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
  • 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.

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: October 9, 2019;  February 19, 2020; June 10, 2020; October 14, 2020.

Defensive Drive

at Wheaton Park District Community Center from 9–1P

Take an 8 hour class (classroom, not driving) run through AARP.
Upcoming Dates: 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.

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.


Wednesday, August 7 | 1P

Ranked one of the top-ranked diets of 2019 US News and World Reports, the MIND diet (Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) proves to be one of the best overall diets. But, more importantly, it also rated as one of the easiest diets to follow. The MIND Diet focuses on 10 main foods to include in your diet and 5 foods/groups to avoid to reduce your risk of neurodegeneration. In fact, research published in the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association shows that adherence to the MIND diet lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53% in participants who adhered to it rigorously, and by 35% in those who followed it even moderately well. Join us in learning practical tactics to help you incorporate these foods into your diet today. Presented by nutritionist Kristin Gudstashaw, Advanced Level Clinical Dietician. Event sponsored by Villa St. Benedict.

RTA Public Transportation Seminar

Monday, August 12 | 10A

An RTA Mobility Outreach Coordinator (MOC) discusses public transportation options on Pace, Metra and CTA for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Topics include accessible travel, reduced fare and ride free cards, Ventra, trip planning, travel training and local transit options. There will be time for questions. You can also sign up for a reduced fare card to get half off on several fixed rate services, if eligible. If your reduced fare card is expiring, the MOC will renew your card onsite. Handouts and maps will be available. Presented by RTA Chicago.

What to Do With All This Extra Stuff

Wednesday, September 25 | 1P

You’ve sorted and downsized, but now you’re wondering what you should do with all of your “stuff.” Are you wondering how much money (if any) you can get from selling your belongings? How confident are you in liquidating items or furniture you no longer need? You’ll get advice on how to “project manage” the process of selling, donating or disposing of household goods. You’ll also meet an experienced appraiser and estate sales expert. He will discuss the type of furniture and other items that are “hot” and those that are no longer popular with the younger generations. If you have an item you’ve like to know the value of, you can bring it for a verbal appraisal. This presentation will feature Pat Keplinger from Downsize by Design. Pat presented Downsizing One Bite at a Time at the Mary Lubko Center in February to a packed house. Event sponsored by Villa St. Benedict.

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.

  • July 16 – The Mule (Rated R)
  • July 19 – A Dog’s Way Home
  • July 30 – The Upside

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.

A Day in the Country with City Ventures (318112-01)

Tuesday, July 30 | 8:30A-5:30P | $97

Travel to the countryside of McHenry County and discover a hidden garden gem, the Cherry Lane Farm. Meet Trudi Temple, founder of the fundraiser Market Day, a fascinating, energetic woman who will delight in sharing her gardening discoveries and techniques. Be transported to a place of tranquility, beauty, and inspiration as you tour Trudi Temple’s landscaping masterpiece. As you walk through the extensive gardens with Trudi as your guide, you will marvel at her creativity and use of sustainable growing techniques where all items are re-purposed. Enjoy a catered box lunch at Salvage Hall on the property. Please pre-select your choice of a Southwest Chicken Wrap or Veggie Wrap. Experience another aspect of country living as we tour the Illinois Wool and Fiber Mill in Belvidere. Jane Zeien, owner, expanded the business which provides full service for small flock owners beginning with the washing of fleeces and continuing to blending, picking, carding, pin drafting, custom dying, and spinning.

And Then There Were None, Drury Lane Theatre (335150-01)

Thursday, August 8 | 11:30A-4:30P | $73

Ten strangers meet on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? Penned with cruelty by master of the craft Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the final curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? This classic play is based on the world’s best-selling mystery books of all time. A delicious pre-show lunch will be served in the Drury Lane Restaurant and includes salad, dessert and your choice of entrée: 1) mahi mahi, 2) grilled chicken breast or 3) vegetable linguine pomodora. Lunch starts at 11:30A. The show starts at 1:30P. Ask the hostess to seat you with the Wheaton Park District. Drive on your own.

