Travel Programs

Million Dollar Quartet – Paramount Theatre

Aurora, IL

There was no plan for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins to record together on December 4, 1956, but as fate would have it, they did and left behind a historic and mind-blowing album. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story, with all the raw energy and monumental talent you’ve come to expect from these music giants.  Nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and a win for Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Quartet features some of the biggest and best songs of all time, including “Peace in the Valley,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire.” This is the show that ran in Chicago from 2008 to 2016 and spanned more than 2,500 performances. Critics called it “the most exuberant theatrical event,” “dazzling from first beat to last” and “the best live rock ‘n’ roll show I have ever seen.” It is the third longest-running show in Chicago theatre history and the Paramount is about to do its production of it.  Before the show, we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in the Theatre ballroom.

Registration Deadline: September 8

Day/Date:      Wednesday, October 4
Departure:    10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           5:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $98 (Fee includes transportation, ticket and lunch)

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: September 29

Day/Date:      Friday, October 13
Departure:    8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           4:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $36 (Fee includes admission and transportation.  Lunch is on your own)

Night of 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns

Glencoe, IL

More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns can spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America.

Registration Deadline: October 2

Day/Date:      Thursday, October 26
Departure:    4:45 pm from Founders Community Center
Return:           10:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $55 (Fee includes transportation and admission)

For the Love of Cash…Johnny Cash & Others

Joliet, IL

Register to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music renditions of Johnny Cash and other Nashville legends. Gary West, with nearly 30 years working next to many of Nashville’s finest, will provide a truly memorable afternoon showcasing his outstanding musical talent. This afternoon show will begin with a full-course lunch featuring turkey, stuffing, starch, vegetable, cranberry sauce along with salad, rolls and dessert. Limited space is available, so please register as soon as possible.

Registration Deadline: October 9

Day/Date:      Wednesday, November 15
Departure:    10:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           2:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $75 (Fee includes performance ticket, lunch and transportation)

Holiday Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

Schaumburg, IL

Just in time to continue your holiday shopping. Perfect for gift giving, this show will feature new and one-of-a-kind jewelry, fashion and accessories and budget prices. Space is limited, so please register early.

Registration Deadline: November 17

Day/Date:      Friday, December 1
Departure:    8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           4:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $36 (Fee includes admission and transportation. Lunch is on your own)

Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys, & Dead Guys In Chicago

Chicago, IL

Instead of whizzing by Christmas lights from a bus, come along for a walk in downtown Chicago to fully enjoy the spirit of the holidays! While no one can predict the weather, you won’t get too cold. Your guide will take you into a few warm locales and talk history over a couple of drinks.

Your guide will have some inside stories on this holiday lights tour! Hear about how Mayor Richard J. Daley saved the Christmas Parade, and then how his son, Richard M., was almost awarded a stocking of coal for his affront to Christmas and Hanukkah. Hear the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s birth in Chicago. There’s even an overview of the development of consumerism for Christmas. The holiday tour has some classic experiences, too. You’ll go into the former Marshall Field’s Department Store where Chicago holiday traditions have a rich and long history. Enjoy a drink while you’ll gaze at the giant holiday tree in the historic Walnut Room and discover forgotten stories and make new memories.  If you would like to enjoy a couple of drinks on the tour, please bring an additional $21 to cover drinks and server gratuities.  This walking tour is not your typical holiday lights tour of Chicago!

Registration Deadline: September 28

Day/Date:      Thursday, December 7
Departure:    3:45 pm from Founders Community Center
Return:           9:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $75 (Fee includes transportation, tour, tour guide gratuity)

Virginia Beach

Historic Norfolk & Colonial Williamsburg

Join us as we travel to the coastal city of Virginia Beach and experience a rich array of history and entertainment on this bus tour! Stroll along or relax on the famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk and see where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. As part of this tour, your group will enjoy a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, which includes a guided tour of this historic district. Then, your group will get to see unique and spectacular views of Norfolk and the Naval Fleet during a cruise aboard Spirit of Norfolk along the Elizabeth River. Also included in this tour is a visit to the flagship Yankee Candle Village and award winning Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Finally, your tour will take your group to the world-class Nauticus attraction, featuring the Battleship Wisconsin. There is sure to be something for everyone on this Virginia Beach bus tour! Trip insurance 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; don’t wait to register!

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: March 1

Day/Date:      Sunday, May 20 – 26
Departure:    8:00 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:          In the evening on May 26 (TBA)
Fee:                  $850/person – double occupancy
$1,150/person – single occupancy
$830/person – triple occupancy
* $75 deposit due upon signing

Pacific Northwest By Rail – Mayflower Tours

Enjoy an adventure you will never forget! The itinerary is varied, exciting and fun, Travel cross country aboard the Amtrak’s California Zephyr to San Francisco and home from Seattle aboard the Empire Builder. Your adventure includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s wharf, wine tasting, and Redwood National Park. The excitement continues when you experience a Jet boat excursion on the Rouge River, enjoy the four wheel drive by dune buggy, through Oregon National recreational area. Visit the Oregon coast with stops at the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Yaquina Lighthouse, and enjoy a guided tour of Portland-Historic District. And International Rose Test Gardens. Then On to the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Rainer National Park and visit Mt St Helens visitor’s center and ride the Mt Rainer Scenic Railway, Your guided tour of Seattle including Pike Place Market and Seattle’s Museum of Flight. This will be a Trip of a Life Time and you will want to share your memories with family and friends.  Don’t forget Mayflower Tours offers FREE Home pick up and Special Savings for the Frankfort Park District!  Call for Details!

Dates:                    Departs July 7 – 19, 2018
Fee:                        $3,149 Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy add additional cost: add $889
$400 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.

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

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