Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours

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Single Day Trips

Brew and Boat—Milwaukee, WI

Witness the incredible history of Pabst Brewing, once the largest American-owned brewery in the world. The present owner is quite passionate and committed to preserving this delicate history as he leads the tours proudly. Lunch (included) at Mader’s, Milwaukee’s most authentic German restaurant, in the heart of Old World Milwaukee. Learn more of Milwaukee’s history cruising the Milwaukee River.

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McHenry County Rail History Tour

Join the McHenry County Historical Society on a deluxe motor coach as they unveil intriguing, little-known railroad lore and provide you a firsthand look at railroading history in McHenry County. Pictures and maps of the sites will be available for you to view.

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Chicago Gangster Tour

Let us take you on a ride to learn about the colorful gangster-era history of Chicago in the 1920s, when men with names like Scarface and Babyface ruled the streets. Your motor coach will be captured by a "gangster" who will "take you for a ride" through some of the neighborhoods where the good old boys ruled Chicago during the jazz age of Prohibition. See where the hot spots and hit spots were and hear about Capone, Dillinger, Moran and more. Learn about Chicago’s corruption, social upheaval and political intrigue, the "real" Elliott Ness and Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson. At Holy Name Cathedral, see where a gangland shoot-out took place in 1926 on the street outside and bullets chipped the cornerstone. A delicious lunch is included at Pompei, located in Little Italy.

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North Freedom Fall Color Train—North Freedom, WI

Delight in a morning stop at Clasen’s European Bakery for samples onsite and purchases on your own. Lunch (included) is at an historic old flouring mill turned restaurant, The Old Feed Mill. Enjoy "leaf-peeping" in rural Sauk County for a seven mile, 55 minute, round-trip ride over a 111-year old former branch line of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.

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The Dancing Horses Theater—Holiday Season Performance—Delavan, WI

Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with music, costumes, and holiday lights that grace the entire theatre. This dazzling kaleidoscope of Christmas colors features an array of horse breeds, performing alongside their trainers in this fantastic cavalcade of equestrian artistry. Visually stunning, this show brings alive the Christmas spirit and childhood dreams. The state-of-the-art, yet intimate, 300-seat theatre is wheelchair-accessible, and fully climate controlled. This live show is truly a must-see for the entire family. Come experience the magic of Christmas! A delicious three-course meal, exotic bird show and tour of the performing barn is included.

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Holiday “Nuts” About Music

Join us for this exclusive invitation for a groups-only tour to a Christmas concert at the magnificent Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois. We’ll begin with a plated meal, including wine, in the beautiful Carousel Pavilion, followed by a concert in the Sanfilippo residence. The concert will feature an organist (TBA) on the Mighty Sanfilippo Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Come see the estate decorated for the holidays, hear Christmas music on the antique music machines, and experience an unforgettable organ concert on the world’s largest theater organ. After the concert, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short walk-through the home to view the amazing collection.

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A Wonderful Life—Fireside Dinner Theatre—Fort Atkinson, WI

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” Tens of millions wait every Christmas to see Frank Capra’s classic film of dreams and the power of love. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls has brought hope and inspiration to every heart with its celebration of the goodness in all of us. It is the perfect message for the Christmas season. The Fireside continues its long tradition of bringing you the finest in Christmas entertainment with a stunning, live stage version of this beloved film. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, one of the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, and Grammy and Emmy Award winner Joe Raposo whose music from Sesame Street and The Electric Company has inspired generations of young people, A Wonderful Life captures all the magic of the film and so much more. With humor, pathos, beautiful dancing, and a brilliant musical score this Fireside production will shine with the true spirit of Christmas. A delicious brunch is included.

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Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Seating is in the loge section and lunch is on your own before the 2 p.m. matinee.

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Single Day Trip Details

  • Register for day trips through MCC’s Registration Office at (815) 455-8588, dial 0. (use Trip ID number when registering)
  • Day tours depart from MCC’s Lot D, accessible by entering at College Entrance Number 1, traffic light entrance. Maps and directions available.
  • For more information, please contact Claudia Terrones, (815) 455-8782.

Extended Mini Tours

Shipshewana Amish 2-Day Tour

Shop the Midwest’s Largest Outdoor Flea Market with over 1000 vendors, and then relax in old-fashioned quality with all the modern conveniences at the Essenhaus Inn in Middlebury, Indiana. You’ll visit a variety of quaint shops, specialty retailers and beautiful quilt gardens. This year’s trip includes the Jayco RV tour, an Amish Buggy shop tour and a walk through the Essenhaus Cruise In Annual Car Show. Enjoy in-home Amish dining while you converse with the family and are served a delicious Threshers Meal. Bring your appetite and good walking shoes and discover a culture that is right in your own backyard. Register early. Space is limited.


