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!  ($80) Thursday, July 12, 2018

We 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 accommodated)

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
  • Skydeck

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.

Culture, Schmulture! ($76) 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 guide.

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!

Maggiano’s ($30)
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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or By check to:
Patricia Lurvey
5S040 Pebblewood Lane W407
Naperville, IL 60563

Transportation to Chicago ($20)

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.