5 (Literally) Sweet Must-Try Birthday Treats

January 9, 2020

Ever heard the expression “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too?" Well, we disagree.

In fact, sometimes, cake is similar to your best friend: it’s there for you when you need to either unload your woes (into red velvet) or celebrate a happy occasion. Especially if it’s your birthday. You didn’t know this was a cardinal rule?

Check out these 5 activities that will leave your sweet tooth satisfied.

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    The Original Chicago Pizza Tour

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    Experience an unmatched culinary experience on the only bus driven pizza tour! You'll explore several of Chicago's neighborhoods in search of tasting Chicago's most defining food... PIZZA! Along the tour, see interesting and historical sights and landmarks as you see Chicago one bite at a time! Each tour will visit a mix of culturally significant and neighborhood pizzerias, enjoying a full serving at each restaurant. Of course, all 4 pizzerias visited are very different in taste and style to ensure the ultimate dining experience. At some restaurants, you even get a "backstage pass" into their kitchens to check out the ovens, ingredients, and overall process. Stops vary from day to day, but rest assured every place selected has a dynamite slice and a friendly atmosphere. Make sure you're ready to eat and experience how these magnificent pizzas span more than a mile.
    The Original Chicago Pizza Tour

    61 E Madison St, Chicago

    • Taste your way through several Chicago neighborhoods with delicious pizzas
    • Visit interesting historical sights and landmarks as you take a bus around the city
    • Eat at four different pizzerias and uncover the varying styles and tastes of each pizza
    • Dive into the kitchen and check out the ovens, ingredients, and processes behind each pie
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    River North Food Tour

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    Do you consider yourself a foodie? If so, then this food tour through River North is right up your alley. This historically affluent neighborhood is home to such hotspots as Al's Beef, Barcito, Xoco, and the Doughnut Vault, all of which you will get to visit on this tour. These highly acclaimed food-lover spots have been featured on the History Channel, Food & Wine Magazine, and even Top Chef Masters. It's no wonder the best of the best reside here. In between tastings, you'll also learn about the neighborhood's history and architecture. Bring your appetite on this tour, because you're going to need it!
    River North Food Tour

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Enjoy the luxury and opulence of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast on this food tour through the historically affluent neighborhood of River North
    • Discover the historic architecture and public spaces that make this one of Chicago's most notable neighborhoods
    • Sample treats at various hot spots including the Doughnut Vault, Lou Malnati's, Xoco, Al's Beef, Barcito, and More Cupcakes
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    6 positive reviews
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    Dumpling Demo 101

    Do you have a "homemade dumpling" friend? That guy or girl who is always making and sharing delicious dumplings? No? Great news, then, because that friend can be YOU! Come down to Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge for an introductory class on dumpling creation. You'll learn from master chefs how to shape, fill, and cook beef and vegetable dumplings. When you're done, hit up the full-service cash bar, and chow down on your delectable goodies! Warning: your friends won't be able to get their fill of your homemade dumplings! Dough-n't say I didn't warn you!
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    Dumpling Demo 101

    624 Davis St, Evanston

    • Learn the basics of dumpling making under the tutelage of venerable masters of the craft
    • Practice filling, shaping, cooking, and EATING your yummy yummy dumplings
    • Hit up the cash bar so you've got something to wash down your treats
    • Show off your culinary expertise the next time you have friends over
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    Wine & Cheese Uncensored!

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    Before your diet kicks in, join the fun and explore the glorious, symbiotic relationship between wine and cheese. In this delicious class, taste basic (to barely legal) wine and cheese pairings that are guaranteed to excite your palate and send goosebumps down your spine. Chardonnay paired with a delicate goat cheese. How about a Merlot with a soft cheddar? You'll uncover all the hidden secrets behind wine and cheese pairing to easily impress your friends at your next dinner party. All vino secrets shall be unveiled.
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    Wine & Cheese Uncensored!

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Pair exquisite wines with a variety of scrumptious cheeses
    • Learn pairing basics and what to find in each wine and cheese
    • Taste your way through some of the world's best wines and cheeses
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    4 positive reviews
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    Wine and Cheese of Italy

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    Put down the remote. Turn off the TV. Leave the dishes in the sink. Now's the time to learn about something you (yes, you!) find fascinating: Italian wines and cheeses. In this one-two punch of a class, you'll learn about why Italy produces some of the most internationally renowned wines, and what makes Italian wine and cheese so delicious and unique. Taste away the day with this rich experience -- all that other stuff, like responsibilities and worries, can wait. Today is your day to experience something delightful by tasting delicious Italian wines and learning everything you need to know about its production, style, and taste.
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    Wine and Cheese of Italy

