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Mary Lubko Center


The Wheaton Park District Mary Lubko Center isn’t just for seniors; it offers a wide variety of programs for active adults!

The Mary Lubko Center, formally known as the Leisure Center, is conveniently located in downtown Wheaton’s picturesque Memorial Park, home of the bandshell. Friendly staff are available to welcome you, answer questions, and help you get involved.

Did you know?
  • Programs are open to fun-loving adults of all ages
  • You don’t need to be a Wheaton resident to participate – you can bring all your friends
  • The Mary Lubko Center turns 48 this year
  • Membership: 3,000
  • Number of programs offered yearly: 102!
  • The Mary Lubko Center building was built in 1888 by Judge Elbert Gary to house his horses and carriages
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Mary Lubko Center Newsletter | The Time of Your Life 

Have the time of your life! The Mary Lubko Center’s newsletter is distributed four times a year and includes detailed information on hundreds of programs, trips, and special events.

Call 630-665-1415 to receive a copy or join the mailing list.

Time of Your Life Newsletter

Programs | Just for Fun & Specials

Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra (437183-01)

at The Diplomat West Banquet Hall

Age: 18 & over | Date: Monday, 10/15 | Time: 11:30A-2P | Fee: $41

It’s 1939 and we are on the air! The 15 person Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra is reminiscent of a live big band remote and will transport us back in time to a spectacular old time radio show. The Swing Shift Orchestra specializes in unique, vintage arrangements from the 1930’s and 1940’s and delivers fox trots, tangos, waltzes, ballads, and of course swing with an authenticity and vibrancy which has not been heard since the gold ages of American dance music. Fee includes lunch (soup, salad, rolls, chicken with potato and vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea) and performance. Register by October 1.

Thanksgiving Gathering (418148-01)

at Windsor Park Manor

Age: 18 & over | Date: Wednesday, 11/14 | Time: 11A-2P | Fee: $15

Count your blessings and enjoy a delicious lunch and fabulous entertainment at the annual Thanksgiving party at Windsor Park Manor. Today’s menu includes a mixed green salad, roasted turkey with gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of Larry Breidenbach taking you on a trip down memory lane, as the songs by Sinatra, Bennett, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Andy Williams and more are sung. Bring your requests and prepare to sing-a-long! A reception with punch, appetizers, and music in the music room begins at 11:15A; lunch is served at noon. This program will be drive on your own. Windsor Park Manor is conveniently located at 110 Windsor Park Drive in Carol Stream.

Holiday Gala (418151-01)

at Abbington Banquets

Age: 18 & over | Date: Thursday, 12/13 | Time: 11:30A-2:30P | Fee: $34 Beef; $29 C/F/V

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so don’t miss this years’ holiday party. An outstanding menu includes your choice of 1) petite filet mignon with zinfandel sauce,2) salmon filet with chardonnay wine and lemon sauce, 3) chicken piccata, or 4) grilled vegetables with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and basmati rice. Dessertis the crowd favorite – peppermint cheese cake with chocolate drizzle. Please make your menu selection when you register. After lunch enjoy a festive holiday show starring Charles Pansino, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Register by December 5.

Movie Matinees at Wheaton Public Library

225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton
Showtime is 1P. Tickets are free and are available at the Mary Lubko Center and the Library.

  • Sept 14 – Wonder
  • Sept 18 – Paul, Apostle of Christ
  • Sept 28 – Murder on the Orient Express
  • Oct 12 – The 15:17 to Paris
  • Oct 16 – Chappaquiddick
  • Oct 26 – 12 Strong
  • Nov 2 – Finding Your Feet
  • Nov 16 – Adrift
  • Nov 20 – Book Club

Travel | Day Trips

happy bus peopleHit the Road – Take a Day Trip!

Travel to fascinating sites in the City of Chicago, suburban areas, and even nearby states. See the best theatre, enjoy fine dining, explore museums and galleries, take a boat ride, enjoy a concert, experience the opera, discover Ethnic Chicago neighborhoods, and much more with friendly people. Deluxe Motorcoach transportation and all tickets and gratuities are included in the fee. Every trip is led by a friendly Mary Lubko Center tour escort.

