Travel Programs

Niagara Falls & Toronto

Experience a true natural wonder!  Feel the power of the “mighty Niagara” as you gaze at the Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls from the “Canadian side” – considered the best view of the Falls.  Then experience the power up close onboard a boat ride on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise” that takes you right up to the base of the Horseshoe Falls!  Rain ponchos are provided.  Then we will travel North to the spectacular city of Toronto for a guided tour.  While there, we will visit Toronto’s majestic castle estate – Casa Loma!  The trip includes motor coach transportation, 6 nights lodging, 10 meals, (6 breakfasts & 4 dinners), tours, cruise and more!  Trip insurance prices vary depending on occupancy ($45 triple, $45 double and $69 single per person)  Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at  Limited space available; don’t wait to register!
Registration Deadline/Final Payment: March 25
Day/Date:    Sunday, June 5 - 11
Depart:       8:00 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:       In the evening on June 11 (TBA)
Fee:             $669/person – double occupancy
                    $879/person – single occupancy
                    $649/person – triple occupancy
                   * $75 due upon signing

Amore at Eataly
Chicago, IL

We have planned a wonderful new bus trip steeped in the flavors and tastes of Italy. We will experience firsthand the sights and sounds of Eataly in Chicago. Eataly is an original “marketplace” where you can shop, taste and savor high-quality, traditional, Italian food products and beverages. This trip begins with a private 90-minute walking tour including various tastings including vegetables, Pizza Napolitano, cheese, salami, fresh pasta, gelato and crèma di caffe’ enough to serve as your lunch.  Following the tour, there will be time for further browsing and shopping. 
Day/Date:    Wednesday, February 10
Departure:   9:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          2:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $66 (Fee includes transportation, private tour including generous tastings.)

World’s Fair Tour & Miller’s Pub
Chicago, IL

For one shining moment, Chicago was the center of the galaxy. The world turned its attention fully on one of the most beautiful cities ever built or dreamed for the "Columbian Exposition of 1892".  As one author put it, “nothing in Paris, Rome, or London was near as perfect as Chicago’s White City”!  Come with us on this bus and walking tour (minimal walking) and experience many of the amazing features of not only this colossal event but the "Century of Progress" in 1933-34 as well!  Walk along the fairgrounds of both Fairs and relive what people saw for the first time during these stupendous affairs. Guests will hear great stories including: the race for electricity, the serial killer known as H.H. Holmes, Star Rays from Arcturus and “My friend Elias”.  Before the tour we will enjoy lunch at Miller’s Pub – a Chicago favorite since 1935.
Registration Deadline: February 16
Day/Date:    Friday, March 4
Departure:  11:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         5:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $75 (Fee includes motor coach transportation, tour and lunch)

Mulligan Stew - Jacob Henry Mansion
Joliet, IL

Begin your morning with a tour of this National Landmark built in 1873, known for its Victorian charm. Also visit the Old Central Church located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. Then experience a bit of Ireland as you enjoy Aunt Annie’s famous Corned Beef & Cabbage with Potatoes and Carrots. Enjoy Celtic music and sing to Irish songs from “Mulligan Stew”.  Take yourself back to “Emerald Isle”!  A great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, with all the luck you can handle. 
Registration Deadline: February 8
Day/Date:    Tuesday, March 15
Departure:  10:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         3:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $88 (Show, luncheon and transportation)

42nd Street at the Cadillac Palace
Chicago, IL

This quintessential backstage musical comedy classic is the song and dance fable of Broadway “We’re In the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and, of course, “42nd Street.”  This fantastic musical tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to audition in York. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy Sawyer takes over and becomes a star.  Prior to the matinee performance, we will dine at the wonderful Randolph Tavern, a relaxed, wood-lined American restaurant & bar featuring an elevated pub menu with delicious appetizer and lunch choices.
Day/Date:    Wednesday, March 16
Departure:  10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         5:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $81 (Fee includes transportation and performance.  Lunch will be on your own.)

Among the Amish
Lincoln, IL

Join us for a full one-day trip to experience the spring sights, tastes and unique craftsmanship of the Amish.  This day will begin with a step-on tour that will provide an insider’s look into Amish history and lifestyle while enjoying Lincoln’s beautiful spring landscapes.  Following the tour, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch buffet at Yoder’s Restaurant featuring a delicious assortment of Amish favorites. After dining, we will have the opportunity to browse and shop at the many Amish shops featuring food, arts and crafts and much more!
Registration Deadline: March 7
Day/Date:    Wednesday, April 13
Departure:  8:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         4:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $58 (Fee includes transportation and lunch)

