CHICAGO 2015 RHSS MUSIC

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE TRIP

RHSS Music Annual Performance Trip

Dear students & Parents,


It is with great pleasure that we will be travelling to Chicago, IL on May 2015 for our annual RHSS music performance trip. We will depart from Rick Hansen Secondary School on Thursday May 21st, 2015 at 7:30am and return on Sunday May 24th, 2015 at 7:30pm.


Ellison Travel & Tours is the bus company that we will be travelling with. We have used them in the past to travel to New York City and were extremely pleased with their service. There will be four supervising teachers coming on the trip. Mr. Lampropoulos, Mrs. Powell, Ms. Elliott, Mr. Ho.


This would be an amazing educational opportunity for your children. It would allow them to have a broader perspective of the different avenues that music and the arts have to offer in a more global, working world. The venues and performances that we are attending provide a wide spectrum of music that can only be experienced in Chicago, IL.


Regards,

Mr. Lampropoulos & Mrs. Powell


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Rick Hansen Secondary School

4 Day Performing Tour To Chicago, IL

Thursday May 21 - Sunday May 24, 2015


Ellison Travel & Tours LTD

Preliminary itinerary


Day 1 - Thursday May 21, 2015


8:00am - coach to arrival at Rick Hansen Secondary School for loading of luggage and equipment

8:30am - depart Mississauga, ON for Chicago, IL – stops will be made enroute for breaks and meals (locations to be determined by the group leader and driver)


NOTE: due to local government driving regulations you will have a tour start driver today – you will make a stop enroute to switch drivers at a predetermined location by the coach company


- have documentation ready for border crossing

- remember to set your watches to local time


6:00pm - estimated time of arrival in Chicago at Andy’s Jazz Club, where you will enjoy dinner and entertainment this evening

- one of Chicago’s best known and most respected Jazz establishments, historic Andy’s offers casually sophisticated dining with a musical menu of Chicago’s top Jazz Artists. Local performers cover a range of styles from Traditional and Swing to Bop, Fusion, Latin and Afro-Pop.


7:30pm - following dinner, board your coach and depart for your hotel

8:00pm - arrival in Oakbrook Terrace at the Courtyard Chicago Oakbrook, where you will check in for 3 nights’ accommodation

- retire to your rooms for the evening



Day 2 - Friday May 22, 2015


8:00am - enjoy a continental breakfast at your hotel this morning

9:00am - following breakfast, load your instruments on the coach and depart for your morning performance location – a local senior home

9:30am - upon arrival, you will be met by your host and taken to your appropriate location for set-up

10:00am - 1 hour concert featuring Rick Hansen Secondary School

- pack up your equipment and load the coach

11:30am - board your coach and depart for the “Magnificent Mile”

12:00pm - upon arrival, you will have time to purchase lunch and explore this famous shopping district on Michigan Avenue, north of the Chicago River, which has some of the most famous stores in American retail

1:30pm - meet as a group at a predetermined location, board your coach and depart for your afternoon activity

2:00pm - arrival at the Shedd Aquarium, where you will begin your visit with a self-guided tour exploring the different galleries that will lead you through the scenic recreations of a rugged Pacific Northwest coastline including exciting encounters with whales, dolphins, sea otters and harbour seals

- 4-D Show begins

- Aquatic show begins

4:30pm - board your coach and depart for your dinner location

5:00pm - arrival at Hard Rock Cafe, where you will enjoy dinner this evening

6:30pm - following dinner, board your coach and depart for the Cadillac Palace Theatre

7:00pm - upon arrival, proceed as a group to your seats for this evening performance

7:30pm - Jersey Boys begins

- 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.

10:00pm - following the show, board your coach and return to your hotel

10:30pm - arrival at your hotel for overnight accommodation



Day 3 - Saturday May 23, 2015


8:00am - enjoy a continental breakfast at your hotel this morning

9:00am - following breakfast, load your instruments on the coach and depart for your morning performance location – a local senior home

9:30am - upon arrival, you will be met by your host and taken to your appropriate location for set-up

10:00am - 1 hour concert featuring Rick Hansen Secondary School

- pack up your equipment and load the coach

11:30am - board your coach and depart for the Trump Tower

- upon arrival, you will have time to purchase lunch in the area

1:15pm - meet as a group at the Wendella docks at Trump Tower for boarding

1:30pm - depart on your next destination

2:45pm - board your coach and depart for the Art Institute of Chicago

3:15pm - upon arrival, you will enjoy a self-guided tour of this museum, which houses more than 300,000 works of art within its 10 curatorial departments

- among its great treasures are the legendary masterpieces A Sunday Afternoon on La Grand Jatte--1884 by Georges Seurat, American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, and 33 paintings by Claude Monet

5:00pm - museum closes, walk as a group to Millennium Park for a photo op at “the bean”, more formally known as Anish Kapoor's, a hugely popular, Cloud Gate sculpture

5:30pm - board the coach and depart for your dinner location

6:00pm - arrival at Giordano's, where you will enjoy a group dinner this evening

7:00pm - following dinner, board your coach and depart for Willis Tower

7:30pm - upon arrival, you will enjoy a self guided visit of the SkyDeck – where you can see 40 – 50 miles (65 - 80 kilometers) on a clear day. Imagine seeing Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, just by walking around the Skydeck. And there’s no finer view of Chicago architecture.

8:30pm - return to the ground, board your coach and depart for your hotel

9:00pm - arrival at your hotel for overnight accommodation



Day 4 - Sunday May 24, 2015


7:30am - enjoy a continental breakfast at your hotel this morning, followed by check-out

- load your equipment and luggage on the coach

9:00am - depart Chicago, IL for Mississauga, ON stops will be made enroute for breaks and meals (locations to be determined by the group leaders and drivers)

- remember to set your watches to local time

8:30pm - estimated local time of arrival at Rick Hansen Secondary School

- Welcome Home!

Please advise your group leader in advance of any allergy and/or dietary restriction, so that we can advise our suppliers of the request. Not every location may be able to accommodate allergy and/or meal requirements and for unique circumstances (gluten free, nut allergies, etc), it may be advisable to travel with an additional meal allowance.


*Itinerary is tentative and subject to final confirmation*


Ellison Travel & Tours is giving away four $500 SCHOLARSHIPS. Are you a secondary school student who has travelled on an Ellison Travel & Tours school trip and are graduating from secondary school in the current year? See our website http://ettravel.com/scholarships-sponsorships for more details.

ELLISON TRAVEL & TOURS LTD

Ellison Travel & Tours is the tour company that we will be travelling to Chicago with.


They are the company that we traveled to New York City with last year and were extremely happy with their service.


Feel free to browse through their website below.

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