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    • June 02, 2019
    • Glencoe
    • 1
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    Next to Normal

    Writers Theaters

    June 2, 2019

    On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.

    This deeply moving and captivating American musical took Broadway by storm in 2009, winning three Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Now, Chicago and Broadway director David Cromer returns to WT where he has directed A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic to bring his singularly personal touch to this modern musical where the lines between reality and delusion are never quite clear.

    Run Time:  Approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission

    Monitor Writers Theatre's Next to Normal webpage for the latest news.

    Please Note:  The Next to Normal Theater Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Chicago Botanical Garden Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats.


    About Writers Theatre

    Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers Theatre has grown to become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence, being called the top regional theatre in the nation by The Wall Street Journal

    The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of more than 60,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry—providing the finest interpretations of both classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues. 

    In February 2016, Writers Theatre opened a new, state-of-the-art facility. This established the company's first permanent home—a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founder and Design Principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander


    The new facility has allowed the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complements the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

    You can find Writers Theatre on Facebook 

    Writers Theatre New Home: Virtual Tour (4:29)

    SUNDAY BRUNCH

    We will be enjoying Sunday Brunch  at the Guildhall Restaurant & Bar in downtown Glencoe.  Note: Your brunch cost is not included your registration fee. 

    Our group will be divided into a number small tables determined by the Guildhall staff. You will be able to order directly from its Brunch MenuEach table will receive just one invoice. Cash payment will be required. Be sure to bring cash for easy payment of your order.

    Guildhall Restaurant & Bar is an easy walk from Writers Theatre. (MAP) You will time after brunch to explore downtown Glencoe and Writers Theatre.

    ITINERARY 

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Glencoe on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:50 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:00 AM         Bus departs Oakwood

    8:20 AM         Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM         Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM         Depart for Chicago (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Chicago Area Schedule

    11:15 AM       Arrive at Chicago Botanical Gardens

    11:30 PM      Arrive Guildhall Restaurant 

    After brunch, Writers Theatre is an easy walk (MAP). There will be time to explore downtown Glencoe before the play begins.

    2:00 PM        Next to Normal performance begins

    4:15 PM        Next to Normal performance ends and boarding begins 

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:15 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:40 PM         Capitol Lakes

    8:00 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand boarding the bus and during the trip.

    Next to Normal Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Next to Normal Theater Trip trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • June 02, 2019
    • Glencoe, IL
    • 0
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    The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers.  More than one million people visit the Garden annually; it is the second most visited botanic garden of its size in the country. 


    There are 27 gardens and four natural areas uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline.  The gardens include an aquatic garden, bonsai garden, English walled garden, Japanese garden, sensory garden, native plant garden, fruit and vegetable garden, and prairie.


    Japanese Garden

    You will have 5 1/2 hours to explore the gardens.  There will be no formal docent-led tour for PLATO members.  You will be exploring the gardens on your own.  However the tram tours, given every half hour, are an excellent way to get an overview of the gardens.

    The Chicago Botanic Garden has an app called Garden Guide available through Google Play or iTunes.  It is very informative and includes audio tours for some of the gardens, highlights what's in bloom, features a plant search and much, much more.

    Lunch is not included.  Food is available at the Garden View Café (see menu) . Another option is the Rose Terrace Beer Garden where craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured, along with wines and tasty appetizers, sandwiches, and salads.  There is a picnic area in the parking lot for sack lunch from home.   No food is allowed in the gardens.

    We will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  Bring a hat and comfortable shoes.  A day bag with water and snacks, as well as your camera, is advised.  If rain is possible, bring an umbrella.

    If you get tired or just want to take a break, there are many outdoor benches to sit and relax.  If it is a hot day, both the Visitor Center (which contains the Garden View Cafe) and the Regenstein Center are air conditioned and have benches to sit on.  The Lenhardt Library in the Regenstein Center (open 12-4) is a wonderful place to rest and read gardening magazines.


    Tram Tours

    There are two tram tours which take about 35 minutes each.  The cost of a tram ride is $8 or $7 for seniors and is not included in your registration fee.


    Grand Tram Tour

    Get carried away on this 2.3-mile narrated tour! Learn the history and science of the Garden while viewing highlights including the McDonald Woods, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, the new Learning Campus, and others. Enjoy views alongside the Garden’s 81 acres of water!  Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour sites including the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, Dixon Prairie, and the Regenstein Center.

    Bright Encounters Tram Tour

    Enjoy an intimate .8-mile tour of selected gardens from the comfort of a tram. Relax as you explore the Heritage Garden, Krasberg Rose Garden, Waterfall Garden, Buehler Enabling Garden, and many other gardens and special features. See changing displays of annual flowers in spectacular combinations.  Learn remarkable facts about the Garden's science and conservation projects.  Uncover the mysteries of this living museum.

