“My kind of town, Chicago is….”
We are thrilled to invite you to join us on a very special trip to Chicago and North Central Illinois. We start our journey with two fun-filled days in the Windy City and explore some of Chicago’s best. There will be free time for great shopping, visiting great museums, and eating incredible food, before we venture out to see and do some magical things. Take a look at this 6-day package and call our office to reserve your space today. We are traveling with only 20 people and looking forward to sharing our neck of the woods with all of you. We promise, this is the trip you’ve been waiting for with regards to safety and lots of fun. Don’t miss out!


  • cruise on the Chicago River to see the city skyline and spectacular architecture.
  • Delicious breakfast served daily at our hotel.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Chicago, Starved Rock Lodge, Springfield & Naperville. (Suite upgrades available upon request.)
  • A leisurely stroll down Michigan Avenue to see Millennium Park and the official starting point of the historic Route 66.
  • Panoramic city tour of Chicago with a local professional tour guide.
  • A private deluxe motor coach and professional driver during our touring days.
  • Visiting the iconic Art Institute of Chicago to see master works, including Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” and George Seurat’s “Sunday in the Park.”
  • A special presentation and viewing of the Emmy nominated show  Destination Craft with Jim West , complete with Chicago’s Garretts Popcorn Mix.
  • "Welcome dinner,” orientation and introductions on the first night.
  • Hands-on cooking lesson with a local professional chef.
  • Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana Thomas House.
  • Admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Stopping at the tomb of President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Free time to explore the beautiful Starved Rock State Park and Lodge.
  • Professional Craftours escort throughout the entire journey.
  • Strolling through the stunning Anderson Japanese Gardens.
  • Free time for shopping and sightseeing on your own on the Magnificent Mile.
  • Visiting the nostalgic Route 66 Museum in Pontiac.
  • An exclusive visit to the Craftours office in Spring Valley.
  • Visiting the Midway Village Museum in Rockford.
  • A unique hands-on collage/painting workshop with the escort.
  • A delicious “farewell dinner” and parting gift.
  • Visiting Navy Pier to capture a nice photo of the city skyline and see the Smith Museum of stained-glass windows.
  • A Craftours lanyard and luggage identifier.
  • All taxes included, and insurance is highly recommended.

Cost of this 6-day Chicago & North Central Illinois Adventure is


Any questions please e-mail:

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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.


Janet Leigh North, Seminole, OK- "Since I will be attending the Lakeshore Quilting Retreat in Chicago when the deadline for reviews arrives, I would like to comment on my PRE-retreat experience. The ladies at Craftours have been absolutely WONDERFUL! They have thoroughly answered all my questions, responded to every email &/or phone call, and have been very pleasant and professional the whole way!! I am SO looking forward to flying to Chicago tomorrow and attending the Lakeshore Quilting Retreat!!"

Joan Gillespie, Ottawa, Canada- "The Chicago Lakeshore Quilting Retreat was a wonderful experience. The quality of the instructors was a highlight and even though I have been quilting for many years I learned a lot of new ideas and techniques from each of them."

Sara Gulbrandsen, Poukeepsie, New York - "I had a wonderful time at the Lake Shore Quilting Retreat. The choice of hotel was excellent. Wonderful service and great food. The trunk shows were the highlight of the weekend. The choice of teacher specialties was varied and, because of this, everyone’s interests were satisfied."

Lois Thibault, Garden, MI- "The Lake Shore Quilting Retreat was perfect. I loved Chicago. The artistic teachers were a real treat. I would do it again in a heartbeat!"

Teresa Williamson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - "The Naperville Cocoon was just what I was looking for! Every instructor was absolutely wonderful and it really opened my eyes to some great techniques. The hotel was great, food was great, and the entire event was very well organized. This was my first time traveling with Craftours and I'm looking forward to another trip!!!"

Linda Umstead, Montague, Michigan - "Had a great time. Instructors were very helpful."

