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Day Trips

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freedom-hall-logonew2014Shining Star– A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire w/ Lunch

Start your Sunday afternoon with a 4-course meal at 4.5-star, Poppin' Plates restaurant located in Downtown Park Forest. Choose from three wonderful entree selections, including Chicken Piccata, Thai Chili Salmon, and New York Strip Steak. (Menu selections due at registration.)

Following lunch travel to Freedom Hall in Park Forest to view Shining Star, comprised of ten vocalists and musicians who join forces to present A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, a celebration of the four-decade-strong success, popularity, and resilience of one of the most successful musical stories ever told...Earth, Wind & Fire. The amazing re-creation of the band-the legends-the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and winners of numerous Grammy Awards! If you close your eyes, you will believe the original Earth Wind & Fire is onstage.


Shining Star– A tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire W/Lunch

Freedom Hall & Poppin’ Plates, 410 Lakewood Blvd & 343 Main Street, Park Forest, IL 60466


Ages 1 years & Older  $75 per person  Poppin’ Plates & Freedom Hall 

14660-01            12:00pm to 5:30pm  Sunday, February 26, 2023


Shining Star– A tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire—LUNCH ONLY

Poppin’ Plates, 343 Main Street, Park Forest, IL 60466


Ages 1 years & Older  $45 per person  Poppin’ Plates  

14660-02            12:00pm to 5:30pm  Sunday, February 26, 2023


                                                                                           Poppin Plates


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.