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Campus Tour:
The Autism Program, Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans,
and Optional Dinner at Intermezzo Cafe

(event info)

906 and 908 W. Nevada Street, Urbana (map)
Friday, November 4, 2016. Tour: 3:15-5:00pm; Dinner: 5:15pm
Reservations are required; the tour is free
Signup Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2016
Join us on November 4 for a campus tour to learn more about UI resources for those with disabilities. First we will visit The Autism Program (TAP), located inside the Family Resiliency Center in Doris Kelley Christopher Hall. We will then walk next door to the new Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. The first location specializes in resources for those with developmental disabilities and the second for those with physical disabilities; both have resources for mental illness. After the tour there will be an opportunity to join others for a no-host dinner at the Intermezzo Cafe, located just a short walk away inside the Krannert Center for Performing Arts.

This FREE tour will be on Friday, November 4, 2016, beginning at 3:15 pm at 906 West Nevada Street, Urbana, on the northwest corner of Nevada and Lincoln. We will walk next door to 908 West Nevada Street to begin the next tour at 4:15 pm. The tours will end about 5 pm. There is metered parking in the lot west of the Wounded Veterans building and on the street. For those who use public transportation, the Red MTD bus serves this area. The tour and dinner venues are both handicap accessible. Visit https://krannertcenter.com/your-visit/food-drink/intermezzo-menu to see the Intermezzo Cafe menu.

You can sign up for just the tour, just the dinner, or for both the tour and dinner by emailing Sheila at tours@theillinoisclub.org. Please indicate which parts you are registering for (tours, dinner, or both) and include your name, email address, and phone number. Reserve your space by Monday, October 31.

More, To Be Announced

Past Tour(s)

Lincoln's Trial and Tribulations Dinner Theater - 1847 Matson Slave Trial
And Coles County Lincoln Events
Oakland, IL
Saturday, September 24, 2016, Dinner Theater 6pm-8pm, times for other events vary
Signup Deadline: September 12
Join us for the September 24th tour to Oakland, IL to experience the Lincoln's Trial and Tribulations Dinner Theater dramatizing the 1847 Matson Slave Trial. The dinner theater event happens only four times a year and sells out quickly. Coles County organizes many other events on those days to give you the opportunity to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. Coles County in East Central Illinois is less than an hour away.

You have many options for this tour. You can choose to join us for only the dinner theater from 6-8 pm at $30 per person, join us for just the free Lincoln events earlier in the day, or join us for both. This is an event for singles, couples, guests, and families. The dinner theater is appropriate for those in middle school and up. The deadline to register for the dinner theater is Sept. 12.

To learn more about the play, what's for dinner, and the other Lincoln events and locations, go to www.matsontrial1847.org/. Free events include a 1850s tent revival/camp meeting at Independence Pioneer Village, a talk on the "Rights of Slaves in the Lincoln era" at the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum, a Harvest Frolic at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, and tours of the Rutherford home.

Japan House Visit
(event info)
(co-sponsored with the Newcomers group)
2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana (map)
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 1:30-3:00pm
Participate in the traditional arts and aesthetics of Japanese culture as we visit Japan House at the University of Illinois campus, experience a tea ceremony, stroll thru the beautiful zen gardens, and watch a flower arranging demonstration known as Ikebana. Please bring a pair of white socks to wear inside the house. Maximum number of participants is 20, so do not delay in sending in your reservation.

The Possibilities of 3D Printing:
UI MakerLab
3030 Business Instructional Facility, 515 E Gregory Dr, Champaign (map)
Friday, January 29, 2016, 4:00-5:00pm; free
Signup Deadline: January 25, 2016
Join us as we learn about 3D printing and the innovative uses for it. After a talk and demonstration, we will have a tour of the MakerLab. One lucky attendee will get a head scan and print. For more information about the UI MakerLab, visit makerlab.illinois.edu.
Questions? Please send email to: tours@theillinoisclub.org

Optional dinner following in the private Wine Room at Biaggi's, 2235 S Neil St., Champaign, IL (map). 5:00-7:00 pm.

Transportation is not provided and there is no cost for this tour. Reservations are required. There is no minimum for number of guests, the maximum is 45 persons at the MakerLab and 30 at Biaggi's. Parking is available in the lot between the Business Instructional Facility and Huff Hall on south of Gregory St.

Exploring Rantoul
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:15am-4:00pm
Signup Deadline: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Tour Details (pdf document)
Join us as we visit some hidden gems close by, less than a half hour away in Rantoul. We will have tours of BRG Sports, Generations of Hope, and Chanute Air Museum. We will carpool. For more information, see the Tour Details pdf document.

Cost/person: $20 for members, $25 for nonmember guests. Price includes lunch, entry fees, and tips.

American Music and the Great War:
A World War I Retrospective at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Friday, April 17, 2015, 4:00pm to 6:30pm, including optional cocktail hour
Signup Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015
Tour Details (pdf document)
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 an optional World War I themed cocktail hour at Houlihan's featuring two traditional World War I cocktails: the Sidecar and the French 75.

For more information about World War I commemorative events, exhibits, performances, and lectures at the University of Illinois, see

New: Winter Tour to a Local Publisher
Friday, February 6
3:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

The Illinois Club has added a winter tour to a Champaign area business. We will be visiting Human Kinetics, a company started locally by a University of Illinois professor that has grown into a large publishing house. Human Kinetics specializes in books, pamphlets, and online resources in support of educators, students, coaches, and trainers in the area of sports, health, and physical fitness. We will be given a tour of the facility, learn more about their products, and have an opportunity to meet the people who work there. A light snack will be provided by Human Kinetics.

Transportation is not provided and there is no cost for this tour. Reservations are required so that they can prepare for our visit; visitor badges will be made in advance and ready when you arrive for the visitor sign-in process. There is no minimum for number of guests, the maximum is 40 persons. Please arrive 10 minutes in advance to allow time to park, sign in, and assemble for the start of our tour. For parking, enter from Market Street and park in the visitor spots as well as anywhere on the east side of the building (which will be closer to the main door). Human Kinetics is located at 1607 N Market Street, Champaign.

For more information about Human Kinetics, the company website is: www.humankinetics.com

Architectural Tour of Springfield (Cancelled)
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Special Family-Friendly Event
Amish Farm Dinner, Arcola, IL
Saturday, April 12, 2014
(please see the Newcomers page for details)
Chihuly & Friends at the Peoria Riverfront Museum
Friday, February 21, 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.

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.

Collegiate Cap and Gown
1000 N. Market St.
Friday, January 24, 2014, 10am
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?

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 tours@theillinoisclub.org. 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.
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
Join us for a day of fun, shopping and food as we enjoy the architecture and history of nearby Iroquois County.

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.

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
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?

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 and Destihl.
Bus Trip to McLean County
Friday, October 5, 2012, 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
Bloomington, IL
Sign-up Deadline, September 21, 2012
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.


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
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
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.

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, http://newellinstruments.com/equinox.

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.
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.
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.

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 tours@theillinoisclub.org. 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.
B. Harley Bradley Home - Kankakee
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
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.

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!