Denise Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I enjoyed the classes. The instructors were knowledgeable and patient with all levels of skill."

Linda Carpenter, College Station, Texas - "This was my first experience with Craftours; I had a fantastic time. Group B was the best! We could not have had a better group. The instructors were great and I learned a lot from each one. Honoring Rosemary on Wednesday night was a highlight that I nor many of us will ever forget."

Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, Illinois - "A great four day quilting experience."

Leslie Legros, Kenora, Ontario - "This was a wonderful opportunity I would not have had otherwise to meet the 4 Amazing Teachers and of course Kaye England and Lisa B!"

Bryan Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I initially came for one class in particular. However, I kept an open mind and I learned something in every class."

Kate Schrot, North Mankato, Minnisota - "It was great. Classes were wonderful. The group was friendly and everyone seemed to get along."

Debbie Conlee, Montgomery, Illinois - "I signed up for the event because I don't do ships (seasick!) and wanted a class with Bonnie Hunter. I hesitated to attend class with Mark Sherman and Pam Holland. I am not artistic and that is how I viewed their work. To my delight, I had the best time learning the techniques that Mark and Pam use in their work. I can transfer those skills to other projects. And Pepper Cory was so encouraging to those of us who dreaded curved piecing! Everyone was so welcoming and wanted to make sure that we had a good time. I am still smiling a week later! When is the next cocoon?"

Marilyn Nance, Chicago, Illinois - "I had a wonderful time! The classes, instructors, meals and venue were all terrific."

Christine Hampton, Oregon, Wisconsin - "The Cocoon was the most amazing experience. The best quilt retreat I've been to, by far, and my first trip with Craftours. I learned so much from all the Master Instructors. It was a great line up of workshops. I can't say enough good things about this event. Please repeat the IL Quilting Cocoon soon."

Helen Fox, Blackburn, Australia - "Fabulous, stimulating, inspiring AND I learned and became comfortable with lots of ways of doing things differently - curves, trapunto using multiple layers of different batting, thread stitching and companion ruler for flying geese! Lots of extra sewing time to work on projects and some fun entertainment as well as surprises!"

Doris Troutt, Mt. Vernon, Illinois - "I loved the versatility of the instructors. I did things I didn't believe I was capable of. Thank you instructors!"

Anne Wawrzyniak, McFarland, Wisconsin - "GREAT time. The small class size gave ample opportunity for 1:1 with the instructors. The hotel was comfortable, and large enough that one didn't feel cramped in our rooms or classrooms. The topics covered by the instructors were able to be taught in a one day class without feeling rushed."

Rosemary Dawes, Bedford, Texas - "It was an unbelievable experience. Everything, the instructors, the equipment, the personal support and the technical support, were top notch. For me, nothing compares to my being surprised with the awarding of a Quilt of Valor. It was an experience I will not forget."

Rebecca Andrews, Sahuarita, Arizona - "I enjoyed the cocoon very much. The instructors were great and learned a lot."

Donna Simonton, Clinton, Maryland - "I thought this was a great idea and a lot of fun. Four different teachers with four different techniques made for a great week!"

Antoinette Susie McKelvy, Medina, Texas - "What a wonderful experience. Great teachers, wonderful accommodations, great food."

Terry Klausmeier, Lake Forest, Illinois - "The Naperville Cocoon far surpassed my expectations! The accommodations at the Chicago Marriott were lovely, and the meals served were not only healthy; they tasted great! Kaye and Lisa made sure everything ran smoothly and did it with smiles and laughter! They are quite a team! Mark, Pam, Pepper and Bonnie were the dream team -- their talent, teaching skills and patience made for an amazing retreat! I am already looking for my next adventure!"

Chris Deering, Chicago, Illinois - "I loved this cocoon. It was such a great chance to learn from wonderful instructors and make new quilting friends!"

Land Only Price:


| ​Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers

(per person, based on double occupancy)