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Gourmet Chicago
Tuesday, March 12
What’s included: motorcoach transportation, visit to four gourmet Chicago establishments, lunch and hands-on lesson at Scoozi, professional tour guide, all gratuities and refreshments.

Start the day in the historic neighborhood of Chicago’s Old Town. Enjoy a visit to two of Old Town's most famous shops - The Spice House and The Fudge Pot. The history of the neighborhood dates back to the 1850s, when folks sold chickens and produce on the dirt street that is now occupied by several theaters, eclectic restaurants and The Spice House. The Spice House grinds and blends their spices by hand, in small batches, to bring you the highest quality spices, herbs and seasonings available. Spices are imported in bulk from all over the world. Discover why professional chef’s and home cooks from around the city seek out these
specialty spices, and rubs. Next, visit The Fudge Pot, founded in 1963 by Jim Dattalo (a second-generation candy maker) who learned from his uncle (an employee of The Mars Candy Company). All confections are made on location, in full view of passing spectators. They use the freshest ingredients and employ years of experience to make something for any sweet tooth! Enjoy a three course lunch and a hands-on cooking lesson at Scoozi - one of Chicago's trendiest Italian restaurants. Choose
from one of four cooking stations: mozzarella cheese making, butternut squash ravioli, gnocchi, or tiramisu. After lunch, we head to the quaint neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Visit The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest gourmet retail store. Not only will you find a large selection of quality cookware and ingredients, but also knowledge and experience to assist the home cook create healthy, interesting meals for their own table. Our final stop will be Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, a
European-style market. In March of 1972, two young brothers from a small farm village in Poland, John and Gene Luszcz, opened a small neighborhood deli specializing in homemade smoked sausage and other Polish delicacies. Drawing upon their family’s sausage-making recipes and smoking techniques, John & Gene’s gained almost instant popularity and a loyal clientele catering to the largely Polish Chicago neighborhood anchored by St. Ladislaus church. Gene’s features 40 types of smoked
sausages, fresh meats, prepared foods and European imported specialties. Artisan handmade sausages are made fresh on-premise every day by traditional sausage-makers from Europe, and fresh meat is served up the old-fashion way, cut straight out of the meat cooler by trained butchers. Take your home kitchen to the next level! You’ll soon be saying to your friends and family…“Bon Apetit”!
Time: 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: IVCC, Parking Lot #4
Course: HLR-8220-403
Fee: $139

Paris Rendezvous
Thursday, April 18
What’s included: motorcoach transportation, professional guided tour of Parisian influence in Chicago, gourmet lunch at Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen, French cabaret performance, visit to Chicago’s French Market, all gratuities and refreshments. Chicago is a sister city of Paris, and its influence can be savored right here without ever going to the airport! This morning, experience Chicago’s love affair with the “City of Lights,” from median plantings which beautify the boulevards, to elegant touches incorporated into buildings and the French “savoir faire” of food and service. Enjoy a gourmet three course meal in a beautiful bistro, Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen, while you are treated to a mesmerizing private performance of authentic French cabaret music. Cyrano’s is the longest established restaurant along Chicago’s beautiful River
Walk. The restaurant was named after the celebrated Frenchman Cyrano de Bergerac, the legendary dramatist, poet and duelist from Bergerac, Durand’s birthplace, who symbolizes "La Grande Passion" with its love of good food, historic buildings and general je ne sais quoi. Enjoy Chef Didier’s classic farm fresh cuisine - good food is always on the table and love is always in the air. The day concludes with a visit to Chicago’s French Market. Chicago French Market came about with the movement in America to support local farmers and artisans and bring back the European-inspired marketplace, providing year-round, permanent access to local bounty. No other setting would be more perfect for this than the adaptive reuse and transit-oriented development, MetraMarket. The Bensidoun family, the largest
market operator in and around Paris since 1953, co-developed the market with Chicago-based U.S. Equities Realty, and operates and manages Chicago French Market. Pick up some tasty “souvenirs” for the journey home! Ooh-la-la!
Time: 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: IVCC, Parking Lot #4
Course: HLR-8302-404
Fee: $119

Hillside School for webFrank Lloyd Wright Experience
Tuesday, May 14 & Wednesday, May 15
What’s included: motorcoach transportation, all meals, overnight accommodations, guided tours, professional tour guide, all tour fees, gratuities and refreshments.

While Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs can be found throughout the world, much of his life’s work is located in southeastern Wisconsin. Join IVCC on an overnight trip to Spring Green and Madison, Wisconsin to explore Frank Lloyd Wright architecture with renowned guide, Bill Hinchliff. With Bill’s insight, discover Wright on a new level as an architect, interior designer, writer, and educator who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 500 works. Both brilliant and eccentric, you will enjoy this deeper look into Wright’s life. Our exploration will begin with a visit to Madison, Wisconsin. We will have lunch at Capitol Chophouse before touring
Taliesin for webMonona Terrace Convention Center, designed in 1938, but not built until 1997! Tour the Unitarian Meeting House and the James I home, which will be open exclusively for our tour, as they are not normally open to the public. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the House on the Rock Resort in Spring Green, WI. In the morning, we will depart for Taliesin. Tour the Hillside Complex, which includes the architects workroom for Taliesin Associates and view the Romeo & Juliet Windmill, the oldest extant structure on the grounds. The second part of your tour will focus on the house itself, known as Taliesin III, because of major fires that led to two extensive rebuilding projects. Walk inside the great house, where you will see Wright’s studio/office, the famous living room with its band of windows overlooking the valley,
the library, and some of the bedrooms. We will have lunch at the Riverview Terrace Café before departing for our final stop at the Unity Chapel and cemetery to visit the gravesite of Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Known for his organic architecture, creating harmony with humanity and its environment, Frank Lloyd Wright has been named the “greatest American architect of all time” *There will be moderate walking and standing on this trip.. To request a full brochure call: 815-224-0427. Reservations for this program are limited to 35 passengers.
Departure:9 a.m., Tuesday, May 14
Return: 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15
Where: IVCC, Parking Lot #4
Double Room Rate: $447 register for HLR-8304-405
Single Room Rate: $502 register for HLR-8304-415
Triple Room Rate: $425 register for HLR-8304-425
Quad Room Rate: $414 register for HLR-8304-435

A Day in theGarden
Thursday, June 20
What’s included: motorcoach transportation, lunch at le Jardin, guided tour of McCormick Museum, admission and tram tour at Morton Arboretum, gratuities and refreshments.

Summer Class Registration
Opens April 3

Lovely scenery and historic sites await you at Cantigny and the Morton Arboretum. In the morning, visit the mansion and grounds of Colonel Robert McCormick’s home, Cantigny, where the 500-acre park boasts formal gardens, picnic and camping areas, as well as the McCormick and First Division museums. We will have a guided tour of the McCormick Museum, viewing the first floor of the home. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to either take a self-guided tour of the First
Division Museum or wander through some of the 22 individual gardens that encompass 29 acres of Cantigny’s vast grounds. Enjoy a delightful lunch at Le Jardin, located adjacent to the Cantigny Visitor Center. Following lunch, we will continue on to the Morton Arboretum, where you will find 1,700 acres of trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world. Also on the grounds are a children’s garden, maze garden and Visitor Center. A guided, open air tram tour will take you through the
acres of colorful flora and fauna when we arrive. The Arboretum was founded in 1922 by Morton Salt magnate Joy Morton. Arboretum grounds offer an oasis of magnificently tended trees and gardens. Enjoy free time to explore the grounds at your leisure before we depart for home. *This trip will be held rain or shine and there will be walking during this trip and stairs at the McCormick museum.
Time: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: IVCC, Parking Lot #4
Course Number: HLR-8305-406
Fee: $98


Want Up-to-Date Information About IVCC Bus Trips?
Illinois Valley Community College has offered day trips to the community for over fifteen years. Originally started by Jan Phillips, the program has grown tremendously. We strive to provide engaging programs that are not only memorable and unique, but also educational.

If you have an idea for a bus trip, we would like to know about it! IVCC coordinates guided day trips as well as extended multi-day trips. Past day trips have included: architecture tours, ethnic neighborhoods, historic sites, Chicago Botanic Garden, Milwaukee, Dubuque, Springfield, plays and musicals, and culinary tours to name a few. In the past six years we have offered overnight trips to destinations such as Door County, Mackinac Island, St. Louis, Gettysburg, and even Niagara Falls, Ontario. Be the first to know about up-coming bus trips, seat availability and added programs. Call us today to be included on our mailing list or e-newsletter.
Find out why hundreds of community members choose IVCC day trips! We invite you to sit back, relax, and let us take care of all the details!

Call the IVCC Continuing Education Center at 815-224-0427 or email Kim_Koehler@ivcc.edu for more information or to be included in our email travel updates!