Chicago – June 26th – July 1st, 2022

Welcome to Chicago – a world-class city of unsurpassed beauty, attracting visitors from around the world, with entertainment and character to charm even the most discerning urbanite. See the world’s first skyscraper, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and workshop, explore Millennium Park in the heart of downtown, experience The Art Institute of Chicago…housing one of the world’s most notable art collections. Whatever your passion – find it in Chicago!

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Day 1 – Sunday June 26th – Portland to Chicago
We’ll fly non-stop to Chicago where our deluxe coach awaits. Welcome to the third largest city in the United States! Our home for the next 5 nights is the beautiful Hilton Palmer House. Enjoy the charms of the classic French Baroque decor in its landmark lobby. Originally a Chicago business magnate’s gift to his wife, the historic Palmer House Hilton has operated continuously since 1873. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. The Palmer House (D)

Day 2 – Monday June 27th – Chicago – Local Touring
Meet Alice, our wonderful step-on guide. She will enlighten us on the vitality and excitement of Chicago! See Chicago’s main business section, one of the financial centers of the world; the famous “Loop”… home to Chicago’s commercial core, City Hall, and the seat of Cook County. In the late nineteenth century, cable car turnarounds and prominent elevated railway encircled the area, giving the Loop its name. See State Street, where Chicago’s fame began; the striking Richard J. Daley Plaza with its masterpiece the Pablo Picasso sculpture; Wrigley Field where we’ll hear about the Billy Goat curse; We’ll stop at Millennium Park & “The Bean” it’s one of the highlights of Millennium Park. Designed by the artists Anish Kapoor, the sculpture is made of 168 highly polished stainless-steel plates – giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago. Enjoy some free time at Navy Pier with parks, promenades, shops, and restaurants. Next, enjoy an architecture cruise on the historic Chicago River that showcases over 40 landmarks of modern architecture. Learn about Chicago’s rise from the Great Fire of 1871 to becoming the home of the skyscrapers. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner … Chicago is known as a “foodies” paradise famous for – Steaks, Polish food, Italian Beef/Sausage – Pizza…and much more! The Palmer House (B, D)

Day 3 – Tuesday 28th – Chicago – Local Touring
This morning we’ll visit Sears Tower, a 110-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper. Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits. Step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. Next enjoy a behind the scenes tour at the Field Museum. It’s the largest Natural History Museum in the world. We’ll Journey to the hidden collections of the museum and tour the artifacts in spaces normally off-limits to the public. Your afternoon is free to explore… you can take in more of the Field Museum or head next door to the Aquarium. Our hotel is in a prime location within walking distance to Millennium Park, the Art Institute or, ride the L Train (short for “elevated”) which is the rapid transit system serving the city and some of its surrounding suburbs. Tonight, it’s dinner at Berghoff’s… After stints working on cotton and sugar cane plantations and even time spent performing at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show Herman Berghoff opened his own brewery in Indiana. When the World’s Fair came to Chicago in 1893, Herman Berghoff set up a stand in the Midway Plaisance and sold his beers to people entering and exiting the fair. His success at the fair prompted him to consider a more permanent place to sell his beer in Chicago. Thus, The Berghoff opened doors in 1898. The Palmer House (B, D)

Day 4 – Wednesday June 29th – Chicago – Local Touring  
Today, we’ll tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio; it served as Wright’s private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909. He used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Rustico’s in Oak Park before your free afternoon and evening. You may want to take in The Art Institute of Chicago… Voted #1 museum in the world by TripAdvisor Travelers. Founded in 1879 it’s one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S. that includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Its permanent collection houses nearly 300,000 works of art! The Palmer House (B, L)

Day 5 – Thursday June 30th – Chicago – Local Touring
Alice will join us again today as we explore the culinary delights of Chicago… as diverse as the city itself! It’s also home to some of the world’s best architecture and a thriving design trade that elevates home cooking to an art form. Throw in our mix of ethnicities from around the globe and you’ll find ingredients and cooking styles that vary from block to block. We’ll strroll the Merchandise Mart along the Chicago River. This was once the world’s largest building and was only open to members of the Design Trade. You’ll find a stunningly designed Food Hall plus Luxe Home Design Center. Wander through gorgeous kitchen and bath showrooms where every-day products get star treatment! Next, discover Pilsen a thriving Mexican community, known for murals and galleries. We’ll stop for a taste at a traditional Mexican Bakery. Next, Stroll and shop Chicago’s Chinatown, just minutes from the Loop but a world away! We’ll have a lunch of Chinese specialties at one of our favorite places in the neighborhood. Foodies flock to Wells Street in Old Town Where a single block brings us to shops selling spices from around the world, unique olive oils and scrumptious chocolate creations. A French bakery, gourmet coffee shop, and fine cigar purveyor are nearby as well. We’ll end the tour at Eataly. This Italian food emporium is “Immenso!” The store combines cafes, a brewery, cheese, meat and fish counters, plus fine imported product such as pastas, wines, and sweet treats. You’ll have some time to freshen up before another wonderful dinner now your prime and ready for the Broadway sensation SIX… From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The Palmer House (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Friday July 1st – Chicago to Home
Enjoy some free time near Millennium Park before we indulge in lunch at Giordano’s Pizzeria not just deep dish but “Chicago-style”. After lunch we head to the airport. Come experience this beautiful waterfront city… it’s among the world’s friendliest big cities ready to meet your needs and surpass your expectations! (B, L)

$3,498 Double $4,288 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by April 26th, 2022