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September 22, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Christmas Luncheon and Wurlitzer Concert at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, IL

Before there were jukeboxes and radios there were nickelodeons and mechanical music machines that played the music of the day to entertain the public. Whether in restaurants, bars, hotels, skating rinks, dance halls or fairgrounds, these commercial, automated machines attracted crowds with their elaborate, controlled mechanisms. We will be traveling to the very private Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois where the largest varietyof these restored instruments in the world are on display for us to see. The estate recreates the Victorian era of the first movie palaces, with architectural details and antique amenities for this overall experience! The highlight of the collection is the Eden Palais, built in 1890, the most complete example of a European Salon Carousel  in existence. A fifteen year restoration effort has brought this majestic carousel back to its glory. Thirty-six horses, several gondolas and chariots, and a spinning lover’s tub all turn to the sounds of a Gavioli band organ. We will enjoy an elegant sit-down luncheon in the Carousel Pavilion with a live Wurlitzer organ concert with time to look at the estate’s antique music collection.

Cost is $125 per person with includes the meal, a live concert and time for looking at the collection of automatic music machines. Give us a call or email for details and reservations – 815. 398.1454 or

July 22, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Cabaret Luncheon Cruise, Navy Pier

It was a fun way to see and experience Chicago aboard the SPIRIT cruise ship! We had a group of 25 from Lake Summerset who enjoyed being picked up from their clubhouse and brought to the Highcrest Centre. There were 30 guests from Rockford that met in the parking lot at Highcrest. A short ride to Navy Pier with time before boarding the ship for shopping. A wonderful buffet menu developed by Chopped Champion and celebrity chef Eric LeVine kept everyone busy along with an interactive DJ with music and dancing. A wonderful time was had by all!


July 22, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Darius Rucker at Ravinia





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It couldn’t have been easier… we were driven to Ravinia and parked right outside the front gate… gourmet dinner at the Mirabelle Restaurant… we enjoyed walking around the grounds before the 7:00 show…took our reserved pavilion seats, sat back and soaked up the show…three hours of entertainment, not to mention the outstanding staging. We walked out the gate, onto the waiting bus and whisked back to Rockford. What a perfect way to enjoy a perfect show!

July 1, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury Visits Eataly in Chicago…

Canterbury Visits Eataly in Chicago...

It’s quite overwhelming to experience a two level supermarket and restaurant venue as we found here at Eataly. It opened in December and the crowds have been pouring through since then…including our bus load of 50! It’s a multifunctional “marketplace” inviting us all to a food and beverage experience where we shopped, we tasted and enjoyed high quality traditional Italian food products…everything from fine wine, olive oil, nutella bar, pastries, gelato, cured meats and cheeses, coffee bar and much, much, more, all under one roof! Some of us spent half our day here and the other half shopping in the area, along with the option of being dropped of at Mariano’s, another market in the area, for more food to look at, shop and taste! This trip was such a success that another trip is scheduled for Thursday, August 7, don’t miss this opportunity to visit this popular venue!

May 19, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury Tours at the Lyric Opera…

Canterbury Tours at the Lyric Opera...

Marsha, her mother and sister are smiling after seeing an outstanding performance of the “Sound of Music” at the Lyric Opera. We enjoyed orchestra seating, what a great day!

May 19, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury Tours Trip to “Sound of Music”

Rose and Karen (mother and daughter)

Karen and her daughter Rose enjoy the “Sound of Music” at the Lyric Opera, Chicago with Canterbury Tours for Mother’s Day. Rose will have the lead role of Maria in Starlight’s version of the” Sound of Music” in Rockford! Way to go ROSE!

May 16, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Geneva For Mothers Day…

Mother’s Day in Geneva, Illinois for the Downton Abbey Inspired Luncheon!


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