Looking for something new and different?

See our current newsletter for a complete list of trips available.

Time of Your Life Newsletter

Let Odyssey Show You Chicago (437176-01)

18 & over | 9/19 | W | 10:30A-5P | $115/$115

Be one of the first to experience the brand new Odyssey Chicago River, a European-inspired ship fully glass enclosed and ready to show you the city from a whole new perspective. The single-level, glass enclosed boat will ply the waters of the Chicago River, offering stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding architecture. Enjoy upscale dining and entertainment while you sit back and relax as Chicago’s famous skyline drifts past your window. A delicious three-course plated lunch will be served. Make your dining selections on board.

Visionary Gardens (437177-01)
with City Ventures

18 & over | 9/6 | Th | 9A-4P | $89/$89

Be among the first to witness Aquaponic Farming at “The Plant” in Chicago. During your tour, you’ll see Plant Chicago’s aquaponic farm raising fish and growing plants in water and outdoor growing spaces. The Plant is a 94,500 sq/ft former pork-processing plant that now houses 25 food businesses, all focused on reusing their waste materials and is owned and operated by Bubbly Dynamics. You will visit the Bridgeport Art Center, a multi-disciplinary creative home for artists, designers and professionals working across various art forms, media and vocations. Your next stop is the Zhou B Art Center – a “Center for art, for life, for people, and for the future.” Lunch will be in Chinatown where we will enjoy an authentic Chinese luncheon at Phoenix Restaurant, served family style.

Legally Blonde (437178-01)
at Paramount Theatre

18 & over | 9/12 | W | 11A-5P | $94/$94

A member of UCLA’s Delta Nu sorority, Elle, has a seemingly perfect life and future. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she’s not serious enough for him. Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. Enjoy a delicious pre-show, full hibachi lunch at Domo 77 in Aurora. Please select your entrée when registering: 1) steak, 2) chicken or 3) shrimp.

Vintage Railcar Dining Adventure (437148-01)
East Troy, WI

18 & over | 9/26 | W | 9A-5:30P | $98/$98

All aboard! Join us for this unique excursion and enjoy elegant dining by rail aboard the vintage East Troy Electric Railroad. Experience history with this railroad line built in 1907. This landmark railroad will take us on a two hour ride through the beautiful Kettle Moraine state forest with a stop at Indian Head Park. A gourmet lunch will be served in the onboard dining car including: appetizer, salad, grilled pork medallions, twice baked potatoes, pan rolls and spice cake. A stop at Elegant Farmer makes for a great fall excursion!

Judy Garland Come Rain or Come Shine (437179-01)
at North Shore Theatre

18 & over | 10/3 | W | 10A-5:30P | $99/$99

Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. The Nichols Concert Hall is a magnificently restored and acoustically exceptional landmark building in East Evanston. Enjoy a delicious pre-show lunch at Trattorio Demi prior to the show. Lunch includes soup, salad, dessert and your choice of: 1) lasagna with meat sauce, 2) lasagna with marinara sauce, 3) farfalle shrimp scampi with tomatoes and pine nuts or 4) farfalle and chicken with zucchini, tomatoes and shallots in a lemon wine sauce. Make your meal selection when you register.

Ghost (437180-01)
at Theatre at the Center, Indiana

18 & over | 10/11 | Th | 10:30A-6P | $94/$94

This musical adaptation of the Academy Award winning film follows the love story of Sam and Molly. After Sam’s untimely death, he tries to protect Molly from an unknown threat. In an attempt to communicate with her, he enlists the help of a storefront psychic. Your pre-show lunch includes soup, dessert, beverage and your choice of entrée: 1) chicken tetrazzini or 2) beef stroganoff. Make your meal selection when you register.