  • 3 meals (box lunch from the Bread Box Bakery, continental breakfast and threshers meal)
  • Overnight accommodations at the Essenhaus Inn
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Baggage handling
  • Fully escorted

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Extended Tours

Great Gatsby Getaway at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

5-day tour | 8 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance—$168

Join us on this exclusive spectacular tour on Mackinac Island with three nights at the Grand Hotel. You’ll experience three of those famous 1922 summer evenings of which so much has been written.


  • Home pickup and return in the Chicagoland area
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 deluxe continental breakfast, 4 dinners, 3 gourmet 5-course dinners at the Grand Hotel
  • Castle Farms guided tour
  • Mushroom Houses guided tour
  • 3 nights at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island—Hotel is exclusively reserved for this event
  • 1 night at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Traverse City
  • Full breakfast daily at the Grand Hotel
  • 3 exclusive Great Gatsby parties including the Grand Hotel Orchestra
  • An Evening with Jay Gatsby’s See and Be Seen Cocktail Party & 1920’s costume competition
  • Roaring 20s dance & song competition
  • Horse drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the Trip Preview, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Albuquerque—Balloon Fiesta featuring Santa Fe and Pecos National Park

6 Days | 7 Meals

Optional Travelers Protection Plan—$150

Join us on this fantastic tour to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, which takes place each October. You’ll be in awe when you see hundreds of balloons in the sky at a time. This magical hot air balloon festival is considered to be the most photographed event in the world.


  • Home pickup and return in the Chicagoland area
  • 7 meals (2 dinners and 5 breakfasts)
  • Pricing includes land and air transportation from Chicago
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Spend 3 nights in historic Albuquerque, a city rich in Native American heritage
  • Enjoy the best of the Balloon Fiesta, including the opening ceremonies
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Albuquerque including historic Old Town, a maze of cobbled courtyards, hidden patios and numerous galleries and shops
  • Be amazed as all balloons fire their burners filling them with light at the evening Balloon Glow, followed by a spectacular evening fireworks display
  • Spend 2 nights in Santa Fe, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the foothills of the Rockies
  • Visit Pecos National Park, site of the western-most battle of the Civil War
  • Embark on a walking tour of Santa Fe including Governor’s Plaza, San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel with its Miraculous Staircase
  • $30 in Mayflower Money

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Rose Parade and New Year’s Celebration 2016

5 Days | 8 Meals

Optional $194 Cancellation/Interruption Premium

Relax and spend four nights in Southern California and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Ring in the New Year with dinner, entertainment and dancing. Enjoy reserved seating for the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.


  • Home pickup and return in the Chicagoland area
  • Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
  • 8 meals (3 breakfasts, 1 boxed breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 brunch, 2 dinners)
  • 4 nights Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel on the waterfront
  • Pre-Rose Parade float decorating tour
  • Lunch in Beverly Hills at Lawry’s
  • Visit Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach
  • New Year’s Eve party dinner and dancing
  • Choice of one of the following:
    • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and lunch and tram tour of Warner Brothers Studio
    • Universal Studios with tram tour
    • Catalina Island including roundtrip ferry
  • Reserved seat at the 125th annual Rose Parade
  • Souvenir parade program and seat cushion
  • New Year’s Day champagne brunch
  • $25 Fancy-Free Holiday Travel Rewards

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Baja Peninsula Cruise featuring San Diego, Catalina and the Hotel del Coronado

8 Days | 16 Meals

See the best of Southern California from the glitz of Hollywood to romantic San Diego, then embark on a four-day cruise to beautiful Mexican Baja Peninsula!