Air & Water Show Aboard the Spirit of Chicago, Navy Pier (335151-01)

Friday, August 16 | 8:30A-3P | $129

Come aboard Spirit of Chicago and see the Chicago Air & Water Show preview from the best seats in the city – the water! Cruise the lakefront on a ship designed for having fun from start to finish, as you watch stunt pilots practice for the main event. With awesome skyline views and picture-perfect photo ops throughout, Spirit of Chicago is ready to show you the city in a new light. Explore three climate-controlled interior decks with panoramic windows or come topside for our open-air rooftop deck. Spirit of Chicago’s delicious brunch buffet menu features fresh, organic ingredients that elevate the flavors of traditional favorites. Enjoy breakfast favorites, salads, pasta, fish, chicken, strip loin, desserts and more at this decadent meal. Nothing on land compares to the energy and experience a cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago!

Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cahn Auditorium in Evanston (335158-01)

Wednesday, August 21 | 10:30A-6P | $107

If you love Les Miz, you will not want to miss Hunchback of Notre Dame. As the bells of Notre Dame’s cathedral sound in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo—a captive bell-ringer—escapes his captor to join the Feast of Fools, and is rejected by every reveler except one. From the creators of Wicked and Beauty and the Beast comes a lavishly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love and acceptance. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Prairie Moon in Evanston. Dine on bruschetta, mini blue crab cakes, salad, basil pasta, chicken marsala and dessert.

Milwaukee Art & Architecture with Kay from KBC Touring (335160-01)

Wednesday, August 28 | 7:30A-7P | $129

Spend the day with the popular Kay as we take a tour of Milwaukee highlighting the city’s architectural marvels. This docent led tour includes the Milwaukee Art Museum, as well as stops at the Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee City Hall and many of the unique neighborhoods that make up this beautiful city. See the city from a different vantage point by boat as we sail through downtown and the Historic Third Ward along the Milwaukee River and out into Lake Michigan to see the city’s spectacular skyline. Enjoy a scenic lunch at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro overlooking Lake Michigan. Lunch includes salad, dessert and choice of 1) grilled Scottish salmon with pureed potatoes, vegetables and seasonal sauce or 2) roast chicken with pureed potatoes, vegetables and seasonal sauce.

Miracle: A Musical 108 Years in the Making, Royal George Theatre (418117-01)

Thursday, September 5 | 10:30A-5:30P | $115

Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, Miracle tells the story of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith, lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. As times change, the family business, a bar in Wrigleyville, faces the threat of a growing neighborhood. Can they keep faith, not just in their team, but with each other? Enjoy a preshow lunch at the famous Earl’s. Lunch includes salad, dessert and your entrée choice of 1) California chicken sandwich, 2) Cheddar Burger or 3) margherita pizza.

MANSIONS, AND GARDENS, AND ART, OH MY! With City Ventures (418131-01)

Thursday, September 12 | 8A-6P | $109

Discover the elegant Historic Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana built for one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. A tour of the 38-room English manor-style home and grounds makes for a fascinating study in “gracious living.” Marvel at the opulent interior featuring rare woods, marble, tapestries, and impressive collections of books and paintings. Enjoy the elaborate turn of the century sunken formal garden outside of the mansion. Travel to the Brauer Art Museum located on the campus of Valparaiso University. Be treated to a “behind the scenes” tour along with a viewing of their collection of significant works of American art from 1825 to the present. Explore the Gabis Arboretum and Gardens where you can experience the relaxation that only nature can provide. Tour the 2.5 acre railroad garden, visit the rose garden or choose to walk one of the many paths through the arboretum. Lunch at Fiddlehead Restaurant includes salad, dessert and choice of entrée: 1) eggplant parmesan, 2) meatloaf, 3) BBQ ribs.