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Enjoy drinking Italian wines along delicious Italian cheeses
    • Experience the different textures and tastes in the richness of Italian wine
    • Learn the basics of distinguishing wines from one another
    • Discover the types of wines that you enjoy most and why
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    4 positive reviews
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    Underground Dinner (with drink pairings)

    Highlighting vibrant, fresh foods from the local community, Edible Alchemy Foods crafts delicious and nutritious meals for everyone to enjoy. During this adventure, you'll head underground, where the real alchemy happens, and discover a tasty meal that's loaded with fresh foods from the local Chicago-area farmers. Of course, education and nutrition go hand-in-hand, so you will also enjoy a lesson in healthy eating alternatives and how to make conscientious changes to your diet. During this experience, savor deliciously hand-selected drinks that pair with the fare you are about to enjoy. Support the local growers and good artisans by, well, putting their food in your mouth!
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    Underground Dinner (with drink pairings)

    2042 W 21st St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a fresh, homemade dinner from local ingredients
    • Learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits
    • Support your local farming community at this dinner
    • Pair each food with a delicious bevvy
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    Wine and Cheese of France

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    What's beyond Bordeaux and brie? During this tasting, you'll be sipping and munching your way through a knockout lineup of some of the best wines and cheeses that France has to offer. Just as with its eclectic wine scene, every region of France has its own particular cheeses. You'll be enjoying these famed products region-by-region, discovering matches that don't just taste great together, but were actually made for each other! Under the guidance of a professional connoisseur, you'll wake up your palate and send it into another plane of existence thanks to some of the most sophisticated flavors you'll have ever tasted. Ça te dit?
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    Wine and Cheese of France

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Discover some of the best pairings from one of the world's foremost hubs of wine and cheese
    • Expand your wine knowledge while enjoying a variety of vintages from different regions
    • Learn about the extensive realm of French cheeses and how to bring out their flavors
    • Give your taste buds the thrill ride of their life
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    4 positive reviews
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    Wine and Cheese of Spain

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    They invented the siesta. That alone ought to give the Spanish enough credibility to try anything they have to offer at least once, right? You won't be disappointed during with Wine and Cheese of Spain by The Wine Goddess! This wine and cheese pairing workshop will take some of best of both from their shared region of origin and delivers them straight to your mouth. Spanish wines and cheeses are on the rise in the culinary world, and this class will show you why. With a little professional help in the art of palate pleasing, you'll quickly have your taste buds crying, "Más! Más!"
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    Wine and Cheese of Spain

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Discover some of the best pairings from one of the world's foremost hubs of wine and cheese
    • Expand your wine knowledge while enjoying a variety of vintages from different regions
    • Learn about the extensive realm of Spanish cheeses and how to bring out their flavors
    • Give your taste buds the thrill ride of their life
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    4 positive reviews
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    Bikes, Blues, And BBQ Tour

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    Doesn't the tour title say it all? For those who don't know, Hyde Park is one of Chicago's best kept secrets, and it's saturated with culture, history, music, and great food! Here, you'll bike through the gorgeous neighborhood and surrounding parks, stopping at the best eateries in the area. Is your mouth watering yet? If that's not enough, the top sights include the Obama residence, University of Chicago, Midway Plaisance, Museum of Science and Industry, Osaka Garden, Rockefeller Chapel, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. With this amazing food and history, Hyde Park won't be a secret much longer...
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    Bikes, Blues, And BBQ Tour

    1558 E 53rd St, Chicago

    • Ride a bicycle around Chicago's Hyde Park to the best eateries
    • Uncover the culture, history, music, and food that this area has to offer
    • Visit world-famous sights, including the Obama residence, University of Chicago, Midway Plaisance, Museum of Science and Industry, Osaka Garden, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
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    2 positive reviews
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    Chow Chow Chinatown Tour

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    Experience one of the oldest Chinese settlements in America during this cultural and culinary tour. Whether you are visiting Chicago for the first time or have deeply suffered from the Curse of the Billy Goat, this tour will have something for you. You'll sample some of the best food Chicago has to offer, like tea, Peking Duck and authentic Hong Kong Style Dim Sum. You'll learn about the rich cultural heritage with stops at a buddhist temple, Ping Tom Park and Zodiac Square. It's always good to fill your mind while you're filling your belly. Make sure to come hungry!
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    Chow Chow Chinatown Tour

    2541 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Walk the vibrant streets of Chicago's Chinatown and sample the best foods it has to offer
    • In between food stops visit cultural and historical landmarks with your experienced guide
    • All foods and activities included in the ticket price
    • Learn about a neighborhood with a rich ethnic heritage while taste some of the best food in Chicago
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    18 positive reviews

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