Michigan Wine Tour (437181-01)
with City Ventures

18 & over | 10/25 | Th | 8A-7P | $113/$113

Experience autumn splendor and natural beauty along the southern Lake Michigan shore and discover Tabor Hill Winery. Enjoy a premier walking tour along the vineyard and through one of the most modern wine making facilities in the country. Taste some of their award winning wines as we tour and choose your favorite! Lunch will be high on a bluff at the cozy Grand Mere Inn in Stevensville. Lunch includes salad, assorted breads, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) lake perch or 2) crispy parmesan chicken. Following lunch, you will visit the charming town of Three Oaks. Explore the quaint downtown with its rural character, unique shops, galleries and a distillery.

Ukrainian Village (435126-01)
with City Ventures

18 & over | 11/8 | Th | 9A-4P | $89/$89

Only about half a square mile, Ukrainian Village, manages to serve as a shopping hub, hipster haven, cozy neighborhood and yes, an outpost for immigrants from Ukraine. Discover Ukrainian Village as you tour the majestic St. Nicholas Cathedral, built in 1913, as it emulates the Byzantine style of St. Sophia in Kiev. Explore the Ukrainian National Museum with its extensive collection of wood carvings, costume dolls, and intricate and highly detailed Easter Eggs. A stop at the S.S. Volodymyr and Olha Church with its splendid gold dome and mosaics will leave you breathless. Enjoy a “taste of the Ukraine” at The Ukrainian Cultural Center as you feast on an authentic buffet lunch.

Remembering Marshall Fields at Christmas (437184-01)
at Jacob Henry Mansion

18 & over | 11/15 | Th | 10A-4P | $89/$89

For many Chicagoans, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field’s, the city’s grand dame of department stores. This lavishly illustrated presentation by Leslie Goddard traces the store’s beloved holiday traditions, including the Walnut Room Christmas Tree, the legendary holiday window displays, the toy department, Cozy Cloud Cottage and the Christmas catalog! Enjoy a delicious holiday lunch which includes salad, warm rolls, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) Pot Roast or 2) Chicken Pot Pie. We’ll wrap up the day with a private holiday concert in the Old Central Church on the 2,200 bellow original 1897 pipe organ!

Wizard of Oz (437185-01)
at Paramount Theatre

18 & over | 11/21 | W | 1:30P-4P | $39/$39

You may have been to Oz before, but never like this…Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man with no heart, a living scare-crow… and a wicked witch that will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy. The spectacular two-story Christmas tree and fully-decorated lobby will create a memory for your entire family. Performance begins at 1:30P. Drive on your own. Tickets will be held under your name at the theatre box office.

Beauty and the Beast (437186-01)
at Drury Lane Theatre

18 & over | 11/28 | W | 11:30A-4:30P | $69/$69

Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of misfits and a terrifying beast. A delicious pre-show lunch is served at the Drury Lane Restaurant which includes soup, dessert and your choice of entre: 1) seared chicken, 2) roast turkey or 3) cavatelli pasta. Please make your menu selection when you register. Lunch is at 11:30A and the show begins at 1:30P. Ask the hostess to sit you with the Wheaton Park District.

Christmas at Lawry’s and Holiday Lights Tour (437191-01)

18 & over | 12/3 | M | 11:30A-8:30P | $115/$115

Experience the elegance of Lawry’s at Christmas, in the magnificently decorated historic McCormick Mansion. Be fascinated as we hear a docent-led talk about the rich history, beauty and charm of this English Manor. Your dining experience features salad, dessert and your choice of: 1) prime rib, 2) salmon or 3) vegetable risotto. A quick stop at the bustling Christkindlmarket will put you in the holiday spirit as we make our way to Macys, the epicenter of magic on Chicago’s “Great Street” for a docent led tour of the famous Walnut Room, Christmas Tree and of course the windows that are filled with imaginative scenes. Hop back on the bus, enjoy a snack, hot chocolate and caroling as our tour guide takes us to Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo, where more than 2 million lights will illuminate the evening sky. Our last stop before heading home will be Millennium Park’s Festival of the Lights.

Dear Evan Hansen (137188-01)
at the Oriental Theatre

18 & over | 3/6/19 | W | 10:30A-6P | $193/$193

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, and a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it “a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heard.” And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” The winter of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen is a deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Enjoy a delicious pre-show lunch at Petterino’s Restaurant. Lunch includes salad, dessert and beverages. Please select your entrée when you register: 1) chicken Armando with white wine sauce, 2) teriyaki glazed Norewigan salmon, 3) filet medallions with classic Dian sauce.

