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Niagara & Beyond
Limited Seat Availability Remaining
August 26-30
4 Nights/5 Days
What’s included: motorcoach transportation, all meals, four night’s hotel accommodations, all entrance/tour fees, all tips/gratuities, luggage handling, and professional tour guides.

Join IVCC’s Continuing Education Staff on this 4 night, 5 day trip as we visit Niagara Falls, Ontario. Highlights of this trip include
a visit to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Known as America’s Greatest History Attraction, the museum is home to the Rosa Parks bus among many other exhibits. Overnight in Detroit, Michigan. Cross the border into Ontario, Canada and visit Kittling Ridge Winery known for its Ice Wine, created from hand-picked grapes that have frozen on the vine. Meet a Mountie, Anne of Green Gables, and a Hockey Player at the Oh Canada, Eh Dinner Theatre. View Niagara Falls up close and personal with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and take a “Journey Behind the Falls” themselves to an observation deck located at the foot of the falls. Enjoy free time to visit Niagara-onthe- Lake, an upscale boutique shopping area and that is known for
its beautiful garden landscapes and floral clock. Have dinner 775 feet above the falls at the Skylon Tower and experience the evening lights. Cross the border back to the U.S. and experience a tour, demonstration and luncheon at the renowned New York Wine and Culinary Center. Overnight in Cleveland, Ohio and feast on a delicious southern style dinner at the House of Blues Cleveland. Before we make our way home, we will stop at the Toledo Glass Pavilion, and visit Middlebury, Indiana where we’ll dine during an Amish luncheon and have time to view some of the Quilt Gardens
that are well known in Northern Indiana. Room rates start at $1,199/person for a double room. Additional rates available. A U.S. passport or passport card is required for this trip.

For more information about this program, please contact the IVCC Continuing Education Office at 815-224-0427.

 

Looking for Fall Colors
Tuesday, October 16
Spirit of Peoria Paddleboat Cruise from Starved Rock to Peoria, motorcoach transportation home

Take a trip back in time and join the Captain and crew on Illinois’ only authentic paddle wheeler, the Spirit of Peoria. Enjoy panoramic views, marvel at the fall colors, hear river stories from the boat’s riverlorian, Brian “Fox” Ellis, listen to tunes on the calliope, and sing along with banjo player, Barry Cloyd. Feast on sumptuous food and just RELAX as you gain a unique perspective of life on the Illinois River. Learn the history and lore of the Illinois River, and view the wildlife as you hear the calliope ring through the valley. Course fee includes bus transportation from IVCC to the paddleboat, cruise to Peoria, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, hors de voures, entertainment, snacks, and bus transportation from Peoria to IVCC.

Note: You may want to bring binoculars, a camera, and a jacket, as it is always windy on the river.
Date: Tuesday, Oct 16
Time: 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: IVCC Parking Lot #4
Course: HLR-8251-410
Fee: $129

 

Victorian & Progressive Dinner House Tour
Dubuque, IA
Wednesday, November 28
Course fee includes transportation, visit to the National Mississipi River Museum & Aquarium, guide services, progressive dinner, entertainment, holiday light display and refreshments.

Start your day in Dubuque, Iowa with a visit to the National Mississipi River Museum & Aquarium. Next, indulge in 19th Century elegance while you experience a culinary and visual feast. Step back in time to capture the flavor of life along the Mississippi as you dine at two Victorian mansions, and a winery elegantly decorated for the Christmas season. We’ll start with soup and homemade bread at the elegant Redstone Inn, which was built in 1894 by A.A. Cooper, a prominent early industrialist, as a wedding present for his daughter. This 15 room historic inn was restored to its contemporary elegance in 1985 by the Dubuque Historic Improvement Company and is now a popular bed & breakfast. Discover the charm of Dubuque’s historic
downtown, by visiting Stone Cliff Winery at the Star Brewery Building, where you’ll be served your entrée. The red brick landmark, nestled along the Mississippi River, was built in 1898 at the beginning of Prohibition. Stone Cliff Winery established their vineyard in 1995 and moved their production and tasting room into the Star Brewery Building in 2006. Cathy Goodman, founder of the critically acclaimed Mistletones, will help you celebrate the spirit of the season with a merry mix of Christmas carols from traditional to jazz. For dessert, you’ll treat your sweet tooth as well as your architectural palate at the Mandolin Inn. This richly detailed and beautifully crafted mansion features fabulous woodwork, Tiffany-style windows, and splendid antiques. Built in 1908, today the property is operating as a bed and breakfast, with eight meticulously appointed guest rooms. A tour guide will meet our bus at the Dubuque Welcome Center and interpreters will relate the history of each home on our tour. Before we depart – we will visit
“Reflections in the Park” a holiday light extravaganza featuring thousands of lights and animated displays. Join us as we celebrate the holidays with the sights and sounds of Christmas past.

Date: Wednesday, Nov 28
Time: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: IVCC Parking Lot #4
Course: HLR-8216-411
Fee: $119

 

Rockin’ with the Rockettes®
Saturday, December 15
Course fee includes transportation,visit to Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, hands-on workshop with Chicago lapidary artist, lunch, rear main floor tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and refreshments

The holidays are in the air! Spend the morning learning about lapidary art, at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art located in Elmhurst. This truly one-of-a-kind attraction is dedicated to lapidary - the engraving, cutting, and polishing of stones and gems. Established in 1962 by Joseph Lizzadro, the museum features a vast collection including cameo, gemstone, and jade collections; as well as an ivory carving of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper. The building is uniquely designed to resemble a jewelry box, nestled in a park setting. You will have an opportunity to try your hand at this hobby with the assistance of a Chicago lapidary artist. Participate in a hands-on workshop to create a tree out of wire and gemstones that you will
take home at the end of our visit. Enjoy a delicious Italian lunch at Café Zalute & Retro Bar, located in Rosemont, before we take our seats for the afternoon matinee of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Akoo Theatre. Since 1933, the Rockettes® have been performing this holiday favorite. The beautiful and inspiring story of the first Christmas is told reverently in pageantry and music. The Living Nativity, along with the famous Parade of The Wooden Soldiers, are two scenes from the very first performance of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Featuring several brand new scenes and costumes, the Rockettes® perform showcasing their signature eye-high kicks and incredible precision dance style in some of the
most challenging numbers ever conceived. Don’t miss the most spectacular Christmas show ever imagined!

Date: Saturday, Dec 15
Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: IVCC Parking Lot #4
Course: HLR-8301-412
Fee: $159