    Model Railroad Garden


    The Model Railroad Garden  requires an entrance fee - $8 adults or $7 seniors (not included in your registration fee):

    The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings. 

    All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns, and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations.

    Butterflies & Blooms


    Butterflies & Blooms requires an entrance fee - $8 adults or $7 seniors (not included in your registration fee).

    Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois.  

    The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the Regenstein Learning Campus.  Up to 500 butterflies can be seen at any one visit. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

    Garden Chef's Series

    Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients  at the Garden Chef's Series. Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first-come, first-served for these free demonstrations. 

    For June 2 the chef will be  Heather Terhune from the Tre Rivali restaurant in Milwaukee.  Demonstrations will be held at 1:30 and 2:30.

    Accessibility at the Garden

    Wheelchairs
    Wheelchairs are available free at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center.  Nearly all areas of the Garden are accessible by wheelchair, as are the tram tours.

    More Information
    The Buehler Enabling Garden is a teaching garden for people of all abilities. Raised beds and container gardens highlight gardening techniques for those who use wheelchairs.

    Accessible restrooms are available in the Visitor Center, the Regenstein Center, and the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. For those dining at the Garden View Café, both outdoor decks are also wheelchair accessible.

    Itinerary

    Note: This trip is a joint venture. Half of the seats are reserved for the Writers Theatre participants and half are reserved for the Chicago Botanic Garden participants.

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    7:50 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood

    8:00 AM     Depart Oakwood

    8:20 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM     Depart for Chicago Botanic Garden (or sooner if every is aboard)

    Chicago Botanic Garden                              

    11:15 AM   Arrive at Chicago Botanic Garden

    4:45 PM     Depart Chicago Botanic Garden

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    7:30 PM      Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:50 PM      Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 PM      Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $10.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form: Chicago Botanic Garden Trip Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    For further information contact Chicago Botanic Garden organizer

    Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com - 608-255-3486

    • June 13, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 5:10 PM
    • Rockford
    • 0
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    4/24/19 - The Bus is Full - Only Waitlist Registrations Available

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House 

    The Laurent House is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian house in Rockford.  It was the only house that Wright designed for a physically disabled client. Built in the early 1950's, Ken and Phyllis Laurent lived in the house for 60 years from 1952-2012,  Wright himself often urged Chicago-area clients to visit the home, calling it his “little gem.”

    In 2012 the Laurent House Foundation, Inc., an independent, not-for-profit, private foundation purchased the home, the Wright-designed architectural drawings and furnishings, and the Laurent's personal effects.  In 2012 the Laurent House was added to the National Register of Places and it has been open to the public for the past five years.

     

    We will have a one-hour docent led tour of the Laurent House.

    Read more about the Laurent House:

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Little Gem

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Pioneering Example of Accessible Design

    Accessible Frank Lloyd Wright House in Illinois Is Reborn as a Museum

    Anderson Japanese Gardens


    The Anderson Japanese Gardens began in 1978, when Rockford businessman John Anderson was inspired by a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. With the ongoing assistance of renowned Master Craftsman and designer Hoichi Kurisu, the Andersons’ swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek was transformed into a Japanese-style landscape. From groundbreaking to today, the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths has been made with careful consideration by Mr. Kurisu. In 1998, John and Linda Anderson donated the Gardens as a supported organization to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association. It now exists as a not-for-profit entity and continues to grow and change to this day.

    The gardens include several waterfalls and ponds, Spring Creek, rock formations, a tea house and a guest house built by Masahiro Hamada in 1986.  The Garden of Reflection, which includes a pond filled with koi and other colorful fish, was added in 1999.

    In 2004 Sukiya Living, the Journal of Japanese Gardening rated Anderson Gardens the top Japanese Garden in the United States.

    We will break up into small groups for guided tours by docents.  When we break into groups, there will be one group, if needed, for those who walk more slowly and feel that they might not be able to keep up otherwise.

    We will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  Bring a hat and comfortable shoes.  A day bag with water and snacks, as well as your camera, is advised.  If you get tired or just want a break, there are many benches to sit and read.  Do not feel you have to keep up with the tours.

    Lunch at Fresco at the Gardens


    Lunch is included in the Registration Fee - "You Build it Board  - A wide selection of meat, cheeses, sides and buns so you can make your own sandwich. Cheeses Include - Pepper Jack, Cheddar and Swiss. Meats Include - Smoked Ham, Smoked Turkey and Roast beef. Multi-Grain Buns, Ciabatta Squares, Pickles, Tomatoes, pickled red onion and chips. Fresh fruit salad. Cookies for dessert and your choice of beverage (coffee, iced tea, soda.)

