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CHICAGO, YOUR WAY
Stay in the heart of Chicago during this 5-day escape to one of America’s most eclectic cities. With accommodation in the Magnificent Mile, you are within walking distance of all of the Windy City’s most famous attractions, making it easy to explore in your free time!
Experience Chicago’s highlights during a guided tour on your first day. See Navy Pier, the Museum Campus, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium. In the Michigan Avenue District find the Magnificent Mile. This 13-block shopping and cultural hub stretches from Oak Street to the Chicago River and is home to fine shopping, mansions of millionaires, remarkable architecture and fascinating museums. Explore Millennium Park, the remarkable outdoor public space home to Lurie Garden, Cloud Gate (the “Bean”), and Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry.
Marvel at Chicago’s iconic skyline during a narrated cruise. A memorable entertainment experience is Tommy Gun’s Garage. Chicago’s only Speakeasy Dinner Theatre is a fun way to relive the roaring ‘20’s amid gangsters, ﬂappers, and music.
Experience Chicago at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown, located steps from the iconic State Street and Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. The hotel is in the lively River North entertainment district with many dining and shopping options just steps from the hotel. It is conveniently located north of the loop, near the CTA Grand Red Line station and only 3 blocks to Chicago’s Riverwalk. There is easy access to Wrigley Field, Michigan Ave, Navy Pier, Museum Campus, and many other local attractions.
Embark on unforgettable travels at Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, a 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner. This modern hotel features a prime location on the Magnificent Mile. Explore downtown attractions such as North Avenue Beach, Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier.
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike. Source: Chicago.gov
360 CHICAGO observation deck, located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. 360 Chicago observation deck is also home of TILT – Chicago’s highest thrill ride – an enclosed moving platform that literally tilts you out over Michigan Avenue from the 94th Floor. With its many interactive learning opportunities on the city’s rich history, colorful neighborhoods and its iconic architecture, along with a modern Bar and Café where you can relax and enjoy the best views of the city, 360 CHICAGO is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Originally completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham’s plan for Chicago, Navy Pier is an iconic city landmark inspiring discovery and wonder. Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million visitors have come to enjoy the Pier’s 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. As Navy Pier enters its second century, the venue is evolving into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.
Navy Pier’s objectives for the future remain consistent with Burnham’s enduring values for the ‘People’s Pier’ to be a place where local residents and visitors from around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.
Like no other aquarium in the world
opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world
Shedd combines the best of early 20th-century “age of aquariums” characteristics—a diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture—with 21st-century advances in animal care, environments and interpretation. Excellence and innovation are Shedd traditions, and they began with the founder.
Director Chute, a keen fish enthusiast, sought species never seen before in the United States through exchanges with foreign aquariums and Shedd collecting expeditions in the Caribbean and South Pacific. And from the beginning, Shedd partnered with local wildlife officials to also showcase the native fishes of the Great Lakes region. But Chute could never have imagined the Abbott Oceanarium with Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters and sea lions.
Source: Wikipedia & Sheddaquarium.org
Walk through our doors and connect with science and natural history! Let us fuel your passion for discovery with dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, cultural insights, and ground breaking science.
The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest such museums in the world. The museum maintains its status as a premier natural-history museum through the size and quality of its educational and scientific programs, as well as due to its extensive scientific-specimen and artifact collections. The diverse, high-quality permanent exhibitions, which attract up to two million visitors annually, range from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today’s urgent conservation needs.
The museum is named in honor of its first major benefactor, the department-store magnate Marshall Field. The museum and its collections originated from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the artifacts displayed at the fair.
Source: Wikipedia & fieldmuseum.org
Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is America’s first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers.
The museum is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. For its design, architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. was awarded the gold medal of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1931. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories.
Alderplanetarium.org & Wikipedia
With so many stores (about 900 to be more exact) you could spend days just shopping. The Magnificent Mile packs luxury boutiques, department stores and multi-story mega malls all into one eight-block stretch. And that’s not including the nearly 300 restaurants and 60 hotels that also make up this cosmopolitan downtown center. Beyond the glossy retail facades, however, lay incredible art and architecture, history and culture. Explore everything the Magnificent Mile has to offer at the Magnificent Mile Association.
Make sure to look both up and down as you meander the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River. Incredible bridges and a riverwalk right below street level offer unique views. And iconic buildings soar above including the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower which anchor the south end, and 875 N Michigan (formerly the John Hancock Center) (Chicago’s fourth tallest building) to the north. The neighborhood’s most famous monuments, the Historic Water Tower and Pumping Station, are among the oldest structures in Chicago and stand as symbolic reminders of the city’s rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually
Lions is a pair of outdoor 1894 bronze sculptures by Edward Kemey
This pair of regal lions serve as Chicago’s unofficial mascots. They’ve been guarding the Art Institute of Chicago for over 100 years.
They sport huge helmets when Chicago sports teams make it into major championships and are wreathed at Christmas. Sculptor Edward Kemeys claimed that while the South Lion is ‘attracted by something in the distance,’ the North Lion is ‘ready for a roar and a spring.’
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Guided tour of Chicago
• Tommy Gun’s Garage Speakeasy Dinner Theatre
• Narrated lake and river cruise
• Millennium Park
• Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza
• 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory)
*offered at an additional cost
• Chicago, IL: Courtyard by Marriott or Hampton Inn & Suites (3 nights)
• Battle Creek, MI: Holiday Inn (1 night)
Travel to Chicago, IL
Sit back, watch a movie, read a book, and enjoy the scenery as we travel you to exciting Chicago. Check into your centrally located hotel just one block from the famous Magniﬁcent Mile.
Stay: Courtyard by Marriott or Hampton Inn & Suites, Chicago
Chicago Guided Tour, Free Time
A guided city tour introduces you to the delights of Chicago. See the famous Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and the Museum Campus – home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. A stroll through Millennium Park (with its stunning outdoor art and philanthropic spirit) works up an appetite for some famous deep-dish Chicago pizza. After lunch, enjoy free time to spend as you wish.
Free Time, Speakeasy Dinner Theatre
There is plenty to see in Chicago and lots of free time to spend exploring the city. This evening, experience Tommy Gun’s Garage – Chicago’s only Speakeasy Dinner Theatre. Relive the roaring ‘20’s amid gangsters, ﬂappers, music and memorabilia.
Meals: B, D
Free Time, Battle Creek, MI
Enjoy a free morning to explore the city one last time before boarding the motorcoach and travelling to Battle Creek. Enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travellers this evening before settling into your hotel.
Stay: Holiday Inn, Battle Creek
Meals: B, D
After breakfast at the hotel, begin your return journey home.
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.