Travel Programs


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – FIRESIDE DINNER THEATRE

Fort Atkinson, WI

The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin has been the premiere entertainment destination in the Midwest for superb musicals featuring Broadway performers, fine dining, and boutique shops in a one-of-a-kind setting. Millions of people every year fall in love with Tevye, the long-suffering dairyman who struggles to find a balance between his traditions and his family. Now celebrating 60 years, as is The Fireside, we are proud to present a brand-new revival of one of the most popular shows in our history. The show’s universal theme touches everyone, leaving audiences crying tears of both joy and sadness. Including such iconic songs as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” Fiddler on the Roof is the perfect mix of audience-pleasing humor and heart. Please select your entrée choice at the time of registration: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Sliced Roast Beef Tenderloin, or Baked Almond Crusted Cod.

Registration Deadline:  March 8

Day/Date:       Thursday, April 11
Departure:     7:45 am from Lions Community Center (Door C)
                             1 Manor Drive, New Lenox
Return:            6:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $155 (Fee includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, gratuity, and the show)
Max:                  12


POLONIA CHICAGO

Chicago, IL

You don’t have to travel overseas to visit the Old Country. Chicago boasts a thriving Polish community, and we will celebrate all things Polish. Our day will begin with a tour of a magnificent Polish church in the heart of Chicago’s Polish Village. Next, we’ll visit The Polish Museum of America for a docent-led tour. Afterward, we’ll enjoy a sit-down Polish meal complete with all the Polish favorites including pierogi, Polish sausage, and red cabbage, along with time to shop along Milwaukee Avenue. We’ll end our day with shopping at a Polish local gem so that we may bring home some tasty treats.

Registration Deadline:  March 20

Day/Date:       Thursday, April 25
Departure:      8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:             5:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                    $149 (Fee includes tour, museum admission, lunch, gratuity, and transportation)
Max:                   12


ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

Skokie, IL

Recognized as the third largest Holocaust Museum in the world, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is an award-winning attraction offering memorable experiences that are not to be missed. Travel through history as you explore life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Step into an authentic German rail car, and visit impressive galleries and contemplative spaces, both indoors and out.  You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition on your own, where survivor narratives, personal belongings, photographs, and videos weave together into a moving and responsive experience. You’ll be able to encounter an interactive Survivor Speaker, where the museum features a groundbreaking interactive voice recognition technology enabling visitors to engage in conversation with a three-dimensional, strikingly life-like image of an actual Holocaust Survivor. A boxed lunch including a variety of mini deli sandwiches (turkey, corned beef, and egg salad), pickle, fruit cup, bottled water, and chocolate chip cookie is included.

Registration Deadline:  April 4

Day/Date:        Tuesday, May 7
Departure:      9:00 am from Lions Community Center (Door C)
                              1 Manor Drive, New Lenox
Return:             5:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                     $55 (Fee includes admission, self-guided tour, and survivor speaker experience, transportation, and lunch)
Max:                    7


BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL– PARAMOUNT THEATRE

Aurora, IL

Nominated for 7 Tony Awards, with 2 wins and a Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theater Album! Before she was the Carole King we know today, she was a young songwriter from Brooklyn trying to make a name for herself. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom as part of the hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin and going on to become one of the most successful singer, songwriter, and musicians in popular music history. Her credits include songs such as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman,” “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “So Far Away,” and many more. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote THE SOUNDTRACK TO A GENERATION. Before the show, we will enjoy a delicious catered lunch in the Theatre Ballroom.  