    Accesssibility  

    Anderson Japanese Gardens: The paths throughout the gardens are mostly covered with crushed limestone and are easily navigated by strollers and wheelchairs.  However, though you are able to view all areas of the Anderson Gardens from the paths, some areas have steps or uneven terrain and are not accessible except on foot.  

    Laurent House: A 27” wide wheelchair, walker, or other mobility equipment is permissible inside the house, however, we do not allow motorized chairs or scooters. We are happy to accommodate our guests with mobility issues. We have a standard 24” wheelchair available for public use at the house.  There are no restrooms at the Laurent House.

    Itinerary  

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Rockford on time to begin our adventure.

    Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    7:15 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood

    7:30 AM     Depart Oakwood

    7:50 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears

    8:30 AM     Depart for Rockford (or sooner if everybody is aboard)

    Rockford                             

    10:00 AM   Arrive at Anderson Gardens for tour

    12:00 PM   Lunch at Anderson Gardens

    1:15 PM     Depart Anderson Gardens for Laurent House

    1:30 PM     Arrive Laurent House

    3:00 PM     Depart Laurent House for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    4:30 PM      Arrive at East Towne Sears

    4:50 PM      Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    5:10 PM      Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer. Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form: Architectural and Landscape Beauty Field Trip Mail-in Registration Form.pdf

    For further information contact the trip organizer

    Janet Cabot - jbcabot52@gmail.com - 608-280-1067

    • June 26, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 16
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                         Jeanne (Spring), 1881                                         

    The first Art Institute exhibition devoted exclusively to Édouard Manet in over 50 years focuses on the transformation of the artist’s style in his later years.

    By the late 1870s, when this exhibition begins, Édouard Manet had become recognized as a painter of modern life. He had long looked to historical subjects and style for inspiration but in the 1870s grew more and more immersed in the now—eventually proposing a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity. While he continued to pursue highly finished, heroically scaled paintings intended for the Salon throughout these later years (a time also marked by health problems and limited mobility), he simultaneously approached smaller works more fluidly and spontaneously, taking up pastel and watercolor while unapologetically embracing beauty and visual pleasure.

    Boating, 1874-75

    This exhibition is the first to focus on this important period in the artist’s career, bringing together an impressive array of portraits of fashionable women as well as intimate male friends. Supplementing this display are the delicate and rarely seen letters Manet wrote to his friends, featuring exquisite illustrations of fruits and flowers; garden pictures, which themselves often feature fashionable women; and flower studies, consummate expressions of Manet’s colorist art at the end of his life.

     Autumn (Méry Laurent), 1881 or 1882       Flowers in a Crystal Vase, about 1882


    Through over 70 paintings, pastels, and works on paper, Manet and Modern Beauty illustrates the late flowering of Manet’s talent.   Manet and Modern Beauty has been co-organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the J. Paul Getty Museum where it is going after the Chicago exhibition.

                           In the Conservatory, About 1877-1879                                  


    The registration fee ($83 for PLATO members and $98 for PLATO guests) includes admission to the Art Institute, special admission charge for the Manet exhibition, and a 45-minute seated slide lecture on the Manet exhibition.

    We will be at the Art Institute for 5 1/2 hours which will give you time for lunch and see works in the permanent collection and other exhibitions. 

    To learn more about the Manet exhibition, go to Manet and Modern Beauty

    Other exhibitions on display during our visit include:

    Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground

    Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects

    Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

    The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster

    PHOTOGRAPHY + PHOTOGRAPHY Iconic: Photographs from the Robin and Sandy Stuart Collection

    Click for Museum Map

    Click for Museum Gift Shops

    Bus Only Independent Study Option

    We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option.  This option does not include admission to the Art Institute, the Manet exhibition, or the special lecture. 

     

    We are offering the Bus Only Option because many PLATO members are also members of the Art Institute of Chicago and admission to the museum and the Manet exhibition is free to Art Institute members. 


    Please note:  if you choose the bus only option, you will not be able to attend the 45-minute seated Manet lecture as that is a special lecture only for PLATO members and guests paying for the complete package.  We asked if AIC members could purchase a lecture ticket separately and the answer was no.


    If you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own without going to the Art Institute, you can also choose the bus only option.  The bus will only make one stop – at the Art Institute.


    The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $45 and for Guests it is $55.

    Lunch

    Lunch is on your own.