Take the bus and leave the driving and parking to the Wheaton Park District. No need for a gps. It has been a great pleasure to enjoy the diverse types of entertainment offered from the W.P.D. from stage musicals to one day trips of sightseeing and don’t forget the great restaurants that are included. My husband and I love your extended trips. We’ve even brought our family on some of them. They are always great fun and well organized. The staff is always pleasant, and very helpful. It has been a great experience working with them.You make us all feel special!
Donna and Phil Arrigo
I’ve enjoyed every day trip I’ve even taken with the [Mary Lubko Center] Leisure Center. I look forward to these outings. I’ve made new friends and I love that everyone is always happy and in a good mood. The staff are terrific.
Grace Landem

Travel | Extended Trips

Extended Travel Trips

The Joy of Travel Without the Hassle

See the USA and the world with us. Our vacation travel is fun and carefree – we’ll do all the planning and a professional escort handles all details. We offer everything from a two night trip to Door County to an eighteen day cruise through the Panama Canal and everything in between. Discover a whole new way to explore a destination. Travel with people from your own community and you’ll feel like you are traveling with family and friends.

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Travel | Extended Trips 2018

Historic South NEW

Featuring 2 night stays in jekyll island (jekyll island club hotel), Savannah, and charleston with mayflower travel

October 14–20th, 2018

$2,699 per person, double occupancy; add $949 for single occupancy (twin room)

Immerse yourself in the history and charm of the three belles of the South – Charleston, Jekyll Island and Savannah. Enjoy southern hospitality and historic tours, while visiting coastal islands and plantations.


  • Narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island, a Golden Isle rich with majestic oak trees, Spanish moss and palmetto
  • Visit St. Simons Island, the largest of the Golden Isles
  • Visit Fort McAllister Historic Park, the best preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy
  • Spend 2 nights in the Historic District of Savannah
  • Guided trolley tour of Savannah, the city deemed “too beautiful to burn” by General Sherman during the Civil War
  • Dinner at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House, steeped in Savannah history
  • Enjoy quaint Tybee Island with its historic lighthouse
  • Visit Hilton Head, one of the world’s premier resort communities
  • Stop at Beaufort, known for its southern hospitality and historic homes
  • Spend 2 nights in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District
  • Guided tour of Charleston, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in America
  • Touring at Magnolia Plantation, with its wetlands and marshes

Christmas at the Opryland Resort NEW

Featuring Trace Adkins Christmas Dinner Show

November 29-December 2, 2018

From $1,459 per person, double occupancy


  • Spend 1 night a the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, tastefully decorated for the holidays and enjoy their famous “Hot Brown” sandwich for lunch
  • Enjoy a fabulous dinner and live performance of Holiday Inn at the Derby Dinner Playhouse
  • Visit the famed Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Experience Opryland’s traditional ICE! Show, featuring hand carved ice sculptures crafted by international artists
  • Stroll through the Hall of Christmas Trees and shop for Christmas gifts at the Treasures for the Holidays Craft and Art Show
  • Take a Delta River Boat Ride through the Opryland Resort
  • Enjoy dinner and top-notch entertainment at Opryland’s Christmas Dinner and Show featuring Trace Adkins

Travel | Extended Trips 2019


Featuring Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

April 2-10, 2019 | $3,099 per person, double occupancy

Step into history and discover a place where the mythical Greek Gods ruled the world. Spend three nights in Athens and visit the Acropolis with its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Travel by high-speed ferries across the Aegean Sea to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini where you can immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle during your stays. Friendly islanders are eager to welcome you to their picture-perfect paradise of whitewashed houses, seafront promenades and flower-filled lanes lined with quaint cafes and shops.


