Mary Lubko Center

Overview

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
  • 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 | MLC News

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.

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Programs | Just for Fun & Specials

Rules of the Road

at the Mary Lubko Center from 1–2:30P

Take a free class with an instructor from the Secretary of State to help you prepare for your written test.
Upcoming dates: June 12, and October 9.

Defensive Drive

at Wheaton Park District Community Center from 9–1P

Take an 8 hour class (classroom, not driving) run through AARP.
Upcoming Date: April 24-25, Aug 28-29, and December 4-5.)

Important: Classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday, and you must attend both days to receive your certificate.
Cost: $15 with AARP card or $20 without card. Please bring a check made payable to AARP.

Grace Kelly – Princess Grace of Monaco (238101-01)

Thursday, May 2 | 1-2:30P | $12

Meghan Markle might be the current Hollywood to Royalty story, but Grace Kelly paved the way. Her father called her “the runt of the litter,” but she went on to make 11 movies in Hollywood including Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Country Girl and The Swan. Before she became a princess, she almost married Oleg Cassini. Did you know her Prince left her on their honeymoon to continue his affair with a French actress? Come out and enjoy an hour of captivating information about Grace Kelly and her road to becoming Royal. Carol Bradley will present little known facts about this Princess including vintage pictures. Snacks fit for Royalty will be served; petit fours, cheese and crackers, and shortbread cookies.

Picnic in the Park (318143-01)

Wednesday, June 5 | 12-2P | $18

Back by popular demand, this year’s picnic is better than ever! Food always tastes better in the beautiful Memorial Park, and this year’s menu includes Italian beef & gravy, crispy chicken, potato salad, watermelon and tossed salad with Italian dressing from Cozzi Corner. Dessert will be decadent chocolate cake from Portillo’s! We’ll move indoors after lunch to enjoy beach themed show from Mike & Traci. Mike is an original member of Herman’s Hermits!

Bombshell’s: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies (338107-01)

Wednesday, July 17 | 1-2:30P | $12

Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Hometowns to Hollywood! Film Historian Annette Bochenek takes you on the road to visit the hometowns of classic Hollywood stars through her highly informative and engaging presentations. Annette’s experiences traveling to the hometowns of classic film stars bolster her discussion of the lives of the Hollywood elite, while celebrating their lives and legacies. Our presentation will feature classic cinema’s iconic actresses. A few featured actresses include Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr and Marilyn Monroe. Dessert will be served.

Mobile Driver Services

Wednesday, July 24 | 10A-2P

Do you hate going to the DMV? Skip the lines and come to the Mary Lubko Center for the Secretary of State mobile Driver Services Unit. This mobile unit is available for participants to renew/correct your driver’s license, license plate stickers, motor voter registration and organ donor registration with renewal of license or state ID. A state photo ID card also may be obtained for a $20 fee. If you are age 65 or over, you may obtain a free, one-time, non-expiring state ID card. Drivers age 75 and over must take a driving test at a Drivers Service facility to renew their driver’s licenses. Credit cards, debit cards, checks and money orders accepted. Please note: cash is not accepted at the mobile facility. Proper identification will be needed for all services. Please call the Mary Lubko Center at 630.665.1415 for additional details and registration information.

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.

  • May 10 – Mary Poppins Returns
  • May 17 – Vice (Rated R)
  • May 21 – On the Basis of Sex

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.

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Footloose (218129-01) – Waitlist only
at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre

Footloose is back! Based on the hit film, and true story of Elmore City, Oklahoma which banned dancing for 90 years. When big city teenager Ren moves to a small town, he finds that wide open spaces sometimes come with very narrow minds. Pretty soon, Ren is the rebel with a cause, winning over the hearts (and feet!) of the whole community. Packed with a top-ten hit score that includes “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”, “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Footloose”. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Dover Straits. Lunch includes soup, salad, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) broiled white bass, 2) golden fried tilapia, 3) chicken marsala or 4) broiled New York strip.

Notre Dame and South Bend Treasures (237198-01) – Waitlist only
with City Ventures

Discover the History Museum and Oliver Mansion, also known as Copshaholm, built in 1895. As you are guided through this magnificent home with its original furnishings you will be given a remarkable glimpse of how this mansion appeared during the 72 years the Oliver family lived here. Explore the Studebaker National Museum and admire the extensive collection of historic vehicles. Enjoy lunch at the highly acclaimed Morris Inn on the University of Notre Dame campus. Lunch includes lemon oregano chicken breast, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. Following lunch, visit the impressive and majestic Basilica of the Sacred Heart, located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. You will be awed by this spectacular House of Worship adorned with brilliant murals, a Parisian altar “flowing with gold” and intimate chapels. Walk to the nearby Grotto, a one-seventh replica of the famed Shrine in Lourdes, France. Please note: this tour requires considerable walking and stair climbing.

