Just Beyond The City Limits, you will discover enjoyable student performance opportunities and attractions that can only be found in the Chicago Southland.
Day One – Welcome to Chicago Southland
Arrive in Chicago Southland and check into your hotel
Big Marsh Bike Park located just east of Lake Calumet is 278 acres of open space. Big Marsh Bike Park is a brand new playground for cycling and Nature lovers a like! Big Marsh puts family-friendly bike trails as well as world-class venues for mountain biking, cyclocross racing and trail riding. Big Marsh also features additional facilities for students of all ages including a tot track for the youngest riders, small pump track, large pump track, jump lines, flow trail and single-track trails. Rent a bike or just enjoy the view at Big Marsh Bike Park.
After working up an appetite biking in the great outdoors it’s time for dinning at Portillos, home to America's favorite Italian beef, burgers, salads, Chicago-style hot dogs, and chocolate cake. The first Portillo's hot dog stand known as "The Dog House" opened in 1963 in Villa Park. Now with over 30 locations you can experience Portillo’s famous food for yourself.
Day Two – Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Start the day at Homewood Bats Co. in Homewood, IL. Chicago Southland loves baseball and all that goes along with the game! Homewood Bats is an experience you don’t want to miss. The only wood bat manufacturer in Illinois and approved by Major League Baseball. See how bats are made for the professionals and get a personalize souvenir bat with your name engraved. For generations families, neighbors, friend and opponent alike, have gathered in their local park, in Grandma's back yard, and in professional stadiums to enjoy a game of baseball... visit Homewood Bat Co. for yourself and experience The Sweet Sound of a Homewood Bat! This tour is only $5.00 per person Please note: You will need to show your $5.00 ticket to receive a souvenir bat (not engraved). To have the bat personally engraved an additional of $5.00 applies.
Now that you’ve experienced the only wood bat manufacturer in Illinois, its time to experience the World’s Largest Pizzeria! Enjoy Lunch at “The Original” Aurelios Pizza in Homewood, IL and don’t forget to have your pizza cooked in the old oven – trust us!
Take a tour of Guaranteed Rate Field, home to the Chicago White Sox. Group tours (10 or more) are available on weekdays (Tuesday & Fridays 10:30 a.m. on game days / 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on non-game days) only with advanced reservations. Tours include viewing the home dugout, press box, field suites and Stadium Club. Advance reservations are required.
After the tour of “Guaranteed Rate Field” enjoy a game of White Sox Baseball. While at the game, make certain to try the bacon-on-a-stick, banana split sundae helmet and corn off the cobb: fresh corn topped with an assortment of ingredients including butter, salt and pepper. It's not typical, but quite possibly the best item at Guaranteed Rate Field - Go! Go! White Sox!
Optional: the Windy City ThunderBolts If you prefer a more intimate baseball experience, there’s the Windy City ThunderBolts, Chicago Southland’s professional minor league baseball team located in Crestwood, IL and a member of the Frontier League for 18 years. The ThunderBolts won the Frontier League championship in 2007 & 2008 becoming only the second team in league history to win back to back championships. Nothing is more American than baseball, America's Pastime, and you can't find a better value than to experience a Windy City ThunderBolts game at Standard Bank Stadium. GO ThunderBolts!
Day Three – a Day of Champions with Chicago Southland’s Bests
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is located the South Side of Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. MSI is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere. Among its diverse and expansive exhibits, the museum features a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr) and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon. Explore MSI, where science comes to life!
Lunch –Bohemian Joe’s, in Lansing, IL or Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café in Burbank, IL
HITS Horse Shows Balmoral Park, located in Crete, IL welcomes you to catch a glimpse of the champions during one of Horse Shows at Balmoral Park, where you will experience equestrian horse jumping competitions. Balmoral Park is open to the public and spectators are encouraged to join in watching the biggest events of the season. No admission charge for daytime performances Wednesday through Saturday. On Sunday, General Admission tickets are $5. Children 12 and under are free.
Optional: Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Cheer on the Men in Red and enjoy a game with Chicago Southland’s Major League Soccer Club team, the Chicago Fire at TOYOYA PARK in Bridgeview, IL. The team competes in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The Chicago Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup (the "double") in 1998. They have also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006; in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield.
** Please note: Itinerary may be modified to meet your group’s specific needs. Locations and selections are subject to availability. Please contact Tobie at Tobie@VisitChicagoSouthland.com or 708-895-8200 to obtain current pricing and confirmation of dates and locations.
Big Marsh Bike Park
Homewood Bat Co
Chicago White Sox - Guaranteed Rate Field
Windy City ThunderBolts
HITS Balmoral Park
Chicago Fire Soccer Club
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