    Click for Museum Dining Options

    If you want to eat at a nearby restaurant, here are some suggestions:

    Where to Eat Near The Art Institute of Chicago

    Restaurants near The Art Institute of Chicago from TripAdvisor

    Best Restaurants Near Art Institute from Yelp

    Restaurants near Art Institute from OpenTable

    Restaurants near Art Institute from UrbanSpoon

    Itinerary   

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    6:20 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    6:30 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:00 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding

    7:20 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

    7:30 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

    Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute

    11:15-Noon  Seated slide lecture featuring the Manet Exhibition

    3:50 PM      Begin boarding for return trip

    4:00 PM      Depart for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    7:15 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:30 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:50 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.  Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.


    For further information contact Manet Exhibition Trip Organizers:

    Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com - 608-255-3486

    Martha Zydowsky - mzydowsky@gmail.com - 608-213-6907

     
    • July 11, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 16
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    Join us Thursday, July 11 for Frankenstein, staged in the intimate Lookingglass Theater located within the Water Tower Water Works. And brought to you by same creative team that produced the phenomenal Moby Dick.

    Written and Directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin

    From the Book Written by Mary Shelley

    Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which?

    An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This Gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life—and destroy it—awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.

    Fresh from the brain of Ensemble Member David Catlin, creator of Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice, comes a galvanic adaptation of this undying story. See for yourself this latest invention come to shocking life!

    Learn more about the Frankenstein production on its webpage including: artist/cast bios and video clips:
    Frankenstein opens May 8.

    Run Time: TBA



    Lookingglass Theatre:

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    Lookingglass Theatre
    (N. Michigan Ave & E. Pearson St)

    A few suggestions

    Driehaus Museum (Chicago's Downton Abbey)

    Free Noon Tour, Great Gift Shop, MCA Cafe

    Water Tower Place Shopping and Dining

    Lookingglass Theatre Restaurant Partners

    Other Nearby Restaurants

    PLATO Group Lunch Option
    Available to those who want to join the trip, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. 

    Frankenstein group lunch will be at the Rosebud on Rush Italian Restaurant.


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:40 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    In Chicago

    11:00 AM  Rosebud on Rush Restaurant, 720 North Rush

    11:05 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    11:20 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago

    11:30 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:45 AM Arrive Museum of Science and Industry  

    2:00 PM   Frankenstein performance begins

    3:30 PM Pick up Museum of Science and Industry

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago

    4:30 PM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    4:45 PM   (Est) Frankenstein performance ends

    4:45 PM - 5:05 PM    Boarding preparation period 

    5:05 PM     Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    Arrive Madison (Est)

    8:00 PM East Towne Sears

    8:15 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:35 PM Oakwood University Woods


    Non-Member Policy.  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The Lookingglass Theatre is handicap accessible. Each aisle has row handrail support for more easily ascending and descending the seating area.


    Frankenstein Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Frankenstein theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • July 11, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 11
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    Enjoy a summer day in the Windy City on your own or with a friend. We will be making four stops from which to begin your Chicago adventure. In addition to the always popular premier museums, you will be able to explore Navy Pier and its many attractions including connections to local hop-on bus and water tours. Come join the fun!

    1st Stop: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum

    2nd Stop: Navy Pier

    3rd Stop and Final Stop: Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquariam and Adler Planetarium

    4th Stop:  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum


    Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago


    MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitionsperformances, and programs will inspire you.

    Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.

    In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

    Address: 220 East Chicago Avenue (Map)

    Walking Map: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago <=> Driehaus Museum

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Maripol Restaurant: 10 AM-2:30 PM

    Learn more by exploring the MCA website.  


    Driehaus Museum


    Often referred to as Chicago's Downton Abbey, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson and his wife, Mathilda Pinkham Crosby Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year restoration effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors.

    Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as George A. Schastey and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    The Museum is a premier example of historic preservation, offering visitors an opportunity to experience through its architecture, interiors, collection, and exhibitions how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects, and designers at the waning of the 19th-century and the dawn of the 20th-century.

    Located at 40 East Erie Street within easy walking distance of Water Tower Place and  Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago.

    Address: 40 East Erie Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago <=> Driehaus Museum

    Tickets: $15.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Driehaus Museum website.


    Navy Pier


    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.

    Explore Things To Do In Chicago At Navy Pier

    Restaurants and Dining

    Navy Pier Map

    Address: 600 East Grand Avenue 

    Learn More From The Navy Pier Website


    Field Museum


    The Field Museum is located at Museum Campus, near the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.  It is named after Chicago’s favorite retailer, Marshall Field, who gave a $1m gift to establish the museum.  It first opened in 1894 in the former Palace of Fine Arts Building, and moved to its present site in 1921.  In 1962, the museum hosted the first exhibition of “Tutankhamen Treasures.”  In 2000, SUE, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T.rex ever discovered, was unveiled to the public.  In 2011, the museum’s bathroom was voted the best in the country. Recently, Maximo the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur that ever lived can be viewed.

