wine tasting, show, buffet meal, all applicable taxes and tips
Location: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw, IL
Transportation: On your own
Note: If you are not able to make it for the tour & tasting, please let us know so the fee and arrival time can be adjusted accordingly.
Saturday, May 16, 2020 — Pizza Party Chicago Style, Chicago, IL
In honor of National Pizza Party Day (which is actually May 15), join us as we celebrate by exploring Chicago’s pizza legacy with a foodie adventure.
We will be picked up by the pizza tour mini motor coach at Union Station for a delicious dining experience off the beaten path. The tour allows us to explore various neighborhoods through their food and history. Learn from the local guide about the history, ingredients and the physics of how the best pizzas are prepared.
Following our pizza tour, we will cruise on an authentic Fireboat in Chicago. Learn about the history of the boat with the City of Chicago and its Fire Department. Experience this floating museum which showcases artifacts, while giving a glimpse of what it was like to be a firefighter stationed on the boat in 1937.
We will travel to and from Chicago via Amtrak departing from the Bloomington/Normal Station. Due to new group ticket guidelines for Amtrak, see this trip’s registration deadline below. Please be prepared to register for the trip as per the requirements listed.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2019
COST: $126 per person
Fee Includes: Pizza tour, Fireboat tour, Amtrak ticket, public transportation to locations following the pizza tour, and all known taxes & tips requested at this time.
Departure locations: Depart Amtrak Station in Normal at 7:30 a.m. Depart from Chicago to home from Union Station at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 -- Crosstown Classic, Chicago, IL
Join us for a great Chicago tradition as we watch the Cubs & White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field! Game time is at 7:10 p.m.
COST: $104 per person
Fee Includes: Game ticket, transportation, motor coach parking, all associated taxes and tips.
Departure locations: Depart Holiday Inn & Suites in Bloomington (3202 E Empire) at 2:15 p.m., BP Gas Station in Shorewood (312 E Jefferson St) at 3:45 p.m.
Friday, August 7, 2020 -- Saturday Night Fever, Sullivan, IL
Ah - Ah - Ah - Ah... “Stayin’ Alive” with Saturday Night Fever. Step out of the heat this August and “Open Sesame” into The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, IL for an afternoon of tapping your “Boogie Shoes.” The fashion, the swag, and unforgettable dance moves capture the spirit of this classic. No “Jive Talkin” this energetic musical will have you singing along to your favorite 70s tunes featured in this classic show based on the 1977 film as we relive the life of Tony who uses dance to escape the realities of his life.
The fun starts before the show at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum outside of Decatur. “How Deep is Your Love” for the American classics from a bygone era? Rediscover the body styles and cool engines from the Corvettes to the Impalas which influenced generations of car buyers.
We complete our drive to Sullivan for a buffet style lunch before the show. Our privately catered meal is located just a short 2 minute walk to the theater. After the show, you are welcome to stroll over to McDonalds (conveniently located behind the theater) for some refreshing ice cream before we travel home.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020
COST: $106 per person
Fee Includes: Admissions fee and tour of Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum, catered buffet lunch, show, motor coach transportation, all associated taxes and tips (including driver tip)
Departure locations: Depart LaSalle Flying J at 7:45 a.m., 18 & 251 at 8:05 a.m., Schnuck's in Normal at 8:50 a.m. Return to Schnuck's in Normal at approximately 6:00 p.m., 18 & 251 at 7:00 p.m. and LaSalle Flying J at 7:20 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2020 -- Down Under, Indianapolis, IN
Join us for a bit of down under right here in the Midwest. Travel with us to downtown Indianapolis where we will begin our day going “down under” Market Street to the Catacombs. Discover the mysteries unearthed below the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city. We will complete our time in downtown at the Indianapolis City Market having lunch on your own. With over 25 locally-owned and operated small businesses, try some of the local goodies for lunch.
Travel across town to one of the most popular tour attractions in Indianapolis, Crown Hill Cemetery. Discover secrets of the famous, not-so-famous, and notorious people buried here like bank robber John Dillinger. Do you remember famous American poet James Whitcomb Riley who wrote “Little Orphan Annie” and “The Raggedy Man?” Enjoy the scenic views of the downtown skyline from the top of Crown Hill while we discover more about the amazing life and times of this man along with many others.