Newsies at the Paramount Theatre (418139-01)

Wednesday, September 18 | 10:30A-5P | $99

Straight from the headlines of turn of the century New York comes the true story that had Broadway roaring before it even opened. Featuring unforgettable songs audiences have fallen in love with again and again and a story that will make you want to stand up and cheer. Based on the 1992 movie, Newsies is a rousing musical nominated for 8 Tony Awards, winning Best Choreography and Best Score. Newsies is refreshing, inspirational and a huge feel-good show. Want good news? Then you want Newsies. Enjoy a delicious preshow lunch at Red Lobster. Lunch includes soup, salad, dessert, cheddar bay biscuits and your entrée choice: 1) broiled flounder, 2) fried shrimp or 3) maple glazed chicken.

Shipshewana Brown Bag Tour (436138-01)

Tuesday, October 1 | 7A-7:30P | $108

Experience a unique culture without leaving the country as you travel to this picturesque Northern Indiana Amish community and learn the traditions and customs. Our step on guide provides a stop at Yoder’s Meat & Cheese and Red Barn Shoppes, Topeka General Store, Carolyn’s Kitchen and E & S Bulk Food Store. Tour Annie Oakley Perfumery which remains the only perfumery in the USA. This will be a rare opportunity to view a perfume studio and experience a world collection of natural and organic fragrances. You will learn how fragrances are created, blended and bottled. Sample Annie Oakley fragrances and products, from the original Annie® fragrance, to not-yet-released products in development. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a personalized fragrance at the blending bar. You will get a brown bag and a special gift from each of the five local shops. Enjoy lunch at the Carriage House where Elaine and her son Seth welcome your group to their country homestead for a meal to remember. Enjoy a family style thresher meal served with homemade bread, salad, noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, coffee, pie and ice cream.

Save the Date:

  • October 22 – Citizen Soldier with City Ventures
  • October 30 – Piano Man Tribute at White Pines
  • November 5 – Hardee’s Reindeer Ranch, Rantoul
  • November 14 – White Christmas, Theatre at the Center
  • November 20 – Mary Poppins, Drury Lane Theatre
  • November 27 – Beauty & the Beast, Paramount Theatre
  • December 5 – A Christmas Story, Fireside
  • December 9 – Holiday Lights Tour
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.

Collette Extended Travel Preview

Monday, July 15 | 10A

Welcome Collette, our new Extended Travel Partner

Meet our new Collette Travel Manager, Patrick Kinsella. Collette considers each traveler their personal guest and that means every moment on tour matters because it matters to you. Let Collette and the Wheaton Park District help you make your travel dreams come true.

Let’s travel together in 2020.

Looking for something new and different?

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

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Michigan Fall Harvest Time

October 5 – 8, 2019

From $1,079 per person, double occupancy

– 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

Costa Rica

February 19-26, 2020

$3174 per person, double occupancy. Airfare included

The limitless possibilities that include extensive rainforests, volcanoes, rivers traveling through the mountains, beaches and natural resources safeguarded by an important organization of national parks and forest preserves will unfold before your eyes on this amazing holiday in Costa Rica.

– Overnight in San Jose, Costa Rica
– Visit to Poas Volcano
– Enjoy a visit to Doka Coffee Estate with a guided tour and lunch
– Experience Arenal Volcano National Park – enjoy a gentle hike at the base of the volcano
– Spend three nights in La Fortuna overlooking Arenal Volcano
– Included excursion to Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge with local guide and lunch
– Spend three nights in Manuel Antonio
– Experience a Jungle Crocodile Safari with a Costa Rican expert
– Visit Manuel Antonio National Park with a Costa Rican expert

Cherry Blossom Time in Our Nation’s Capital

April 3-9, 2020

$2689 per person, double occupancy. Airfare included

Join the annual celebration of the gift of beautiful cherry trees from the people of Japan to the people of the United States. Then tour Washington D.C., Colonial Williamsburg and Arlington National Cemetery.

