Travel Programs

Castles, Pubs & Rails, Oh My!

Lake County, IL

Train enthusiasts, garden lovers, arborists, castle lovers, throne-ies and aficionados of unusual homes unite. We have the group tour for you! First, visit the grounds of the Wandering Tree Estate, the home of the “Train Lady,” Elaine Silets. You will see two very large and elaborate model railroad layouts. The Gloree and Triumphant Garden Railway runs on over 10,000 square feet of land. Large G Scale trains pass through bridges and over waterfalls. See the Japanese Garden that grows thousands of begonias and is complemented by a charming gazebo overlooking the lake. Then head inside into the Harvey Silets Memorial Chicago Model Railroad Museum. This intimate indoor train museum has O Scale trains that run through a city of Chicago replica. Our group will then stop for lunch at the Onion Pub & Brewery built from recycled timbers that pre-date the American Revolution. From the pub to the castle – Bettendorf Castle. The extraordinary, one-of-a-kind Gothic-style castle established in 1932 hosts grounds tours and features dozens of magnificent mature oak trees, landscaping that overlooks towers, turrets, a moat, a drawbridge, a dungeon, fountains and spacious yards. The current residents tell you the history of how Teddy Bettendorf took 36 years to build this castle by hand. The blueprint of his masterpiece was inspired by his homeland castle of Vianden, Luxembourg. This is a unique trip that you will not want to miss!  Please select your menu choice at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline:  August 2

Day/Date:     Wednesday, August 14
Departure:   8:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          5:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $105 (Fee includes tours, gratuity, lunch, and transportation)

Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones

Crest Hill, IL

Prairie Bluff Golf Course welcomes Rick Lindy and his band, an international touring group performing Classic Retro Rock of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. A musical time machine that takes you back to the days when Rock & Roll was young and the radio waves were transmitting classic American Rock & Roll to the dash board of a 57 Chevy Bell Air. Relive the sounds of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Patsy Cline, The Platters, Tom Jones, Gary Puckett & many other legendary performers. Fee includes a three course plated lunch with your choice of entrée. Roasted Pork Loin with apple compote-A slow roasted pork loin chop, glazed with a fresh harvested apple compote, Champagne Chicken-An Airline chicken, seared and roasted, drizzled with champagne sauce and roasted grape tomatoes or Soy Glazed Salmon-Wild caught Atlantic salmon, seared and glazed with a soy ginger glaze.

Registration Deadline:  July 11

Day/Date:     Thursday, August 15
Departure:   10:30 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          4:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $49 (Fee includes transportation, show and lunch)

Chicago Mansions & “High Society” Tour

Chicago’s Gilded Age past might seem a distant memory but not on this tour. Today, the city still boasts many impressive residences dating from before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 through the early 20th Century, from Prairie Avenue on the south to the Gold Coast on the north. Some look backward, evoking the grandeur of an idealized Europe in Chateauesque and Baroque styles while others look forward to the dawn of Modernism. In addition to visiting some of Chicago’s truly elegant existing mansions, this tour explores some of the lavish lifestyles of the denizens of Chicago’s elite neighborhoods. Following the tour, you will get to experience “High Society” at its best by partaking in the Drake Hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea Service! Your afternoon tea begins with a peruse of the Palais de Thes menu, which features 17 unique tea blends.  Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by the traditional three-tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet artisanal finger sandwiches; delicious from scratch breads and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement complements of house made preserves, lemon curd and English double Devon cream prepared by pastry chef Claire Crenshaw. For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, colorful and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake has been serving tea for nearly a century in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their royal visits here. Please list any food allergies at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline:  August 1

Day/Date:     Tuesday, August 27
Departure:   9:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          4:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $105 (Fee includes tour, tour guide gratuity, afternoon tea service and transportation)

Senior Bingo Day & Chicago White Sox

Calling all seniors! Join the park district for a 2-hour pre-game at the White Sox patio area! Fee includes: lower level game ticket, bingo, and an all you can eat buffet including: Cajun chicken, fried chicken, hot dogs, BBQ ribs, burgers, salads, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. A former White Sox player will be calling the bingo numbers as well! This Thursday game VS Kansas City Royals is also a Free T-shirt Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field!

