Planning for the Fall Tour is now completed! We have reserved rooms at the Comfort Inn & Suites in East Moline, Illinois. The rate for the Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland is $65.00 a night - single or double. Call (309) 792-4660 and mention the club name to get our discount rate. They have both a pool and an exercise room, and Continental Breakfast is included. NOTE- Reservations should be made by Sept. 15th. (As of Aug. 28th, 16 rooms have been reserved! We have increased the number of rooms being held to 20 and we can add more if more members decide to go)
Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3rd is REALLY special - It will be catered solely for CTCC at Quarters One on the Rock Island Arsenal. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi, Quarters One was built around 1871 and is being completely returned to its original glory. It is the second largest single-family home owned by the U.S. Government - second only to the White House! It was the home of the Senior Officer assigned to the Arsenal. We will have a tour of and access to the house and grounds. Dinner will consist of Prime Rib and Sauteed Chicken Buffet, choice of: two potatoes, two vegetables, tossed salad, plantation salad, fruit salad, rolls and butter, dessert, tea and regular or decaf coffee. There will also be a cash bar. The cost for the dinner is $41.03 per person (including tax and gratuity) which is payable in advance. Make checks out to Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland and mail to: CTCC c/o Joel Greenberg, 3732 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60613-3509. PLEASE SEND DINNER PREPAYMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY TO PLAN FOR BY SEPTEMBER 25th.
The itinerary for the tour is:
Friday, Oct 2nd - WE WILL BE LEAVING FROM THE McDonald's ON ROUTE 53, JUST SOUTH OF ROUTE 56 ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STREET IN GLEN ELLYN. DEPARTURE TIME IS 8:30 A.M.! THOSE WHO LIVE FURTHER WEST- CALL US TO ARRANGE ALTERNATIVE MEETING POINTS.
10-11:15- John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour.
11:30-12:30- Lunch at Culver's in Dixon.. Get gas if needed.
2:30-4-Tour of Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman Homes in Moline.
6PM-Dinner - Pizza! Pizza!
Saturday, Oct.3rd -We will leave the Hotel at 9:30 for
Other activities/options for those interested:
Carl Sandburg Home in Galesburg (about 30 miles south of Bishop Hill)
John Deere World Headquarters (5 minutes from the hotel)
John Deere Pavilion and Store (Downtown Moline)
South Park Mall ( for those who need their shopping fix - about 12-15 minutes from the hotel)
NOTE: We will be leaving for dinner at 4:30
(For those who MUST have 'breakfast,' the Deerfield Family Restaurant is walking distance from the hotel. For those who need anything else, there is a Farm and Fleet about 5 minutes from the hotel.)
Please call Joel or Annie to let us know if you are coming.