29th Annual Beauty
and the Beast Convention!
Windy City Dreams – with Love, All Things are Possible
Chicagoland, Illinois (Naperville)
July 13 – 15, 2018
|Get to Know Chicago!
July 12, 2018
will be taken by bus into the Windy City and start off the day with an
architectural tour of the city by river. Led by a professionally
trained architectural guide, learn about the story of more than 130
years of innovation in design, style, and technique. (Wheel chairs
Next, we will be joined by a tour guide from Chicago Trolley who will
guide us around the city with several occasions to get off and take
pictures and look around. Some of the areas to be seen include...
- Millennium Park (don’t miss the Bean!)
This stop will include a boxed lunch.
- Michigan Ave. Bridge
- Art Institute (get a photo with the lions!)
- Field Museum/Shedd Aquarium
- Navy Pier (lots of shops!)
- Magnificent Mile (again, lots of shops!)
- Water Tower (survived the Chicago fire!)
- Hancock Center
We will end the day at the Skydeck, which is the top floor of the
Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower). Do you dare to go out
onto the glass ledge and look down? Get a picture for proof! Enjoy the
spectacular 360 degree view of the city. They have souvenirs galore, so
don’t forget to do a little shopping!
By the end of this day, you should have a good overview of the city,
and be ready to explore in more detail.
Monday, July 16, 2018|
You can’t come to the city and not visit one of our fine museums! Many
asked to be able to pick, so in an effort to make that possible, here
is what will happen.
Everyone will rank their preference for the three. Group minimums must
be met to get the price of the add-on. For the Art Institute and
Science and Industry Museum, the minimum is 15; the Field Museum
minimum is 10. If a minimum for a museum is not met, you will have the
option of selecting from one of the other two, or a refund for the day.
Chicago Art Institute
We will be guided through the museum with the Impressionism tour,
including Monet, Degas, Renoir and others. After, there will be time
for individual exploration. Don’t forget to get your picture with the
lions out front! You will also be able to buy lunch at the museum.
Minimum needed: 15
Chicago Field Museum
We will be guided through the museum with a docent to explain and
answer questions. Special exhibits to be viewed include mummies and
Antarctic dinosaurs! You will also be able to buy lunch at the museum.
Minimum needed: 10
Chicago Science and Industry Museum
Check out the U505, a captured German Uboat. Maybe you’d rather see and
learn about a Coal mine. Your ticket will include access to the theater
and special exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar that explores the science
and technology that brings to life beloved animated film and beloved
characters. You will also be able to buy lunch at the museum.
Minimum needed: 15
After getting culture at a museum, let’s learn about a more colorful
time in Chicago’s history – the Gangster Tour!
After pickup from the Museums, we will be joined by a gangster tour
Learn about Chicago as it was during the
20s and 30s. See the hit spots (yes, hit spots or where disagreements
got settled Chicago-style!), the taverns, and hot spots where Capone,
Moran, and Dillinger hung out. Deese was da days!
We will end the day back in Naperville and as an optional add-on to an
add-on, a marvelous Italian dinner, family style, awaits at Magiano’s
nearby the hotel.
The menu will be:
Appetizer – Four Cheese Ravioli Fritte
Salad – Italian tossed
Choice of Spaghetti, Meat or Marinara Sauce -or-
Rigatoni “D”, Chicken with Mushrooms, Marsala Sauce
Dessert – Double Chocolate Brownies
* Gluten free Pasta options prepared upon request.
Note: There is a minimum of 30 needed for the dinner. You do not have
to attend the tour to sign up for the dinner.
Keepin’ It Local! ($50)||Tuesday, July 17, 2018|
|We begin the day at Cantigny (Can-TEE-ney) Park, the 500-acre former
estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, former editor and publisher of
the Chicago Tribune. It is named after a small village in France where
Colonel McCormick commanded an artillery battalion in WWI and was the
first victory in that war.|
You can visit the Robert R. McCormick Museum (mansion). The First
Division Museum, Cantigny Gardens, Education Center, and Walking Trails.
We will have lunch at Le Jardin restaurant where most items are $10 –
12, After lunch, you can continue your exploration for a bit before we
move on to our second stop of the day.
|We continue the festivities at Pinot’s
Palette. Here we will all learn how to paint a picture which
will include Vincent & Catherine in it. It’s a two-hour session
and wine is available to loosen your artistic abilities! You will
produce your own very special souvenir to take home from the con!|
Pinot’s is in downtown Naperville, so you may plan dinner at one of the
downtown eateries, shop, and explore Naperville’s Riverwalk.
Deadline for adding is June 1
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5S040 Pebblewood Lane W407
Naperville, IL 60563
If there are any open seats on Thursday and Monday, people planning to
go on their own are welcome to purchase seating on the bus for $20
round trip. It will be air-conditioned, filled with your friends, and
about the same price as riding the train and way less confusing. You
just need to be mindful of the time of pickup so you can make it back
with the group.
The Blue Line runs into Union Station and the hotel shuttle will take
you to Fifth Avenue Station where you can catch a train.