    Address: 1400 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $21 (depending on the number of special exhibits included)

    Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Two restaurants on-site

    Learn more from the Field Museum website.


    Shedd Aquarium 


    The Shedd houses an indoor public aquarium that first opened in 1930.  It was a gift to Chicago by John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field.  Located on Lake Michigan, it is part of Museum Campus which includes the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.  Several of the sea otters that lived in the aquarium in the past were rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.  The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.  It is one of the most popular museums in Chicago.

    Address: 1200 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets: $39.95 (Senior discount of $3 taken on-site) 

    Hours: Sundays 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Three restaurants, coffee shop and popcorn kiosk onsite

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs and walkers

    Learn more from the  Shedd Aquarium website.


    Adler Planetarium


    The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics.  It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.  It is part of Museum Campus that includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.  It is home to three theaters, extensive space science exhibitions and the Doane Observatory. The observatory is one of the only public urban observatories in the U.S.

    Address: 1300 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $12.00 plus, depending on number of special shows included

    Hours: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

    One restaurant on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Adler Planetarium website.


    Art Institute of Chicago


    Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S.  The original building was constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing, pictured above, opened in 2009.  The famous western entrance on Michigan Avenue is guarded by two bronze lion statues created by Edward Kerneys.  The lions each weigh more than two tons.  The museum’s east entrance is marked by the stone arch entrance to the old Chicago Stock Exchange designed by Louis Sullivan.

    West Entrance Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue (Map)

    North Entrance Address: 159 East Monroe Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets:  $19.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

    Three restaurants on-site

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Art Institute website.


    Chicago Cultural Center


    Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.

    In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

    Address: 78 East Washington Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets: Free Admission

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Chicago Cultural Center website


    American Writers Museum


    A National Museum Celebrating American Writers

    The American Writers Museum celebrates the breadth of American writing through interactive exhibits and programming that honors the past, promotes the present and inspires the future of writing in the United States. 

    New York Times Feature Article:  An Everyman Museum to Celebrate American Writers

    Address: 180 North Michigan Avenue (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the American Writers Museum website



    Chicago Museum a la Carte Trip Tips

    After you decide which museum(s) you want to visit, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance.  This will save you time spent standing in line.  Some of the museums have long lines on the weekends. 

    All of the museums have good accessibility and onsite dining.

    Wear sensible, comfortable and be prepared for much walking with the museum and between museums.

    Bring along your seated four-wheel walker to provide more range and stability for sustained exploring.

    See the trip itinerary below for the schedule of museum stops.



    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.


    Leave Madison
    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:45 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago
    11:00 AM  Arrive Water Tower Water Works for Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum

    11:20 AM Arrive Navy Pier

    11:35 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:45 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Musuem

    4:15 PM pick up at Navy Pier

    4:30 PM Pick up Water Tower Water Works for Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago and Driehaus Museum and depart for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:50 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:10 PM Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.
                                                                                                                                        
    Accessibility Policy. On Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    Chicago Museums a la Carte and Navy Pier Summer 2019 Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions):


    For further information, contact Chicago Museums a la Carte and Navy Pier Summer 2019  field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741

                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • July 23, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Trempleau, Wisconsin
    • 22
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    Join us as we visit three archeologically significant sites in Trempealeau Wisconsin.

     

     

     

    The Trempealeau Interpretive Path (TRIP) (http://tremptrip.com) traces the cultural history of this area back more than 13,000 years.  Our guides will be archaeologists Danielle Benden and Ernie Boszhardt.

    Our first stop in Trempealeau will be at the Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library.  We will view authentic artifacts from the prehistoric Mississippian settlement and learn how people lived here in past millennia and review the archaeological excavations that have taken place across the village.  Ernie and Danielle will share a short presentation that outlines the community archaeology excavations that they have directed across the village since 2010 and that continue today.  Next, we will walk up the Little Bluff Mounds Trail to reveal how and when the Mississippian platform mounds were built.  Little Bluff served as the central spiritual center of this community of Mississippians who came here from their homeland of Cahokia. The bluff provides us a wonderful view of the village, the Mississippi River, and  lock and dam #6. 

