Free Event: Taste of Travel Open House

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Get your travel questions answered by an expert!

Meet our tour partners and learn about exciting destinations. Plus, learn how to avoid scams, travel on your own and explore a city like a local. Get your questions answered during this freewheeling, interactive interview/Q&A with Kate Silver, author of Frommer’s Easy Guide to Chicago. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Travel Smart program with Kate Silver begins at 10:30 a.m.)

Sugar Grove Campus, Academic and Professional Center

A Taste of Travel and Travel Smart are presented FREE of charge by Community Education. Please RSVP by Feb. 15 at or (630) 466-2360.

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 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 Spring 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

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

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.
•  $99

Depart and Return Sugar Grove and Plano Campus

Registration begins November 5, 2018

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What's Cookin', Morton?

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. 
•  $99 

Depart and return: Sugar Grove Campus and Plano Campus

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80 on 80

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