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    • October 02, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 10
    Register

    Chicago's First Lady

    Registration for the member only option (which includes the boat ride and admission to the CAC) is closed - we had to give them a final count along with  payment two weeks before the trip.  However, the bus only option is available through September 30.

    Now that the dog days of summer are over, join us to view some of Chicago's architectural wonders.  Our bus will drop us off at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) located at the corner of N. Michigan Avenue/East Wacker Drive.  From there you will have the opportunity to take a river cruise, explore the CAC museum, choose from six different architectural walking tours, or meander along the recently inaugurated Riverwalk

    Read a recent New York Times article about the CAC at The Second City Claims First in Architecture.

    If you choose the Member (with option to add guest) selection,  you will have a 90 minute guided cruise along the Chicago river from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm on Chicago's First Lady boat.  A ticket to the Chicago Architecture Center is included in your registration fee.  You will have time for lunch before the boat ride and after the boat ride you will have two hours to explore the Chicago Architecture Center museum and stroll the adjacent Chicago Riverwalk.

    If you choose the Member Bus Only Independent Study (with option to add guest) selection,  you can choose among the following guided tours:  Reliance Building; Chicago Icons, Past and Present; Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building; Art Deco Skyscrapers: the Loop; and Magnificent Architecture of the Magnificent Mile (you must register and pay for these tours yourself - see more details below). The bus only option does not include the river cruise or admission to the Chicago Architecture Center.


    Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive

    Chicago's First Lady Cruises Dock, 112 E.Wacker Drive

    Chicago's First Lady Boat Cruise


    We will be taking a tour aboard Chicago's First Lady, which is the only Chicago River cruise partnered with the non-profit Chicago Architecture Center.  It has been rated by TripAdvisor as the number one river boat tour in Chicago - see First Lady Review.

    Our cruise will be from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM.  This relaxing 90-minute tour features both indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service bar and snack bar, and is consistently named by locals and visitors alike as the best way to see Chicago.  For more than 25 years, the CAC's expertly trained docent volunteers have led the river cruise, sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you'll get the best overview of Chicago’s architecture and its history.

    Tours depart rain or shine unless the Coast Guard deems it not to be safe to be on the river (a very rare occurrence). In addition to the open air top deck there is a climate controlled salon that can accommodate all passengers. The tour can still be heard when in the salon; however seating is limited.


    Chicago Architecture Center


    Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages.  The Chicago Architecture Center is the city’s new all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of fascinating exhibits.

    At the Chicago Architecture Center, you can:

    • Learn how Chicago became "the city of architecture" with exhibits about its diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and up-and-coming projects
    • View the largest 3D model of Chicago, with more than 4,200 buildings and cinematic elements that tell amazing stories of the city
    • Discover the international influence of skyscrapers, through super-sized models of tall buildings from around the globe
    • Explore how design will shape the cities of tomorrow and imagine what urban life will look like in 2050


    Bus Only Independent Study Option

    We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option.  This option does not include the river cruise or admission to the Chicago Architecture Center. 


    If you choose this option, you can choose from CAC's walking tours.  On October 2,  the following tours are available during our time in Chicago (click on the links in red for more detailed information about each tour):


     

                      Reliance Building                                    Marina City and the IBM Building


    12:15 PM - 1:00 PM -  Reliance Building (Alise Chicago)


    1:00 PM - 2:45 PM -  Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present


    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM -  Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building


    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM -  Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop


    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM -  Magnificent Architecture of the Magnificent Mile

     

    Please note: if you choose any of the tours from the above list, you will have to sign up and pay on your own.  Read the description carefully - some of the tours do not leave from the CAC building.  It is best to sign up for these tours before signing up for the PLATO bus trip to ensure your registration.  It is unlikely that there will be space available if you try to sign up for the tour when you arrive at CAC the day of the trip.


    And if you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own, you can also choose the bus only option.  The bus will only make one stop – at the Chicago Architectural Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive..


    The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $42 and for Guests it is $52.

    Lunch is on your own

    The newly completed Riverwalk has a number of restaurants for your enjoyment. You can view a map of the riverwalk along with restaurants at Chicago Riverwalk Concession and Area Map.  The First Lady boat dock is at #19 on the map.

      

    Another suggestion for lunch is the Wells St Market, a high-end food court.  It is located at 205 W. Wacker which is a 15 minute walk along the riverwalk from the boat drop-off point and a half-block from the riverwalk itself.

    And if the weather is bad there are many fast-food options available in the Pedway, a network of underground passages, which is accessible directly from the CAC.

    Accessibility

    To access the boat dock from the Chicago Architecture Center, there are some steep stairs. To access the dock by foot without using the stairs, from Wacker Dr., use the ramp located at State Street (two blocks from the CAC)  to descend to the river level and then travel east and pass under the Michigan Avenue Bridge to reach the Chicago's First Lady dock.

    Is the CAFC River Cruise wheelchair accessible?

    No, the boat tour is not ADA accessible. None of our boats are able to accommodate motorized scooters.

    However, we do offer early boarding for our passengers with limited mobility. We can provide standard wheelchairs for passengers who need them and make accommodations for those with other disabilities. Upon arrival at Chicago’s First Lady boat dock, speak to any uniformed employee to request assistance.

    Although it's not required, we recommend that a caregiver accompany a guest with mobility restrictions to facilitate movement during the cruise and to assist in the unlikely case of an emergency.

