Day 1: Chicago is our destination on this tour. We travel through central Kansas and Missouri on our way to overnight in Collinsville, IL.
2: Traveling north through the middle of Illinois this morning brings us to the city of Pontiac by noon. After an included lunch there will be a short time to look at some of the murals on the sides of buildings in the downtown area. This afternoon we visit Navy Pier, home to retail shops, restaurants, museums, a Ferris Wheel and carousel. Next three nights in Chicago.
3: We start the day with a tour of Chicago. Our local guide shows and tells us about the Windy City’s past and present. This afternoon we visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Late afternoon we board a tour boat which takes us from the Chicago river on to Lake Michigan where we have a panoramic view of the Chicago skyline.
4: Today starts with a visit to the Field Museum, one of the finest natural history museums in the U.S. Next we visit the John Shedd Aquarium exhibiting more than 6,000 freshwater and marine animals. Tonight dinner is included as we enjoy one of Chicago’s favorites - Chicago style pizza!
5: No visit to Chicago would be complete without a trip to the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. From the 103rd floor skydeck we have a bird’s eye view of the city and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Later we travel to Des Moines, IA, for the night.
6: As we travel the interstate to our beginning destination, our experiences in Chicago are fondly remembered.