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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 44 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

Interested in supporting the Mary Lubko Center?

Donate to the Mary Lubko Center


Mary Lubko Center Newsletter:

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.

See Time of Your Life (PDF)

Silvertones Chorus

Contact Linda Dolan at 630-510-5030 to join or hire the Silvertones

Beyond Glee

Contact Linda Dolan at 630-510-5030 to join or hire Beyond Glee

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, Time of Your Life (PDF), for a complete list of trips available.

Theater Day Trips

Million Dollar Quartet
at Paramount Theatre
Online Registration opens 8/31
There was no plan for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins to record together on December 4, 1956, but as fate would have it, they did and left behind a historic and mind-blowing album. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story, with all the raw energy and monumental talent you’ve come to expect from these music giants. Nominated for three Tony Awards, it features some of the biggest and best songs of all time including “Peace in the Valley,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog,” and “Great Balls of Fire.” This show ran in Chicago from 2008 to 2016 and spanned more than 2,500 performances. It is the third longest-running show in Chicago theatre history.

Enjoy a pre-show lunch at Coopers Hawk which includes salad, dessert, and your choice of entrée:
1) Dana’s parmesan crusted chicken or 2) soy ginger Atlantic salmon.

Please make your menu choice when you register.

Location Age Class
Depart Community Center 18 & over #418141-01
Dates Time R/NR Fee
Wednesday, October 25 10:30A-4:30P $97
42nd Street
at Drury Lane
Online Registration opens 8/31
Tap through this year’s holiday season with the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! This beloved Broadway classic with its show stopping tap numbers and hits such as “We’re In the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” will have you dancing in the aisles.

A delicious preshow lunch is served in the Drury Lane Restaurant which includes salad, dessert, and your choice of entrée: 1) roast turkey, 2) bistro steak, or 3) vegetarian plate.

Please make your menu choice when you register. Lunch starts at 11:30A. The show starts at 1:30P. Ask the hostess to seat you in the Wheaton Park District section. Drive on your own.

Location Age Class
Oakbrook Terrace 18 & over #436102-01
Dates Time R/NR Fee
Thursday November 9 11:30A-4P $69
at Paramount Theatre
Online Registration opens 8/31
Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic will make everyone embrace their inner elf. Based on the hilarious 2003 movie, Elf is one of those shows that has both kids and adults lighting up with laughter and rediscovering what it means to be a family.
Drive on Own

Location Age Class
18 & over #435177-01
Dates Time R/NR Fee
Wednesday, November 29 1-4:30P $39

Bus Transportation

Location Age Class
Depart Community Center 18 & over #435177-02
Dates Time R/NR Fee
Wednesday, November 29 12:30-4:30P $49
at Oriental Theatre
Online Registration opens 8/31
Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place. Wicked, the untold true story of the Witches of Oz, transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It’ll send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

Enjoy a preshow lunch at the popular Petterino’s Restaurant. Lunch includes salad, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) chicken limone with sautéed spinach, 2) almond crusted whitefish with roasted cauliflower or 3) homemade baked rigatoni.

Please make your menu choice when you register.

Location Age Class
Depart Community Center 18 & over #437153-01
Dates Time R/NR Fee
Thursday, December 7 10:30A-6P $199
Beautiful: Carole King Musical
at Cadillac theatre
Online Registration opens 8/31
Before she was Carole King, superstar—she was Carol Klein, teenage songwriter. Her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Kings remarkable rise to stardom, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Enjoy a preshow lunch at the popular Petterino’s Restaurant. Lunch includes salad, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) chicken parmesan with pasta, 2) braised short ribs of beef with mashed potatoes, braised vegetable or 3) broiled market fish, sautéed spinach.

Please make your menu choice when you register.

Location Age Class
Depart Community Center 18 & over #418190-01
Dates Time R/NR Fee
Wednesday, December 13 10:30A-6P $169
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

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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Fall Getaway to Door County

3 Day/2 Night Tour | October 3-5, 2017

$739 per person, double occupancy;
$894 per person, single occupancy;

Door County in the fall is truly magical. Every path through the woods, every stretch of shoreline, and every little town offers a unique experience. The price includes tours at the Kohler Arts Center, Historic Bjorklunden Chapel, Door Peninsula Winery, Seaquist Orchards, and the Edgewood Orchard Galleries.

You will also enjoy an authentic fish boil, lunch at Al Johnson’s, and a performance at the Northern Sky Theater. Relax at the coveted, deluxe, all-suite Newport Resort in Egg Harbor. Explore Fish Creek, Sister Bay, Baileys Harbor, Ellison Bay, and Gills Rock.

For reservations or details, please call the Mary Lubko Center at 630.665.1415.

Rent This Facility For Your Next Gathering

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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 Linda Dolan at 630.510.5030 or

Mary Lubko Center Rental Brochure (PDF)

Mary Lubko Center Rental Application (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