    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

    7:15 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    7:30 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:55 AM     Arrives Capitol Lakes for boarding

    8:20 AM     Arrives East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:30 AM     Departs for Chicago (or sooner if everybody is on board)                                   

    Chicago

    11:15 AM     Arrives Chicago Architectural Foundation

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM    River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

    4:20 PM      Begins boarding for return trip

    4:30 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    7:45 PM        Arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:05 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:25 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. 

    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 Chicago Architecture Trip Organizers:

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

    Irene Zimmerman - irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com - 608-658-4685

     
    • November 08, 2019
    • Spring Green, Wisconsin
    • 9
    Register


    A Doll's House, Part 2 @ American Players Theatre
    Touchstone Theatre
    Friday, November
     8 matinee

    Join us Friday, November 8th, for our American Players Theatre (APT) play, A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath.

    Directed by Brenda Devita. Featuring: Sarah Day, Jim DeVita, Colleen Madden, Melisa Pereyra.

    Synopsis:  With a knock at the door, Nora is launched back into a household she helped burn to the ground 15 years before.  But even after all this time, family ties cinch tighter than expected, and she discovers that confronting people she hurt in the past takes courage, a good sense of humor, and a strong sense of self.  A fast-paced and contemporary sequel to A Doll’s House, that also stands perfectly well on its own.

    Seating:  Tickets are located in the center section, Touchstone's exceptional seat area.  

    Special Event for trip registrants:  A movie viewing and discussion of the original story of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen will be presented October 24th, 2:00 pm at Oakwood Village University Woods.


    For more information on the play, see APT's A Doll’s House, Part 2 website.

    Estimated Run Time: 2 hours, with no intermission (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

    A Doll’s House, Part 2 will be staged in APT's 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. It's about a 5-minute stroll from the parking lot, up a gentle slope (though there is a shuttle available if you prefer to ride). The path leads through the prairie to a beautiful, modern, intimate, and climate-controlled facility. Once inside, you'll find a gift shop, concession stand and restrooms--the same amenities as the Hill Theatre (but to slightly smaller scale). More information about this theater.

    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.

    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 Spring Green 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 - Please arrive 15 minutes before departure                                          

    8:40 AM Bus arrives East Towne Sears (boarding across from Culver’s, west of Lamppost 10)                                                                                                                       

    9:00 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears 

    9:20 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes       

    9:40 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village University Woods for Spring Green (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Spring Green                                                                                          

    10:45 AM Bus arrives in downtown Spring Green for lunch (on  your own).  A group lunch location, for those who wish to participate, will be at Freddy Valentine's Public House.

    12:15 PM Bus departs for American Players Theatre.  If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding--the route is short, but the shuttle may be small.                                                          

    1:00 PM A Doll’s House, Part 2 performance begins  

    3:00 PM A Doll’s House, Part 2 performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

    3:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (estimated)                          

    4:20 PM Return to Oakwood Village University Woods

    4:40 PM Return to Capitol Lakes                       

    5:00 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    _______________________________________________________________________

    For further information: Contact A Doll’s House, Part 2 theater trip organizers:

    Jean Kasten jeankasten@yahoo.com 608-358-5448

    ● Tammy Albrecht tbirdalbrecht@gmail.com 608-449-0401

    • November 13, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 21
    Register


                                                        Flowers (1964)

    This major retrospective—the first to be organized by a US institution in 30 years—builds on the wealth of new research, scholarship, and perspectives that have emerged since Andy Warhol’s early death in 1987. More than 350 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that Warhol anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.



    Selection from "Ads" (1985)


    Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City last November.   New York Times art critic Holland Carter, in a review titled Meet Warhol, Again, in This Brilliant Whitney Show, wrote "He’s the most important American artist of the second half of the 20th century. The Whitney show vividly restores him to full, commanding view, and reasserts his importance for a new generation, but does so in a carefully shaped and edited way."


    Read other  Reviews of Andy Warhol From A to B and Back Again.pdf


                                                  Celebrity Portrait Installation


    Join us for a trip to see this not-to-be missed exhibition. It pulls together all periods of his career and showcases the full spectrum of his work including paintings, drawings, sculpture, drawings, video and more.

    The registration fee ($77 for PLATO members and $92 for PLATO guests) includes admission to the Art Institute, special admission charge for the Warhol exhibition, and a 45-minute seated slide lecture on the Warhol exhibition.


             

                           Mao (1972)                                         Self-Portrait  (1964)


               

                    Superman (1961)                            Green Coca-Cola Bottles (1962)


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

    To learn more about the Warhol exhibition, go to Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

    Other exhibitions on display during our visit include:

    Rubens, Rembrandt, and Drawing in the Golden Age

    PHOTOGRAPHY + FOLK ART: Looking for America in the 1930s

    One Hundred Views of Tokyo: Message to the 21st Century

    In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury

    The Impressionist Pastel

    Weaving beyond the Bauhaus

    Postcommodity: With Each Incentive

    Eleanor Antin: Time’s Arrow

    Click for Museum Map

    Click for Museum Gift Shops

    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

    6:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    6:40 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:00 AM     Arrives Capitol Lakes for boarding

    7:20 AM     Arrives East Towne Sears for boarding.

    7:30 AM     Departs for Chicago or sooner if everybody is aboard                                   

    Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrives Art Institute

    10:45-11:30 AM  Seated slide lecture featuring the Warhol Exhibition

    3:20 PM      Begins boarding for return trip

    3:30 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:45 PM        Arrives at East Towne Sears

    7:00 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    7:20 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.


    For further information contact Warhol Exhibition Trip Organizers:

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

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

 

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