Christmas in the Windy City

Christmas in the Windy City

Announcing a spectacular "New Holiday Tour" in "The Windy City," Chicago, Illinois. Have you ever thought that you'd love to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago at Christmastime? Travel with Gunther Tours and experience some of Chicago's Holiday Treasures including: Macy's, the Magnificent Mile, Christkindlmarket, Eataly Chicago and a 3-night stay at a downtown hotel!

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Announcing a spectacular "New Holiday Tour" in "The Windy City," Chicago, Illinois. Have you ever thought that you'd love to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago at Christmastime? Travel with Gunther Tours and experience some of Chicago's Holiday Treasures including: Macy's, the Magnificent Mile, Christkindlmarket, Eataly Chicago and a 3-night stay at a downtown hotel!

Christmas in the Windy City

Chicago, Illinois

 

 

Announcing a spectacular “New Holiday Tour” in “The Windy City,” Chicago, Illinois.  Have you ever thought that you’d love to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago at Christmastime?  Travel with Gunther Tours and experience some of Chicago’s Holiday Treasures including:  Macy’s, the Magnificent Mile, Christkindlmarket, Eataly Chicago and a 3-night stay at a downtown hotel! 

 

 

Included:

* Escorted by Robin Zahor

* Basic amenities

* 5 nights hotel accommodations, including:

         -3 nights in Chicago, Illinois

* 5 breakfasts

* 2 dinners

* Guided Walking Tour of Chicago, Illinois

* Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

         -Indiana Welcome Center

         -“A Christmas Story Comes Home”

         -Macy’s Flagship Store

         -Macy’s Window Magic Tour

         -Macy’s Visitors Savings Pass Voucher

         -Chicago Federal Reserve

         -Chicago Skydeck

         -Chicago Line Cruises Architecture River Cruise

         -Navy Pier

         -Magnificent Mile

         -Christkindlmarket

         -Eataly Chicago

         -Museum of Science and Industry

         -Christmas Around the World & Holiday Lights

         -Albanese Candy Factory

* “A Free Day” in Chicago”

* Driver, Escort and Tour Guide Gratuities

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Join Gunther Tours for a yuletide season get-away to see the sights, sounds and lights in "The Windy City," Chicago, Illinois. Before checking into our hotel in Toledo, Ohio for the night, enjoy dinner on your own at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Day 2

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for Hammond, Indiana and the Indiana Welcome Center. Upon our arrival, enjoy lunch on your own, followed by "A Christmas Story Comes Home", a window display exhibit featuring six animated displays depicting scenes from the iconic holiday comedy film, A Christmas Story. The film is set in the fictional 1940's town of Hohman, Indiana which was a disguise for Jean Shepherd's, the story's author, hometown: Hammond, Indiana. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of Macy's Department Store in New York City. After viewing the window displays you will have time to browse the gift shop. Next we depart for our destination Chicago, Illinois. We arrive at Macy's Flagship Store for a guided "Window Magic Tour". This special tour allows customers to go behind-the-scenes and experience a Chicago tradition in retail creativity. Macy's is famous for stunning spectators with its famed holiday window displays and celebratory events. Some displays are planned more than a year in advance and take hundreds of hours to produce. You will learn how together; a special team of visual stylists work to create displays for Macy's famous animated holiday windows. Additionally, marvel at the 45-foot Great Tree decorated with over 1,200 themed ornaments and 25,000 dazzling lights in the Walnut Room. Also, you will receive the Macy's Visitors Savings Pass Voucher to use during your leisure time to shop for holiday gifts. After checking into the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, our hotel accommodations for the next three nights, you will have time to unwind and freshen up before we go out for a delicious dinner at Lawry's The Prime Rib located in a beautiful restored Mansion.

