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2023 Recreation, Parks & Community Health Trip Brochure

The Wiz

Everybody Rejoice! The Tony Award-winning musical THE WIZ is coming to Chicago in an all-new production. THE WIZ, adapted from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The highly anticipated Broadway revival of THE WIZ returns “home” to stages across America in an all-new Pre-Broadway tour, the first one in 40 years.


This groundbreaking twist on The Wizard of Oz changed the face of Broadway—from its iconic score packed with soul, gospel, rock, and finger-snapping 70s funk to its stirring tale of Dorothy’s journey to find her place in a contemporary world.  Audiences get to enjoy the epic grooves of such beloved, timeless hits as “Ease on Down the Road,” which became the show’s break-out single, and the bona fide classic “Home” in this spectacular revival.


Featuring a book by William F. Brown and a Tony Award-winning score by Charlie Smalls (and others), director Schele Williams (The Notebook, revival of Disney’s Aida), choreographer JaQuel Knight (Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”), Amber Ruffin (additional material), and Joseph Joubert (music supervision, orchestrations, & music arrangements) conjure up an Oz unlike anything ever seen before.


THE WIZ design team will include scenic design by Academy Award-winning Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Beyonce’s Black is King and Lemonade), costume design by Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated Sharen Davis (Ray, Dreamgirls), lighting design by Barrymore Award-winning Ryan J. O’Gara (Thoughts of a Colored Man) and wig design by Charles LaPointe (MJ the Musical).


A dynamite infusion of ballet, jazz, and modern pop brings a whole new groove to easing on down the road. So everybody rejoice! An all-new 21st-Century WIZ is sliding into an Emerald city near you.


THE WIZ is recommended for ages 8+


Luxury Motorcoach Transportation & Ticket only. No lunch.

Trip is non-refundable

Two Nights

14709-01           Wednesday, December 6, 2023            6-11PM                   $70

14709-02           Saturday, December 9, 2023                6:30-11:30PM        $125




Christmas on State Street

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2023        9:30 AM TO 3:30 PM        $90          18+        14675-01

Join us at Jacob Henry Mansion via Luxury Coach bus for this amazing event. For decades, Christmas in Chicago meant a trip or two to State Street to see the big department stores. And the stores went all-out for Christmas. This illustrated talk traces the history of Christmas celebrations on State Street. Photographs, ads, postcards, menus, and memoribilia trace cherished traditions - from the animated window displays and the Christmas parade to beloved characters like Uncle Mistletoe, the Cinnamon Bear, and of course, Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer. 


Lunch Menu: Traditional style pot roast served with vegetables and mashed potatoes with gravy. Dessert: Apple Pie a la mode


Register Today! Only 40 Spots


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.