Trips

Trip Cancellation Policy

- Fees for day trips are non-refundable within 10 working days of the trip if a replacement cannot be found. Please call and speak with a staff person and let them know you cannot attend the trip. We will do our best to find a replacement for you on the trip. If we are successful, you will be given a credit on your account or issued a refund check.

Fees for overnight trips are non refundable 30 days before the trip unless a replacement can be found.

Dietary Restrictions


NSC would like to accommodate special dietary restrictions when a program involves food. If you have a dietary restriction, please fill out a meal ticket upon registration for each event to ensure your dietary needs are accommodated.  When registering online, please call the NSC with your dietary restriction needs for each event.  

Amish Acres - Nappanee, IN (Overnight trip)


Itinerary - Everything is included in the price, unless it is noted in the description

Day 1 Tuesday, Sep 24 • Check-in 9:30am • Depart 10:00am
12:00pm(EST) Coppes Commons where you can eat lunch on your own (not included in price), shop or enjoy the flower quilt  garden.  

2:00pm Explore the wonders of Amish Acres as you tour the 80-acre historic farm including a guided house and farm tour, farm wagon ride tour, documentary films Genesis and Exodus     

4:00pm Welcome reception featuring homemade sweet bread and punch at the Inn at Amish Acres 

6:00pm Famous family style Threshers dinner in the restaurant barn

8:00pm Enjoy a performance in the majestic Round Barn Theater 

Day 2 Wednesday, Sep 25
6:30-9:00am Complimentary continental breakfast at the Inn 

9:30 am Countryside bus tour with Amish Acres step-on guide.  Includes a stop at Rentown Amish Store

11:00am Shopping in Amish Acres courtyard shoppes and The Cow Shed

12:00pm Lunch in Amish Acres Restaurant 

1:00pm Explore Nappanee Welcome Center and downtown area

3:00pm Depart from Nappanee 

5:00pm (CST) Approximate arrival time to Niles   

Tuesday, Sep 24 • Check-in 9:30am • Depart 10:00am • Return Wednesday, Sep 25 arrival time 5:00pm (approx.)
Double occupancy $158M/$163NM • Single Occupancy $208M/$213NM

**Overnight trip cancellation policy - Fees for overnight trips are non refundable 30 days before the trip unless a replacement can be found.**  

Please register at front desk of NSC




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Riverwalk Downtown Chicago - RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE


(Anticipate heavy walking)
The City of Chicago is pleased to welcome you to the Chicago Riverwalk!  The 1.25-mile long path along the Main Branch of the Chicago River was completed in 2016. Since its opening, the Riverwalk has been a bustling hub of activity, offering a variety of venues and spaces for residents and visitors to eat, drink and play.  Enjoy three and a half hours on your own.  NSC will provide a map of the Riverwalk upon registration where you can decide how you would like to spend your time.  Lunch and activities are on your own and not included in the price. 
Tuesday, July 9 • Check-in 10:00am • Depart 10:30am-3:30pm (approx.) • $20M/$25NM (Register by May 23)
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Odyssey Glass Boat River Cruise (Waitlist Only)


(Anticipate minimal walking, accessible elevator to avoid stairs to board the boat) - Chicago
Enjoy the best views of Chicago’s skyline and attractions on the NEW all-glass dining vessel.   The two-hour river cruise will include a three-course plated meal and dancing.
Thursday, July 11•Check-in 10:15am•Depart 10:45am-3:45pm (approx) •$95M/$100NM (Register by June 20)

The Marvelous Wonderettes at Memories Theater and Much More! (Waitlist Only)


(Anticipate minimal walking or heavy walking) - Port Washington
Enjoy an hour in downtown Port Washington, with its touch of New England charm, nestled just north of Milwaukee.  Then we will go to Memories Theater for lunch featuring broasted chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed vegetable blend, salad, rolls and key lime torte followed by Marvelous Wonderettes.  It’s the 1958 Springfield High School prom and we meet Betty Jean, Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams.  Featuring over 30 classic ‘50s and ‘60s hits, Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane.  After the show we will go to Port Exploreum for a museum experience that explores Port Washington’s rich historical and maritime past.  
Thursday, July 18 • Check-in 8:00am • Depart 8:30am –7:30pm (approx.) • $79M/$84NM (Register by June 20)

Fitzgerald's Fish Boil & Temple of Lipizzans (Waitlist Only)


