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Celebrate the birthday of an architectural genius and enjoy an overnight Interlude in Chicago. Time on your own to pursue your special interests, be it museums or shopping, and guided tours both on land and water of the renown skyline and famous buildings make this Chicago adventure, “your kind of town”.
Easy and breezy is this early fall midweek excursion, staying at a historic boutique hotel in Oak Park. This getaway is an opportunity to unwind and change pace, so gather some friends and make it a party.
Frank Lloyd Wright stated, “Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.” Chicago is waiting, so come and see what he was talking about!
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$200 per person|
|Final Balance Due||July 1, 2017|
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*Coach departure from Indianapolis included. Call for pricing to join from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 76 days and earlier: full refund. 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Indianapolis / Chicago, IL
Depart by coach from Indianapolis arriving in Chicago late morning for free time to enjoy the attractions of your choice (admission not included). Our coach will stop at the museum campus which includes the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium; the Art institute, Millennium Park and the Chicago History Museum. Of course, you can always shop till you drop!
We’ll rendezvous mid-afternoon to board the Chicago First Lady. Chicago is legendary for its architecture and the Chicago First Lady cruise is partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), to provide you with an outstanding view and narration about the iconic architecture along the Chicago River. Then we head to Oak Park and our boutique hotel, The Carleton, nestled in a residential historic district and within walking distance of downtown Oak Park. Dinner this evening at Barclay’s; the new decor has an upbeat vibe, yet still pays respect to its historical past. The restaurant was named after Village historian and bicycle shop owner, Philander Barclay, who lived in Oak Park from 1878 to 1940. Carleton Hotel, Oak Park, IL (CB, D)
Day 2: Oak Park / Indianapolis
Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with an interior tour of The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1889/1898) which served as Wright’s private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909—the first 20 years of his career. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Following the tour we’ll tour the area by coach with our step on guide. See Wright’s neighborhood and compare his groundbreaking architecture to other grand Oak Park and River Forest homes of the period. Then enjoy lunch on the front porch of Pleasant Home. The large, Prairie style mansion was designed by architect George Washington Maher and completed in 1897, it is considered one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School Architecture in the nation. Touring this home you learn about the influence the early Prairie School Architecture has on modern architecture, design and how we live today. Enjoy a bit of free time in Oak Park before we head back to Indianapolis. (B, L)