Sports Travel and Tours Plans Trip to the Windy City

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Sports Travel and Tours Host Jim Dries may be from Sequim, Washington, but he knows Chicago, and he knows baseball. If you ask him, he’ll tell you Chicago is one of the best cities to visit in the United States.

Jim Dries, tour guide on Sports Travel and Tours Windy City Plus trips for several years, and he appreciates that Chicago is one of the few cities—along with New York and Los Angeles—that still has two major league baseball teams. And on this year’s trip sponsored by the sports touring firm in Hatfield, Massachusetts, participants will have the chance to visit both of them: Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.

The trip begins Friday, Aug. 7 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 12, and it features four major league ball games at four different ballparks in Milwaukee, St. Louis and, of course, the Windy City, Chicago.

The trip’s itinerary begins on Friday with the trip reception that allows participants to begin making connections with one another. Travelers will be able to meet and greet each other as well as their tour guide, which this year will not be Dries but Pat Mahon.

(This year, Dries will be a tour guide for Sports Travel and Tours’ Central Express trip, which has stops in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Kansas City.)

Saturday afternoon features a tour of Wrigleyville, one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods, and the first baseball game of the trip. The Chicago Cubs will take on the San Francisco Giants at their own historic Wrigley Field.

Sunday will be spent in Milwaukee. Travelers will get to watch the Brewers take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. After the game, they’ll return to Chicago, where on Monday, travelers will experience a stadium tour of Wrigley Field. Participants will get an insider’s look at more than 97 years of history. Tour destinations include the press box, clubhouses, dugouts and possibly the field itself.

Also on Monday—a day packed full of sites and experiences—will be a half-day tour of Chicago and a game at U.S. Cellular Field, where the White Sox will play against the LA Angels of Anaheim.

Tuesday morning, travelers will leave Chicago for St. Louis. There, they will have the opportunity to see the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch, the nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet. Later in the evening, travelers will witness the last game of the trip at Busch Stadium. For the second time, they will watch the Cardinals play, this time on their home field against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Participants will return home at their leisure on Wednesday.

Learn more about the Windy City Plus trip, or register, at

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