    Next our bus takes us a short distance to Perrot State Park where we will have our picnic lunches at the park shelter located on the shores of the Mississippi followed by a visit to the indoor Nature Center, housing the interpretive path’s largest exhibit.  Ernie and Danielle will interpret regional geology, plants and animals, and explain how these influenced the very early and then later settlers to Trempealeau.  The 13,000 year human history is seen here in exhibits, illustrations, a 3-dimensional map and reproductions and original prehistoric artwork.  Time permitting, our guides will demonstrate flint knapping which is the skill of making prehistoric tools and weapons.  Weather and time permitting, we may have an opportunity to observe "shovel testing", a method of testing whether or not an area contains artifacts. 

    Accessibility: You must climb steps to board and exit the bus. Wear comfortable walking shoes.  The Trempealeau Library and Perrot State Park Nature Center are accessible on paved or unpaved lawn, open park and yard areas,   The walk to the top of Little Bluff is an easy to moderate 10 minute hike so it is relatively accessible and an easy approach. Walking to and across Little Bluff is uneven and roughly mowed grass.  We can arrange for a ride to the top if needed. 

     

    Some Housekeeping Information

    • Please note you should bring your own picnic lunch and drink as well as snacks for the bus trip.  There is not time to visit a restaurant.

    • We plan to bring a cooler in which you may keep those portions of your lunch that require chilling; and you might also bring a small insulated lunch bag with ice-pack and include snacks and drinks for yourself  on the bus.  It is a long day and it can be warm in late July. 

    • Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing.  Please dress for the weather; please check the forecast for La Crosse WI on July 23.  We are near the Mississippi River and it is summer, so you might bring insect repellent, a hat, comfortable shoes, a raincoat or umbrella and sun block.   The bus can be cool in some areas, so bring a warm outer garment. 

    • Restrooms: On the bus, at the library, in the Village Community Center, at Perrot State Park (vault toilets, near the shelter and Nature Center). So, during much of our trip we should be within one-hundred feet of a toilet.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

          Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location. 

    Estimated Trip Schedule:

    Leave Madison 

    Begin Boarding Oakwood West: 6:45 AM

    Depart Oakwood West: 7:00 AM

    Depart Capitol Lakes: 7:20 AM

    Depart East Towne Sears: 7:45 AM

    In Trempealeau 

    Arrive Trempealeau Memorial Library: 10:00 AM

    Walk on Little Bluff Mounds Trail from 11:30

    Your Sack Lunch at Perrot State Park: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

    Nature Center at Perrot State Park: 1:30 PM

    Return to Madison (estimate) 

    Depart for Madison: 4:00 PM

    Arrive East Towne Sears: 6:30 PM

    Arrive Capitol Lakes: 6:45 PM

    Arrive Oakwood West: 7:00 PM

     

     

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    Non-Member Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer).  Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

          
    Mail-In Registration Form: Trempealeau July 23, 2019

    For further information:  contact Trempealeau Trip Organizer Mike Roy at michaelroy@wisc.edu  and 608-443-9563.       

                

    Our Guides:  

    Danielle Benden and Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt, co-directors of a long-term archaeology project in Trempealeau, Wisconsin have for over ten years excavated, catalogued, and researched the unique 1,000-year-old early Middle Mississippian outpost at Trempealeau. Today, they continue this discovery through public archaeology and outreach, especially through the Trempealeau Interpretive Path (TRIP). They have collaborated on a variety of other archaeological projects in the Driftless Area, and offer tours to archaeological sites throughout Wisconsin.

    Through Driftless Pathways, a small, family-owned, business founded by Danielle and Ernie in 2016, they share their expertise in Wisconsin archaeology and museum curation by offering unique archaeological site tours, curation training and professional development, and museum consulting services.
    Before opening Driftless Pathways, Danielle served as a museum director and held the position of curator in the anthropology collections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has chaired national curation committees and is the current chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Museums,
     Collections, and Curation.  Ms. Benden hosts regional seminars and national webinars for audiences ranging from local, volunteer-run museums to professionals looking to gain new practical skills in an ever-changing field. She has directed archaeological field projects, designed and overseen upgrades to curation facilities, and enhancements of museum collections and published her work in national and regional outlets.

    Ernie has practiced archaeology in the Driftless Area for decades, including nearly 30 years with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and, since 2010, as an independent researcher. He has published numerous articles and several books that touch upon nearly every aspect of archaeology in the region. He regularly speaks at local civic organizations and leads site tours.

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    Background Information

    The Little Bluff Interpretive Path is shown at: www.tremptrip.com

    The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center has the best website for an overview of the archaeology of the Upper Mississippi Valley: http://mvac.uwlax.edu/PreEuropeanPeople/  Here, you can click on each cultural tradition to learn the basics for each period of time.

