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    • May 05, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 27
    Register


    Two Trains Running @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse

    Sunday, May 5, 2019


    A CLASSIC FROM AN AMERICAN MASTER PLAYWRIGHT

    It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Civil Rights movement may just be an impractical dream.

    Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary, in the play The New York Times declared as “Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.”

    Run Time: Three hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Learn more by visiting the Two Trains Running website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news.

    Two Trains Running will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    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. 

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, 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. 


    For this trip, the location of our Optional Group Lunch will be a favorite French restaurant from past trips, the Pastiche at the Metro located in the Hotel Metro a few blocks east of the Milwaukee Rep. It is walk-able (map) for some, yet bus drop off and pick up is an option especially if it's a rainy day, They serve a great brunch and will seat us in a back banquet room that is carpeted and quiet.


    11:30 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Wells Street entrance 

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Milwaukee Museum Independent Study Option

    Select one of three museums to visit while others are attending the play

    1. Grohmann Museum 
    2. Milwaukee Art Museum 
    3. Milwaukee Public Museum

    PLATO bus will drop you off and pick you up. Museum admission and lunch is on your own. Check with trip organizer for details.

    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 Milwaukee 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

    8:45 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    9:15 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:35 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:55 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:45 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    12:50 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    1:15 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    2:00 PM Two Trains Running performance begins

    5:00 PM Two Trains Running performance ends

    5:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    5:20 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    7:00 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Oaks

    Two Trains Running Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Two Trains Running theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741.

                        
    • May 22, 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 20
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    Join us Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for this stunning production of West Side Story in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


    It may be months away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

    We have 90 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

    Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)


    Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway Musical Masterpiece.

    Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and families battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for "a place for us...somewhere." Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of "Maria" and "Tonight" to the exuberance of "America" and the humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke." Add to the bold, sexy and iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience that you'll never forget.

    Run Time: two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

    A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival of Cooperstown, NY.

    WEST SIDE STORY: Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS, Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS, Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Original production directed and choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS.


    Meet the ARTISTS

    The Celebrated Musical West Side Story Hit's Lyric's Stage in 2019


    Lyric Opera of Chicago:

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy walking distance of 
    The Lyric
    (W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

    A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

    Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

    Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck. (Note: PLATO Group Lunch will be dining here.)

    Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

    One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 

    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

    6:45 AM       Arrive at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:10 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes to begin boarding

    7:30 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM West Side Story performance begins

    3:50 PM   West Side Story performance ends and begin boarding

    4:15 PM    Estimated departure for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:15 PM East Towne Sears

    7:40 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 PM Oakwood Village West 

    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 require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    West Side Story Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • June 02, 2019
    • Glencoe
    • 11
    Register


    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

    4:30 PM        Next to Normal performance ends and boarding begins 

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    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 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
    • 13
    Register


    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.


    The garden has a renowned bonsai collection.

    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.

    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
    • 2
    Register

    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
    • 33
    Register

                         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

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    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)

    6:45 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:00 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:20 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
    • 21
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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 23, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Trempleau, Wisconsin
    • 26
    Register


    Join us on 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. 

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    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:

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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 garmet. 

    ·      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.

     



    • July 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Chicago
    • 51
    Register



    Hamilton: The Exhibition

    Journey Through the Founding of America

    Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable story has inspired millions of Americans. Now, you can see it through his eyes in this 360-degree immersive exhibition inspired by the revolutionary musical. The massive Hamilton Exhibition Tent is the size of a football field.

    Featuring an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author Lin-Manuel  Miranda, Hamilton: The Exhibition is designed to take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America.

    With a dynamic and interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music and historical artifacts, you will experience how it felt to write the way Hamilton wrote, fight the way Hamilton fought, and live the way Hamilton lived.


    Sit at Hamilton’s desk and discover how his work as a trader in St. Croix gave him the skills to create our country’s financial system. Gaze upon the streets of New York with detailed replicas of the city in 1776. Step into George Washington’s war tent as you learn how the Revolutionary Army planned their shocking victory in the Battle of Yorktown.

    Hamilton: The Exhibition posits new questions about Hamilton’s life and the founding of America, ultimately leaving us to ask the question — how can we leave our own legacies for future Americans?

    Grandchildren Welcome

    Bring your granddaughter and/or grandson for a special Sunday summer road trip.

    Lunch and Exploring

    10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

    Caution: Check Sunday Hours to Ensure Eateries Are Open

    Lunch is on your own.

    We will be stopping at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

    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

    Chicago Millennium Park Nearby Eats

    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.

    – 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

    7:00 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood Village West for boarding

    7:20 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:40 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding

    8:00 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

    Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute for lunch and exploring

    12:15 PM     Begin boarding for Hamilton Exhibition on Northerly Island

    1:00 PM       Hamilton Exhibition tour begins

    3:30 PM       Depart for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:15 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    6:35 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:00 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. 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.


    For further information:  contact Hamilton: The Exhibition Trip Organizer: Bob Blitzke at bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741.  
    • August 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 55
    Register


    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 lower Mezzanine, Rows E-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, 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. Our group lunch will be held in the Lockwood Restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Palmer House, near the CIBC Theatre.


    ~  ~  ~   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

    11:15 AM      Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at 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 Mezzanine 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 (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton: An American Musical theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

 

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