Trip Cancellation Policy- Fees for day trips are non-refundable within 10 working days of the trip if a replacement cannot be found. Please call and speak with a staff person and let them know you cannot attend the trip. We will do our best to find a replacement for you on the trip. If we are successful, you will be given a credit on your account or issued a refund check.
Fees for overnight trips are non refundable 30 days before the trip unless a replacement can be found.
NSC would like to accommodate special dietary restrictions when a program involves food. If you have a dietary restriction, please fill out a meal ticket upon registration for each event to ensure your dietary needs are accommodated. When registering online, please call the NSC with your dietary restriction needs for each event.
Amish Acres - Nappanee, IN (Overnight trip)
Itinerary - Everything is included in the price, unless it is noted in the description
Day 1 Tuesday, Sep 24 • Check-in 9:30am • Depart 10:00am
12:00pm(EST) Coppes Commons where you can eat lunch on your own (not included in price), shop or enjoy the flower quilt garden.
2:00pm Explore the wonders of Amish Acres as you tour the 80-acre historic farm including a guided house and farm tour, farm wagon ride tour, documentary films Genesis and Exodus
4:00pm Welcome reception featuring homemade sweet bread and punch at the Inn at Amish Acres
6:00pm Famous family style Threshers dinner in the restaurant barn
8:00pm Enjoy a performance in the majestic Round Barn Theater
Day 2 Wednesday, Sep 25
6:30-9:00am Complimentary continental breakfast at the Inn
9:30 am Countryside bus tour with Amish Acres step-on guide. Includes a stop at Rentown Amish Store
11:00am Shopping in Amish Acres courtyard shoppes and The Cow Shed
12:00pm Lunch in Amish Acres Restaurant
1:00pm Explore Nappanee Welcome Center and downtown area
3:00pm Depart from Nappanee
5:00pm (CST) Approximate arrival time to Niles
Tuesday, Sep 24 • Check-in 9:30am • Depart 10:00am • Return Wednesday, Sep 25 arrival time 5:00pm (approx.)
Double occupancy $158M/$163NM • Single Occupancy $208M/$213NM
**Overnight trip cancellation policy - Fees for overnight trips are non refundable 30 days before the trip unless a replacement can be found.**
Please register at front desk of NSC
If Statues Could Talk Tour (Waitlist Only - 9/5/19 Trip)
Second Trip Added & Available - 10/10/19
Th, Sep 5 • Check-in 9:00am • Departing 9:30am -3:30pm (approx.) • $68M/$73NM (WAITLIST ONLY)
Th, Oct 10 Check-in 9:00am • Departing 9:30am -3:30pm (approx.) • $68M/$73NM
(Anticipate moderate walking) - Chicago
Join Beth Sair for a tour of the Talking Statues of Chicago and discover unique details about the city’s history. These compelling stories are written by Chicagoans, voiced by Chicago actors and co-produced by Chicago theaters. Find out which set of statues speak as the unofficial mascots of Chicago and which statue claims he actually discovered America 500 years before Columbus. Using drama, humor and location technology, Statue Stories Chicago breathes new life into the city’s marvelous public art collection. Lunch will be at Uncle Julio's Hacienda which will include chips, an assortment of dips, beef and chicken buffet, rice, frijoles, and sopapillas for dessert! For a full itinerary, please stop at the NSC front desk.
Hot Air Balloons NSC Rebels - RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE
W, Sep 11 • Check-in 4:50am • Depart 5:00am -10:45am (approx.) • $205M/$210NM
(Anticipate heavy walking) - New Hampshire, IL
Flying up and away on a hot air balloon ride is a truly unforgettable experience. You will enjoy breath-taking views, landmarks, and the wonder of nature from a new and unique perspective as you take to the skies in one of Nostalgia Ballooning’s gorgeous hot air balloons. Make memories to last a lifetime on your hot air balloon experience, and after your flight, we will celebrate with a mimosa and breakfast items. Space is limited! If you are interested, please ask the front desk for the most frequently asked questions sheet.
Arlington Race TrackTh, Sep 12 • Check-in 11:15am • Depart 11:45am-5:45 (approx.) • $24M/$29NM
(Anticipate moderate walking) - Arlington Heights
Get ready to place your bets! The ticket includes admission and transportation. Lunch is on your own, but it’s value day! Cobey’s Food Court is offering a $5.99 value meal special.
Cubs Game at Wrigley Field vs Reds Community Event (Waitlist Only)
M, Sep 16 • Check-in 4:45pm• Depart 5:15–11:00pm • $45
(Anticipate heavy walking) - Chicago
If you haven’t been to Wrigley Field lately you will be amazed by the renovations of the ballpark and surrounding neighborhood. The price includes the ticket (section 225) and bus, no food or drinks are included. Ticket includes rainout insurance.
Michigan Wine, Dine, and Gamble at Four Winds Casino
W, Sep 18 • Check-in 8:00am • Depart 8:30am – 8:30pm (approx.) • $87M/$92NM
(Anticipate moderate walking) - New Buffalo, MI
Join us for a fun filled day in Michigan. We’ll start at Tabor Hill for lunch featuring salad, your choice of: 1) Tabor Hill club, 2) hot ham and brie, or 3) grilled chicken sandwich, and gelato with freshly made biscotti. Lunch will be served at 11:00am Central Time. After lunch we will enjoy wine tastings at Tabor Hill and Round Barn Winery. We’ll finish the day at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo. Dinner is on your own.