    Some websites you might wish to visit before our trip are:

     Perrot SP

    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/perrot/;

    Trempealeau County and Village:

    http://www.trempealeauwi.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trempealeau_County,_Wisconsin

    http://www.travelwisconsin.com/southwest/trempealeau-county/trempealeau 

    Trempealeau Hotel

    http://www.trempealeauhotel.com

    Lock & Dam Number 6:  https://www.johnweeks.com/river_mississippi/pagesL/missLD06.html

    Cahokia

    http://cahokiamounds.org/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahokia)

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    • August 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 46
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    Come From Away

    A musical about the small Newfoundland town that touched the world after 9/11

    Cadillac Palace Theater

    August 14, 2019

    The national tour of Come From Away, a new musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement.

    Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein 

    TONY AWARD WINNER

    BEST NEW MUSICAL – OLIVIER AWARD

    Nominated for eight Tony Awards and nine Drama Desk gongs, this is a musical that celebrates human endurance, compassion and bravery under dreadful circumstances. On September 11th 2001, as the full horror of the terror attacks became apparent, 38 planes were forced to land in Gander, a remote Newfoundland town with a population of just 9,000 people. The arrival of the passengers boosted those numbers to nearly 20,000. Come From Away focuses on a single set of passengers from one flight and the Gander residents who welcomed them into their homes. Amongst this diverse set of characters is American Airlines' first female pilot, a gay couple both called Kevin, and an Egyptian chef. Don’t miss this surprise hit that’s the true story of a small town that touched the world.

    Estimated Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes, no intermission (2:00 PM - 3:40 PM)

    Interested? Learn more by visiting:



    The Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W Randolph St., is one of Chicago's grandest venues, built in 1926 and boasting a lush French Baroque interior modelled on the Palace of Versailles. During World War II, the theatre's interior was painted white to trick the government, who needed brass for ammunition. It was later rediscovered and restored to the original state.  Its beautiful appearance alone attracts theatre lovers worldwide. This theatre is a top venue located in Chicago that hosts the biggest and best Broadway shows ever written.  It is handicapped accessible and air conditioned.  


    We will travel by Badger Bus.  Bus is equipped with bathroom and WiFi.

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

    LUNCH

    Lunch is on your own, but you are welcome to join the group lunch at the Randolph Tavern, just a few steps from the theater. We will order off the menu and have separate checks. There will be a $20 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) food and beverage minimum per person. The group lunch is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. It’s a good way to make new theater trip friends! Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. 

    ITINERARY

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    Leave Madison

    8:00 AM  Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods

    8:05 AM  Board Bus at Oakwood University Woods

    8:20 AM  Board bus at Capitol Lakes

    8:40 AM  Board bus at East Towne Sears light pole #10

    8:45 AM  Bus departs East Towne Sears for Chicago (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    12:00 PM Arrive Randolph Tavern, 188 West Randolph St., for those attending group lunch

    1:40 PM  Walk 300 feet to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph St.

    2:00 PM Come From Away performance begins

    3:40 PM Come From Away performance ends

    3:45 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:15 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    7:15 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    7:30 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

    Come From Away PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)  

    For further information: Contact Come From Away theater trip organizersNancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com, 608-358-4478 and Jean Kasten, jeankasten@yahoo.com, 608-358-5448.                

    • August 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 15
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    The Wait is Over!

    We have finally worked through to the end of PLATO Hamilton Chicago Theater Trip Wait List, and we have been at it for nearly three years.

    Hamilton Chicago tickets are now more plentiful than ever and have come down in price. This is the best time to join your PLATO friends and discover why the Hamilton Chicago production has been consistently rated the best in the Midwest.

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the Balcony)

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own

    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)

    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton Itinerary  ~  ~ ~        

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM       Arrive at the CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The CIBC Theatre Balcony is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton: An American Musical Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form

    For further information, contact Janet Cabot at jbcabot52@gmail.com

    • August 21, 2019
    • Sheboygan and Kohler
    • 36
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    John Michael Kohler Arts Center

    A nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is devoted to innovative explorations in contemporary American art. Its exhibitions focus on a wide range of art forms, with particular emphasis on sculpture, photography, crafts, new genres, installation art, ongoing folk traditions, and the work of self-taught artists.  The center has ten galleries, a theater, performance and meeting spaces, studio-classrooms, an all ages/all abilities activity space known as The ARTery, an on-site retail shop called ARTspace, and a cafe named ARTcafe.

    We will spend 2 1/4 hours at the Kohler Arts Center..  There will be a one-hour docent led tour and you will have the rest of the time to explore on your own.

