Find adventure in local excursions and extended tours

Make new discoveries close to home or travel to far-away destinations with dozens of events created and curated by the Community Education department. Let your sense of adventure be your guide! Browse our brochure (pdf) of upcoming offerings. For more details and registration information, download and complete our Fall Registration Form for Trips (pdf), our Spring Registration Form for Trips (pdf) or call our travel specialist at (630) 466-2360. If you have an X-number, you can also register online.

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Browse our selection of day trips and extended tours.



To register for local excursions:

1. Download and complete the Fall Registration Form for Trips (pdf).

2. Mail, fax or return the completed form to the location indicated.

Interested in an extended tour?

Please call our travel specialist at (630) 466-2360 for information on our many tour options both near and far.

Local Excursions

""WWII Radio Show" at Starved Rock
Gals from WWII

Enjoy a 1940’s radio hour featuring favorites such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "In the Mood," and "Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree." While answering musical requests from soldiers and loved ones, the costumed trio entertains with Andrew Sisters-style tunes and choreography, Abbott and Costello comedy sketches and a touching tribute to veterans. Bonus stop at the Ottawa Historical Scouting Heritage Museum on the way. 

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 


Depart/return: Sugar Grove or Plano Campus 

"Elf" at the Fireside Theatre
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Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy is now a must–see holiday musical. Join Buddy, Santa’s human elf, as he embarks on a journey to New York City to discover his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf! Before the show, enjoy a stop at Jones Dairy Farm for meats and grocery items. 

Friday, December 7, 2018 

7:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 


Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus 

“Scrooge” at the White Pines Dinner Theatre
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The audience participation comedy “Scrooge” is a must-see, loosely adapted version of Charles Dickens' timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol”. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this tradition at White Pines as this classic is turned into a side-splitting comedy. First stop – Merlin’s Greenhouse and The Other Side boutique. 

Friday, December 14, 2018 

9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 


Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus 

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This sensational story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway-style tunes. “HAMILTON” is the story of America then, told by America now. Front balcony seating. Elevator through theatre main lobby. Must navigate to seats. Lunch at Italian Village, then walk to theatre.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

8:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.


Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus.

Registration begins Nov. 5, 2018.

Shake, Rattle and Roll
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Get rockin’ and ready to dance. Hold on as you go on a roller coaster ride of great music and high-energy stage show that include your favorites from Bobby Darin, John Mellencamp, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin, the 50’s and 60’s and more. We’ll tour Reddick Mansion, a 19th century, 22-room Italianate mansion built before the Civil War, that anchors Washington Square, site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate, on the way to the show. Register/Refund by February 26, 2019.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Depart and Return Sugar Grove and Plano Campus

Registration begins November 5, 2018

What's Cookin', Morton?
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Amanda Pyle, the Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association 2016 Chef of the Year, leads this Knife Skills cooking class at The Cookery in Morton, Ill. After demonstration and lunch tasting, visit Lori’s Kitchen, Holland’s Mercantile, Lindy’s Downtown Market, Holland’s Caramel Corn and more. Use your best judgment to bring a bag or cooler for your purchases. Enjoy a Chef’s Knife raffle and other goodies from Chef Amanda’s kitchen. Register/Refund by April 3, 2019.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 

8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 


Depart and return: Sugar Grove Campus and Plano Campus


80 on 80
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This two-night, three-day adventure includes eight stops on Interstate 80–Isabel Bloom Studio, Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Jasper County Historical Museum, Winterset Iowa (including the The Bridges of Madison County movie hotspots and John Wayne Birthplace and Museum) Pella Iowa (including the Tulip Garden), the Amana Colonies tour and lunch and the Grant Wood Studio and Visitor Center. Plus dinner and a treat at Lagomarcino’s Confectionary, accommodations at the Cobblestone Inn and Royal Amsterdam Hotel and eight meals. Co-sponsored with Waubonsee’s Lifelong Learning Institute. Register/Refund by May 2, 2019. 

Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 18, 2019

6:45 a.m. Thursday to 7:30 p.m. Saturday

$399 per person double  $499 single 

Depart and return: Sugar Grove Campus