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2023 Recreation, Parks & Community Health Trip Brochure

Nothing kills a good trip quicker than waiting until the last minute to register! 
Please sign up early, or the trip you want may have to be canceled.

Day Trips



Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2023

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

14660-01 $135

In 2019, Lyric’s larger-than-life new production and company premiere of West Side Story took Chicago by storm with sold-out performances. With the lush sound of the Lyric Orchestra playing the original orchestrations and a cast called “expansive” by the Chicago Tribune, seeing a Broadway classic this way is a rare treat.

Main Floor Seating (Lyric Opera House)

Prior to the show, enjoy a three-course meal on the patio terrace of 4-Star rated River's Restaurant overlooking the Chicago River. Menu choices must be selected at registration, including:

· Roasted Chicken Breast

· Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad

· Pan Seared Whitefish

· Chicken Penne


Transportation is via luxury motor coach bus.

Trip is Non-Refundable

Registration Deadline: June 7, 2023


May 3, 2023 8am-4pm 

14702-01  $100  Ages 5+ 

Our Full-Day Neighborhood Food Tour gives you at the chance to explore Chicago's foodie scene to its fullest. Explore the city's legendary bakeries in neighborhoods around the city, and discover Chicago's immigrant roots with incredible food with roots around the world, including Italian, Polish, German and many more. Let your guide take you to his/her favorite candy shop in town, meet owners and hear the stories of restaurants that have been local favorites for generations, if time allows you'll also get behind the scenes at a local coffee roastery, and try some tasty desserts at a chocolate factory. In between food stops, we'll see the iconic historic and architectural sights of the city, you'll experience a wonderful variety of neighborhoods, and you'll get your fill of the city's history, art and culture. Luxury Motor Coach Transportation is provided.

Trip is Non-Refundable.

Extended Trips

Panafest website

Panafest Celebration in Ghana
July 23 - Aug. 3, 2023

Brochure Flyer Link

The Pan African Historical Theatre Project, now known as PANAFEST (Historic Return of African Diaspora), is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years for Africans and people of African descent. It was first held in 1992. The idea of this festival is to promote and enhance unity, Pan-Africanism, and the development of the continent of Africa itself.

  • W.E.B. Dubois Center
  • T.K. Beading Centre
  • Arts & Crafts Market
  • Makola Market
  • Guided walk of Elmina Township PANAFEST
  • Elmina/St. George's Castle Memorial Ceremony
Date: July 23, 2023, to Aug. 3, 2023 (12 days/11 nights)
Includes Flight from Chicago to Ghana and Ghana to Chicago

Single Occupancy: $5,565 per person
Double Occupancy: $4,820 per person
Program # 34656-01

This trip is Non-Refundable.

Payment Plan: $400 deposit (per person) with $400 monthly payments. The final payment is due by April 30, 2023.


Travel insurance for your trip is available at an additional cost with Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance comprehensive protection plan if you have to cancel or cut your plans short unexpectedly.

Registration information:

Online registration is available at

Register in person at the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health, 350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466 (Village Hall).

Register over the phone with a credit card at 708-748-2005.

For more information, call Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005.


Note: On-line registration is not available for all trips.

Recreation, Parks & Community Health 
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466 

Important Information:

•The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health will need the name, date of birth, address, phone number, and emergency number of each person registering for a trip. 

•Before participating in any program or event sponsored by the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health, a waiver must be signed by the participant or responsible parent/guardian.  

•Trip return times are approximate and may change due to unforeseen circumstances and traffic.

•In the event of low enrollment, a luxury passenger van may be substituted for a motorcoach bus.

•Vaccines or proof of negative COVID-19 results may be required according to venue mandates.  

Refunds - Refunds for trips may vary due to non-refundable tickets or fees. Refund requests made prior to the trip deadline date will be given less than a 5% refund fee. Cancellations made by the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health are not subject to the 5% refund fee. Online registration processing fees are non-refundable. Refunds may be processed as a household credit or a check through the Village of Park Forest Finance Department. Please allow 10 business days for a refund by check.

Credit/debit card transactions are processed through Active Network, LLC.  Active Network, LLC may appear on your credit card/bank statement as the merchant for your trip purchase; rather than Village of Park Forest, Department of Recreation, Parks, & Community Health.