Registration Deadline: April 25

Day/Date:     Wednesday, May 29
Departure:   10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          5:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $125 (Fee includes transportation, ticket, and lunch)
Max:                10


MACKINAC ISLAND & FRANKENMUTH, MICHIGAN

Travel with us and White Star tours to beautiful Mackinac Island! For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, unique shopping, unforgettable sunsets, and awe-inspiring sunrises. Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage and clip-clop through breathtaking forests and floral vistas to view the sparkling water from the Arch Rock overlook and snap photos of the magnificent gardens from a rocking chair on the porch of the Grand Hotel. Find treasures in Frankenmuth, Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store. Let White Star take you to Mackinac Island…the Jewel of the Great Lakes.  This trip includes 3 nights lodging, meals (3 breakfasts & 3 dinners), Mackinac Island Horse-Drawn Carriage tour, Hydrojet Ferry ride, Grand luncheon at the Grand Hotel, Kewadin Shores Casino, Frankenmuth “Little Bavaria”, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, and all gratuities. Trip insurance is available and highly recommended. It must be purchased within 14 days of paying your trip deposit. Please request at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: March 11

Day/Date:      Tuesday, June 11 – 14, 2024
Depart:           8:00am from the Founders Community Center
Return:           In the evening on June 14 (TBA)
Fee:                  $850/person – double occupancy*
                           $1,100/person – single occupancy*
                           *$25 due upon signing
Max:                 22


GUYS & DOLLS AT DRURY LANE

Oak Brook, IL

Step into the dazzling lights of 1950s New York City with Guys and Dolls. This enduring tale of romance, risk, and unforgettable rhythm, follows the improbable love story of high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson and mission doll Sarah Brown, along with the comedic relationship of the ever-patient Miss Adelaide and craps game organizer Nathan Detroit. Guys and Dolls takes you into the golden age of Broadway with wit, charm, and plenty of heart with vibrant characters and unforgettable songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Before the show, we will enjoy a delicious lunch. Meal choices are Grilled Chicken Breast with herb sauce, wedge potatoes, and green beans or Bistro Steak Au Poivre with a peppercorn sauce, potato puree, and green beans.

Registration Deadline: May 23

Day/Date:       Thursday, June 6
Departure:     10:30 am from Lions Community Center Door C
                             1 Manor Drive, New Lenox
Return:            4:45 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                    $115 (Fee includes transportation, performance, lunch, and gratuity)
Max:                   7


MASCOT HALL OF FAME & HARD ROCK CASINO 

Indiana

Celebrating the unsung heroes of sports and communities, the Mascot Hall of Fame is an interactive museum for sports mascots in North America. You will learn all about the team mascots, what it takes to be a mascot, and how mascots are made. You can even become a mascot yourself! There are several interactive exhibits as well as the Fureshman Orientation Theater where you will hear the story of how the Hall of Fame came to be. After our visit, we will board the bus and head over to the Hard Rock Casino in Gary, Indiana. You’ll have 2-hours to have lunch at one of the several restaurants and try your luck at one of the 1700 slot machines or 80 table games in this state-of-the-art casino.  

Registration Deadline: June 3  

Day/Date:       Wednesday, June 26
Departure:     9:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            3:30 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                   $57 (Fee includes transportation and museum admission)
Max:                  10


CHURCHES & CHOCOLATES

Chicago, IL

Embark on a unique journey through Chicago with this Churches & Chocolate tour, a six-hour exploration designed for those who delight in architectural beauty and the sweet allure of chocolate.  A knowledgeable tour guide will lead you on this journey, sharing insights and stories, and enriching your experience with historical and cultural context. Experience docent-led tours across three architecturally magnificent and ethnically diverse churches, each telling its own story of faith and community. Savor a generously portioned, sit-down lunch that promises to be as fulfilling as the tour itself. The adventure continues at a local chocolate shop, where you’ll delve into delectable samples, and have the opportunity to shop for exquisite treats. Join us for a day of spiritual, cultural, and sensory indulgence in the heart of Chicago. 

Registration Deadline: June 21 

Day/Date:       Wednesday, July 17
Departure:      8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:             5:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                    $149 (Fee includes tour, chocolate samples, lunch, gratuity, and transportation)
Max:                   12 


DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE SHOPPING, RIVERWALK, & LUNCH

Naperville, IL

Like a picture-postcard, Naperville’s thriving Downtown is recognized as one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest. Mingled in between the new facades, there are businesses located in buildings dating back to the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Explore on your own the unique family-owned shops, nationally recognized retailers, distinctive restaurants, Naper Settlement, and a picturesque Riverwalk. Lunch and time is spent on your own. 