(Anticipate minimal walking) - Gurnee & Genoa Junction
First, we will enjoy the Lipizzans show in Gurnee.  The history of this classical art of synchronized movements, the harmony of the partnership between horse and rider and the impressive athleticism and training of the airs above the ground. Lunch will include North Atlantic cod and honey BBQ chicken, coleslaw, fresh rye bread, sweet red potatoes, and onions and for dessert, a frosted apple square will round out the meal.
Wednesday, July 24 • Check-in 11:00am • Depart 11:30am-7:00pm (approx.) • $69M/$74NM (Register by July 1)
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Grant Park Copland Rodeo & Dinner at Vinci


(Anticipate moderate walking from the bus to seated Pavillion)
The Grant Park Music Festival is an annual ten-week classical music concert series held in Chicago.  It features the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Grant Park Chorus, along with featured guest performers and conductors.  Tickets are located in the reserved seating pavilion area.  Before the performance we will be having dinner at Vinci, the family style meal includes romaine salad, gnocchi, tagliatelle (veal tomato ragu, Parmigiano), penne, chicken saltimbocca, and tiramisu.   
Wednesday, July 31 • Check-in 2:30pm • Depart 3:00pm-10:00pm • $82M/87NM   
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Over the Tavern at the Theater at the Center


(Anticipate minimal walking) - Munster, IN
In that most idealized period of 20th-century America, the Eisenhower years of the 1950s, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he'd rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose. A warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.  The meal includes selection between 1) baked cod 2) baked glazed ham with a side of cottage cheese with peach slices on leaf lettuce, herb new potatoes, blend of vegetables, and pineapple whipped cream cake.     
Wednesday, Aug 7 • Check-in 9:45am • Depart 10:15am- 5:45pm (approx.) • $70M/$75NM  (Register by July 15)

Kayaking NSC Rebels


(Anticipate higher level of activity) - Winnetka
You will enjoy paddling through lovely wooded ponds connected by narrow paddling channels. The guided tour will provide enough paddling instruction to get you going if you're a beginner.  The trip will consist of 120 minutes of paddling and 40 minutes of prep.  After our adventure we will have lunch at Avli Restaurant (566 Chestnut St, Winnetka) where you can select from nine different sandwich options and three different sides, lunch will include a beverage and dessert.  We will not be ordering a bus for this trip and will be arranging carpool transportation, NSC staff member will be attending the trip. 
Thursday, Aug 8 • Check-in 9:00am • Departing 9:30am -2:30pm (approx.) • $45M/$50NM  (Register by July 8) 
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Air & Water Show Preview on the Mystic Blue Ship at Navy Pier! (Waitlist Only)


(Anticipate minimal walking) - Chicago
Aboard the ship we will enjoy a two and a half hour cruise on Lake Michigan and a delicious three-course lunch buffet (full menu at front desk upon request). And let’s not forget the best views of the Air & Water show and Chicago’s skyline.  If you want to take a break from the show you can enjoy the onboard DJ entertainment and dance floor.    
Thursday, Aug 15 • Check-in 12:30pm • Depart 1:00-6:15pm • $100M/$105NM (Register by July 22)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame


(Anticipate minimal walking) - Evanston
As the bells of Notre Dame’s cathedral sound in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo—a captive bell-ringer—escapes his captor to join the Feast of Fools, and is rejected by every reveler except one. A lushly-scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love and acceptance, by the creators of Wicked and Beauty and the Beast with songs from the Disney movie.  Prior to the performance, we will be having lunch at Found.  Found's "flexitarian menu" is vibrant in flavor as well as color; highlighting local ingredients, the shared plate 3-course meal menu includes a salad, flatbread and chicken entrée with a mouthwatering dessert.  
Friday, Aug 16 • Check-in 10:30am • Depart 11:00am-6:00pm • $84M/$89NM pre-performance open seating
(Register by July 22)

Garfield Park Conservatory & Inspirational Kitchen


(Anticipate heavy walking) - Chicago
Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning botanical conservatories in the nation.  Often referred to as landscape art under glass, the Conservatory showcases thousands of plant species from around the world.  Visitors can enjoy the lush flora and tropical temperatures indoors, or more than 10 acres of outdoor gardens, a water lily pond, and much more. 
Following the tour, we will have lunch at Inspiration Kitchen, an organization that believes in giving people a hand up instead of a hand out by training low-income and homeless Chicagoans for careers in the food service industry.  Graduates have gone on to work at some of the city’s hottest restaurants and catering companies, giving them the opportunity to exit poverty for good.  The menu is seasonal and will be available closer to the event.
Wednesday, Aug 28 • Check-in 9:00am • Depart 9:30am-2:30pm • $40M/$45NM 

