Road Scholar

Discover Chicago’s vibrant history and develop an appreciation for its impact on American culture through everything from architecture to cuisine.

See Chicago in a new light.

Gain an in-depth appreciation for the city as a center of architectural diversity and innovation, and particularly as the milieu for notable works by America’s greatest architect, the colorful Frank Lloyd Wright. Set out on a variety of field trips as local experts interpret the most creative architectural examples in the city, including a walking exploration of historic elements of the downtown core and a look at the city from the perspective of the Chicago River. Visit Wright’s home, his studio and Unity Temple at Oak Park, and learn about other Wright accomplishments distributed throughout the city.

Highlights

At historic Oak Park, discover Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, as well as Unity Temple, designed by Wright and considered by many scholars to be the world’s first example of true modern architecture.

Take a walk inside “the Loop” to examine significant architecture in downtown Chicago and have lunch inside the Macy’s Loop location while learning about the magnificent domed Tiffany ceiling.

A local expert narrates a historical drive that explores Chicago from the perspective of urban planning, including the importance of the Chicago River to the city and the design of Millennium and Grant parks.

Program #21498RJ

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It’s a behind-the-scenes family-style exploration.

Join up with your children and grandchildren for an in-depth, family-friendly exploration of all that this city has to offer. Experience Chicago from the shores of Lake Michigan and from the parks and museums alongside it, and get to know the entire city from the tallest building in North America to Wrigley Field to Hyde Park, home of President Obama. – Program #22001RJ

Highlights

Go behind the scenes at the world-famous Museum of Science and Industry.

Visit iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, where an expert takes you to stadium areas most fans never see.

Experience the city from the Skydeck of the tallest building in North America while learning how it was built.

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Carl Sandburg’s “City of the Big Shoulders”

Chicago is a vibrant city packed with enough art, history, culture and stories to capture the mind of any visitor. Join local experts on walks through the city’s diverse neighborhoods to study their connections to the immigrant history of this melting-pot city. See how the story of Chicago’s evolution is told in its preserved architecture and pay visits to leading museums and cultural institutions in preparation for your own independent discoveries of the aspects of the city that speak to you.

Program #21908RJ

 

Highlights

Go inside the Art Institute of Chicago with an expert on the artworks of its world-class, 300,000-piece permanent collection.

Study the architecture of the city on a walk with an architectural scholar and from a boat on the Chicago River, providing you with a unique view of the buildings that add to the city’s character.

Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Wicker Park, a Chicago Landmark District whose residents once included famous Chicagoans such as Nelson Algren, Saul Bellows and the Pritzkers.

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Take a day to discover something together.

Join up with your grandchildren for an in-depth exploration of all that this city has to offer. Experience Chicago from the shores of Lake Michigan and from the parks and museums alongside it, and get to know the entire city from the tallest building in North America to Wrigley Field to Hyde Park, home of President Obama. – Program #21529RJ

Highlights

• Go behind the scenes at the world-famous Museum of Science and Industry.

• Visit iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, where an expert takes you to stadium areas most fans never see.

• Experience the city from the Skydeck of the tallest building in North America while learning how it was built.

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It’s all the bling Chicago has to offer

Discover Chicago’s glittering skyscrapers, fine dining, revitalized lakefront, urbane cultural scene, celebrated museums and the tony Magnificent Mile on an exceptional adventure that draws back the curtain on Chicagoans and “their kind of town. – Program #2818RJ

Highlights

• Examine Chicago’s growth on a professor-led field trip through the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

• Experience the city’s new waterfront parks and visit the renovated Chicago History Museum.

• Enjoy expert-led visits to the Field Museum of Natural History and the renowned Art Institute of Chicago.

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Travel and Adventure Through a Jewish Lens

Every year we explore unique destinations waiting to provide you with stories to bring back home, all with the superb service, value and Jewish lens you’d expect from the JCC Chicago staff.

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Upcoming Trips

Cuba
  • May 2-10
  • October 19-27
  • November 9-17
  • December 7-15
  • January 11-19, 2017
  • February 8-16
  • March 8-16
Washington DC
  • June 1-5, 2016
Israel
  • December 4-18, 2016
Spain the route of the Sephardics
  • October 27 –  November 8, 2016
Santa Fe,  Taos and New Mexico
  • September 18

Pending:  August 2016 -Shakespeare Festival

For information about upcoming trips:

Email: mlevinson@gojcc.org  |  Phone: 847.882.8881

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