B, D

Day 3

After a buffet breakfast, we meet our tour guide, and walk less than 3-½ blocks to the Chicago Federal Reserve for a guided tour. Your tour will include detailed information about the Money Museum's historical currency collection, a short video about the operations of the Chicago Fed and a question-and-answer session following the video presentation. Next we walk 2 blocks to the Chicago Skydeck. We'll ascend to the 103rd floor of The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower, the third tallest building in the world for a spectacular Skydeck view. Feeling dangerous? Step out on The Ledge! At 1,353 feet up in the air, The Ledge's glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper's 103rd floor, and provides you spectacular views of the city and spanning up to four states. After we've seen the city from above, we meet our tour guide, and depart for a walking tour through the neighborhood in the Loop. Explore the streets of the theatre district, Daley Plaza and have lunch on your own. Next we board our motor coach and depart for Chicago Line Cruises for a 90-minute narrated architecture river cruise. As we cruise on the beautiful Chicago River our guide will entertain us with stories of more than 40 of Chicago's modern American landmark buildings. A snack and beverage are included during the cruise. Following our cruise, we will visit Chicago's historical Navy Pier located on Chicago's lakefront. There is always something happening at Navy Pier that features more than 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions. Enjoy free time exploring this vibrant Lake Michigan playground that is the host to an unparalleled array of family oriented events and entertainment. Feeling adventurous? A ride on the 150-foot Ferris wheel for photos of the city and Lake Michigan views is included. Before returning to our hotel, we are treated to a delectable dinner at Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier. Harry Caray's waterfront location, delicious menu and world class collection of sports memorabilia combine to create the ultimate Chicago dining experience. Following dinner, we return to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

B, D

Day 4

After a buffet breakfast, you are free to design the rest of your day and do as you wish! Centrally located, the LaQuinta Inn & Suites offers you a wide variety of options for creating a day of adventure and exploration on your own. Experience the attractions, entertainment, theatres, restaurants, local stores, shops, art galleries, the Magnificent Mile, Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, Eataly Chicago and so much more! The Magnificent Mile sometimes referred to as The Mag Mile, is an upscale section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the North Side. Currently Chicago's largest shopping district, various mid-range and high-end shops line this section of the street for your exploration. Christkindlmarket is the largest and most renowned German winter holiday market in the United States, featuring typical German food and drinks and a unique holiday shopping experience that offers eclectic ornaments, in addition to classic German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and Hummel figurines. Eataly Chicago is a vibrant Italian marketplace that features an array of cafes, counters, restaurants, and a cooking school. Eat, shop, and learn! Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at the restaurant located inside the hotel or at any of the restaurants conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

B

Day 5

After a buffet breakfast, we depart for the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum celebrates the holidays with Christmas Around the World and Holiday Lights. Marvel at the museum's 45-foot Grand Tree in the Rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago's ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling "snow" and savor the performances of school choral groups performing on the Holiday Stage. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum and lunch on your own before we say goodbye to Chicago and depart for Merrillville, Indiana. Upon our arrival, we will visit Albanese Candy Factory for a tour. People from all over the country come to learn about the making of the "World's Best Gummies" and Chocolates. First we will view two videos to provide you with the best possible tour experience, one explaining the creation of Gummies and one on the making of Gold Label Chocolates. The tour continues at a glassed-in mezzanine that overlooks the production room floor. A tour guide will give you an introduction, explain the machinery used to create the Gummies and to share samples of both Gummies and Chocolates. Tonight, we will spend the night in Toledo, Ohio. A dinner stop will be made en route to Toledo. Dinner is on your own.

B

Day 6

After a deluxe continental breakfast settle back and enjoy a holiday themed movie on our drive home, while reminiscing about the sights and sounds of our spectacular Chicago Christmas Holiday Get-Away, and memories filled with the yuletide cheer and joy experienced in "The Windy City"! Happy Holidays!

B

B=Breakfast, D =Dinner

 

Included:

* Escorted by Robin Zahor

* Basic amenities

* 5 nights hotel accommodations, including:

         -3 nights in Chicago, Illinois

* 5 breakfasts

* 2 dinners

* Guided Walking Tour of Chicago, Illinois

* Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

         -Indiana Welcome Center

         -“A Christmas Story Comes Home”

         -Macy’s Flagship Store

         -Macy’s Window Magic Tour

         -Macy’s Visitors Savings Pass Voucher

         -Chicago Federal Reserve

         -Chicago Skydeck

         -Chicago Line Cruises Architecture River Cruise

         -Navy Pier

         -Magnificent Mile

         -Christkindlmarket

         -Eataly Chicago

         -Museum of Science and Industry

         -Christmas Around the World & Holiday Lights

         -Albanese Candy Factory

* “A Free Day” in Chicago”

* Driver, Escort and Tour Guide Gratuities

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
Woodbine Woodbine Park & Ride 704 Lisbon Center Dr.
Woodbine, MD - I-70 West to Exit 73
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