Registration Deadline:  July 22

Day/Date:     Thursday, September 12
Departure:   10:45 am from Mokena Park District, Main Park, 10925 W. La Porte Rd.
Return:          5:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $75 (Fee includes ticket, pre-game food & drinks & transportation)

Amelia Island & Jacksonville Florida

Soak up the age-old splendor of St. Augustine-America’s first and oldest city, and discover Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of youth at the National Archeological Park. Next, explore the coastal island beauty of Amelia Island with a guided tour, time in the historic District and much more! This trip also includes deluxe motor coach transportation, 8 nights lodging and 14 meals. Trip insurance is available and recommended – prices vary depending on occupancy ($69 double, $69 triple and $94 single per person). Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at Limited space available, so don’t wait to register!

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: July 12

Day/Date:    Saturday, September 28 – October 6
Depart:         8:15 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:        In the evening on October 6 (TBA)
Fee:                 $879/person – double occupancy
                         $1208/person – single occupancy
                         $859/person – triple occupancy
                         * $75 deposit due upon signing

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – Mayflower Tours

October 4, 2019

Call the Park District office at (815) 469-9400 for additional informational.

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St. Charles 34th Annual Scarecrow Festival

St. Charles, IL

The St. Charles Scarecrow Fest has been voted one of Country Living Magazine’s top fall fests. Over 100 handmade and mechanical scarecrows will be on display. Pottawatomie Park will house the ever-popular Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show, which will feature handmade arts and crafts from more than 150 exhibitors. Finally, dance to live music featuring the fest’s popular, local entertainment. Best of all, admission is free! While you’re here, be sure to check out the shops and fill up on delicious artisan dishes at restaurants throughout the town.

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Day/Date:    Friday, October 11
Depart:          9:00 am Founders Community Center
Return:         5:45 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $23 (Fee includes mini-bus transportation only)

Galena County Fair

Galena, IL

Held in picturesque Grant Park, the Galena Country Fair boasts more than 150 vendors selling high-quality, original, handmade arts, crafts and fine arts. Galena Country Fair is just as much about the food as it is about the shopping! No matter what time of day it is you’ll find local organizations serving delightful treats.  The admission fee to the fair is a $2 suggested donation. Or perhaps you just want to hit Main Street browsing through Galena’s 19th-century downtown with more than 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more. There are also several restaurant options for lunch that offers a variety of cuisines.  With dozens of classy but casual eateries to choose from, it’s easy to find great eats in Galena.

Registration Deadline:  September 23

Day/Date:     Saturday, October 12
Departure:   8:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          7:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $49 (Fee includes motor coach transportation only)

Fall Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

Rosemont, IL

Join us for this unique shopping experience at one of the nation’s largest jewelry, fashion and accessories show. This show will feature many new and unique gift items to provide an early start on your holiday shopping. Space is limited, so please register early.

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Day/Date:     Thursday, October 17
Departure:   8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          5:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $37 (Fee includes admission and mini-bus transportation. Lunch is on your own)

Shopping at Oak Brook Mall

Oak Brook, IL

Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Surround yourself with fashion, food, and fun with the most distinctive collection of shopping, dining and entertainment. A premier shopping destination in Chicago’s western suburbs, Oakbrook Center is a spectacular outdoor mall. Oakbrook Center has an expansive selection of department stores, over 160 specialty stores, and an abundance of one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experiences.

