Join us for an architectural tour of historical buildings and homes
in the old capital city of Springfield, IL.
Although not as old as the state of Illinois, Springfield was founded
soon after Illinois joined the Union in 1818 and quickly became
a center of government, first as the seat of Sangamon County
in 1821 and then as the state capital in 1837.
Many of the city's historical buildings have been restored
and are open to the public for tours.
We will have an opportunity to explore the grounds and interiors
of these buildings and to learn more about their history
with the help of local guides.
|Architectural Tour of Springfield
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Signup Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
Cost/person: $53.00 for members; $58 for non-members (limit of 50 people).
Price includes bus transportation, lunch, all entry fees
and suggested donations, taxes, and tips for bus driver,
restaurant staff, and tour guides.
Accessibility: A wheelchair-accessible bus is available on this date.
Buildings are accessible but may require advance notice
to make arrangements for special needs.
Please contact Julia or Kathy if you require any assistance
or accommodations for your tour.
Departure and Return: The bus departs from County-Market on Mattis
in Champaign at 7:30 am, and will return around 5pm.
Additional intinerary details can be found in the
on page 4.
Reservations: Please print and mail this
or use page 4 of the
Cancellation policy: Tour fees
will be fully refunded for cancellations made on or before
the tour reservation deadline. No refunds will be issued for
cancellations made after the reservation deadline
For more information: To contact tour directors Kathy Valdes
or Julia Schmidt, please send email to:
The University of Illinois is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I
with several events and exhibits in a cross-campus initiative.
As part of this initiative, the Sousa Archives and
Center for American Music will be hosting exhibits that display how music
supported the war effort. On our tour we will visit the archives.
The very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide for our visit will be
the Archivist and Director of the Sousa Archives, Scott Schwartz.
We will conclude our tour with a World War I themed cocktail hour
at Houlihan's featuring two traditional World War I cocktails:
the Sidecar and the French 75.
|American Music and the Great War:
A World War I Restrospective at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Friday, April 17,2015
Signup Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015
Tour Details (pdf document)
For more information about World War I commemorative events,
exhibits, performances, and lectures at the University of Illinois, see
Tour plus cocktail hour $13 members and $18 for non-members.
Price includes suggested donation, cocktail, snack, taxes, and tips.
Tour only $3 members/$8 non-members. Signup deadline is Friday, April 10.
Buildings are accessible, but please contact the tour directors
if special assistance is required. Please note that because of
the small space, no bags, food, or beverages area allowed in the exhibit areas.
Please print and mail this
We will be accepting a maximum of 35 reservations.
Reservation deadline is April 10, 2015
Sousa Archives are located in the Harding Band Building,
1103 S 6th St, Champaign. Metered street parking is available.
Houlihan's is at 1900 S 1st St., Champaign. Parking is free in lot.
Tour fees will be fully refunded for cancellations made on or
before the tour reservation deadline. No refunds will be issued
for cancellations made after the reservation deadline.
For more information: To contact tour directors Kathy Valdes
or Julia Schmidt, please send email to:
More To Be Announced
(please see the Newcomers page for details)
|Special Family-Friendly Event
Amish Farm Dinner, Arcola, IL
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Join us for a docent-led tour of the Chihuly & Friends Exhibit
with works from the George R. Stroemple Collection. This special exhibit features
glass works by Dale Chihuly and other artists including Lino Tagliapietra
and Vittorio Constantini. Following the tour, we will have free time
to revisit the exhibit or explore the Peoria Riverfront Museum's
other exhibits, art collections, and planetarium. Our time at the museum
will be followed by self-hosted lunch at a local Peoria restaurant
within a block of the museum.
|Chihuly & Friends at the Peoria Riverfront Museum
Friday, February 21, 2014
Price for transportation and museum entrance is $36.00 per person
for members and $41.00 for guests. To reserve, please mail your reservation
and check payable to "The Illinois Club"
to: Kathryn Valdes, 1106 S. Sunny Acres Rd., Mahomet, IL 61853
The bus will depart from The County Market Parking Lot
(between Mattis and Country Fair - please park
on periphery of lot) at 8:00 a.m.; lunch is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.;
and we will return to Champaign approximately 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The museum is fully accessible, however a wheelchair-accessible bus
may not be available on this date.
