Forty-eight Cannon Falls High School Choir students and seven chaperones boarded their 5:30 a.m. bus at school en route to Chicago on March 25. Money raised through fundraising defrays the cost of the educational trip.
The three day trip began with a tour of the Museum of Science and Industry, dinner at Buca Di Beppo and the Blue Man Group Show on Monday.
Continuing to broaden their horizons, students embarked on a tour of the city beginning at "Cloud Gate," a three-story steel sculpture at Chicago's Millennium Park. Because of its legume-like shape, it was dubbed "The Bean" by Chicagoans.
The tour continued with a 90 minute ride on a double decker bus where information and history of the windy city was given. Following the tour, the students went shopping on State Street. Then, in a visit to the Shedd Aquarium tour, participants had the opportunity to see some of the facility's 32,600 animals. The afternoon ended with a stop at Soldier's Field which included sitting in the luxury suites, the visitor locker room, and the actual field. Evening brought students back in time at the Chicago Castle as they enjoyed Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.
The final day began with a tour of the Skydeck atop Sear's Tower where CFHS choral director Sue Franke-Clark stated, "the view was spectacular." Later, the group went to Geno's Pizzeria and experienced authentic Chicago Style pizza, which is deep dish with the sauce on top. Dessert was at Crumbs Cupcakes a few blocks away. Abby Althoff, former student at CFHS and who currently works at Hearst Magazine (which is right next door), met them at Crumbs.
Boarding the bus for Cannon Falls, the choir stopped at Edgewood College in Madison, WI, for a clinic with conductor Albert Pinsonneaut, a native of St. Paul. At the time of their arrival, former student Tatum Plonsky was rehearsing with Pinsonneaut's choir.
After performing their music, students again were able to do some shopping at one of the Madison malls, arriving home at 11:45 p.m., tired, but excited to share their experience.