Mary Lubko Center

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 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

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.

  • 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

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, 437191-02)

18 & over | 12/3 | M | 11:30A-8:30P | $115/$115
18 & over | 12/5 | W | 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.

door county

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

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.

Highlights:
– 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.”

Virginia International Tattoo

Featuring three nights in Virginia Beach

April 23–29, 2019

$1,939 per person, double occupancy

Highlights:
– 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

Noah’s Ark Encounter

Featuring two nights at the Belterra asino Resort

May 5–7, 2019

$699 per person, double occupancy

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

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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30P at the Mary Lubko Center. RSVP to 630.665.1415

Best of Cuba Cruise

Featuring Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Labadee

November 6-14, 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

Mayflower Preview Party – Join us for a preview of this trip on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30P 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 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