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.
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“A Chorus Line” Musical at Maine South High School
Transportation is on your own and an independent trip.  You will be meeting at Giordano's 9415 W. Higgins Rd, Rosemont, at 2:00pm.  The main course will be selected at the restaurant which includes 1) individual stuffed deep dish cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza 2) Italian beef sandwich 3) toasted Italiano sandwich 4) mana’s meatball sub 5) chicken parmesan sandwich 6) spaghetti and one side selection Caesar or house salad, soup or garlic parmesan fries.  Beverages include a soft drink, coffee, tea or iced tea and cannoli desserts.  Then you will head over to Maine South High School 1111 S Dee Rd, Park Ridge, at 3:30pm for a 4:00pm performance.  A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.  A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
Thursday, Apr 19 • Giordano’s 2:00pm • Maine South High School 4:00-approx. 6:30pm • $16 Everyone
(Registration deadline is Apr 16)
Club Arcada
(Anticipate minimal walking or heavy walking, depends on the amount of walking during shopping hour) -  Geneva / St. Charles
Geneva, Illinois is a shopper’s paradise. Over 100 specialty shops, many in historic storefronts and charming Victorian-style homes or enjoy the charm of the downtown area relaxing at a café.  Lunch will be at CLUB ARCADA the most exclusive entertainment and dining experience in the Midwest, re-living the glory days of the Roaring Twenties in Chicago!  The theme for the afternoon is from the 1920’s speakeasy era.  Lunch will include: bread, garden salad, cheese ravioli, chicken breast, meatballs, and cannoli for dessert. 
Wednesday, Apr 25 • Check-in 8:45am • Depart 9:15-4:00pm • $70M/$75NM
(Registration deadline is Apr 2)
club arcda
south pacific
South Pacific- Drury Lane Theatre (Waitlist Only)
(Anticipate minimal walking)  Location - Oakbrook
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan adapted from the Pulitzer Prize –winning novel.  More timely than ever, this Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark musical proves that even the backdrop of a tropical paradise cannot shelter its residents from the prejudices of World War II. South Pacific is the winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Lunch will include a cup of soup and a choice between: 1) sautéed tilapia with tomato basil relish and roasted shallot mashed potatoes 2) bistro steak with bordelaise sauce served with roasted shallot mashed potatoes and dessert.  
Thursday, May 3 • Check-in: 10:15am • Depart 10:45am-5:00pm • $75M/$80NM
(Registration deadline is Apr 9)
mystery trip
Mystery Trip 
(Anticipate 1 block walking, or bus can pick-up if need & optional dancing)  
Location - Chicago
This is a one-of-a-kind entertainment – an immersive comedy show.  It invites the audience to actively participate in all festivities.  Lunch includes Italian garden salad, penne pasta in a vodka crème sauce with sausage and peppers, french bread with butter, and cake.  
Wednesday, May 23 • Check-in 10:00am • Depart 10:30am-2:30pm •  $79M/$84NM 
(Registration deadline is Apr 2)
Food & Cultural China Town Tour
(Anticipate heavy walking)  Location - Chicago
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute is offering a food & cultural tour that will last 
approximately 3 hours.  For the foodies in all of us, the Chinatown Food tour travels between the restaurants of Chinatown, sampling delicacies from all of China’s regions. The tour also introduces our guests to traditional Chinese tea and medicine in some of Chinatown’s oldest shops. You will visit three restaurants, one tea/herbal store, and one bakery. 
Tuesday, May 29 • Check-in 10:00am • Depart 10:30am-3:00pm • $80M/$85NM 
(Registration deadline is May 1)
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Anderson Japanese Gardens
(Anticipate heavy walking)  Location - Rockford
Anderson Japanese Gardens (Rockford) heavy walking 
We will arrive at the Japanese Gardens around 10:00 am and enjoy a private two-hour guided tour that will inspire the mind and energize the soul.  The beautiful outdoor setting provides inspiration that fosters a connection with nature, focuses curiosity, and enhances interpersonal relationships.  The trip is heavy walking, and the tour offers a flat path or full tour which involves stairs.  There are benches throughout the garden to sit and relax.  Fresco at the Gardens will be providing a buffet lunch which will include Fresca salad, Cuban panini or avocado turkey wrap, fresh fruit display, lemon bars, and beverage.  
Thursday, June 7 • Check-in: 8:00am • Depart 8:30 -3:30pm • $60M/65NM 
(Registration deadline is May 17)