Registration Deadline:  November 7

Day/Date:    Thursday, November 14
Depart:          9:15 am Founders Community Center
Return:         4:15 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $23 (Fee mini-bus transportation only)

Holiday Lights Tour & Shopping

Chicago, IL

Join us for a day filled with holiday cheer! We will begin our afternoon with free time for shopping and lunch on State Street and then we will begin our holiday lights tour.  This unique holiday experience combines a fun, dynamic and highly entertaining bus tour showcasing Chicago’s festival of lights with a stop at the city’s one-of-a-kind Christkindlmarket, where everyone will receive a mug to take home. From there, guests will then board the bus and be driven around the city stopping at some Holiday Hot Spots including: Millennium Park – Chicago Christmas Tree, Museum Campus, Daley Plaza and “Christkindlmarket”.There will also be a stop at Lincoln Park’s sensational ZooLights! A Holiday Trivia contest with prizes will be held that will surely test your Holiday acumen! Lastly, please plan to don your most unappealing holiday sweater (you know the one, the one Aunt Edwina gave you a hundred years ago and is stored deep in the back of your closet, that one). A prize will be awarded to the person wearing the most “Abominable Christmas Sweater”!

Registration Deadline:  November 8

Day/Date:    Thursday, December 5
Depart:         11:30 am Founders Community Center
Return:         8:00 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $78 (Fee includes motor coach transportation, tour and gratuity)

Scrooge The Comedy At White Pines Dinner Theater

Oregon, IL

The Pines Playhouse is proud to announce the 31st annual production of “Scrooge the Comedy”.  Don’t miss this wacky, zany, audience participation comedy starring the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge & his side kick Narrator. The story line is based on a loosely adapted version of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, “A Christmas Carole”. The other infamous characters of this well-known tale are found in willing audience members.  Each performance is different since you never know who will end up on stage. A buffet lunch will be served before the show.  At White Pines Dinner Theater, live shows with talented singers, actors and comedians, a home cooked meal, and a warm welcome are all waiting for you.

Registration Deadline:  November 1

Day/Date:     Friday, December 6
Depart:          8:45 am Founders Community Center
Return:         5:45 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $79 (Fee includes motor coach transportation, lunch, and the show)

Sweet Reminders of Christmas at White Fence Farm

Romeoville, IL

The magic of the season comes alive with memorable holiday classics delivered by the dynamic duo “Sweet Reminder” in their signature playful style! Santa Baby, Suzy Snowflake, Winter Wonderland, Sisters (from the film White Christmas) are just a few of the featured classics and so much more! Before the show, enjoy White Fence Farm’s famous four-piece chicken dinner, baked potato, coleslaw, pickled beets, kidney bean salad, cottage cheese, corn fritters and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Registration Deadline:  November 27

Day/Date:    Friday, December 13
Depart:         10:00 am Founders Community Center
Return:         4:15 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $60 (Fee includes mini-bus transportation, lunch and show)

Beautiful Maine

Experience the beautiful coastal region on your bus trip to Maine. This tour takes you from the state’s largest city-by-the-sea, Portland, to America’s most photographed lighthouse. Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum and take a ride through the Maine countryside on a streetcar. Tour the elegant historic Victoria Mansion and enjoy free time at the historic Portland waterfront. Visit the Boothbay Railway Village, including a vintage train ride. A highlight of your Maine bus trip is a guided tour of the Maine coastal villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and a drive along the Atlantic Ocean. A tour of Maine and its beautiful seashore is an unforgettable trip! Price includes 8 nights lodging, including 4 consecutive nights in Maine, 14 meals (8 breakfasts & 6 dinners), and motor coach transportation.  Trip insurance is available and highly recommended –  prices vary depending on occupancy ($69 triple, $69 double and $94 single per person)  Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at  Limited space available on the bus; don’t wait to register!

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: April 13

Day/Date:    Saturday, June 20 – 28, 2020
Depart:         8:30 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:        In the evening on June 28 (TBA)
$915/person – double occupancy
$1,250/person – single occupancy
$895/person – triple occupancy
* $75 deposit due upon signing  

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

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