Trip Preview Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4 to 5 p.m. in A103 RSVP: (815) 455-8782


  • Home pickup and return in the Chicagoland area
  • 16 meals (5 dinners, 4 lunches and 7 breakfasts)
  • Round trip airfare and airport transfers
  • Spend 3 nights in San Diego with a welcome dinner
  • Narrated tour of San Diego with a local guide including La Jolla and the Gaslamp Quarter
  • Enjoy lunch at the Hotel del Coronado, a national historic landmark
  • Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo in the beautiful Balboa Park
  • Los Angeles and Hollywood panoramic tour with a local guide including Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Disney Concert Hall and Grauman’s Chinese Theater
  • Experience an exciting 4-day cruise aboard the Carnival Imagination along the beautiful Baja Peninsula
  • Call at Catalina Island, a peaceful island offering glamour, sophistication and some of the best wildlife watching in North America
  • Visit Ensenada, Mexico, a romantic little town with charming boutiques and shops along the elegant Avenida Lopez Mateos
  • Enjoy a day at sea to enjoy the ship’s amenities with spectacular views of the Baja Peninsula
  • $40 in Mayflower Money

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Trip Preview Thursday, September 10, 2015 4 to 5 p.m. in A117 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

Gulf Shore Breezes Value Tour 2016

8 Days | 12 Meals

Optional cancellation fee waiver $60

Join us on this exciting Value Tour and spend three nights at the fabulous Perdido Beach Resort on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach, Alabama. You’ll also spend two thrilling nights in Nashville, Tennessee, America’s “Music City.”

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Trip Preview Wednesday, September 16, 2015 4 to 5 p.m. in A102 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

Beautiful Costa Rica

9 Days | 21 Meals

Optional cancellation fee waiver $357

Visit Costa Rica’s most scenic countryside on this spectacular nine-day tour.

Trip Preview Thursday, September 10, 2015 2 to 3 p.m. in A117 RSVP: (815) 455-8782

Holland, Michigan Tulip Festival and Mackinac’s Island Grand Hotel

6 Days | 9 Meals

Optional cancellation fee waiver $60

Visit Veldheer-DeKlomp Tulip Garden, Holland’s only tulip farm, ablaze with acres of tulips in brilliant color in a Dutch setting of windmills, drawbridges and canals. Ferry to Mackinac Island, where the charm of a bygone era is preserved.

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2016 Downton Abbey and English Castles

8-day tour | 12 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance—$491
Pricing includes air taxes of $300 which are subject to change.

Back by popular demand of Downton Abbey fans! Visit Downton Abbey film sites and spend six nights in a Manor House. Come to the Trip Preview to learn more about this grand tour and/or book your reservations soon. This trip sold out the last two years and will sell out quickly for the 2016 date.


  • Home Pickup in Chicagoland area
  • Round trip air from Chicago
  • 12 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • 6 nights in a 4-Star Manor House Mansion Hotel
  • Fully escorted
  • British Museum
  • Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Kew Palace and Gardens
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Buckingham Palace Tour
  • Cotswold Village of Bampton (filmed in Downton Abbey)
  • Waddesdon Manor (the fictional Haxby Park)
  • $40 Fancy-Free Holidays Travel Rewards

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, please call Claudia Terrones, coordinator of Personal Development Programs, at (815) 455-8782.

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Adventure Safaris

MCC has teamed up with Adventure Safari Network to offer numerous day and extended adventures throughout the world with expert guides, which allows them to provide the best possible experience in every corner of the earth! The expertise demonstrated by each of the guides paves the way for you to have an unbelievable experience on your next adventure. In addition, Adventure Safari Network even has the ability to meet any and all photography needs! If you’re ready for your next adventure of a lifetime, regardless of whether you are interested in the world of photography, Adventure Safari Network can meet your needs. Adventure Safari Network combines travel and education in order to create unique experiences that, until now, you have only dreamt about!

Springfield 2-Day Trip: Abraham Lincoln Museum and Other Key Stops

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, and there has never been a better time to visit our capital city. Journey from the beginning of Lincoln’s life in central Illinois through his tragic return to the city he called home. We will visit the state-of-the-art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, containing more than 40,000 square feet of galleries, theaters, and historic displays that combine scholarship with showmanship—culminating in the world’s best collection of Lincoln lore and legend. The itinerary also includes the Lincoln Home, Lincoln Tomb, the Old State Capital, and the current State Capital. President Lincoln will join us at one of our meals, plus a couple other surprises that will make this a truly remarkable trip. Join us to see all the key spots and learn exciting information about one of the most volatile times in our nation’s history. You’ll be entertained, educated and mesmerized by this world-class trip! No refunds.

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Extended Tours Details

  • For extended trip brochure and information, call Claudia Terrones, (815) 455-8782.
  • Registration is mail-in only.
  • Students may also register in person Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Early registrations are accepted.
  • Refund policies for extended excursions vary and may be found in tour flyer or brochure.

Refund Policy - Refund policy varies per day tour. Please see individual tour descriptions for specific tour guidelines. All refund policies will be adhered to.

Rates are subject to change.


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