Tuesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 11, 2021 (5 days)
Walking Level: Light to Moderate
Signup Deadline: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Wheelchair Accessible Trip
After this tour of Chicago, you'll be saying this is 'My Kind of Town!'
We'll begin this dazzling tour of Chicago by going to arguably the most fun place the city has to offer, the Navy Pier. At this popular waterfront attraction, we'll enjoy some shopping, dining and a ride! With shops ranging from apparel, accessories, to collectibles, novelties and souvenirs, there is something to entertain everyone under this unique roof. There are also sweet treats to enjoy, think chocolates, fudge and churros. But save room for our actual dinner! After all that shopping, it'll be time to head on over to the infamous Centennial Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier. This wheel will bring us to 196 feet in the air, and is currently the sixth-tallest in the United States. At that height, we'll see spectacular views of the City's skyline and the lake's wonderful water. We can't wait for you to experience it!
Once we've soared to new heights, we'll end the day with a relaxing dinner on the Pier. This may be the perfect opportunity for you to try your first (but not your last) true Chicago dog, hold the ketchup! Or maybe enjoy a deep-dish pizza, think lots of cheesy goodness.
The next day brings us to the Hancock Observatory for a 360-degree view of Chicago at nearly 1,000 feet above the famous Magnificent Mile. Located in the John Hancock Building in downtown, we'll see all of Chicago in every direction, from the lake, to the City, to the suburbs, and Navy Pier.
Once we've come back down to Earth, we'll take a drive around downtown Chicago so that we can enjoy the amazing architecture and see the City up close, instead of 1,000 feet in the air! Be sure to ask the Tour Leaders all your questions, they're very knowledgeable about the City and will enjoy showing you around. And once we're done touring, it'll be time to eat at the McDonalds. This isn't your typical McDonald's either, it's been named the 'Most Futuristic McDonald's You've Ever Seen' by Delish Magazine. The massive glass paneled building looks nothing the typical one you're used to seeing. There's a floating garden, self-serve ordering kiosks, tableside service, phone charging stations at every table, and the restaurant even uses an on-site renewable energy collection. Pretty neat if you ask us!
Our final activity of the day will take us to the theatre. The Drury Lane Theater has a long history of producing wonderful shows for the residents of Chicago. It first started as a summer-stock tent theater that opened in Evergreen Park. Named after the historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, which was built in the 17th century, there used to be six throughout the city. The show we'll see is 'Forever Plaid - A Heavenly Musical'. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the 50s and includes hits such as 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing'. On the stage, we'll watch as a 'guy group' called Forever Plaid, who specialize in barbershop quartet harmonies experience a tragedy as they travel to their first gig. As it goes with showbiz, this exact show may not be available, but we'll enjoy the amazing theater Drury Lane has to offer!
The last activity of this Chicago tour will leave us with a great taste… the taste of chocolates and confectionaries. YUM! On our way out of town we will stop and tour the Long Grove Confectionery Company. We will watch as the factory creates a delicious array of products, from sweet buttery caramel to rich chocolate. See how they package their treats and even get a free taste of their wonderful chocolate. There's no way to leave without having a taste! And if it's something you really enjoy, you can walk through the shop to see if you'd like to buy a treat to bring home… If you can wait that long before diving in!
Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™ & Full Fare Price Disclosure
Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™ means there are absolutely no hidden costs - everything is included: all meals (breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner both at a restaurant), lodging in your own, regular bed, and all transportation including local pickup and drop off in your city, all attractions, entertainment and activities, an experienced tour leader and experienced staff care in 1:3 and 1:4 small groups. Travelers only need to bring souvenir and snack money.
All prices shown are round trip prices and include all mandatory taxes and fees. Note: Soda cards on Royal Caribbean cruises are at your own expense (to keep the trip price fair for everyone).
Vendor & fuel price increases between the time of the traveler’s initial deposit and the due date for final payment are covered by Special Journeys—you never pay extra for Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™.
Travelers that need to travel with a dedicated 1:1 staff require an additional, reduced price fare to cover the costs for that staff.
All trips with a domestic flight component cover one 50 pound checked bag. See the trip description for 10+ day trips as 2 bags are usually covered then. The cost for additional or overweight bags will be shown on your trip itinerary. There is no fee for carry-on bags but they are limited in size to the then current airline standards.
Medical equipment does not count as luggage but you must notify us in advance so we have room to transport this equipment!
Some trips require a passport (see trip description). We recommend getting the passport book, not the passport card. It can take 2 to 3 months to receive a passport so apply as early as possible. They are good for 10 years!
We offer interest-free payment plans that allow you to finish paying for up to half of the trip cost after you return.
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