Complimentary Detour Package From Chicago
This weekend Chicago Detours is offering a special, free weekend escape package from the city including tickets to the Miller Secret Gardens Walk on July 14 and 15 ($10 value/ticket). Unlike the tour company's usual guided group tours of architecture, history, and culture, this excursion is one that guests experience independently. Chicago Detours will be giving away eight spots for the complimentary package per day.
After registering for the "Detour," Chicagoans can take the 10:40am train from Millennium Station (or another station along the South Shore train) on the one-hour ride to Miller (guest pays fare) in Indiana. Chicago Detours guests will be welcomed at the station with a complimentary glass of champagne. Also exclusive to this fun package is a ride in a 1948 Ford Woodie. This classic car picks them up at the train station and whisks them away to the historic Aquatorium building on Miller Beach. They then receive their free Garden Walk tickets (normally $10 per person), which includes transportation to nine home gardens normally not open to the public. To cap off the afternoon, people can take time to visit the beautiful dunes and Miller Beach, which is surrounded by the Indiana National Lakeshore and has top-notch views of the Chicago skyline. Then guests return to the train station on the woodie for the 4:16pm train.
This completely free package includes transportation to and from the train station, champagne, optional visit to the Aquatorium (a historic bathhouse with a stunning view of the lake), Garden Walk tickets, and shuttles to gardens. Guests only have to pay for the round-trip South Shore ticket (about $10), or they can opt to drive. More historic background on the area and things to do are detailed in the Chicago Detours blog
. Guests reserve by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org the date and number in their party. Free package is limited to 8 spots per day to the first people to reserve.