Bus Trip: Hard Times at Lookingglass Theatre

Sunday, November 05, 2017, 12:30 - 5:30 PM. $55.00.

Lookingglass launches its 30th Season with the return of the circus-infused show, Hard Times. A collection of Dickensian characters inhabits the streets of Coketown where Gradgrind’s school churns out joyless students, Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines, and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through.

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Bus Trip: The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 10:15 AM - 2:15 PM. $25.00.

Inside its fabulous jewel box of a building, Evanston's Lizzadro Museum displays intricate carvings of jade, amber, ivory, coral, and agate from around the world alongside faceted gemstone treasures and earth science exhibits. After an introduction and a short video, tour the museum on your own. Don't forget to stop in the gift shop!

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Bus Trip: Kline Creek Farm

Friday, September 15, 2017, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. $20.00.

Step back in time to life on an 1890s Illinois farm. Stroll through the restored farmstead and meet costumed interpreters operating this living history farm using the tools and techniques of the past. We'll explore the evolution of agriculture through the farm's various buildings and grounds. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the DuPage County Forest Preserve in early fall.

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Bus Trip: Lincoln Park Zoo

Sunday, August 06, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM. $20.00.

Meet Preston, Dudley, Mendela and the rest of the African penguins living in the Zoo’s all new Penguin Cove. Dive below the icy waters of the Arctic Tundra with Siku, the 1,000 pound polar bear. Forget you’re in the middle of the city by immersing yourself in rainforests, savannas, and American farmland.

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Bus Trip: Discover Fermilab

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM. $35.00.

Fermilab is America's premier physics laboratory. Join us for a walking tour of the famous particle accelerator and main control room, see the grounds from the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, and tour the lab's extensive natural areas by bus.

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Bus Trip: My Fair Lady at the Lyric Opera

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 12:00 - 6:00 PM. $65.00.

An all-star cast, plus the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, will charm you with favorite tunes and the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young flower seller with a Cockney accent, and Henry Higgins, the phonetics professor who believes he can teach her to speak like a proper lady, My Fair Lady is guaranteed to capture your heart.

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Bus Trip: Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce

Friday, April 07, 2017, 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM. $35.00.

Discover the great 19th and 20th century landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, ranging from museums to department stores, skyscrapers to concert halls, including the Reliance Building and the Sullivan Center with this Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour. Bring money for lunch at any of the restaurants on Michigan Avenue.

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Bus Trip: Plants and History at Garfield Park Conservatory

Monday, February06, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM. $40.00.

Join us for a guided walking tour of Garfield Park Conservatory. A knowledgeable, trained Conservatory Guide will shower you with plant knowledge, historical facts, and insight into their unique collection of plants and trees. Be prepared for walking through the conservatory.

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Bus Trip: Whirligigs at the Loyola University Museum of Art

Tuesday, January 03, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. $35.00.

Whirligigs are hand-turned or wind-driven devices that can be toys, works of folk art, or garden ornaments. Peter Gelker hand carves and paints these whirligigs continuing a tradition that has existed for more than 500 years. Join us for a docent-led tour of the exhibit and spend time exploring the museum.

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Bus Trip: Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry

Friday, December 16th, 2016, 9:15 AM- 3:15 PM. $35.00.

Spectacular marvels of Lego engineering will inspire the builder within you in this world-premiere exhibit featuring more than a dozen giant constructions by Lego Certified Professional Builder Adam Reed Tucker, including a 60-foot Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, and Roman Colosseum.

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Bus Trip: The Magic Play at the Goodman Theatre

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 12:15 - 6:00 PM. $35.00.

When a rising young magician takes the stage just hours after a breakup, his performance begins to unravel. He must accept that the tricks and deceptions he uses to dazzle his audience are the very things that drove his lover away. Critically acclaimed magician and actor Brett Schneider stars in a mind-blowing spectacle that combines the allure of a live magic show with the poignancy of Chicago theater.

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Bus Trip: The Cook House

Friday, October 14, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. $20.00.

