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Chicago City and Architectural Tour

Friday, November 16
1:00 PM–5:00 PM

See the city and experience it! You will see the best of Chicago — magnificent outdoor art by world renowned twentieth century sculptors, the Water Tower and its elegant relative Water Tower Place, Lake Shore Drive, Millennium Park, and the Magnificent Mile. Drive past three of the five tallest buildings in the Western hemisphere as well as Soldier Field, the Art Institute of Chicago, Marina City, State Street and the "Loop," Gold Coast highrises, and the Museum Campus. While we tour the city’s highlights, learn about Chicago's great history and architecture. If time permits, we will also take you into three of the city's most sumptuous interiors: the palatial Second Empire-style lobby of the Palmer House Hilton, the Tiffany glass-crowned arcade of Marshall Field and Company on State Street, and the mosaic-embellished Chicago Cultural Center.

Passport to Chicago's Neighborhoods and Lunch

Saturday, November 17
8:00 AM–1:00 PM

Experience a potpourri of ethnic sights and sounds as you travel through three of Chicago's distinctive neighborhoods. First we'll visit Taylor Street, the port-of-call for Chicago's Little Italy. While there we will explore two significant landmarks of Little Italy — the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Pompeii and Holy Guardian Angel. Then we will travel to Greektown, a neighborhood in the Near West Side of Chicago. Finally, we will explore Chinatown — located along Wentworth Avenue — with shopping and landmarks, including the Chinatown Gate. A group lunch in Chinatown is included with the tour.

Chicago's Gangster Untouchable Tour

Sunday, November 18
5:00 PM–8:00 PM

Experience Chicago as it was during the 1920s and 1930s. See the old gangster hot spots and hit spots! On your tour, you will hear historically accurate accounts of the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger, and the "rest a da boys"! You will feel the excitement of jazz-age Chicago during the era of Prohibition. Lastly, spend time enjoying your journey into the past as we cruise the city in search of the old hoodlum haunts, brothels, gambling dens, and sites of gangland shootouts!

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Monday, November 19
12:30 PM–4:30 PM

Travel by bus to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and explore hundreds of artifacts, documents, and photographs on your own. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference. Admission to the museum is included with the tour.

Baha'i House of Worship

Monday, November 19
12:30 PM–4:30 PM

One of seven Baha'i temples in the world at present, this unique structure symbolizes unity and invites prayer to God. The quiet serenity of the Baha'i House of Worship reflects the spiritual truths of the Baha'i Faith: the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity, and the oneness of religion. Feel free to explore the auditorium, gardens, and visitor center at your own pace. Accessibility: Due to construction work, only the gardens are wheelchair accessible.

Sacred and Religious Sites

Monday, November 19
1:00 PM–5:00 PM

This tour will explore several early immigrant groups' religious buildings in Chicago's Near West Side. It will include stops at what was once the largest Polish Catholic church in the United States (Saint Stanislas Kostka), as well as Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Rite churches.


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