– Enjoy reserved grandstand seating to the National Cherry Blossom Parade
– Tour Mount Vernon, the expansive estate of George and Martha Washington
– Arlington National Cemetery and the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
– Washington, D.C. touring with a local guide including the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center along with the FDR, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials
– Visit the National WWII Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during WWII
– Experience the Washington, D.C. National Mall Area at night on a panoramic Illumination Tour
– Tour the Newseum, dedicated to free speech and the First Amendment
– Visit the Smithsonian Institution’s American History Museum
– Tour Jamestown Settlement and Powhatan Indian Village
– Visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Museum
– Full day at Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum
– Traditional Tavern dinner in historic Colonial Williamsburg

Virginia Beach Getaway

April 17-23, 2020

$1449 per person, double occupancy

Join us for 3 nights on the Atlantic Coast in beautiful Virginia Beach and enjoy an Atlantic Coastal Harvest Food Tour.

– Driving tour of the Washington D.C. mall area
– Visit the National WWII Memorial
– Tour the Mariner’s Museum and Park, one of the largest maritime museums in North America
– Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and visit a Virginia clam farm, the historic village of Cape Charles and a local winery for a tasting with local cheeses
– Virginia Food Tour including a relaxing lunch of locally farmed seafood and homemade desserts and a Virginia style barbeque dinner featuring slow roasted port, hush puppies, local vegetables and plenty of local beers
– Enjoy free time along Virginia Beach’s famed Boardwalk
– Tour the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the world’s largest private collection of vintage WWI and WWII military aircraft
– Take a Naval personnel-led tour at the Norfolk Naval Station and see the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial
– Enjoy dinner at Rockafellers featuring delicious local cuisine highlighted by lively live musical entertainment

Portugal & The Douro River Cruise

May 27-June 6, 2020

From $4999 per person, double occupancy. FREE through June 30, 2019.

Start your adventure by exploring Lisbon and then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit expansive vineyards and sample some regional wines throughout your trip. See Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal as you traverse the Douro River.

– Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lisbon, Portugal before cruising
– Seven-night cruise on the Douro River
– First-class service by an English-speaking crew
– Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
– All gratuities included once aboard ship
– Personal listening device for onboard excursions
– All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
– Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
– Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
– Complimentary WiFi onboard

Explore Tuscany

June 4-12, 2020

$3499 per person, double occupancy.

Rolling Landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture…this can only be Tuscany. Unpack once on this journey among Italy’s most charming towns.

– Montecatini Terme
– Florence – Academy Gallery to see David, Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
– Lucca, Borgo a Mozzano, Gothic Line, Museum of Liberation
– Pisa – Piazza fei Miracoli, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Baptistery, cooking class
– Siena – Tuscan winery and choice of local tours
– San Gimignano Cheese Farm visit

Spotlight on New York City

July 23-27, 2020

$2449 per person, double occupancy.

“Start spreading the news,” because you are visiting America’s most exciting metropolis for a getaway filled with shopping, sightseeing and endless entertainment. Relax as you enjoy a single-hotel stay in the heart of the city.

– Greenwich Village, Wall Street District, Chinatown, Central Park, Empire State Building
– 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Musuem
– Two Broadway Shows
– Cruise of New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Islands of New England

October 15-22, 2020

$2999 per person, double occupancy.

Discover the natural beauty that lies along the shores of New England. Come to know its coastal charm, friendly people and fresh-from-the-sea cuisine.

– Tour of Providence, choice of the Marble House or Rosecliff tours
– Boston tour including Beacon Hill, Old South Meeting House, Boston Public Garden, North End and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
– Cape Cod Cranberry bog, Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation
– Martha’s Vineyard
– Choice of whale-watching or iconic sand dunes of the cape
– Hyannis – Kennedy Memorial and Nantucket tour

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

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