Registration Deadline: July 24

Day/Date:        Wednesday, August 7
Departure:      9:00 am from Lions Community Center Door C
                              1 Manor Drive, New Lenox
Return:             4:00 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                     $20 (Fee includes transportation)
Max:                    7


TALL SHIP WINDY ARCHITECTURE & SKYLINE SAIL PLUS NAVY PIER 

Chicago, IL 

There’s no better place to experience breathtaking views of Chicago or Lake Michigan than aboard 148′ S/V Windy, the Official Tall Ship Ambassador for the City of Chicago. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and explore Chicago’s gorgeous shores with a leisurely trip around Lake Michigan. Take in the world-famous skyline, while we learn the history of Chicago and its world-famous architecture. Before you set sail, you will have free time to shop, dine, and explore Navy Pier.   

Registration Deadline: July 23

Day/Date:       Thursday, August 22
Departure:     11:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            6:00 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                   $119 (Fee includes transportation and boat tour)
Max:                 10 


LONG GROVE APPLE FEST

Long Grove, IL

Long Grove’s Apple Fest is known for its apple pies, donuts, caramel-dipped candied apples, apple wine, and more! Enjoy local artisans, food vendors, and live music, and explore the unique shops in historic Long Grove.  Lunch is on your own. 

Registration Deadline: September 4

Day/Date:        Friday, September 20
Departure:      10:45 am from Lions Community Center Door C
                              1 Manor Drive, New Lenox
Return:             5:00 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                    $30 (Fee includes transportation and entrance fee)
Max:                   7


NEW YORK CITY

New York, NY

Experience the best of “the Big Apple” in this spectacular tour. From Rockefeller Center to Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination that will dazzle even the most seasoned traveler. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park and Times Square. Take your seat and watch the curtain rise for an exciting Broadway show. Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See the Empire State Building and Central Park. Visit the poignant 9/11 Museum and 9/11 Memorial. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and explore this fabulous city on your own. Get ready to “start spreading the news!” The trip is run by Collette Travel Company. Transportation to the airport is provided! A special travel presentation will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 3:00 pm in the All-Purpose room at 701 W Haven Ave. New Lenox, IL. Book now with a $698 deposit. Space is limited, so register today!

Registration Deadline: February 27

Final Payment is due by May 24

Day/Date:     Thursday – Monday/August 29 – September 2
Bus Pick-up/Drop-off: New Lenox Park District, 1 Manor Dr., New Lenox

Fee:                  $3299 per person single occupancy*
                           $2799 per person double occupancy*
                           $2769 per person triple occupancy*
*$698 deposit due upon registration
Max:                  20


IMPORTANT TRIP INFORMATION

Cooperative Programming

To ensure the success of our bus trips, we work in cooperation with the New Lenox & Mokena Park Districts. The number of spots listed, is the maximum number of registrations the Frankfort Park District can take. If a bus trip is full, we will call the other agencies to see if spots are available or you may be added to a waitlist.

Pick-up/Drop-off times

Pick-up/drop off location is at the Founders Community Center or at the New Lenox Park District Lions Community Center unless otherwise noted. Departure times are set and abided by. If changes occur, participants will be notified by phone. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return times may vary depending on traffic or weather conditions; we make every attempt to return by the designated time.

Cancellations/Refunds

Refunds are given under the following circumstances:

  • The trip is cancelled by the Frankfort Park District.  If we have not met our registration minimum by the deadline date, the trip will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.
  • There is a waitlist and we are able to fill your spot.  Please see refund policy.
  • The person asking for the refund finds a replacement for the trip.

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Please call the Park District office at 815-469-9400 for more information!


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