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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 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
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Mary Lubko Center staff at Holiday Gala 2016

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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.

See Time of Your Life (PDF)

Programs | Just for Fun & Specials

Chicago’s Sweet Candy History

For most of its history, Chicago produced about one third of the nation’s candy. You probably know some candies made or invented here: Brach’s caramels, Snickers and Milky Way bars, Wrigley’s gum, Cracker Jack, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Tootsie Rolls, and Frango Mints. Learn the history of these tasty treats and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. Find out why immigrants played a critical role in confectionery history, discover how Baby Ruth and Milk Duds got their names, and take a fun “candy quiz”. Don’t miss this deliciously fun day with Leslie Goddard. A welcome reception will be held at 11A, followed by a seasonal delicious luncheon at 11:45A and program at 1:30P.

Location:  Windsor Park Manor
Limit:  50
Age: 18 & over
Day: Monday, February 12
Time: 11A-2:30P
Fee: $9 Resident/$9 Nonresident
Program: 137156-01

Sunshine Luncheon

Let the sunshine in! Wear your sunny best for this beloved annual party at Brookdale Glen Ellyn. Chef Jim has created a special menu that includes creamy broccoli and cheddar soup, pork tenderloin medallions with red wine reduction, twice-baked potato casserole, green beans almondine and cheesecake with fresh strawberries. After lunch, sit back and enjoy a musical show performed by Brian Allison & Cheryl Rodey. This talented duo performs feel-good music you all know and love. The show features their unique Americana pop sound, fine-tuned harmonies, Brian Allison’s creative song writing, and Cheryl Rodey’s power house vocals.

Location:  Brookdale of Glen Ellyn
Limit:  75
Age: 18 & over
Day: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 12-2P
Fee: $19 Resident/$19 Nonresident
Program: 118162-01

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.

  • January 16, Gifted
  • February 20, Churchill
  • March 20, Glass Castle

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

Cabaret

at the Paramont Theater

Life is a cabaret, and anything goes. Cabaret is one of the most well-known Broadway musicals of all time. It was nominated for 26 Tony Awards, winning a total of 12 including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. Your pre-show lunch at Paramount includes salad, rolls, Italian sausage lasagna, green beans, and dessert.

Location:  Departs from Community Center
Age: 18 & over
Day: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 11:30A-4:30P
Fee: $79 per person
Program: 136139-01

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

at Drury Lane

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and the triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. This classic story of Joseph is paired with exuberant music, featuring favorites such as “Close Every Door”, “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Any Dream Will Do.” A delicious pre-show lunch is served in the Drury Lane Restaurant and includes salad, dessert, and your choice of entrée: 1) sautéed tilapia 2) lemon-thyme grilled chicken or 3) vegetable kabob. Please make your menu selection when you register. Lunch is at 11:30A. The show is at 1:30P. Ask to be seated with the Wheaton Park District. Drive on your own.

Location:  Oakbrook Terrace
Age: 18 & over
Day: Thursday, March 22
Time: 11:30A-4:30P
Fee: $69 per person
Program: 118119-01

Restoration Done Wright

with City Ventures

See an insider’s view of the triumphant restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, an Oak Park landmark and the finest public building of Wright’s Chicago years. This $25 million project was completed in June of 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. Follow Wright’s “path of discovery” as you move from the fortress-like exterior to an incredible eureka moment when you step foot inside the church’s dramatic sky lit sanctuary during your private guided tour. Be among the first to witness this stunning restoration that has brought Wright’s creation back to its original glory! Enjoy a walking and narrated motor coach tour past the exteriors of many impressive FLW designed homes, including Wright’s Home and Studio. Hear inside stories of his life in Oak Park and see the exterior of the home of Wright’s lover, Mamah Cheney, as featured in the novel, “Loving Frank”. Enjoy a delicious lunch on The Avenue at a local favorite, Winberie’s Restaurant.

Location:  Departs from Community Center
Age: 18 & over
Day: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 9A-4P
Fee: $95 per person
Program: 137157-01

Jewels of Joliet

Immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of Joliet. Begin the day at The Jacob Henry Mansion, and enjoy Leslie Goddard’s first-person portrayal of Violet Jessop, a stewardess who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. You will hear unforgettable stories of the tragedies and get a fascinating glimpse at life behind-the-scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day. Enjoy a delicious lunch in this man-sion built in 1873. Lunch includes salad, warm rolls, chicken marsala, and dessert. After lunch you’ll travel to the Rialto Square Theatre, known as one of the 10 most beautiful theatres in the nation. Enjoy a tour and Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ Concert in this stunning theatre built in 1926.

Location:  Departs from Community Center
Age: 18 & over
Day: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 10:45A-5:15P
Fee: $98 per person
Program: 137158-01

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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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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on March 7, 1:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415.

Mackinac Island and The Grand Hotel NEW by Motorcoach

Featuring Agawa Canyon Autumn Foliage Train with Mayflower Travel

September 21-27, 2018

$2,339 per person, double occupancy

Experience the beauty of Michigan in autumn on this seven day holiday. Visit the National Lakeshore’s golden dunes and embark on a rail excursion to scenic Agawa Canyon for lush fall foliage. Take a trip back in time to the crown jewel of Mackinac Island, the Grand Hotel, to enjoy afternoon tea and decadent cuisine. Shop at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland and enjoy a Bavarian dinner before heading home. Don’t miss this beautiful fall trip!

Highlights:

  • Spend 2 nights at The Grand Hotel, including 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts
  • Embark on a narrated rail excursion through scenic Agawa Canyon
  • Guided tour of Traverse City including Sleeping Bear Dunes and National Lakeshore

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on March 7, 1:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415.

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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on March 7, 1:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415.

Historic South NEW

Featuring 2 nights in Charleston, Savannah and St. Augustine, Florida With Premier World Discovery

October 14-20, 2018

$2,599 per person, double occupancy

Enjoy a seven-day adventure featuring Charleston, Savannah, and St. Augustine, three cities steeped in history and charm. Tour historic homes and grand cottages belonging to the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Stroll cobblestone streets filled with art galleries, shops, and delicious Southern cuisine. This trip will immerse you in the beauty, historic character, and charismatic energy of the south.

Highlights:

  • Charleston City Tour
  • Boone Hall Plantation
  • Fort Sumter Boat Tour
  • Savannah City Tour
  • Beaufort Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
  • St. Augustine Trolley Tour
  • Jekyll Island Trolley Tour
  • Lunch at Jekyll Island Club
  • Roundtrip airfare

Premier Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this exciting trip on Wednesday, March 21, 1:30P 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 Linda Dolan at 630.510.5030 or ldolan@wheatonparks.org.

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