Bloomington Normal Sister Cities

50th Anniversary Tentative Schedule

As of 5/13/12

Sunday, July 22

  • 9am Guest arrive in Chicago, travel to Bloomington-Normal
  • 2pm Meet host families, settle in with host family or at hotel, free time rest of the night with host family/friendship family

Monday, July 23

  • 9am Press conference (Uptown Normal Marriott)
  • 10am Tour of Ropp Farm
  • 12:30pm Lunch at Biaggi's
  • 2pm Mitsubishi tour
  • 5:30pm Welcome party at Rich Strle's house (by invitation)

Tuesday, July 24

  • 8:30am Visits to Miller Park Friendship Bridge (see new marker), Ewing Manor Japanese garden, and McGraw Park sister cities marker (if time)
  • 10:30am Dedication of teahouse at Japanese garden at Constitution Trail (open to public)
  • 11:30am Former exchange student luncheon (by invitation)
  • 1:30pm Visit to Normal City Hall and Uptown Station
  • 2:30pm Optional Uptown Normal shopping or golfing at Prairie Vista
  • 7:30pm Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts outdoor concert (open to public)

Wednesday, July 25

  • 9am Visit to Bloomington City Hall
  • 10am Downtown Bloomington tour of artists galleries
  • 12:30pm Lunch at Lancaster's
  • 2:30pm Cultural afternoon at BCPA (Japanese school presentation, flower arranging demonstration, musical performances) (open to public)
  • Dinner and free time with host families

Thursday, July 26

  • 8:30am Visit to Springfield (Abraham Lincoln Museum and Lincoln's tomb)
  • 7pm Farewell Gala (by invitation)

Friday, July 27

  • 8am Depart for Chicago
  • Spend day in Chicago (Lake Michigan boat tour, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue shopping)
  • 6pm Settle in at Chicago Marriott hotel and dinner

Saturday, July 28

  • 9:30am Return to Japan