PNC Women’s Association 2013 Fall Chicago Bus Trip

PNCThe Purdue North Central Women's Association will take its fall bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 5 to visit Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the John Hancock Observatory and see a performance of "To Master The Art." There will be time for lunch and shopping. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

Cost of the trip is $85 for PNCWA members and guests; $95 for others. Priority, pre-paid reservations from PNCWA members will be accepted until Sept. 1. Following that, reservations are open to the public.

Participants will start the day at 7 a.m. with a continental breakfast on the PNC campus in the Schwarz Hall Vending Room. A luxury motor coach with restroom will depart campus by 8 a.m. to travel to Chicago. The bus will return to campus by 6:30 p.m.

The group will make its traditional stop at Trader Joe's and guests will have the opportunity to shop for items to bring home to enjoy. The bus has ample room to safely store purchases.

The next visit will be to the John Hancock Center and the 94th floor Observatory Deck for views of four states. The 94th and 95th floors have two restaurants to enjoy. Travelers may take an early lunch at the award-winning Lavazza Café on the 94th observatory floor or make a reservation for a buffet lunch at the Signature Room At the 95th for $20. Reservations can be made by calling 312-787-9596.

There are five additional restaurants in the building and a variety of shops on the ground and mezzanine levels. Water Tower Place is directly across the street with more than 100 stores and 10 eateries. The bus will return to meet the group at 1:30 p.m. and packages may be stored in the secure storage area under the bus.

Rounding out the day will be a visit to the Broadway Playhouse (former Drury Lane Theater) in Water Tower Place to see the return engagement of "To Master The Art," a play about America's original "Top Chef," Julia Child. The play focuses on Child's years in Paris as she mastered the art of French cooking, leading to her famed tome and iconic status. Critics have called it "excellent, funny, intimate, olfactory foodie-friendly theatre experience."

Those wishing to sit together at the theatre should register together. Checks should be made payable to "PNCWA" and sent to Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing, 1401 S. Hwy. 421, Westville, Ind., 46391. Include a phone number or email to receive confirmation when payment is received.

Those who reserve a seat, but are unable to attend will receive a full refund if the seat can be resold. There is usually a waiting list awaiting cancellations.

PNCWA membership is open to all. PNCWA offers a variety of social and educational activities, educational and social programming and interest groups that offer members unique opportunities for friendship, sharing and learning. Information may be found at To join PNCWA, add $15 to the trip payment; making the ticket price $85 instead of $95.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Bernel at 785-5200, ext. 5719, or