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The Best of Chicago

March 30 - April 4, 2022

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Tosca, plus the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Art/Architecture tours, Oak Park (Frank Lloyd Wright), highlights of The Loop, gourmet cuisine and wine. Peninsula Hotel.

The only way to deal with our disappointment at missing the 2020 Ring in Chicago is to return and do the best tour possible of one of our favourite cities.

We have top-category orchestra seats for three performances at Lyric Opera–Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Terence Blanchard’s opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the book by Charles M. Blow, starring Will Liverman, Latonia Moore, Jacqueline Echols, Chauncey Packer and Christopher Kenney, and Puccini’s Tosca starring Michelle Bradley, Russell Thomas, Fabián Veloz, Rodell Rosel and Alan Higgs. Any lectures and special Ring events that coincide with our attendance will be included. We will also include any concerts announced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that occur during our stay.

We will stay for 8 nights in Deluxe rooms at The Peninsula Chicago, the five-star hotel on the Magnificent Mile that brought traditional Asian service to a city already renowned for the warmth of its hospitality. The Peninsula has received a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating each year since its opening, and was named the #1 hotel in Chicago and the #2 hotel in the USA in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report. 

In addition to full breakfast each day and 7 additional exquisite meals, we will enjoy private art and architecture tours around the city, with a special focus on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Only 18 spaces will be available.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
– Arrival and check-in at the Peninsula Hotel Chicago.
19.00 Gather in the hotel lobby for introductions and a Welcome Dinner in the elegant lobby of the hotel.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31
09.30 Gather in the lobby and meet our guide, Larry Simon, prior to a tour to Oak Park and neighbouring River Forest to view some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest work (Winslow House, Roberts House, Unity Temple).
12.30 A simple lunch is included at Hemmingway’s Bistro.
14.00 We then tour Robie House and some of the more interesting buildings on the campus of the University of Chicago.
16.30 Back to the hotel.
19.00 Gather and depart for dinner at Spiaggia.   

FRIDAY, APRIL 1
10.00 Gather in the lobby and depart on a coach and walking tour of Chicago with our superb guide, Larry Simon.
12.30 Return to the hotel. Lunch is at leisure.
16.45 Depart by private coach to Proxi for a special dinner prior to our first performance: Beethoven 9 under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis in the Ardis Krainik Theater (Lyric Opera). 19.30 curtain.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2
13.00  Following a morning at leisure, we gather and transfer for lunch at Gibson’s.
16.00 Return to the hotel.
18.45 Depart for Lyric Opera and Fire Shut Up in My Bones. 19.30 curtain.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3
09.30 Today we enjoy a tour at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of America’s great art experiences, wit a wide-ranging collection—from world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe. Following the tour, you will have time to peruse the collection on your own and have lunch.
13.00 Depart of the Lyric Opera and a glass of champagne prior to Puccini’s timeless Tosca.  14.00 curtain.
19.00 Dinner is included afterward at Sepia.

MONDAY, APRIL 4
Airport transfers are included, and will be advised on site.