Following the Chicago Fire, Ansel B. Cook became one of the area’s most successful contractors and builders. Today his 1878 home, filled with rooms depicting Victorian period scenes, houses the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society. Join us for a guided tour of the mansion.  Please be aware that there is a ramp to enter but stairs to climb inside the house.

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Bus Trip: The Mysterious Chicago

Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. $35.00.

Flappers who vanished from history. Submarine wrecks in the river. Disasters. Ghosts. Gangsters. Grave robbers. Secret alleys and pre-fire relics. Adam Selzer’s Mysterious Chicago “grab bag” bus tour is full of offbeat, hilarious and gruesome stories of unsolved crimes, strange secrets, and more fascinating tales from Chicago history you’ll never forget.

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Bus Trip: The Pedway – Warm Walk, Cool Architecture

Friday, August 12, 2016, 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM. $20.00.

On this Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour, discover the fascinating “city below the city” used by Chicagoans every day, the Pedway. Get an introduction to the history of the Pedway system from Block 37 to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Explore links to government buildings and experience the interiors of a few of Chicago’s historic buildings.

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Bus Trip: Fabyan Villa and Japanese Gardens

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. $20.00.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home of Chicagoans George and Nelle Fabyan contains their collection of Asian artifacts, natural history specimens, original furniture and more. Their appreciation of Japanese culture is shown in the garden designed by Japanese landscape designer Taro Otsuka.

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Bus Trip: China’s Terracotta Warriors at the Field Museum

Monday, June 13, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. $35.00.

Get an in-person look at the famous Chinese Warriors. Created 22,000 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, the terracotta warriors are the focus on an exhibition of treasures from one of archaeology's greatest finds, so revered that Chicago is the only place in North America they can be seen this year.

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Bus Trip: The King and I at the Lyric Opera

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 11:45 AM - 6:00 PM. $55.00.

The King of Siam meets his match in Anna, the feisty Welsh teacher hired to instruct his wives and children in the ways of the West. These two passionate people from different cultures debate, disagree, and ultimately fall in love to the tune of Broadway's greatest songs. This production of Rogers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical marries Broadway power with Lyric Opera spectacle.

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Bus Trip: Blair Thomas and Co. Moby Dick

Sunday, April 03, 2016, 12:45 PM - 6:00 PM. $25.00.

Blair Thomas and Co perform a new interpretation of Captain Ahab’s relentless pursuit of the White Whale. The words of Hermann Melville's great American novel are brought to life on the stage through traditional Japanese puppetry and a score combining the folk songs of Michael Smith with the sounds of percussionist Michael Zerang. Not your average puppet show.

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Bus Trip: Alfred Stieglitz at the Art Institute

Friday, March 11, 2016, 9:45 AM - 3:15 PM. $35.00.

Alfred Stieglitz was a photographer and art promoter, instrumental in making photography an accepted art form at the turn of the 20th century. Join us for a docent-led tour of the Stieglitz collection at the Art Institute, which includes several 19th century prints along with works by Stieglitz and other Pictorialist photographers, then explore the museum. Lunch is on your own and not included in the registration fee.

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Bus Trip: Dressing Downton – Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Tuesday, February 09, 2016, 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM. $40.00.

Celebrate the final season of Downton Abbey at the Driehaus Museum. View costumes from the series, many using original fabrics from the early 20th century; others re-created from old photographs, paintings, and patterns. Get a new perspective on the show’s most memorable characters, both upstairs and down.

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Bus Trip: The Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Saturday, January 02, 2016, 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM. $20.00.

Take a magical adventure to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty. Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle. Inside, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of model trains winds through miniature Chicago-area landmarks, including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Chicago Stadium, the Art Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and even more!

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Bus Trip: Private Lives at ShawChicago

Sunday, December 06, 2015, 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM. $35.00.

Brilliant and witty, Noel Coward's comedy of manners, Private Lives, is a delightful romp of a play. While honeymooning with their new spouses (coincidentally at the same hotel,) a divorced couple realizes that they still have feelings for each other, despite their perpetually stormy relationship. Passion, laughter, romance, anger, and love set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes.

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