Fitzgerald's Fish Boil & Lake Geneva Boat Tour 
(Anticipate minimal walking)  Location - Wisconsin
Fitzgerald’s is known for their all-you-can-eat North Atlantic cod boiled in traditional outdoor kettles year-round for that one of a kind mouth watering taste that has made them legendary. It starts with boiling fresh potatoes and whole onions outdoors over a wood fire.  Then they add in fresh cod to each batch. As they stir the boiling kettles, they keep adding wood to the fire and simultaneously grill their locally famous BBQ chicken. 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.  After lunch, we will relax and enjoy all the scenic beauty of Lake Geneva with a fully narrated tour as you cruise around lovely Geneva Lake in approximately two hours.  A snack bar and cash bar provide refreshments while you are on board. 
Wednesday, June 20 • Check-in: 10:00am • Depart: 10:30am–7:00pm • $70M/$75NM
(Registration deadline is May 30)

Theater on the Lake 

(Anticipate minimal walking)  Location - Chicago
Located at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, Theater on the Lake is a historic building that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.  Performances are scheduled during the last two weeks in June in the evening, but the dates and times are still in the planning phase.  More information provided during April.  Please contact Chrisann Fahy (847) 588-8436 or cf@vniles.com if you’re interested in attending this event and we will notify you of more details closer to the performance.  
June 18-June 21 are the prospective dates. 
Chicago Dogs Minor Baseball Team in Rosemont Community Event
(Anticipate heavy walking)  Location - Rosemont
Rosemont world-class stadium will be the home of the newest expansion team of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is the largest and most successful independent minor league baseball league in the United States.  We have tickets seated in the infield box, nice and close to the action!  Tickets include soft drinks and a variety of food items that will be catered by the venue.  The Niles Senior Center is offering two different transportation options on your own or a bus service, pricing below.    
Tuesday, June 26 
     •  Ticket with bus Check-in 10:00am • Depart 10:30am-3:00pm • $50 
     •  Transportation on your own game starts at 11:30am-2:30pm • $30
(Registration deadline is May 29)
3-1 Chew Chicago Food & Neighborhood Tour 
(Anticipate heavy walking .7-mile total with breaks between restaurants)  
Location - Bucktown & Wicker Park
The 3-1-Chew is a narrated, guided Neighborhood Food Experience that visits six food tasting locations in the hip neighborhoods of Bucktown and Wicker Park.  Delicious food samplings, enough for a hearty lunch, are served from “mom and pop” specialty restaurants and one-of-a-kind local cafés.  Chicago Food Planet’s expert guides share their knowledge of gastronome favorites, vibrant parks, architectural gems, hidden speakeasies and exciting local entertainment options.  The 3-1-Chew Neighborhood Food Experience is perfect for Chicago locals interested in expanding their culinary palate and education. They guarantee that you’ll walk away from this event with a happy smile and a satisfied appetite! 
Wednesday, July 11 • Check-in 10:30am •  Depart 11:00am-2:30pm • $70M/$75NM 
(Registration deadline is June 20)

