CALL Event: Chicago History and Architectural Boat Tour with Jim Kwasteniet

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  • 6:30 AM–9:00 PM
  • $175

Registration opens Tuesday, July 11: Enjoy a beautiful day in Chicago while taking a guided architectural boat tour and visiting many historical sites. Jim Kwasteniet, who will teach the fall CALL class "Chicago: City of the Century," will accompany us for the day and share his extensive knowledge of the city.

At 6:30 a.m., we will board a bus for Chicago. Upon arriving, we will visit a Civil War cemetery, Hyde Park, where the 1893 World's Fair was held, and the Pullman neighborhood. George Pullman, president of Pullman's Palace Car Company, dreamt up the idea of a planned community to house the employees who built his luxury train cars. Pullman believed a happy employee was an effective employee and hoped a perfect community would attract and retain the most skilled workers. The community was lauded for its ample green space and beautiful architecture.  

We will then have lunch on our own at Valois, where you “see your food.” Valois is one of the oldest cafeteria style restaurants in the United States. Many great minds, scholars, and politicians have eaten at Valois while attending the University of Chicago. After lunch, we will board Chicago's First Lady Cruises for an engaging 90-minute architectural tour experience. While on the boat, Chicago Architecture Center docents will provide a compelling and detailed narrative of Chicago's numerous architectural styles and the stories of the legendary figures who designed and built the city. Enjoy cruising in comfort and style with unobstructed sightlines and seating on open-air upper decks. Indoor seating is also available.  

We will end our day at the Chicago Architecture Center where we can discover the stories behind famous Chicago buildings. On the bus ride home, we will relax and enjoy a boxed dinner provided by Calvin University catering. The cost for the trip is $175, with lunch paid individually. The tour does include several miles of walking on city sidewalks and parks. Participants of Jim Kwasteniet’s class, “Chicago: City of the Century,” will be given the first opportunity to register for the trip.

Non- CALL members can register for this trip any time after August 1.


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