Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours

The Trips and Tours Program is a non-membership based program and is open to everyone in and around the community.

Join McHenry County College for great destinations.

Providing cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities via day tours and extended trips.

Note: There are no refunds on day trips.

Register early, trips fill quickly!

Select topic code Trips when searching and registering for trips online.

Single Day Trips

All Shook Up—Fireside Dinner Theatre, Ft. Atkinson, WI

Join us for the Fireside premiere of this rocking, rollicking musical comedy featuring the songs of the King of Rock and Roll—Elvis Presley. No tight pants, no kissing and no loud music. Those are the rules in one small Midwestern 1950’s town. But then a stranger comes to town—a rebellious, guitar-playing, hip swiveling roustabout (who bears a striking resemblance to the King himself). All at once everything changes—young love blooms, unspoken dreams begin to come true, and the once quiet little town is turned upside down in this hilarious, tuneful, high-stepping, award-winning Broadway romp featuring laughs, romance, thrilling dances, and a host of your favorite Presley classics such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Burning Love” and many, many more! A delicious brunch is included.

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Natural Wonders of McHenry County

Springs, fens, creeks and eskers, oh my! McHenry County abounds with natural wonders, many of which are located on private property. Join The Land Conservancy of McHenry County for an exclusive tour of several private properties where the landowners care for some of these precious resources. Lunch provided. Ability to hike across uneven, hilly terrain required.

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Jersey Boys—Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL

Join us to see this exciting musical. The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide—all before they were thirty. Lunch is on your own before the 2 p.m. matinée.

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Chicago Architecture Tour

Chicago is known world-wide for its architecture and has many architectural icons throughout the downtown area. On this tour, your certified guide will show you why Chicago has such great architecture. Learn about the Burnham Plan, the Chicago School of Architecture and what changes were made after the Great Fire of 1871 that encouraged many great architects to come to Chicago and build. See examples of many styles and learn about what is happening now in Chicago architecture. See the difference between Sullivan, Mies and Jahn and cruise on the Chicago River to see great architecture from a different vantage point. A delicious lunch at Pompei is included.

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Kinky Boots—Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including best musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Lunch is on your own before the 2 p.m. matinée.

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Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, WI (Adventure Safari Network)

Journey back to the past at Old World Wisconsin—a vivid re-creation of the working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants in America’s heartland. Discover teams of oxen and horses working in the fields, the farm folk preparing hearty meals over wood-burning stoves, and the heirloom plants in well-tended gardens. Stroll through the Crossroads Village and chat with the town blacksmith or the keeper of the general store. Discover the true spirit of these early pioneers. Our group will enjoy a private guided tram tour around the entire site before lunch, and you can choose your afternoon visits. Bring your lunch or enjoy it at the site on your own. The efforts of countless historians have preserved an amazing slice of true Americana—one that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Deluxe motor coach transportation. No refunds.

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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. No refunds.

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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. No refunds.

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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. No refunds

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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. No refunds.

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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. No refunds.

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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

Arizona’s Historic Trains, featuring The
Grand Canyon and Sedona

6-day tour | 8 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption insurance—$150


  • Home Pick-up and Return
  • Round Trip Air from Chicago
  • Round Trip Airport Transfers
  • Experience two of Arizona’s scenic rail excursions
    • Ride the Grand Canyon Railway to the edge of the awesome Grand Canyon
    • Journey through Verde Canyon in first class comfort aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, an ancient Indian dwelling carved into a limestone cliff
  • Narrated trolley tour of Sedona
  • Enjoy rip-roarin’ entertainment and a chuckwagon supper at Blazin’ M Ranch and Western Stage Show
  • Relax with a day at leisure in Sedona for shopping and exploring on your own, or take an optional Jeep tour
  • Visit the old mining town of Jerome
  • $30 in Mayflower Money

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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101st Calgary Stampede and the beautiful Canadian Rockies

5-day tour | 6 meals

Optional trip cancellation/interruption Insurance—$293

Join us and experience the Calgary Stampede, “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” We’ll also spend two nights in Banff and visit Canada’s first national park. We’ll have a photo stop at the HooDoo’s Bow Falls and scenic lookouts. Also, we’ll take in the beauty of Lake Louise, with the impressive Château built on its shore.


  • Home pickup and return
  • Round trip air from Chicago
  • 6 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • 101st Calgary Stampede
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Banff National Park
  • Golden Ride at Sulphur Mountain
  • Boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka
  • Lunch at Banff Springs Hotel
  • $25 Fancy-Free Holiday Travel Reward

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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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.

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.

Trip Preview Tuesday, June 16, 2015 3 to 4 p.m. in A103 and 6 to 7 p.m. in A103 RSVP: (815) 455-8782


  • 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

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.

Trip Preview Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5 to 6 p.m. in A103 RSVP: (815) 455-8782


  • 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

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

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.

Trip Preview Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6 to 7 p.m. in A103 RSVP: (815) 455-8782


  • 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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