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Odyssey Chicago River Cruise
(Anticipate heavy stairs and walking to board cruise)  
Location - Downtown Chicago
Enjoy the best views of Chicago’s skyline and attractions on a summer afternoon on the NEW all-glass enclosed vessel.  Elegant and sophisticated two hour  Chicago River cruise.  You will be served a three-course plated meal while being entertained by a DJ and 
dancing.    
Wednesday, July 18 • Check-in 10:30am • Depart 11:00am-3:30pm • $86M/$91NM 
(Registration deadline is June 20)
White Pine Theater Presenting Forever Plaid Musical/Comedy
(Minimal walking) Location - Mount Morris, IL
You will have 45 minutes to relax and explore White Pines State Park; there are 385 acres of peace and tranquility waiting for you here, with miles of hiking trails to explore the wonders of nature. Before the show, we will have a fabulous home-cooked buffet with three types of meat, salads, vegetable du jour, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh-baked bread, beverage, and dessert.  Lost in a fatal crash, The Plaids - a high school male quartet - are given a chance to return to earth and fulfill their dream performance. This smash hit musical is a 'heavenly' revue featuring popular songs from the 50’s & 60’s like “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Day – O” and many other great hits. 
Thursday, July 26 • Check-in 8:15am-• Depart 8:45-5:45pm • $60M/$65NM
(Registration deadline is June 5) 

Wisconsin State Fair 
(Anticipate heavy walking) Location- Milwaukee 
This year marks 166 years of celebrating “the original” summer tradition in Wisconsin! The Wisconsin State Fair continues to be the state’s premier summer event, offering 11 days of agricultural events, entertainment, attractions and of course, food!  The trip includes the bus ride and entrance fee. The rest of the trip you are on your own to explore the fair.    
Thursday, August 2 • Check-in 8:00am • Depart: 8:30am-4:30pm • $30M/35NM
(Registration deadline is July 12)



Galena Here We Come!
The City of Galena is located in the unglaciated area of Northwest Illinois. A visit to Galena is truly like stepping back in time. Eighty-five percent of Galena's buildings are in a National Register Historic District. Even the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys is a testament to being untouched by time.  You’ll understand the real meaning of the phrase “shop ‘til you drop” once you hit the streets of Galena Country.  Voted one of “America’s Best Main Street” by Fodor’s Travel and Parade.com, you’ll love browsing through Galena’s 19th-century downtown with more than 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more! Note: the trip includes pricing for all the meals, tours, hotel, and travel. 
Wednesday, Sept 5 – Thursday, Sept 6
$300M/$305NM Single Room Occupancy 
$250M/$255NM Double Room Occupancy
(Registration deadline is  July 2)

Trip Itinerary - 

Day 1 - 9/5/2018 - Check-in 8:30 am Depart 9:00 am
12:00pm arrive in Galena, lunch at Fried Green Tomatoes 
1:30pm -3:30pm on your own time, enjoy downtown Galena.
3:50pm arrive at Chestnut Mountain Resort, check-in, relax and freshen up.
5:30pm narrated boat tour from Chestnut Mountain Resort 
7:00pm sunset dinner overlooking the river at Chestnut Mountain Resort 
8:30pm enjoy the rest of your evening on your own

Day 2  - 9/6/2018 
8:00am – 11:00 am full breakfast $15.00 voucher for the Summit Restaurant located in the hotel 
9:40am depart for downtown Galena for two hours on your own time.  If you plan on staying and relaxing at the hotel the bus will pick you up at 11:30am to bring you downtown to reconvene with the group for lunch.
12:00pm fabulous lunch at the DeSota House Hotel
1:30pm narrated trolley ride tour 
2:30pm Galena History Museum 
4:00pm Massbach Ridge vineyard tour, wine tasting, and pizza dinner.
6:00pm start heading home.
9:00pm return to Niles 
DEAR EVAN HANSEN comes to Broadway at the Oriental Theater
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.  Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.  The hottest ticket since Hamilton.  Register to reserve your seat today!  A light lunch at the Niles Senior Center will be served prior to the show.  
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 • Check-in:11:30am • Lunch 12:00pm •
Depart:  12:30pm -6:45 pm •  $125M/$130NM main floor seating 
Payment options :  $25M/NM deposit due May 31st
$50M/$55NM 1st payment installment by August 31st
$50M/$55NM final payment by November 30th