Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring Tour- 2011

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

We are planning to combine our love of automobiles and nostalgia on a weekend trip down old route 66 to Bloomington, Illinois. We have a few interesting and entertaining things planned along the way. Please see the itinerary below.

The pre-paid cost for this trip is $79.00 per person ($158.00 per couple). Please make your checks payable to CTCC and mail them to your tour hosts, Tom and Judy Bruin:
The Bruins
7420 S. Rawson Bridge Road
Cary, IL 60013
224-730-7910 (Tom's mobile)

The pre-paid cost includes the following: Museum and tour admission fees and gratuities for the entire weekend; Friday lunch, Friday Pizza party; Saturday breakfast, Sunday brunch and show (including gratuity).

Hotel Accommodations:
Hampton Inn and Suites
320 S. Towanda Ave.
Normal, IL.
The room block is reserved under: Chicagoland Thunderbird Club
You have until April 15, 2011 to make your reservation at our group rate. The hotel has a 24 hour cancellation policy on any confirmed reservation.
Rooms and Rates:
Dbl/Dbl or Single King $99.00/nite
King Studio Suite $109.00/nite


Friday 5/20/2011
• Depart (8:45 AM sharp. Be gassed up, and ready to go!) from the Hinsdale Oasis on 1-294. (alternative meet-up location, anywhere on 1-55, south of I-8o)
• 1st stop - Pontiac, Illinois
o A visit to the Route 66 Museum, Livingston County War Museum, WallDog Sign and Mural Museum
o Trolley tour viewing of Pontiac's building murals
o Photo-op for each of our cars in front of (nearly) world-famous Route 66 mural
o Lunch at How Sweet It Is on historic Pontiac town square, (sorry Culver's fans)
• Bloomington, Illinois -Visit the Prairie Aviation Museum
• Friday night Pizza party and socializing

Saturday 5/21/2011
• Hot breakfast buffet at hotel
• Depart hotel promptly at 9 AM for a scenic 45 minute drive to Monticello, Illinois
• Round trip ride on private train car from historic downtown Monticello depot/station to the Monticello Rail Road Museum. Tour of museum exhibits.
• Lunch and shopping on your own in the quaint downtown Monticello square
• Free-time - time permitting, there are a couple of other interesting things to see, including:
o Allerton Park and gardens,
o The David Davis Mansion in Bloomington,
o Twin Groves Wind Farm, http://www.horizomwind.con/projects/whatwevedone/twingroves/
• Group dinner, in downtown Bloomington at Station 220 at the old central fire house

Sunday 5/22/2011
We will be attending the Sunday Brunch Performance at Conklin's Barn Theater in Goodfield (about a 25 minute drive from Bloomington). We will be seeing The Cemetery Club, a heartwarming story about life, love and the pursuit of happiness!
• Doors open at 11:50 AM
• Brunch at Noon
• Show at 1:30 PM
Note: The hotel will have a free continental breakfast on Sunday morning to tide you over until we get to the show.
3:30 PM Departure and caravan back to Chicago area.

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