Miracle Royal George Theater (Waitlist Only) - CHANGE OF DATE
Th, Sep 19 • Check-in 9:45am • Depart 10:15am - 5:45pm (approx.) • $89M/$94NM
(Anticipate minimal walking) - Chicago
MIRACLE, a new musical 108 years in the making, holds its thrilling World Premiere at the Royal George Theatre. Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue-collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith, lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. As times change and the family business, a bar in Wrigleyville, faces the threat of a growing neighborhood, can they keep the faith, not just in their team, but each other? Lunch before the show will be at Stock and Ledger featuring soup or salad, and a choice of: 1) chopped salad 2) cheddar burger 3) blackened tilapia sandwich 4) chef’s vegetarian creation and dessert.
Maine East Fall Performance
Th, Oct 3 | 4:00pm | FREE
2601 W Dempster, Park Ridge
Free event and on your own trip. Play title will be announced in September. Information will be available at NSC front desk upon registration.
Ghost Pub Tour by Nightly Spirits
Tu, Oct 15 | Check-in 3:30pm | 4-9pm | $63M/$68NM
(Anticipate heavy walking) - Lincoln Park
Chicago Start your tour at the haunted Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park, and follow your costumed guide on a 1-mile journey with 3-4 pub stops along the way. The tour will last about two hours, meaning we'll have plenty of time to show you two or three bars with spirits of their own. The purchase of drinks is not included or required, so be prepared for some downtime at each bar if you choose not to drink. We will be enjoying dinner at the Red Lion Pub which will include a variety of options: 1) fish & chips, 2) four cheese toastie sandwich, 3) crispy chicken sandwich , 4) pub burger sandwich, 5) corned beef sandwich (drinks and dessert are on your own).
Barrel Run Brewery Tour
W, Oct 23 • Check-in and pizza 11:15am • Depart 12:00pm -3:30pm (approx.) • $70M/$75NM
(Anticipate moderate walking) - Chicago
Guests will be safely transported to three local breweries or distilleries in Chicago and receive samples, 45-55oz of craft beer or 9-15 samples of craft spirits in total! At one location guests will receive a tour of the brewery or distillery production facility. Average Tour length is 3.5 hours. Prior to departure we will be having pizza before we board the barrel!
The Walnut Room Holiday Dining Experience (Waitlist Only)
Second Trip Added - Call the NSC for details
W, Nov 6 | Check-in 9:30am | 10am-3pm | $59M/$64NM
(Minimal to heavy walking) - Chicago
A Chicago tradition since 1905, the world-famous Walnut Room was the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. Start the season with elaborate holiday decorations and cheer. You will have an hour to explore the decorated department store and window displays before lunch. The holiday group dining menu includes coffee and tea, meal selection 1) chicken pot pie 2) meatloaf 3) butternut squash tortellaci pasta 4) caramelized salmon and for dessert frango mint pie
Mary Poppins at Drury Lane - Community Event
W, Nov 27 | Check-in 10:30am | 11am-5pm | Adult $78, Under 21 $74
(Anticipate minimal walking)
Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a must see! Lunch will include potato leek soup, entrée selection 1) bistro steak 2) roasted turkey and stuffing 3) 8 finger cavatelli and for dessert chocolate mousse.
Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden
F, Nov 22 | Check-in 3pm | 3:30-8:30pm | $89M/$94NM
(Anticipate heavy walking) - Chicago
This NEW show will transform the Garden into a festive, magical world of light, art, and sound! You will walk along a nearly mile-long path (the walk is broken up between dinner) filled with detailed, curated art experiences at every turn: a towering tunnel of lights, light beams dancing through singing trees, even the natural beauty of firelight! We will have the Greenhouse Galleries as our private dining area with elegant table linens and catering attendant. The buffet will include red & green leaf lettuce, roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, shaved red onion, red wine vinaigrette, sliced chicken breast with tomatoes, artichokes & kalamata olives, rosemary & lemon roasted new potatoes, grilled asparagus with balsamic glaze, warm farro tabbouleh with baby kale, brûléed cheesecake bites.
Christmas with the Convertibles at White Fence Farm (Waitlist Only)
Second Trip Added - Call the NSC for more information
W, Dec 4 | Check-in 10am | 10:30am-4pm | $58M/$63NM
(Anticipate minimal walking) - Romeoville
Enjoy fabulous harmonies with songs from the 50s and 60s as we celebrate the joys of Christmas with the Convertibles! Lunch will feature White Fence Farm's 4-piece fried chicken meal: cole slaw, homemade corn fritters, cottage cheese, kidney bean salad, homemade chicken gravy, pickled beets, baked potato, and vanilla ice cream.
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
F, Dec 20 | Check-in 10:30am | 11am-6pm | $74M/$79NM
(Anticipate minimal walking) - Evanston
A Pharaoh who looks a lot like Elvis, 12 singing and dancing brothers, a remarkable narrator and Joseph himself make this tuneful and colorful show perfect for the holidays. We will have lunch at Maggiano's, which will include stuffed mushrooms, Caesar salad, rigatoni with meat sauce, chicken piccata, and lemon cookies.
W, Feb 26| Check-in 10am | 10:30am-4:30pm | $62M/$67NM
(Anticipate minimal walking) - Lake Forest
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. Before the show we will be having lunch at Little Tails. Please choose from one of the following: 1) half turkey club & cup of soup, 2) half a Reuben sandwich & cup of soup, 3) blackened chicken breast with seasonal vegetable and choice of potato, 4) mac n’ cheese with bacon, 5) fettuccini alfredo, 6) cranberry wrap, 7) chopped salad with grilled chicken.
Madame Butterfly Lyric Opera
Th, Mar 5 | Check-in 11:30am | Lunch 12pm 12:30-6:30pm | $155M/$160NM
(Anticipate minimal walking) - Chicago
An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he's married an American woman and has come to take his young son—Cio-Cio-San's child—back with him. Lunch before departure will include: 1) American sub sandwich or 2) Caprese sub sandwich chips and dessert.