August Rush (237199-01)
August Rush tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York’s Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Enjoy a delicious pre-show lunch at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Your lunch includes farmhouse salad, macadamia crusted chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

Hamilton the Exhibition (237187-01 and 337187-01)
At Northerly Island

Join us for the Hamilton 360-degree, immersive exhibition inspired by the revolutionary musical. Featuring an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: The Exhibition is designed to take visitors deep into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America. With a dynamic and interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music and historical artifacts, you will experience how Hamilton wrote, fought and lived. Enjoy lunch at the famous Miller’s Pub. Lunch includes Greek style chicken, oven browned potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Visit the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank where you can take your picture with a million bucks! See the Hamilton the Exhibit and understand how his vision led to the eventual creation of the Federal Reserve System.

Halim Time and Glass Museum
with City Ventures

Discover an amazing world filled with inspirational artwork formed in glass and rooms packed with rare time pieces at the Halim Time and Glass Museum. During your guided tour, view 1,100 time clocks, some dating 300 years old and 70 gorgeous stained glass art pieces. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Farmhouse, a relaxed farm-to-table restaurant. Choose your entrée: 1) roasted chicken breast with vegetables and mashed potatoes, 2) veggie burger served with tavern fries or 3) smoked turkey sandwich and side salad. Dessert and non-alcoholic beverage included. Afterword, travel to the Northwestern University Campus to visit the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Enjoy the special exhibit “Caravans of Gold/Fragments in Time.” While on the Northwestern Campus, visit the Alice Millar Chapel which has been the spiritual center of Northwestern University’s campus for 50 years.

Skirting the Shoreline
Kenosha, Milwaukee & Racine

Travel the spectacular shoreline of Lake Michigan with the dynamic Kay from KBC Touring Company. Discover the waterfront communities with their charming downtowns and magnificent lakeside homes. In Milwaukee, tour North Point Lighthouse and the stunning Milwaukee Art Museum. Then travel south to Racine to explore the Wind Point Lighthouse. Take in the gorgeous water views while dining at Reef Point Brewhouse. Entrée choice: 1) chicken bruschetta, 2) bacon wrapped pork chop or 3) parmesan crusted tilapia. In Kenosha, jump aboard the beautifully restored street cars for a 2 mile loop of the Lakeshore, Harbor Park and Kenosha’s Historic Districts. Encounter the wooly mammoth excavated in Kenosha County, now on display at the Kenosha Public Museum. A stop to shop at Mars Cheese Castle completes our day.

Chicago Crime & Corruption
Dan from Chicago’s Finest Tours

Journey with us into the dark side of Chicago’s wicked past and discover while “marinating” in its own juices of crime and corruption, how the Windy City became the ideal criminal playground for Al Capone! Visit sites with a history of crime and corruption, including Gamblers’ Row, Old Courthouse, Vice Headquarters and more on this tour! Visit the scene of Chicago’s most wicked and decadent annual event – the First Ward Ball – a true “Carnival of Lechery!” Join us on this ultimate search of Chicago’s underbelly, and experience how this “Fertile Crescent” of sin, crime and corruption ignited the perfect breeding ground for the most notorious criminal in United States’ history-Al Capone! Lunch at Exchequer Restaurant includes: Greek chicken, baby back ribs, beef kabobs, potatoes, spinach pie, salad and dessert.

Gems of Lake Geneva
with City Ventures

Step back in time to an era of elegance and experience the luxury of summer estate life on Lake Geneva in the 19th century. Tour the meticulously restored Black Pointe Mansion & Estate, perched high on a bluff with magnificent views of the lake, built for brewer Conrad Seipp in 1888. See one of the finest examples of Victorian “cottage” style residences still in existence today. Motor coach drop off is at the front entrance to the estate at street level. Enjoy a delicious lunch on The Cove at Sprecher’s Restaurant. Choose your entrée: 1) fish & chips or 2) turkey club sandwich. Time will also be provided for you to browse the quaint shops of Lake Geneva or walk along the scenic dock and shoreline. Your last stop of the day is a tour at Highfield Farm Creamery, Lake Geneva’s only cheesemakers. Owner, Terry Highfield, will demonstrate how artisan cheese is made.

Djembe! The Show
Apollo Theatre

Get ready for an unforgettable and multi-sensory theatrical event, uniting us all in a joyous celebration of music, laughter and life. Djembe! The Show has wowed audiences and critics the world over and it’s coming to Chicago fresh from a smash-hit international tour. Chosen by Oprah to lead her SuperSoul Sessions, and hailed by The Chicago Tribune as “a different kind of show—one more in tune with audiences today,” Djembe! The Show is a chance to revel in rhythm with a world-class ensemble of performers. It combines powerful storytelling and uplifting music into an unmissable theatrical experience. Come feel the energy, emotion and sensational beat of Djembe! The Show. Enjoy a pre-show lunch at the beautiful Summer House Santa Monica Restaurant. Lunch includes salad, dessert and choice of 1) wood-grilled mahi mahi tacos, 2) wood-grilled chicken sandwich or 3) wood-grilled hamburger.