    Exhibitions featured during our visit include:

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    Collective Consciousness: Mark Baum


    Born in 1903 in what is now Poland, Mark Baum (1903-1997) used painting as a mechanism to document and examine the changing philosophical and technological concerns of the twentieth century.  Collective Consciousness is the first museum exhibition of Baum’s enigmatic oeuvre and will include representative paintings from each phase of his fifty-year practice.

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    The Autotopographers


    In a 1995 essay, art historian Jennifer Gonzalez coined the term "autopography" to articulate the ways in which aspects of biography can be revealed in the creation of one's environment. Selected for their compelling ability to blend autobiography, history, and contemporary art practices, the artists participating in the exhibition use a variety of methodologies and materials to explore aspects of the self.

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    Dr. Charles Smith - Aurora


    The Arts Center draws from its renowned collection of artist-built environments to present more than 150 works by Dr. Charles Smith, most of which have not been on view since the dismantling of his Aurora, Illinois, environment in 1999.

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    Beauty Surplus: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

    Brooklyn-based artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (NY) is interested in the intersections of site-specific architecture and interdependent ecosystems.For her Open House Project installation, Fels investigates the architecture of the historic John Michael Kohler home and proposes interrelated sculptural forms that suggest change and transformation. Each room of the John Michael Kohler house galleries will be altered through a variety of ecologically inspired interventions.

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    Washrooms

    The John Michael Kohler Arts Center draws as many visitors to its famed washrooms as it does to its art exhibitions. These six gorgeous spaces—each commissioned to a different resident artist—are meant to symbolize the connection between art and industry. The Kohler Co. gave the artists full rein of its shops and foundries to explore new techniques in pottery, iron, enamel, and brass. The results are on permanent display (and use) in various wings of the center. Matt Nolen’s Social History of Architecture has a hand-glazed, floor-to-ceiling mural chronicling the history of architecture, while Ann Agee’s east men’s room is tiled in blue and white and centers on a theme of water.

    Kohler Design Center


    The Kohler Design Center is the Kohler Company museum showcase of product design.  The main floor showcases the products of the companies that comprise the Kohler family of businesses.  It features Kohler's own "great wall of china", a floor-to-ceiling display of plumbing fixtures in all shapes, sizes and colors.  In the lower level is an arts gallery developed by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. 

    From a recent review on TripAdvisor: "This design center is a blast...........just to see all the latest in faucets, bathroom fixtures and how they are laid out is fascinating and gives you wonderful ideas if planning to remodel or build a home. And, of course, you have to see the Wall of China.  And, in the lower level, is the history of the Village of Kohler and a sampling of what is exhibited at the Kohler Arts Center in downtown Sheboygan. A truly fun and enlightening place to visit."

    You will have 45 minutes to explore the Design Center on your own.


    James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden


    The James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden is nestled in the Town of Wilson woods just south of Sheboygan. This site, cared for by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, is dotted with sculptures loosely connected by a woodland path.

    James Tellen (1880–1957) was inspired to create his sculptures after a stay recuperating at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. He spent time gazing out his window at the yard of the Holy Name Church across the street where there were intriguing grottos built of rounded stones with statues of the Virgin Mary and other holy figures. A devout Catholic, Tellen was receptive to the power of these figures integrated in a natural setting. Uniting his interest in art, nature, and religion, Tellen decided to tackle large-scale sculpting, using concrete rather than marble or stone to mold his outdoor pieces.

    You will have 30 minutes to explore the sculpture garden on your own.  If it is raining we will skip the garden and return to Madison after the John Michael Kohler Art Museum.

    Lunch at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler


    You will have one hour for lunch on your own at the Shops at Woodlake Center at Kohler.   Dining is available at Cucina, Craverie Chocolatier Café, Brewed Awakening, and Woodlake Market Atrium Café.

    Itinerary   

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    7:45 AM     Departs Oakwood

    8:10 AM     Departs Capitol Lakes

    8:30 AM     Departs East Towne Sears                                    

    Kohler

    10:30 AM     Arrives at Kohler Design Center

    11:30 AM     Arrives at Shops at Woodlake Center

    12:30 PM     Departs for Sheboygan

    Sheboygan

    12:45 PM    Arrives at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

    1:00 PM      One-hour docent-led tour of the Arts Center

    3:00 PM      Departs for James Tellen Sculpture Garden

    3:45 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:45 PM      Arrives at East Towne Sears

    6:15 PM      Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    6:35 PM      Arrives at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.  Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:  All Kohler Trip Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    For further information contact Kohler Trip Organizer

    Martha Zydowsky mzydowsky@gmail.com - 608-213-6907



     

 

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