It’s that time again, the American Stage Travel Trippers are heading to CHICAGO!
General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:
5. WE’RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME by David Cale
Growing up in an industrial English town, writer and performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to the tropical birds in the bird and animal hospital he built in a garden shed—until a tragedy changed everything. Weaving together lushly arranged songs and an intimately detailed portrait of his mother, a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances, Cale embodies this vivid musical story of transcendence, of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere. With his “singular fusion of theater and performance art” (Chicago Tribune), Cale makes “reality and fantasy dissolve into stories as memorable as one’s most vivid dreams” (The New York Times).
4. BRUNCH AT THE PENINSULA CHICAGO
Select from a memorable Contemporary American menu featuring outstanding dishes in an environment that blends the classic understated elegance of The Lobby’s décor.
Take a table by the soaring 20 ft high floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Terrace. Breakfast is a favorite with both early-rising Chicago residents and hotel guests alike, who swear by starting the day with one of the many breakfast options, while The Lobby’s approachable, yet American contemporary inspired à la carte is ideal for power lunches and sophisticated dinners.
3. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION FEATURING A PRIVATE SHAKESPEARE TOUR
Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you tour downtown or a neighborhood, our expert docent guides will tell you the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels or the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. With more than 85 tours to choose from, we won’t blame you if you can’t pick just one.
This tour will take you inside the three venues at CST: the 500-seat Jentes Family Courtyard Theater, inspired by theaters in early modern England; the intimate, 200-seat Carl and Marilynn Thoma Theater Upstairs; and the yard, a uniquely designed space with nine movable seating towers that can accommodate 150 to 850 audience members.
Since its opening on Navy Pier in 1999, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has grown to be one of the largest theater companies in the city. Explore the theater’s three performance venues, including The Yard, a newly constructed, flexible year-round stage under a tent.
They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They’ve put a woman on the stage.
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.
There are still spots available for this incredible trip! To find out more about our Travel Trippers, click here!