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May 6, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury’s Trip to Carousel the Musical

What a day! We wanted to shop, shop, shop in the Loop and after our spending spree we enjoyed a quick lunch in the food court at Macy’s. Our motor coach picked us up and whisked us over to the Lyric Opera for the 1:30 performance. Between the great seats, the great staging, and the state of the art sound system the results were impressive, not to mention the outstanding cast with included Steven Pasquale (Bridges of Madison Co, The Good Wife)as Billy Bigelow and Laura Osnes (Cinderella) as Julie Jordan. Steven brought the first act to an electrifying end with his powerful rendering of “Soliloquy in which Billy dreams of the future life of the child he has just learned Julie is expecting. There were many outstanding moments in this three hour show that we all absolutely loved! After the show we came out of the Lyric building and walked to our awaiting motor coach for our ride back to Rockford. Everyone was comfortable sitting back, relaxing and chatting about their day. Another great trip with Canterbury Tours!

March 20, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

“Carousel, the Musical” – Thursday, April 30th…

There’s no “if” about it…we really do love Steven Pasquale as Billy Bigelow in the classic musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein “Carousel!” Join us we have seats! Pasquale

March 10, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Chicago Blackhawks vs the New York Rangers…


We had a great time at the United Center on Sunday, March 8th. We departed the Highcrest Center parking lot at 3:00 pm and arrived in Chicago when the gates opened at 5:00 pm. The Hawks lost for the second time in the five games Patrick Kane has missed. The Rangers scored 30 some seconds into overtime to win the game 1 to 0. It was a really quick game! We were happy to get on to a warm bus and relax all the way back to Rockford after a grueling game.

February 11, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury’s Breaking News…


In its 18th year, THE LION KING remains one of the most loved and popular stage musicals in the world! THE LION KING won six Tony Awards® along with more than 70 major arts awards – Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice. We have selected two dates for this production:
Wednesday, December 9 and Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Contact Canterbury Tours for details and reservations 815.398.1454 or

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January 29, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury Visits the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

There are more than just flowers drawing people to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show on Navy Pier! Along with 28 plus display gardens with blooming perennials, annuals and trees, live water features throughout there will be more than 100 vendors showcasing their green and eco-friendly wares such as spices, dips, tea, wine, skin care products and jewelry along with gardening products and decor.

Live demonstrations feature top Chicago-area chefs sharing their expertise on creating yummy dishes from fresh and home-grown ingredients. Chefs will be visiting from Bistronomic, The Berghoff, Devon Seafood Grill, Eli’s Cheesecake and many more to demonstrate how to make some of their favorite recipes and give the audience a taste!

Beautiful tablescapes created by some of Chicago’s top florists, designers and retailers, this designer exhibit shows you how to bring the great outdoors in. These dazzling designs will give you inspiration for your own home decor and special events. This yearly event has something to offer everyone! Join us on Wednesday, March 18th for a fun filled day, no worries about driving, tolls or parking, just jump on the motor coach, sit back and enjoy! Cost is $56 per person, includes admission and transportation. Give us a call or email to reserve your seat 815.398.1454 or

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January 9, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Canterbury and “Kinky Boots” in Chicago…

“Kinky Boots,” the new Broadway musical written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper is making it’s way to Chicago in July of 2015. We have a local in the cast, Joe Coots, he’s playing the role of Don on the First National Tour of the Broadway show! Joe is from our neck of the woods, Winnebago, IL, so we are especially excited to see him in Chicago!

We have purchased main floor orchestra seats for Kinky Boots at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago and currently have three buses going in on two dates: Wed. July 22 and Sat. July 25, 2015. Needless to say we have many Winnebago friends and family traveling with us in July. We depart from the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 8:30 am – you’ll have time for lunch on either Michigan Ave. or the Loop – the show begins at 2:00 pm – on Wednesdays we come home after the show, usually between 7:00 and 7:30 pm – on Saturdays we do restaurant drop offs for dinner and get back to Rockford between 9:00 and 9:30 pm. Cost is $150 for Wed. July 22 and $160 for Sat. July 25. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this much anticipated Broadway Hit! Call or email Canterbury Tours for details and reservations 815.398.1454 and

January 7, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

The Beginning of the Chicago Auto Show Over 100 Years Ago…

One of my favorite trips with Canterbury is the Chicago Auto Show, I love the new cars! I began browsing the internet for the history of my favorite winter get away… here’s a little of what I found! Two modest newspaper advertisements helped promote Chicago’s first official auto show, which was held March 23-30,1901. Under the sponsorship of Motor Age magazine the eight-day event took place inside the Coliseum exposition hall, at 15th Street and 16th Wabash Avenue. Opening night was “invite only” for the “top 20,000 families” in Chicago. General admission for the public was 50 cents per ticket, and spectators could walk among the auto displays on the first floor with parts suppliers and manufacturers on the second level.

The picture below is an exterior view of the Chicago Coliseum at 58,000 square feet. It was reconstructed from the shell of the Libby Prison, a Civil War institution brought to Chicago as a tourist attraction. The Coliseum continued as the home of the Chicago Auto Show through the 35th annual event in early 1935. Beginning with the 36th show, held Nov 16-23, 1935, the automotive extravaganza took place in the International Amphitheater at 43rd Street and Halsted Ave. Manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana, the electric-powered National line of vehicles occupied one of the largest spaces on the main floor. The display included runabouts, four-passenger models and wagons. Some of the vehicles ran on pneumatic tires and wire wheels, while others had wood wheels with solid tire. Wow, we’ve come a long way haven’t we! Chose between two dates to visit the 2015 show… Tuesday, February 17 or Thursday, February 19, 2015 … departure time is 8:00 am and returning back in Rockford about 5:00 pm. Cost is $50 each which includes admission and transportation. Call or email for details and reservations 815.398.1454 or

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