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 the Summer Registration Form for Trips (pdf), our Fall 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 Summer Registration Form for Trips (pdf) or 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

Real Housewives of Middlebury and the Amish Garden Quilt Trail
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Meet the real housewives of Middlebury, Indiana. On this two–day, one–night experience, get a first–hand look at the life of the Amish. Learn how household chores are done without electrical appliances and how businesses run without modern technology. Plus, enjoy the beautiful, one-of-a-kind Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, where over 200 volunteers plant 150,000 annuals into giant quilt-pattern flower gardens. Also included: make–your–own pretzel lunch, cinnamon roll, peanut butter crumb pie–making demo, basket weaving business talk and an edible quilt garden tour. Fee includes: transportation, lodging, tours, five meals, snacks, gifts, customized birdhouse, demonstrations, take–home whoopee pie and take–home pretzel making kit. 

Thursday-Friday, July 19-20 
$289 double/$349 single

Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus

"The Beat Goes On" at the Rosewood Music Theatre

Enjoy a farm–to–table lunch buffet, then, tap your toes and dance to the hits of the Glen Miller Band, Chuck Berry, The Andrew Sisters, Elvis, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins, The Monkees, The Four Seasons, The Jackson Five, Johnny Cash and more while learning the history of rhythm with a master of 17 musical instruments. Enjoy Rosewood's Shopping Village and The Stitchery, the oldest quilt shop in Wisconsin. Fee includes transportation, lunch and show. 

Thursday, August 3, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus

Surprising Stephenson County – White Bag Tour
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Our popular White Bag Tour is back! Explore Freeport, Ill. (“Pretzel City”) and its many offerings. Visit the Stephenson County Historical Museum as well as the 1857 Italianate Oscar Taylor home. After lunch, visit the Freeport Art Museum, Krape Park (conditions permitting) and Little Cub Field, a replica of Wrigley Field, complete with ivy, bricks, seats and sod from the real Wrigley Field. Enjoy ice cream at the 100-year old Union Dairy – located next to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square. Hear Senator Stephen Douglas recall his debate tour with Abraham Lincoln 160 years ago. Collect freebies along the way in the white bag we provide. Fee includes: transportation, lunch, tours, Douglas impersonator, ice cream and freebies. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus

Play Ball – Cubs vs. Sox
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Start the day at Turtles Bar & Grill for a buffet lunch followed by the Cubs vs. Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Root for your favorite team – who will be playing for a playoff spot in late September? Come watch and see! Motorcoach parking, elevator and escalator at Gate 5 entrance (third base side). Seats on first base side. Walk to/from restaurant (1/2 mile) and game from motorcoach parking. Lunch on second floor, no elevator. Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee includes transportation, lunch, parking, game. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018 
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Depart/return: Sugar Grove Campus 

""WWII Radio Show" at Starved Rock
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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