Going on Faith

Winter 2017

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 33 FIELD OF DREAMS DYERSVILLE, IOWA Now celebrating 25 years, the film "Field of Dreams" touched millions of viewers with its whimsical tale of a farmer who plows down part of his crop to build a baseball field. Many fans still visit the century-old Lansing farm in Dyersville where filming took place, which preserves the movie set right down to the tall rows of corn in the background. Admission to the property is free, though guests can purchase a variety of baseball memorabilia at the gift shop, such as ball caps, posters, jerseys and baseball cards. MUST SEE: Fans and baseball lovers can hit a few balls on the field and leave saying they played on the field of dreams. SPECIAL GROUP EXPERIENCE: On some summer nights, a "ghost" team performs for visitors' entertainment, emerging from the cornfield like the ghosts in the movie. www.fodmoviesite.com SKYDECK CHICAGO Visitors can view up to four states from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, for- merly known as the Sears Tower, which reigned as the world's tallest building for nearly 25 years. In addition to the hair-raising view from Skydeck's glass platform, the attraction also features a short film on Chicago's architectural history, interactive exhibits and several restaurants. Skydeck is open 365 days per year, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. MUST SEE: Stand 1,353 feet above the ground on the Ledge, which com- prises several glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet from the building. SPECIAL GROUP EXPERIENCE: Groups are encouraged to save 53 percent on tickets with a Chicago City Pass, which includes admission to Skydeck as well as four other key Chicago attractions. Motorcoach parking is free. www.theskydeck.com INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INDIANAPOLIS The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts some of the most prominent races on the planet, including the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. At the world's largest spectator facility, visitors can take advantage of the 250,000 outdoor seats or lounge in the legendary Panasonic Pagoda, a nine-tier tower designed in the style of a Japanese pagoda. MUST SEE: One of the speedway's most famous features is the 36-inch- wide strip of brick marking the finish line, a final remnant of the 3.2 million paving bricks that originally covered the track as well as the namesake for the Brickyard 400. "Kissing the bricks" is a racing champion tradition. SPECIAL GROUP EXPERIENCE: Groups can take a narrated bus-ride around the 2.5-mile track, hosted by a staff member from the Hall of Fame Museum. www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com HIGHLIGHTS STRATACA UNDERGROUND SALT MUSEUM HUTCHINSON, KANSAS At the Strataca Underground Salt Museum, pre- pare to travel 650 feet underground and explore a vast subterranean world. Visitors climb into a dou- ble-decker shaft that descends into the mine in less than two minutes; there they will find a multitude of activities and exhibits, from underground train rides to a mining gallery and a habitat for ancient salt-dwelling bacteria. MUST SEE: Strataca offers two vehicles for adven- ture: the Salt Mine Express and the Dark Ride. The Express is a 15-minute narrated train ride through the tunnels that highlights many untouched aspects of the excavation site, such as abandoned dynamite boxes and break rooms with vintage candy wrappers. The Dark Ride takes a daring course past old mine hazards and nuclear waste storage on a 30-minute tram tour. SPECIAL GROUP EXPERIENCE: Throughout the year, the museum hosts an interactive dinner theater called Murder in the Mines, with past themes such as The Spy Who Killed Me, Who Killed the '80s and Murd-ER, which featured characters from the television shows "Grey's Anatomy," "Scrubs" and "ER." www.underkansas.org THE HENRY FORD DEARBORN, MICHIGAN With more than 300 years of American innovation on display, The Henry Ford museum showcases far more than its founder's famous Model T automo- biles. The museum is a testament to what persever- ance and creativity can achieve and celebrates the work of America's greatest minds as well as the obstacles they overcame to reach their success. In Henry Ford's words: "Failure is simply the opportu- nity to begin again, this time more intelligently." MUST SEE: A few of the museum's most notable exhibits include the Rosa Parks bus, the presidential limousine of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theatre, Thomas Edison's laboratory and the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop. SPECIAL GROUP EXPERIENCE: School groups can enjoy an interactive learning experience through one of the museum's educational scavenger hunts or a Model T building activity. www.thehenryford.org Courtesy Skydeck Courtesy IMS Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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