Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Trips & Socials

Chicago, Past and Present

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chicago History MuseumCome with us to explore Chicago’s past and present at the Chicago History Museum. Our visit includes a guided tour of the special exhibit “Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Hon>mefront Photography.” Soldiers and civilians, food and supplies, fuel and raw materials — everything moved by rail during World War II. The Office of War Information assigned photographer Jack Delano to tell the nation’s rail story in pictures. He focused his lens on the men and women whose demanding jobs and long hours demonstrated the sacrifices needed to win the war. Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds in Chicago — the heart of the nation’s rail industry.

There will be free time to stroll through the galleries at your own pace to take in exhibits ranging from “Chicago Styled” which explores the development of Michigan Avenue into one of the country’s most renowned destinations for upscale retail. "Lincoln's Chicago" is an exhibit on Abraham Lincoln's history in Chicago, his second home. The gallery features portraits of Lincoln's contemporaries with lithograph views of Chicago created in the 1860s. There’s also time to browse the museum’s wonderful gift shop!

To fortify you, we’ll have a buffet lunch provided by the North & Clark Café, located in the Chicago Room of the museum overlooking Lincoln Park. It features three kinds of sandwiches: Tuna Salad with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato on croissant; Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with smokehouse bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce and mayo on toasted multigrain bread; and Caprese with pesto, oven roasted tomatoes, baby spinach and fresh mozzarella on tomato focaccia. Also included are chopped salad, fresh fruit salad, homemade potato chips, homemade cookies, and beverages. You won’t go hungry!

NOTE: Museum is handicap accessible. The visit does require walking and being on your feet for a length of time, but you can go at your own pace. Wheelchair
available with advance notice.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:00 am
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:30 pm
Cost: (Includes museum entry, guided tour, lunch and transportation)
$69 for Center members
$84 for non-members


Chicago Field Museum and Adler Planetarium

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Adler PlanetariumJoin us for an exciting and educational day at two of Chicago's must-see museums! 

The first stop will be at The Field Museum where you can come face to face with Sue, the largest T. rex ever found, descend into an ancient Egyptian tomb or shrink to the size of a bug. The museum has been inspiring curiosity about life on Earth for more than a century. With 4.6 billion years under one roof, the Field Museum is your passport to travel around the world and back in time.

Then in the afternoon enjoy a trip to the cosmos at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. Upon arriving at the planetarium, we'll have a tasty lunch in Café Galileo's with the best view of the Chicago Skyline.

NOTE: The museum and planetarium are handicap accessible and have elevators between floors.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 7:45am
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:15pm
Cost: (Includes museum & planetarium admission, show, lunch,and transportation))
$75 for Center members
$90 for non-members

For more information and to register, download the official form.


Lyric Opera of Chicago Backstage Tour

Journey into the Heart of Opera

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lyric Opera of ChicagoWe are so pleased to offer a rare backstage tour of the Lyric Opera. These backstage tours are offered only three days a year when no performance is scheduled. Journey into the recesses of opera production as you take an excursion behind the curtain of Lyric Opera of Chicago. On our Backstage Tour, you'll gain deep insight into how the stunning beauty and enthralling music of an opera performance is brought to life on stage for the enchantment of audiences.

Your two-and-one-half hour tour will be guided by professional staff and trained volunteers and peppered with interesting discussion and demonstrations by experts in our various staging areas.

NOTE: All of the areas are handicap accessible, however, there is no seating available during the tour. Expect walking and standing for long periods with no place to rest.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:45 am
Return: Rock Valley College by 6:00 pm
Cost: (Includes backstage tour, box lunch and transportation)
$80 for Center members
$95 for non-members

For more information download the trip flyer.

To register for this trip, download the official registration form.