Chicago Mansions & High Society
Dan from Chicago’s Finest Tours

Visit some of Chicago’s truly elegant mansions, while delving into the lifestyles of the denizens of Chicago’s elite neighborhoods. Experience “High Society” at its finest, as you travel from Prairie Avenue on the south to the Gold Coast on the north. These architectural wonders evoke the grandeur of Chateauesque and Baroque styles while others looked forward to the dawn of Modernism. This tour shines a spotlight on 14 of these palaces, many of which still live on in our city’s collective glory. Listen carefully to our guide’s tales of the “rich & famous” and how they spent their money. Today’s dining experience is the legendary afternoon tea service at the Palm Court in the Drake Hotel. High Tea features 17 unique tea blends along with gourmet finger sandwiches, breads, scones and petit fours. A tea experience the Queen of England found delightful!

Save the Date:

  • July 30 A Day in the Country, City Ventures
  • August 8 And Then There Were None, Drury Lane Theatre
  • August 16 Air and Water Show aboard the Spirit of Chicago
  • August 21 Hunchback of Notre Dame, Music Works Theatre
  • August 28 Art and Architecture of Milwaukee, KBC Tour Company
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.

Looking for something new and different?

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

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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.

Highlights:
– 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

Splendors of Europe River Cruise

Featuring the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

May 26-June 10, 2019

From $6,995 per person, double occupancy

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.

Highlights:
– 13 shore excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
– All meals including onboard featuring local and international specialties
– Four course lunches and dinners, served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
– Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
– Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
– Spacious public areas with large picture windows
– Enhanced touring experience with use of audio headsets
– Walk-out balcony featured in the suites on the Horizon Deck
– “Inside Balcony” with drop-down window in the staterooms Horizon and Vista Decks

Danube Delights

Featuring Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic

July 19-30, 2019

From $4,145 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Visit five countries on this seven-night cruise
– Shore excursions with English speaking local guides
– Personal listening devices for onboard excursions
– All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisines
– Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
– Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
– Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
– Variety of onboard evening entertainment
– Three-night hotel stay and touring in Prague, the Czech Republic

Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice

August 7-13, 2019

From $3,299 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Included city tour of Reykjavik with a local guide
– Experience a full-day adventure of volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal activity and nature, with a local guide, on the included South Shore excursion
– Discover the Reykjanes Peninsula and its geothermal a local guide on this included full-day excursion
– Relax in the Blue Lagoon (entrance included)
– Included whale-watching excursion with onboard naturalist guides
– On a full-day included Golden Circle tour with a local guide, see the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the “Geysir” and more natural wonders

California’s Gold and Wine Country

Featuring San Francisco, Sacramento and The Old Vine Express

September 23-28, 2019

From $3,039 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Spend 2 nights in San Francisco with narrated city tour
– Narrated bay cruise to see Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge
– Enjoy wine tastings with 4 California wineries with 1 included lunch
– Tour the Jelly Belly Candy Company
– Visit Gold Bug Mine dating back to 1888
– Private Pioneer Dinner at Sutter’s Fort Historic State Park
– Tour the California Capital Building and visit the California State Railroad Museum
– Free time in Old Sacramento, a National Historic Landmark District
– Farewell dinner and wine tasting aboard the Old Vine Express

Michigan Fall Harvest Time

October 5 – 8, 2019

From $1,079 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Take a guided tour at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm and visit a Reindeer Ranch
– Dinner and live show at Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre
– Visit Kellogg Manor House and take a tram ride through Frederick Meijer Gardens
– Visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
– Enjoy a sightseeing cruise aboard The Grand Lady
– Farm tour and a “sweet treat” at Country Dairy
– Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer May House
– Enjoy a ride on the Saugatuck Dunes

Best of Cuba Cruise

Featuring Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Labadee

October 9-17, 2019

From $2,299 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– Take a narrated sightseeing tour of Miami to see the Historic Art Deco District, South Beach and Little Havana
– Spend 8 glorious nights cruising aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Empress of the Seas
– Visit Havana, the capital city of once off-limits Cuba and discover her sultry rhyths, larger-than-life culture and historic attractions
– Call at Cienfuegos, the “Pearl of the South” with forest trails, scenic caves and a rich French colonial history
– Visit Santiago, Cuba’s cultural capital with its castles, cathedrals, quiet parks and towering landmarks including the memorial to Antonio Maceo, San Juan Hill and the Moncada Barracks
– Call at Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s private resort paradise
– Spend 3 full days at sea aboard the Empress of the Seas whose focus on Cuba culture includes special entertainment, Cuban cuisine and guest lectures

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 mpanek@wheatonparks.org.

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