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    Brewery Tours

    The Barrel Run
    The resurgence of craft beer is now! Your Prohibition-Era expert will guide you on an all-inclusive adventure to taste samples at three breweries and tour one brewing production facility. Enjoy the distinctive qualities of Chicago craft brewing, while reveling in the artistic triumphs of this charming and historic city. This full-bodied voyage will indeed leave your palette pleased! Did you know Chicago's first mayor owned a Brewery? -- As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn the history of Chicago's beer industry and how it traces its origins back to the 1800's. Your guide will provide educational and entertaining insights about Chicago politics in connection with breweries and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-Era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy-style vertical door and start your one-of-a-kind Chicago Brewery Tour. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. Stop by large and small facilities so you can get a sense of what it was like to walk into a brewery before Prohibition. You'll receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. At the production facility, you'll learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer throughout the tour. So, Carpe Diem -- loosely translated, it means 'grab a beer' in Latin!
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    Tour of Argus Brewery

    Argus Brewery
    Lager lovers of the world, lend me your ears! If you haven't been to the widely acclaimed Argus Brewery of Chicago, here's your chance to right that wrong. On this 90 minute tour, you'll learn the history and process behind the exceptional brews created in a 1900s era distribution stable that once housed the Schlitz horse team and carriages. Taste popular selections such as Ironhorse, Holsteiner Lager, and Pegasus IPA, and take home a commemorative Argus Brewery Glass that will be sure to hold not just your favorite suds, but also countless memories of a day well spent. This activity is for beer lovers 21 and older only.
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    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

    Things to do in Chicago
    Are you interested in going on a three-hour walk? If you said yes, you're probably just being polite. But what if we told you there's BEER involved -- really, really good beer. Discover Chicago's finest beer on this three-hour walking tour of the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. With a knowledgeable guide, you'll learn about Chicago's history related to immigration and brewing -- from the late 1600s to the present day -- and visit bars, restaurants, and other locally owned establishments, including the bar that doubled as "Molly's" on the TV show Chicago Fire. You'll also enjoy a Chicago-style hotdog and get a look at some of the city's historical architecture. So let's see: You've got exercise, beer, hot dogs, and architecture. Yep, I'd say that checks off just about every box!
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    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

    There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy style vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Brewery Tour. As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn about the history of Chicago's beer industry originating in the 1800's. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide will provide an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago politics in connection with breweries, and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. As you stop at some large and small facilities, you can get the sense of what it was like to step in a brewery back before Prohibition. The best part? You will receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer along the entire tour. On the production facility tour, learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Please bring your government issued photo ID. Your tour ends at the pickup location.
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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

    Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours
    So, of course you don't need a tour of beers, you're already the expert there. But do you need a tour of Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beers? Probably. Kick this walking tour off at a local watering hole, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first beer tasting of the day. Then continue the tour around the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, making your way to other locally-owned, off-the-beaten-path establishments. As you walk, you'll hear plenty of stories from your insider guide about Chicago's long history of brewing beer. Along the way, you'll pop into an Irish pub for a creamy pint of Guinness pulled just right by an expert barkeep. Head over to a beer-and-bacon bar to savor a variety of crispy bacon treats paired with your beer tasting. Meet the owner of a specialty beer and wine store, and hear about how he handpicks his collection. And stop by a microbrew pub before walking into a punk rock bar that was established before Prohibition and is known today for its eclectic beer selection and whiskeys. You'll also have the chance to watch a home-brewing demonstration, learning about different beer styles as you take in the aromatic hops and barley. When your tour ends, you'll have plenty of new knowledge about some of Chicago's best places to find a great pint. Whether you're an expert or not, you're going to love this tour. Why? Because, beer.
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    Pizza & Beer Tour

    Pizza and beer -- can the world get any better? Wait, it can. Chicago deep dish and beer! On this Chicago pizza-tasting tour, visit four local pizzerias to try the Windy City's famous pizza, and pair it with a cold beer or glass of fine wine. Relax and mingle with the locals as you indulge in the city's famous pizza. Your tour will include four famous pizzerias: Flo and Santos with their original Polish Pizza; Sono Wood Fired and their intense toasty and lightly charred flavors and fresh ingredients; Coalfire, whose signature coal oven delivers an American spin on the classic Neapolitan-style pizza; and to top it off, classic Chicago deep-dish pizza at Pizano's Pizza and Pasta. The best part, in between stops, have some fun with the onboard karaoke machine. Who's singing some Foreigner? Note: You must be 21 years old to attend the tour.
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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    Chicago Detours
    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago's entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
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    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

    Chicago Detours
    Take a walk back in time to explore the 1893 World's Fair! You'll spend three hours delving into the history of the fair alongside a knowledgeable host and visit notable sites tied to the renowned event. Highlights include a hotel built specifically for the fair, the Auditorium Building's magnificently expansive lobby, a ride on an elevator manned by a human operator, and the Chicago Athletic Hotel, which once served as an exclusive men's club. Enjoy anecdotes, fun facts, and engage in in World's Fair history through clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts with a chance to win prizes! You'll also pause for a drink during a visit to the Berghoff Restaurant. At check-in, you will have the option of adding either a water, beer or glass of wine to the package. It's fair to say that this innovative Chicago tour is going to be a world of fun!
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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour

    Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours
    So, of course you don't need a tour of beers, you're already the expert there. But do you need a tour of Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beers? Probably. Kick this walking tour off at a local watering hole, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first beer tasting of the day. Then continue the tour around the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, making your way to other locally-owned, off-the-beaten-path establishments. As you walk, you'll hear plenty of stories from your insider guide about Chicago's long history of brewing beer. Along the way, you'll pop into an Irish pub for a creamy pint of Guinness pulled just right by an expert barkeep. Head over to a beer-and-bacon bar to savor a variety of crispy bacon treats paired with your beer tasting. Meet the owner of a specialty beer and wine store, and hear about how he handpicks his collection. And stop by a microbrew pub before walking into a punk rock bar that was established before Prohibition and is known today for its eclectic beer selection and whiskeys. You'll also have the chance to watch a home-brewing demonstration, learning about different beer styles as you take in the aromatic hops and barley. When your tour ends, you'll have plenty of new knowledge about some of Chicago's best places to find a great pint. Whether you're an expert or not, you're going to love this tour. Why? Because, beer.
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    Beer Brewing

    Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply
    Have you ever wondered what the perfect beer would taste like? Well, wonder no longer because now you can actually learn how to make the beer of your dreams, yourself! During this beer brewing class, you and a friend will learn all about the beer brewing process, starting with key terminology and ingredient selection. Next, things will get more hands-on as you make a 5 gallon batch (approximately 48 bottles) of your very own craft beer. In the second session of this course, you'll return about a month later, once your beer has fermented. At this point, put the finishing touches on your dream beer to take home and enjoy. Every great craft beer is born through this same small-scale process, but the greatest beers require a vivid imagination and a little trial and error. Who knows? You could start the next Dogfish Head Brewery.
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