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Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Reservations are being taken for the Northern Illinois University Annuitants Association trip “A Day in Lincoln Park” on Aug. 8.

The trip is open to NIU Annuitants and their friends.

The group will first stop at the Lincoln Park Zoo since it opens at 9 a.m. and savvy Chicagoans will tell you that it’s best to start out early as the zoo crowds grow exponentially in the afternoon. Because the zoo is nestled in the heart of the park, it has an intimate setting that allows a better view and proximity to the animals. 

After a busy morning, it’s time to slow down a bit and take a break, and there is nowhere better to do that than the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Located at the north end of the zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory was built over the course of five years between 1890 and 1895, and features four serene greenhouses – the Orchid House, the Fernery, the Palm House and the Show House, all displaying fantastic arrays of flora.

Just across the street on the north side of Fullerton Avenue may be another stop on your day trip, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The nature museum opened in 1999 with a clear mission – to educate the public on the importance of maintaining the quality of nature that surrounds us and steps to take that can help the environment. The “Butterfly Haven,” one of the area’s only year-round butterfly gardens, allows visitors to get up close and personal with up to 75 different butterfly species. Admission is included for the Nature Museum.

The Elks National Memorial is open for visits from noon to 4 p.m.; admission is free.The memorial was built in 1926 to honor Americans whose profound sacrifices for the nation can never be recognized by mere words. With its massive dome, heroic sculptures and intricately detailed friezes, the memorial is a distinctively American interpretation of classical greatness. 

The motorcoach will depart from NIU at 8 a.m. and will leave Lincoln Park at 3:30 p.m. to return to DeKalb. The fee is $62 per person and includes box lunch, admission to the nature museum and round-trip deluxe motorcoach from DeKalb. The deadline for reservations is July 29 or until tickets are gone. 

To reserve a spot or for questions, email Steven Johnson at sjohnso11@niu.edu or call Carder Travel Ltd. at 815-756-1547.

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