How many times have you driven by that large building on Market Street?
Have you known this building as 'Collegiate Cap and Gown',
Herff Jones or simply as employment in Champaign?
|Collegiate Cap and Gown
1000 N. Market St.
Friday, January 24, 2014, 10am
When you attended a college graduation, have you remarked on the various
caps and gowns of the faculty, the sleeves of the Doctorate,
Master and Bachelor students? Do you know the story of the colors?
Can you imagine fitting the tall, the short, the muscular, the petite?
This tour will be approximately one hour. There is no easy access
for wheelchairs or walkers. There is no fee. You may sign up
by sending your name to Linda, Julia and Kathy at
A head count no later than January 10, 2014 is necessary to determine
the number of tour guides needed. This will be a first-come,
first-reserve tour with a limit of 50 participants.
We regret that this facility is not handicapped accessible.
Optional lunch arranged at Minneci's Ristorante
(401 S. First St., Champaign) after tour.
More info to follow closer to the event.
Join us for a day of fun, shopping and food as we enjoy the architecture and history
of nearby Iroquois County.
|Taste of Iroquois County Bus Trip
Friday, October 11, 2013, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm
Onarga and Gilman, IL
Signup Deadline: October 2, 2013
Upon leaving Champaign, our first stop is Onarga Academy's Cornerstone Cafe'
where treats and beverages will be provided by a select group of students
attending this amazing treatment facility for abused and neglected youth.
Program Director, Debra Foulks, will highlight the features of the historic town hall
(built in 1897) and guide us on a brief bus tour of the campus.
We will then venture to the Heartland Spa, which was converted from a dairy farm
in 1983. You will thoroughly enjoy the architecture and landscape of the barn,
main residence, carriage house and 32 acre lake.
After working up an appetite on the Heartland tour, we travel to The Gathering,
a unique country store near Gilman, for lunch and shopping.
The day ends with wine tasting and more shopping at Inside Out,
an upscale boutique in another historic building in the heart of Gilman.
Enjoy a relaxing respite in the garden or search for the perfect gift
before our return home.
Cost / person: $40.00 (limit of 50 people). Reservation deadline: Wednesday,
October 2, 2013. Price includes travel, breakfast treats, lunch, wine tasting,
meal tips and bus driver tip. You have the option at Cornerstone Cafe',
The Gathering and Inside Out to purchase additional specialty drinks and desserts.
Did you think that pipe organs were a blast from the past?
Did you ever wonder how or who maintained some of the fabulous organs
at our local churches and the magnificent Virginia Theater?
Well, here is your chance to find out. Meet at 3:30 in the entrance
of the Buzard Pipe Organ building for a thorough tour
of this amazing facility. Their staff includes founder
and artistic designer, John-Paul Buzard, himself,
who is also the curator for the organs at the University of Illinois;
Charles Eames, chief engineer; Brian Davis, tonal director;
Keith Williams, service department director;
three cabinet makers, and more. Who would have thought that
one of the world's premiere pipe organ builders
would be here in eastern Illinois?
|Buzard Pipe Organ Builders
Friday, February 8, 2013
112 W. Hill St., Champaign, IL at 3:30 pm
Destihl, Champaign, IL at 5:00 pm
If you work up an appetite on the tour, please join us afterwards
for drinks and/or dinner at Destihl (301 N. Neil).
Please RSVP for dinner as well as the tour because I need a head count
so Destihl will know how to set up the tables.
No need to pre-order because you can order
from the menu after you are seated. If you park
in the "new" parking ramp behind the M2 building
(at Randolph and Hill), you can walk to both Buzard Organs
Join us on a bus trip to McLean County. Whether you are
a history buff, a gardener, a wine enthusiast or an environmentalist,
this multifaceted trip to McLean County is just for you.
