You will travel to the museum of the Studebaker automobile company, during which you can get acquainted with the historical exhibits of the once famous manufacturer, as well as see Chicago from a new, "living" side and visit the hometown of Michael Jackson. Individual excursion for 1-6 people Duration 8 hours Children Allowed with children How it goes By car $ 400 per excursion Price for 1-6 people, regardless of the number of participants
- On the way to South Bend we will pass through the town of Gary, where Michael Jackson was born and raised. You will be able to see his house.
- Taking you along a beautiful road, past the dunes, I will tell you about Chicago and answer your questions.
- In South Bend, in the museum, you will see the company's products, from carriages to the last 1966 car. I will tell you some interesting facts from the life of the company.
- In the same building there is the Museum of the Historical Society, where various exhibitions are always held, for example, the exhibition “100 years of automotive design” is now being shown. It will run until November 11, 2015. We will visit it if you wish.
- For those interested in art, the Notre Dame University has an art gallery with a wonderful selection of paintings from a wide variety of styles.
- After lunch at one of the authentic restaurants, we will return to Chicago.
Driving south through Chicago along Lake Michigan, past the working-class districts of the city, and then heading east, you will be in South Bend, Indiana, in an hour and a half. The town is small, about 100 thousand inhabitants, founded in 1865. The city boasts the Catholic University of Notre Dame, a dozen famous people who were born here, and an annual reggae music festival. But the main attraction is the Studebaker Automotive Museum.
The company was founded in 1852 by the five Studebaker brothers and produced carts, vans and carriages. Quite soon, their products became successful in the market due to their quality and reliability. The motto of the company was “You get more than we promised”. The company has manufactured carriages for 4 presidents. One of them was Lincoln, who went to the theater, in this carriage, where he was killed.
In 1902, the company entered the automotive market with an electric car, and in 1904 with a car with an internal combustion engine. The company's cars were just as reliable as vans, so they often took first place in endurance and long-distance races.
In 1941, Studebaker, commissioned by the army, began production of the US6 truck. They were produced in various modifications: as a tractor for artillery, an on-board vehicle for transporting soldiers, and as a basis for the famous Katyushas (by the way, in the film "The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" Fox uses the Studebaker).
After the war, the company returned to the production of passenger cars, but it was difficult to compete with Ford and General Motors. Sales volumes fell steadily and in 1966 the legendary Studebaker launched his last car.
- The whole trip will take 8 hours, one way trip is about 2.5 hours.
- Additional costs: entrance to the Studebaker Museum - 8 euros per person.
The meeting point is by agreement with the guide, you can discuss it when ordering the excursion.