  • Airport transfers
  • Panoramic city tour of Athens
  • Visit the ancient Parthenon with a local guide
  • Discover antiquities at the Acropolis Museum
  • Enjoy high-speed ferries between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini
  • Orientation tours on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini
  • Free day on each island for relaxation or independent exploration

Mayflower Preview Party –  Join us for a preview of this trip t the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

Hawaiian Cruising in Paradise

Featuring Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island

April 5-15, 2019 | From $3,799 per person, double occupancy, inside room | Round trip airfare included

Sail away to Paradise on the trip-of-a-lifetime to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Spend seven glorious days cruising while visiting four Hawaiian Islands.

  • Spend one night in Honolulu, Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place, and home to Waikiki Beach
  • Oahu touring includes Punchbowl National Cemetery, the impressive Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue
  • Seven days on the Norweigan Cruise Lines’ Pride of America
  • Call at Kahului on the “Valley Island” of Maui. Optional excursions include a visit to lush lao Valley or visit Haleakala National Park.
  • Call at the “Big Island,” call at Kailua-Kona. Optional excursions include snorkel tour in Kealakekua Bay, visit a seahorse farm or ride the Atlantis Submarine.
  • Call at Hilo, Hawaii. Optional excursions include Volcanoes National Park, shopping in Hilo, or visit Akaka Falls.
  • Call at Nawiliwili on the “Garden Island” of Kauai. Optional excursions include a cruise on the Wailiua to and impressive Waimea Canyon, called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on June 25, 1-2:3 at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

Virginia International Tattoo

Featuring three nights in Virginia Beach

April 23–29, 2019 | $1,939 per person, double occupancy

  • Visit Virginia’s Military Aviation Museum
  • Enjoy dinner in Virginia Beach and stroll its famed Boardwalk
  • Narrated tour of Norfolk Naval Station by Naval personnel
  • Visit the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial
  • Attend the “Hullabaloo” with food, drink and music
  • Reserved seats to the Virginia International Tattoo, a musical spectacle that is part parade, part theatre and sometimes, part circus
  • Visit the Nauticus National Maritime Center and explore the battleship built by the US Navy, the Wisconsin
  • Reserved seats to the Norfold NATO Parade of Nations
  • Narrated tram tour of the Norfolk Botanical Garden

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on June 25, 1-2:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

Noah’s Ark Encounter

Featuring two nights at the Belterra asino Resort

May 5–7, 2019 | $699 per person, double occupancy

  • Visit the massive Ark Encounter, a full-sized all wood replica
  • Tour the Creation Museum
  • Enjoy 4 delicious buffet meals at the Belterra Resort

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on June 25, 1-2:3 at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise NEW

Featuring Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic

August 17-27, 2019

From $4,249 per person, double occupancy, 2 for 1 airfare through April 2019

Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Emerald Destiny, our exclusively chartered river ship, on a seven-night cruise through 4 countries. Includes 2 nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English speaking guides.


  • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English speaking guides in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Regensburg and Nuremberg
  • All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties
  • Four course lunches and dinners onboard, served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Spacious public areas with large picture windows
  • Enhanced touring experience with the use of audio headsets
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Prague, the Czech Republic after cruising

For reservations or details, please call the Mary Lubko Center at 630-665-1415.

Rent This Facility For Your Next Gathering

The Mary Lubko Center is located within Memorial Park on 2.5 beautifully manicured acres. Originally a coach house built in 1888, the Mary Lubko Center offers a casual comfortable space with classic wood paneled walls, a large stone fireplace, and beautiful views of Memorial Park. It is handicap accessible.

For information about renting this unique space, or to make a reservation, please contact Megann Panek at 630.510.5030 or

Mary Lubko Center Rental Brochure (PDF)

On July 25th, 2015, my husband and I got married at the [Mary Lubko Center] Leisure Center. It was every bit as awesome and gorgeous as we had hoped it would be, and more! Both of us are really interested in history, so it was really neat to be able to get married at this historic location. We had our ceremony on the beautiful back steps of the Center, and our reception in the Carriage Room. The grounds and the building are immaculately maintained–we have soooo many perfect pictures of our special day! Thank you again, WPD!
Valerie Walkowicz-Moore