Chicago Springtime Arts Tour

May 10-13, 2019

Trip Highlight

Our spring weekend explores the vitality of the arts in Chicago. From the Magnificent Mile to cruising Lake Michigan you will experience the cultural heartbeat of the Midwest and discover the delights of this dynamic city. Sample Chicago’s wide variety of performing arts: the Lyric Opera, The Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare and Second City. Enrich your stay with an architectural cruise and tours of Millenium Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the Art Institute of Chicago. You spend three nights at the centrally located Marriot Residence Inn, within walking distance of many sights.

This trip has been endorsed by the Theatre Development Fund (tdf).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Friday, May 10 Your nonstop United Airlines flight departs LaGuardia at 10:00am and arrives at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport at 11:40am. After lunch we tour the The Frederick C. Robie House, an icon of modern architecture, highly regarded as the culmination of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style. Wright designed this amazingly contemporary space almost a hundred years ago, and the current restoration returned the building to its original splendor.

Check into the Marriot Residence Inn, in Chicago’s south Loop, and the heart of the city’s cultural core. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, fitness center and many room amenities. We dine as a group and head to the Lyric Opera for a highly anticipated performance of West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway musical masterpiece. This very special production features Broadway stars leading the cast with Corey Cott (Bandstand, Newsies) as Tony and Mikaela Bennett (BBC Proms’ West Side Story, Encores!’ The Golden Apple) as Maria. (L/D)

Day 2.  Saturday, May 11   Discover many centuries of human creativity on a highlights tour of The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world’s leading museums featuring a permanent collection of over 7000 objects, spanning 5 centuries of both Western and Eastern civilizations. From ancient Chinese bronzes to the latest work by today’s artists, the collections include some of the finest art ever produced. After the organized tour you have free time to explore on your own.

The afternoon features a group lunch and a guided walking tour in Chicago’s Millennium Park which includes the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and architect Frank Gehry’s soaring outdoor music bandshell. The distinctive band shell is the latest architectural addition in a city adorned by significant buildings designed by prominent architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After the park tour, visit the Chicago Cultural Center which has the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome. All our sights today are walking distance from the hotel.
After dinner (included) you have tickets for the Court Theatre, the professional theatre of the University of Chicago. Tonight’s performance is The Adventures of Augie March. A novel written by Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow is adapted for the stage by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof). Bellow was a University of Chicago faculty member for three decades, and his experiences in the city of Chicago and at the University are at the heart of his writing. The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world. (B/L/D)

Day 3. Sunday, May 12 Enjoy a relaxing narrated morning architecture cruise on the Chicago River for a different perspective on the skyline. As you pass through the “canyon” of distinctive buildings, your guide reveals how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. In the afternoon you have tickets for a matinee performance of Hamlet at Chicago Shakepeare Theatre. Four-time Tony Award nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raúl Esparza takes on the iconic title role in this highly anticipated production staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Internationally renowned for her populist and dynamic interpretations of Shakespeare, Gaines returns—for the first time in more than twenty years—to this enduring masterpiece that weighs the cost of betrayal, passion and revenge.

Following Dinner our theatre exploration continues at the acclaimed Second City. What began as a small comedy theater 50 years ago has grown to become today’s leading brand of improv-based sketch comedy. Tonight’s show is the company’s latest offering, Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo. Since its debut, the Second City has consistently been a starting point for comedians, award-winning actors and directors including Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Bill Murray, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert, to name a few. (B/D)

Day 4. Monday, May 13 After breakfast this morning we check out of the hotel. We depart O’Hare airport on United Airlines nonstop flight at 1:00 pm and arrive at LaGuardia at 4:05pm. (B)

Pricing Details

This engaging experience includes:
-Round trip airfare on United Airlines (LaGuardia/O’hare)

-3 nights at the Marriot Residence Inn Downtown Loop

-4 performances including: Lyric Opera, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare and Second City

-Daily breakfast, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

-Tour of Art Institute of Chicago

-Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

-Architectural Cruise

-Walking tour

-On site Carew Travel tour director

TOUR COST: $1899 per person (double occupancy) Single Supplement $300  DEPOSIT:  $300 non-refundable deposit per person due immediately  BALANCE:  Due by March 10, 2019 and non-refundable after this date.   TRAVEL INSURANCE IS ADVISED  


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