Enjoy a full day of information that begins at the
Twin Groves Windmill Farm and ends with a tour
and wine tasting at the White Oak Vineyards.
In between we will spend 2 hours at the historical
David Davis Mansion where the group will have three separate tours
featuring the house itself, the out buildings and Sarah's Garden.
We will enjoy lunch at CJ's near the airport
with accommodations for vegetarian and gluten free diets.
All of our tour stops have great sites on the web,
so check it out before you decide.
You'll discover that you won't want to miss this trip.
|Bus Trip to McLean County
Friday, October 5, 2012, 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
Sign-up Deadline, September 21, 2012
7:45 am - Meet at SW corner of County Market parking lot
between Mattis Ave. and Country Fair Dr., 1914 Glen Park Dr., C..
8:00 - Departure (coffee, juice & breakfast treats)
9:00 - Windmill Farm
10:15 - David Davis Mansion
12:45 - Lunch at CJ's Restaurant
2:15 - White Oak Vineyard
5:00 pm - return to County Market in Champaign
Calling all engineers, home decorators, environmentalists and anyone interested
in new technology! Sign up now for the tour of the "Eco House" or
Equinox House as it's called by its owners, Ty and Deb Newell, at 2908 Hayden Dr.
in the Beringer Commons addition of Urbana.
|Equinox House Tour (Ty & Deb Newell, owners)
Friday, April 13, 2012
2908 Haydon Dr., Urbana, IL at 4:00 p.m.
Po'Boys at 5:30 p.m.
202 E. University, Urbana, IL
Ty Newell will talk with us about efficient home construction, solar energy,
rainwater harvesting, indoor fresh air control, and other relevant topics
as he shows us around his eco-friendly home for about an hour.
For more information in these areas, visit Ty Newell's website,
If you would like to continue the fun, let's meet at Po'Boys
at 202 E. University (in the mini-mall near the NW corner of Cunningham Rd. and University)
in Urbana (367-2255) immediately following the tour, for drinks, appetizers or dinner.
Please indicate if you will be attending only the tour, or both the tour
and Po'Boys when you RSVP. Also, please list the names of
any guests you will be bringing. There is no charge for the tour
but your meal and beverages are on your own.
Join us for a tour of the newly-renovated press box and premium seating area of Memorial Stadium,
also called the BSL Building. After our 45-minute tour, we will head over for an optional dinner
at Houlihan's where we can enjoy a good meal and great company, or if you prefer, just some
appetizers and drinks if you have other plans for the evening but would like to extend your
time visiting with friends.
|New Press Box Area, Memorial Stadium
Friday, January 20, 2012
1401 S. First Street, Champaign, IL at 4:00 p.m.
Houlihan's, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL at 5:00 p.m.
There is no charge for the tour, but it's important to have an accurate count
for both the tour and the restaurant, so please RSVP by January 16th via email
Please make it clear if you will be attending the tour only or both
the tour and meal (meal at your own cost) and indicate the name(s) of all attendees
for whom you are registering.
Plan to include a friend or spouse, and board our charter bus at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4,
to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kankakee that was designed for B. Harley Bradley.
Beautifully set on the banks of the Kankakee River, guests will tour the home, stable and gardens.
|B. Harley Bradley Home - Kankakee
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
The former owners, Sharon and Gaines Hall, had painstakingly restored the home before turning it
over to the Wright In Kankakee Foundation. As a special treat, our tour will be conducted personally
by Mrs. Hall, who is a friend of Ingrid Hutchings (one of our members). This house is acknowledged
as Wright's first Prairie Style design. It also is next door to another Wright design, the Hickox House,
a private residence. In addition, the stable is now a gift shop.
After the tour, we will enjoy a lovely lunch at the Kankakee Country Club. The drive to the club
will afford us another personal tour, led by Mrs. Hall, of some of the other historic sites in Kankakee.
We should be back in Champaign before 4:00 p.m. Cost will be $55 for members and $60 for non-members for
lunch, tours, and travel. Mark your calendars now for this fun trip!