Chicago’s Mansions, Millionaires & Gilded Age of Luxury
Thursday, October 9, 2014
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and offers visitors a fascinating view of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, one of the few remaining examples of homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, and decorative arts, including a magnificent selection of works by Tiffany Studios selected from the Driehaus Collection.
The morning will begin with the Mansions & Millionaires Walking Tour while Chicago historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach illuminates the lives of the businessmen, families, notable public figures, and artists that once populated Chicago’s River North District, a neighborhood formerly known as McCormickville.
Following the neighborhood walking tour, guests will be immersed in the history of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion and will view stunning pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, and the five-year restoration project that returned the building to its original splendor with its breathtaking, marble-clad entrance hall; magnificently carved wooden interiors; and beautiful rooms, replete with iridescent mosaics and stained glass windows, the mansion exemplifies the very essence of Gilded Age luxury.
Continuing the history theme, the group will head over to The Tortoise Club for lunch in the Library. The Tortoise Club is a classic American dining club with a spirit of longevity, steadiness and timelessness. The club is an iconic Chicago mainstay, a sentiment reflected in the original artwork and artifacts, including mahogany from the old Pump Room.
Includes: walking tour, highlights of the Driehaus Museum, lunch at the Tortoise Club, deluxe transportation by executive motor coach, tours with private docents. Alcoholic beverages are not included with lunch, but are available for purchase.
$ 195 per person. Non-refundable after September 22, 2014. Subject to cancellation with full refund if tour minimum participation is not met.
Architectural River Cruise Adventure
Thursday, October 9, 2014
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
In the world of iconic architecture, only a few images are so instantly recognized they need no subtitle – and the unmistakable skyline of Chicago is certainly amongst them. Each year thousands of architecture lovers make a pilgrimage to this birthplace of the skyscraper... and thousands book passage aboard our enthralling river tour, widely considered the best 90 minutes a visitor can spend anywhere in the city. On this tour CAF certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. This cruise will take place privately on the Little Lady, which provides the choice of open-air or climate controlled seating.
After seeing all of the amazing architecture and sights of Chicago, walk over to Pizzeria Due for lunch in the dining room. Pizzeria Due opened in downtown Chicago over 60 years ago, opened by Ike Sewell who is considered the father of Deep Dish Pizza. It was Sewell's concept that set the foundation for what is now nationally famous: The Chicago Deep Dish Pizza! Pizzeria Due's decor is garnished with articles of its success, old and new, and pictures of some of the most well known celebrities, in history, dining within its four walls! The pizza's flaky crust and rich tastes keep regulars and visitors coming back for more!
Includes: A guided walk from the Hyatt to the river dock, cruise with 90-minute professionally narrated tour, Pizzeria Due lunch, guided walk back to Hyatt. Alcoholic beverages are not included with lunch, but are available for purchase.
$145 per person. Non-refundable after September 22, 2014. Subject to cancellation with full refund if tour minimum participation is not met.
Frank Lloyd Wright Tour
Friday, October 10, 2014
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
The group will begin with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first home studio and then proceed on a guided walking tour of the Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture National Historic District. Frank Lloyd Wright used his first home to experiment with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. In his adjacent studio, Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture - the Prairie style.
Oak Park is home to the world's largest collection of Wright-designed buildings. Discover the development of Wright's style between 1889 and 1909, and trace the evolution of American residential architecture as trained interpreters guide you through the Historic District surrounding the Home and Studio. Trained guides offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career.
To wrap the day up, the guests will dine at Hemmingway’s Bistro, which combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients. Each day there is a Plat du Jour featuring such staples as Coq au Vin, Caussoulet Toulousain, Bouillabaisse, Beef Wellington and Duck al' Orange.
Includes: deluxe transportation by executive motor coach, professional tours of the Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park Wright Architecture walking tour, lunch at Hemingway’s Bistro. Alcoholic beverages are not included with lunch, but are available for purchase.
$160 per person. Non-refundable after September 22, 2014. Subject to cancellation with full refund if tour minimum participation is not met.