We begin our drive home making one last stop at Alto Vineyards in Champaign, IL. Did you know they literally have a family vineyard down under in Australia? Fortunately, we don’t have to go that far to experience the rich, award winning flavors they have created. Our stop will include a snack of crackers, cheese, and sausage, time for shopping, and sampling various wines. You are welcome to take the keepsake glass used for sampling the wines home as a thank you gift from Alto Vineyards.
We will complete our travel home sharing our experiences “down under” (without the long plane ride).
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020
COST: $99 per person
Fee Includes: Catacombs Tour, Crown Hill Cemetery Tour, snacks, wine tasting, keepsake glass, transportation, and all associated taxes and tips (including the driver)
Departure locations: Depart 18 & 251 at 6:00 a.m., Schnucks in Normal at 6:45 a.m. Return to Schnuck's in Normal at approximately 6:30 p.m., 18 & 251 at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 2020 -- Walnut Room & "Six", Chicago, IL
Divorced, Beheaded, Died…..Divorced, Beheaded, Survived
Come see the critically acclaimed show “SIX” based on actual history about the six wives of King Henry VIII. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, these six wives reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse. This all female cast is joined by the “Ladies in Waiting,” an all female band as they remix and tell five hundred years of historical heartbreak in an exuberant and modern-day musical performance. (Sound familiar Hamilton fans?!)
It is opening on Broadway both in New York and Chicago this year. Originally created in the UK, it has been performing to sell-out audiences in off Broadway theaters here in the US. Don’t be a lady in waiting! Join us for the day as we arrive in Chicago to enjoy a wonderful meal at the famous Walnut Room before traveling to see this dynamic show.
COST: $165 per person
Fee Includes: Lunch, show, motor coach transportation, all included taxes and tips
Departure locations: Schnuck's in Normal and Flying J in LaSalle (depending upon interest level)
Friday, October 16, 2020 -- Taste of Romance, Savanna, IL
Join us for the day as we discover an enchanted place filled with dreams, love and art. Along the mighty Mississippi, lies the small town of Savanna, IL. Here we will find one of the most unexpected homes known as Havencrest Castle. Originally built in 1872, Mr. & Mrs. Alan St. George became the 7th owners of this estate in 1976. Pouring over every detail, together they transported each room to long-forgotten eras without the aid of an architect or designer. Our self-guided tour will feature Alan St. George’s sculptures, paintings, and murals inspired by the love of his life, his wife, Mrs. Adrianne Blue Wakefield-St George. This private sanctuary of love and art offers a world of romantic dreams where reality and illusion merge and fantasies come true.
Next, we will enjoy lunch at Pool 13 Restaurant. Following lunch we will explore the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center conveniently located across the street. After 50 volunteers came together in 2010 to renovate this location, it received the Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award. This updated center features a Wayne King Room which showcases the life’s work of this local son in professional music heard on broadcasts from CBS and WGN radio and NBC radio and television, Gene Wright’s Gallery of Civil War Soldiers featuring his life’s work in an impressive life-size display, and a room-sized model railroad display. Feel free to enjoy a 5 minute walk to the end of Main Street to see the fully restored railroad car, the Savannah Central which used to hub through the area.
We complete our visit to Savanna with another hidden gem as we travel to the Land of Oz Dolls. This location was founded in 1979 by Connie Zink after she signed up for a local porcelain doll class. This class introduced her to her life’s work of porcelain doll-making. She reproduces quality antique reproduction and modern porcelain dolls by hand for customers all over the world. With the growth of her business, she now showcases some of these dolls in a dedicated building for travelers from near and far to see.
Don’t miss this lovely visit to Savanna, IL to experience unforgettable hidden gems.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
COST: $89 per person
Fee Includes: Self-guided tour of Havencrest Castle, lunch, admissions and tour fee for Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, self-guided tour of Land of Oz Dolls, motor coach transportation, all taxes and tips (including the driver tip)
Departure locations: Schnuck's in Normal at 7:00 a.m., 18 & 251 at 7:40 a.m., Walmart in Princeton at 8:30 a.m. Return to Walmart in Princeton at approximately 5:30 p.m., 18 & 251 at 6:30 p.m., Schnuck's in Normal at 7:15 p.m.
For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:
- Evon Long: 309.663.6300 or [email protected]