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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
  • 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 staff at Holiday Gala 2016
Spring/Summer 2018 Downtown Wheaton Sidewalk Improvements
Project updates and tips for navigating downtown from Downtown Wheaton Association.

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

Picnic in the Park (318143-01)

At Memorial Park

Back by popular demand, this year’s picnic is better than ever! Food always tastes great in beautiful Memorial Park, and this year’s menu includes Portillo’s famous Beef Sandwiches on soft Italian bread, with optional hot or sweet peppers, Portillo’s salad, watermelon, and last but not least, chocolate cake. We’ll move indoors after lunch to enjoy a spectacular show performed Peter Miletic , the Piano Man. Most nights you’ll find Peter playing at the Red Head Piano Lounge downtown. This incredibly talented and versatile vocalist performs your favorite artists from the1970’s through today – Elton John, Billy Joel, Rolling Stones and more. Indulge yourself, relax and have some fun!

Entertainment sponsored by Windsor Park. Food sponsored by Peace Hospice & Palliative Care.

Jazz Cabaret (337182-01)

At Mary Lubko Center

Enjoy some warm jazz and cool dessert at the Mary Lubko Center this August! Our very own Silvertones member, Kristine Marie Miller will delight you with her amazing voice as she sings jazz favorites. Swing and sigh to timeless melodies sung by the versatile voice of this charming soprano with its clear-as-a-bell high notes and sultry low notes. Dessert will feature bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes: home of the best bundt cakes ever! These decadent treats are made from real eggs, butter and cream cheese and will melt in your mouth.

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.

  • June 19 – Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • July 17 – Darkest Hour

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

The Color Purple (337172-01)
at the Auditorium Theatre

18 & over | 7/25 | W | 10A-6P | $129/$129

Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph! With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, “The Color Purple” gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. An epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South, it’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls, “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Enjoy a pre-show lunch at one of Chicago’s world-renowned restaurants, Russian Tea Time, which includes salad, assorted desserts, beverage and your choice of: 1) chicken kebob, 2) beef stroganoff or 3) stuffed eggplant.

Chicago Treasures (337173-01)
with City Ventures

18 & over | 7/31 | Tu | 9A-4P | $87/$87

See three of Chicago’s finest historic gems! Our first stop is Holy Family Church, Chicago’s only example of pre-Civil War, Victorian Gothic architecture. The parish began in 1857 and survived the Chicago Fire. Next you’ll be treated to an exceptional opportunity to tour the remarkable St. Ignatius Library. Lunch is at the popular Francesca’s on Taylor, served family style, and includes salad, rigatoni, chicken limone and dessert. Our last stop takes us to the Gold Coast to the famous Three Arts Building.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (437175-01)
at Drury Lane Theatre

18 & over | 8/15 | W | 11:30A-4:30P | $69/$69

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. A delicious pre-show lunch will be served in the Drury Lane Restaurant and includes salad, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) lake trout, 2) herb roasted chicken breast or 3) vegetable kabob. Please make your menu choice when registering. Lunch starts at 11:30A. The show starts at 1:30P. Ask the hostess to seat you with Park District section. Drive on your own.

Let Odyssey Show You Chicago (437176-01)

18 & over | 8/22 | 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.

Cubs Vs Mets (418109-01)
at Wrigley Field

18 & over | 8/29 | W | 9:30A-6:30P | $75/$75

Travel in style via deluxe motor coach to the new and improved Wrigley Field to cheer on your favorite team. Enjoy covered terrace reserved
infield seats. There will be time for you to have lunch on your own before the game. Go Cubs Go!

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.

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.

door county

Chicago Cubs vs Detroit Tigers and Detroit AdventuresNEW

With Mayflower Travel

August 20- 23, 2018

$1,099 per person, double occupancy

What could be more fun than cheering on our Cubbies to victory and exploring the best the Motor City has to offer? Travel to Motor City for two games to see the Chicago Cubs play the Detroit Tigers. You’ll enjoy every pitch from your reserved seats in Detroit’s Comerica Park. See the Kalamazoo Air Zoo with its unique collection of aircraft before having dinner at the Hockeytown Café, rich in Detroit sports memorabilia. At the Ford Rouge River Factory, you’ll tour this state-ofthe- art factory where the F150 pickup trucks are built. We will enjoy time to explore The Henry Ford Museum, often called his “attic” as well as “America’s Main Street,” Greenfield Village. Both offer unique collections from JFK’s presidential car to the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop. We will also visit the new American Museum of Magic for a taste of Houdini and Michigan’s own Blackstone.

Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Mt. Rushmore NEW

With Mayflower Travel

September 13-21, 2018

$3479 per person, double occupancy

Watch Old Faithful erupt in natural wonder. Tour historic mining towns and discover treasures of the Old West.

Highlights:

  • Take an exciting open-air Jeep tour through Custer State Park
  • Black Hills tour includes Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest statue in the world
  • See the amazing lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
  • Visit awe-inspiring Devils Tower National Monument
  • Spend 2 nights in Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park and home to famed geyser, Old Faithful
  • Snake River float trip through Grand Teton National Park
  • Spend 2 nights in Jackson Hole
  • Salt Lake City, including the Great Salt Lake, Temple Square, and Pioneer State Park
  • Round trip airport transfers

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta NEW

Featuring Santa Fe and Pecos National Historic Park With Mayflower Travel

October 12-17, 2018

$2,239 per person, double occupancy

Dazzling during the day, the spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons is even better when they light up at dawn and dusk. See these amazing displays, plus explore early Pueblo life and the artists of Santa Fe.

Highlights:

  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Spend 3 nights in historic Albuquerque, a city rich in Native American heritage
  • Enjoy the Balloon Fiesta, including opening ceremonies Guided sightseeing tour of Albuquerque including historic Old Town, a maze of cobbled courtyards, hidden patios and numerous galleries and shops
  • Be amazed as all balloons fire their burners filling them with light at the evening Balloon Glow, followed by a spectacular evening fireworks display
  • Spend 2 nights in Santa Fe, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the foothills of the Rockies
  • Visit Pecos National Park
  • Embark on a walking tour of Santa Fe including Governor’s Plaza, San Miguel Mission, and Loretto Chapel

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.

Highlights:

  • 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

Travel | Extended Trips 2019

Greece

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.

Highlights:

  • 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

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

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

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