July 18, 2024

WCA Band and Choir tours the windy city

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald 

High school choir and band members from West Central Area successfully completed a four-day tour of Chicago, marking their first interstate trip since 2016. The last out-of-state tour took the students to New York City. A subsequent trip planned for 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The itinerary for the Chicago tour included a mix of cultural, educational, and entertainment activities. Students departed from the high school on Wednesday morning and arrived at the Quality Inn Schaumburg after the eight-hour drive. That evening, they attended the Medieval Times Dinner and Show.

Thursday began with a visit to the Shedd Aquarium, where students experienced the Penguin 4-D show. The day continued with a walk to the Field Museum, followed by a visit to the Willis (Sears) Tower to view Skydeck and The Ledge. Dinner was held at Ed Debevic’s, and the day concluded with a performance by the Blue Man Group.

The third day featured a morning trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo and afternoon free time for shopping at the Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place. Students then visited Millennium Park and The Bean, before having dinner at Giordano’s. The evening included attendance at a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance, preceded by a pre-concert lecture by Ravel Bolero.

On Saturday, the group began with a “Gangster Tour” of Chicago, followed by a DJ Lunch Cruise from Navy Pier. Post-cruise activities allowed for leisure time and shopping at Navy Pier. Dinner at the Hard Rock Café was planned before watching the Broadway show SIX.

This comprehensive schedule provided WCA students with an enriching and memorable experience in Chicago, blending educational outings with entertainment.

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