Lincolnview students Rilee Byr and Adia Welch present their spring Chicago trip to the school board. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Lincolnview students Rilee Byr and Adia Welch present their spring Chicago trip to the school board. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

MIDDLE POINT – Members of the Lincolnview senior class are currently doing fundraisers toward their spring educational trip to Chicago, March 25-26.

Class treasurer Adia Welch said that class members have scheduled the trip to combine fellowship, fun, education and learning. The estimated cost is $220-$240, said Welch, but the final amount paid out by students depends on fundraising efforts and the number of students that actually go.

Some of the fundraising efforts along the way include gate entry parking for the girls’ basketball tournament, various class fund drives and other school efforts.

“The class members are really looking forward to this,” said Welch. “They are willing to put forth a strong effort to make it happen. This has always been a hard-working class.”

Four class members recently presented the trip and received the approval of the Lincolnview Board of Education. Those present at the meeting included Welch, Rilee Byr, Lakin Brandt and Carly Wendel.

The trip will leave on Sunday, March 24, at 8 a.m. on Excursion Trailways. Class members noted that they will eat fast food on the trip in order to save money.

Some of the sites to be visited include Willis Tower, 360 Observation Deck, The Bean and Lincoln Park Zoo.

“The Bean,” officially known as “Cloud Gate,” is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor, that serves as the centerpiece of AT and T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community. The sculpture is located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink.

The sculpture is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together and is polished in its exterior with no visible signs of seams. Students will also visit the Lucky Strike Entertainment Center, students will have the opportunity to participate in over 150 games. Class members will depart from Chicago on Tuesday, March 26 at 9 a.m.

Class members will also take the, “Spirit Diner Cruise,” which involves a three-hour Chicago interpretive history lecture and many Chicago skyline photo ops.

Welch said that class members are excited about visiting the Shedd Aquarium with its emphasis on the worlds’ oceans, lakes and reefs.

Along the way, class members will also spend time at Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue shopping in the Magnificent Mile and enjoy such eateries as Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza in the central Loop in downtown Chicago.

Those wishing to contribute to the senior trip can do so by contacting Lincolnview School.