If Statues Could Talk Tour


(Anticipate moderate walking) - Chicago
Join Beth Sair for a tour of the Talking Statues of Chicago and discover unique details about the city’s history. These compelling stories are written by Chicagoans, voiced by Chicago actors and co-produced by Chicago theaters. Find out which set of statues speak as the unofficial mascots of Chicago and which statue claims he actually discovered America 500 years before Columbus.  
Using drama, humor and location technology, Statue Stories Chicago breathes new life into the city’s marvelous public art collection. Lunch will be at Uncle Julios Hacienda which will include chips, an assortment of dips, beef and chicken buffet, rice, frijoles, and sopapillas for dessert!  For a full itinerary, please stop at the NSC front desk, space is limited.
Thursday, Sep 5 • Check-in 9:00am • Depart 9:30-3:30pm (approx.) • $68M/$73NM 

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Hot Air Balloons NSC Rebels - RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE


(Anticipate heavy walking) - New Hampshire, IL
Flying up and away on a hot air balloon ride is a truly unforgettable experience. You will enjoy breath-taking views, landmarks, and the wonder of nature from a new and unique perspective as you take to the skies in one of Nostalgia Ballooning’s gorgeous hot air balloons.  Make memories to last a lifetime on your hot air balloon experience, and after your flight, we will celebrate with a mimosa and breakfast items.  Space is limited!  If you are interested, please ask the front desk for the most  frequently asked questions sheet.     
Wednesday, Sep 11 • Check-in 4:50am • Depart 5:00am -10:45am (approx.) • $205M/$210NM 

Arlington Race Track


(Anticipate moderate walking) - Arlington Heights
Get ready to place your bets!  The ticket includes admission and transportation.  Lunch is on your own, but it’s value day! Cobey’s Food Court is offering a $5.99 value meal special.  
Thursday, Sep 12 • Check-in 11:15am • Depart 11:45am-5:45 (approx.) • $24M/$29NM  

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Cubs Game at Wrigley Field vs Reds Community Event (Waitlist Only)


(Anticipate heavy walking) - Chicago
If you haven’t been to Wrigley Field lately you will be amazed by the renovations of the ballpark and surrounding neighborhood.  The price includes the ticket (section 225) and bus, no food or drinks are included. Ticket includes rainout insurance. 
Monday, Sep 16 • Check-in 4:45pm• Depart 5:15–11:00pm • $45 (Register by Aug 19)

Michigan Wine, Dine, and Gamble at Four Winds Casino


(Anticipate moderate walking) - New Buffalo, MI
Join us for a fun filled day in Michigan.  We’ll start at Tabor Hill for lunch featuring salad, your choice of: 1) Tabor Hill club, 2) hot ham and brie, or 3) grilled chicken sandwich, and gelato with freshly made biscotti.  Lunch will be served at 11:00am Central Time.  After lunch we will enjoy wine tastings at Tabor Hill and Round Barn Winery.  We’ll finish the day at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo.  Dinner is on your own. 
Wednesday, Sep 18 • Check-in 8:00am • Depart 8:30am – 8:30pm (approx.) • $87M/$92NM

Miracle Royal George Theater


(Anticipate minimal walking) - Chicago
MIRACLE, a new musical 108 years in the making, holds its thrilling World Premiere at the Royal George Theatre.  Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue-collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith, lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. As times change and the family business, a bar in Wrigleyville, faces the threat of a growing neighborhood, can they keep the faith, not just in their team, but each other?  Lunch before the show will be at Stock and Ledger featuring soup or salad, and a choice of:  1) chopped salad 2) cheddar burger 3) blackened tilapia sandwich 4) chef’s vegetarian creation and dessert.  
Thursday, Oct 3 • Check-in 9:45am • Depart 10:15am - 5:45pm (approx.) • $89M/$94NM

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Barrel Run Brewery Tour


(Anticipate moderate walking) - Chicago
Guests will be safely transported to three local breweries or distilleries in Chicago and receive samples, 45-55oz of craft beer or 9-15 samples of craft spirits in total!  At one location guests will receive a tour of the brewery or distillery production facility.  Average Tour length is 3.5 hours.  Prior to departure we will be having pizza before we board the barrel!  
Wednesday, Oct 23 • Check-in and pizza 11:15am • Depart 12:00pm -3:30pm (approx.) • $70M/$75NM