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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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January 7, 2015 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Chicago Auto Show

Our yearly trip to the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place features the world’s largest room transformed into a transportation Fantasy land of amazing displays with more than 1,000 exciting new production cars, trucks, sport utilitys, concept and specialty vehicles on display. Get rid of the winter doldrums and enjoy door to door service on either Tuesday, February 17 or Thursday, February 19. We depart the west end of the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 8:00 am – with no worries about tolls and parking – after a leisurely ride into Chicago we drop off at the front door of McCormick Place with the option of leaving your coats along with any personal items on the motor coach. After a fun filled day get picked up at 3:00 pm by a warm motor coach and carried back to Rockford arriving about 5:00 pm. Cost is $50 per person – includes admission to the show and transportation. Give us a call or email for reservations 815.398.1454 and


December 17, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Kinky Boots in Chicago…

We are excited to have purchased main floor orchestra seats for two dates – Wed. July 22 and Sat. July 25, 2015. We provide motor coach transportation from the Highcrest Centre parking lot departing at 8:30 am; time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop for lunch; show begins at 2:00 pm, after the show on Wednesdays we arrive back in Rockford about 7:00 pm and on Saturday we do dinner drop-offs after the show and are back to Rockford about 9:00 pm. Call or email us for details and reservations – 815.398.1454 and

November 18, 2014 / Canterbury Books and Tours

Kinky Boots Comes to Chicago in July of 2015

Canterbury has booked Kinky Boots at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago! We are especially excited to have a hometown Winnebago Illinois cast member Joe Coots in this much anticipated production!

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with the help of an unlikely person. Score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, book by Harvey Fierstein along with cast member Joe Coots! Come join the sold-out audiences who have discovered why sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out! Cost is $150 for Wednesday and $160 per person for Saturday, this includes your ticket for the show and transportation with time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop for lunch on Wed. and lunch and dinner on Sat.

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