Laverne & Shirley Tour of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Schlemeil, Schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!  Do you know what this means? Find out by taking a fun filled tour of Milwaukee… Laverne & Shirley style. You’ve never been on a tour like this before! You’ll see the Pfister Hotel, the opening shot of the Laverne & Shirley show,
City Hall, the Polish flats where they lived, the brewery where they worked and eventually went out of business and the Fonz statute. Tour the Lakefront Brewery and everyone will receive samples and a glass to take home (Root Beer is available for those who do not consume alcohol). Frank, the loud mouth Italian father of Laverne turned up frequently, as he owned the gang’s favorite hang-out, the Pizza Bowl. So this afternoon you’ll enjoy an Italian Pizza Buffet Lunch complete with salad, garlic bread, non-alcoholic beverage at a local Italian family owned
restaurant. We’ll also take in a game of mini-bowling and see if Shotz Brewery really does
have the best bowlers. Laverne & Shirley are still trying to beat their high school rival, Rosie
Greenbaum, at bowling and need to constantly practice to achieve this (if you are unable to
bowl…you will have just as much fun watching everyone else). After working off our lunch
we’ll need to stop for a custard treat at Leon’s Drive-In, a Milwaukee Tradition. Return home
after a very fun and entertaining day!
Registration Deadline: March 28
Day/Date:    Saturday, April 23
Departure:  6:30 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         7:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $125 (Fee includes motor coach transportation, tour, lunch & more)

Vintage Fashion Show Luncheon
Joliet, IL

Join us for a unique fashion show luncheon where we will dine and enjoy a time capsule of fashion and elegance with many beautifully preserved "classics' spanning 120+ years. A perfect combination of history and fashion!  A full-lunch will be served featuring Apricot Thyme Chicken with Chef’s Choice of starch and vegetable and will include tossed garden salad, warm rolls, dessert and coffee or tea.
Registration Deadline: April 8
Day/Date:    Tuesday, May 17
Departure:  10:30 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         3:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $70 (Fee includes transportation, performance ticket and lunch)

Anderson Japanese Gardens
Rockford, IL

Visit these remarkable grounds of peace and tranquility. You will find beauty and inspiring scenic gardens that will leave you speechless.   A guided tour will take us along paths, streams, and bridges through the strolling gardens. Please wear comfortable walking shoes .Good mobility is essential for these walking tours.  Benches are located throughout the garden for your relaxation and meditation.   A level terrain tour is also an option.  Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.  We will enjoy our lunch in the lower level of the on-site garden restaurant. 
Registration Deadline: April 13
Day/Date:    Wednesday, May 18
Departure:  8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:         3:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $77 (Garden tours, lunch and transportation)

The Rat Pack - Paramount Theatre
Aurora, IL

World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights. Before the show, we will have dinner at a local Aurora restaurant (TBD).
Registration Deadline: April 21
Day/Date:    Saturday, May 21
Departure:  5:00 pm from Founders Community Center
Return:         11:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                $85 (Fee includes motor coach transportation, ticket and dinner)

Spa Getaway - Abbey Resort
Lake Geneva, WI

This is the one you've been waiting for! And well worth the wait it will be! Spend three glorious
days in the heart of Lake Geneva  Wisconsin. Day one, set out on picturesque Lake Geneva for a
Cruise including a plated lunch. Then we will visit downtown Lake Geneva for plenty of
browsing and shopping. This evening, we will dine at the famous "Popeye's Restaurant".
Our second day will consist of time at the Abbey Resort and Avani Spa day full of  relaxation
and pampering, with dinner at the Abbey Resort. Lunch will be on your own. On the last day, we
will attend the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin for a matinee production of "Sister Act" before
returning home. Fee includes: motor coach transportation, 6 meals, Lake Geneva cruise,
Avani Spa credit and service, live performance and lunch at Fireside Theatre and much 
more. This is the one you don't want to miss! Trip insurance prices vary depending on
occupancy, cost and minimum of 10 registrants. Please register early to guarantee your
Final Payment/Registration Deadline: March 21
Day/Date:    Tuesday- Thursday, May 24-26
Departure:  8:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:        TBD (Approximately)
Fee:                $649/person double occupancy
                         $795/person – single occupancy
                         $619/person – triple occupancy
                         **$75 due upon registration

Colorado’s Historic Trains

Join Mayflower Tours as we follow the historic routes of the Old West with excursions on four different railroads.  Then see the amazing rock formations and natural beauty of three national parks. Trip Highlights include: 10 day motorcoach and scenic train holiday, 17 Meals (8 dinners, 1 lunch, and 8 breakfasts), free home or local pickup and return, horse-drawn wagon ride and the Kit Carson Carousel (when available), Colorado Springs and the beautiful Garden of the Gods, Denver city tour, Great Platte River Road Memorial, $50 in Mayflower Money & more!

To learn more about this trip, join us & Mayflower Tours for an informational seminar on:
Thursday, January 21 at either 11:00 am or 7:00 pm at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street.

Please call the Park District office at 815-469-9400 to reserve your spot today!
Dates:           August 6 - 15
Fee:               $2,259/ Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy add additional cost: $759
                         $250 deposit due at time of registration, plus cancellation insurance. 
Departure:  Mayflower Tours will pick up each individual from their home. Travelers will be notified of specific time 3 weeks before the trip.
Final Payment:    90 Days prior to departure.

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