Rockford, Illinois

Trips & Socials

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Chicago Botanic Garden and Long Grove Village on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Get away to the beauty of nature and enjoy a leisurely morning at the Chicago Botanic Garden. See the highlights of 81 acres of lakes, 9 garden islands, and panoramic views of these beautiful gardens on our narrated tram tour. You will then have free time to wander the gardens and further explore exhibits on your own self-guided walking tour. There are 26 colorful gardens including Japanese, water, English walled, native plants, and a fruit and vegetable garden. The Garden also has a renowned bonsai collection. There are two special exhibits available to view for an additional $5 entry fee each; a railroad garden with model trains journeying coast to coast past miniature scenes of America’s favorite landmarks and  a live butterfly garden filled with 500 native butterflies that land on visitors as they walk among the beautiful flowers. Enjoy a 10% discount on purchases in the extensive gift shop. The Chicago Horticultural Society celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015. The Society created the Botanic Garden more than 40 yrs. ago. Don’t miss the 125th Anniversary exhibitions in the Joutras Gallery.

CLR Botanic Garden/Long Grove Village TripNext, we board the bus and head off to the historic little town of Long Grove for lunch and shopping. Our hot buffet lunch at the Long Grove Café features Chicken Picatta, Roasted Pork Loin, Fresh Sautéed Vegetable of the day,  Roasted Potatoes, House Salad, and Ice Cream Sundaes for dessert.

We will get a chance to walk off some of that food as we have free time to explore the quaint boutiques and shops of Long Grove Village. Bring your shopping bags and credit cards as you meander through specialty shops containing wines, candy, 1950’s memorabilia, antiques and more. Art lovers can tour the Amers Gallery, which features original oil paintings and other works of art. Not  a shopper? —  find a bench or porch steps to relax, play with your Smart Phone, or just watch the world go by. Come visit  “the town that time forgot.

: This trip requires much walking. Chicago Botanic Garden has wheelchairs for rent and is handicap accessible. The restaurant at Long Grove Café is accessible, but many of the shops require climbing stairs and walking on uneven surfaces.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:00 am
Return: Rock Valley College around 4:30 pm
Cost: (Includes Garden admission, tram ride, hot lunch, and transportation) $75 for Center members - $90 for non-members

Cruise Lake Michigan CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

View the Chicago skyline as you’ve never seen it before! When we arrive at Navy Pier in the morning, you will have about two hours for leisurely activities of your choice. Enjoy the beautiful shops, take a ride on the ferris wheel or the carousel, watch the beautiful boats cruise by, or sit on the pier and enjoy the sunshine! At noon we will board the Spirit cruise ship for a relaxing and fun two-hour Skyline Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan. You will enjoy a large buffet lunch which will include: organic field greens salad, spinach and kale salad, and a Mediterranean couscous salad. This elegant buffet features roast salmon and tilapia, chicken parmesan meatballs, baked ziti and roasted broccoli. An array of delicious desserts and fruits will also tempt your taste buds.

CLR Summer 2015 Bus Trip to Chicago

You can choose to view the Chicago sights from either the air-conditioned enclosed lower deck or on the rooftop lounge area where you can enjoy a comfortable lake breeze. Don’t forget to bring your camera for some breathtaking pictures!

For further information about Navy Pier and the Spirit Skyline Cruise look at these websites:

NOTE: The boat is handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:00 am
Return:  Rock Valley College around 5:30 pm
: (Includes cruise, lunch and transportation) $85 for Center members, $100 for non-members