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    Food Preserving 101

    Growing your own fruits and vegetables to decrease your reliance on store produce can be a liberating life-decision... Right up until they rot a few days after your harvest them. If you're a novice when it comes to preserving foods, this introductory course will help get you out of this jam (by showing you how to make jam). You'll be learning the finer points of freezing, dehydrating, and canning from an organics specialist. After a food safety overview and some basic instruction, you'll be getting hands-on practice in these techniques. For the purpose of this instruction, you'll be working with ripe, delicious strawberries. Afterwards, you'll get to take the strawberry jam you make home with you!
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    Food Preserving 101

    1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia

    • Learn the fundamentals of preserving homegrown produce safely
    • Master dehydration, freezing, and canning techniques
    • Take home a can of strawberry jam that you prepare yourself
    • Relax in a social hands-on course where you'll learn a valuable new skill
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    Soap Making

    These days, there's no telling what's in the soap you buy in stores. In some cases, you might not want to know. DIY soap is the best way to eliminate that mystery. During this introductory soapmaking class, you'll be using goat's milk as the base to make a natural, gentle soap. A veteran soaper will first give you an introduction into the world of soap making techniques, then you'll be immersed in hands-on exercises that will lead to you producing your very own soap. At the end of the class, you'll even get to take two bars home with you. Of course, you might be too busy showing them off to friends to ever use them.
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    Soap Making

    1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia

    • Learn to make homemade soap on an organic farm
    • Get tips and tricks from a veteran soaper
    • Bring home two bars of soap that you made yourself
    • Delight in the simple pleasure of being able to make an everyday product yourself
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    Cheesemaking

    Consider yourself a cheese enthusiast? You're not alone! Spend a delightful afternoon in an idyllic farm setting where you'll indulge in your cheesiest desires. A skilled instructor will walk you through the cheese-making process from start-to-finish. You'll learn to make ricotta, chevre, and mozzarella. Your hands on experience won't stop there. You'll also get a chance to milk the goats. Don't make that face; where did you think cheese came from? This workshop will give you a closer bond to cheese, forever.
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    Cheesemaking

    1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia

    • Enjoy a start-to-finish cheese-making workshop on a real country farm
    • Learn about a variety of cheeses and how to make them, including ricotta, chevre, and mozzarella
    • Sample your own hand-crafted cheese and take them home to share with family and friends
    • Escape from everyday life to a relaxing farm setting
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    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

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    Explore Chicago's international, modern and postmodern movements, from the powerful, minimalist work of Mies van der Rohe's to contemporary styles that incorporate new, environmentally-sustainable technology. A great two hour tour for architecture buffs, as well as anyone with a simple interest in the buildings of Chicago. Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes. Admire the stainless steel cladding on the Inland Steel Building, the whimsical post-modern designs of the Harold Washington Library and 190 S. LaSalle, and contemporary buildings like One South Dearborn, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and the Art Institute's Modern Wing. Isn't about time you learned a little more about the city you live in?
    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Explore the international, modern, and postmodern architectural movements that hit Chicago
    • Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes
    • Admire the whimsical designs of famous Chicago structures
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    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

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    Ever hear of Tiffany Glass? Hope so. You've probably heard about their bracelets. This tour explores the art glass designed, crafted or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries, in four late 19th Century Chicago landmarks: The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street. Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, vaults and domes, as well as the buildings in which they are housed, recent restoration efforts, and the history behind this dramatic art form. Become familiar with an even more luxurious side of Tiffany's.
    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Enjoy the art glass designed, crafted, or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company
    • Explore The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street
    • Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, and the history behind this dramatic art form
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    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

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    Chicago was the place during the roaring '20s with speakeasies galore. On this walking tour, you'll discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco, and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings. This two-hour adventure covers the period between the two World Wars, an eclectic design style composed of geometry and simplicity with vibrant colors and simple shapes that celebrate the rise of commerce and technology. This is elegant style and cool sophistication. Trace Chicago's history through Jazz Age architecture, and maybe celebrate with an Old Fashioned!
    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s
    • Learn about the history behind the Jazz Deco movement and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings
    • Trace Chicago's history through this architecture
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    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

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    Before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Lincoln Park was home to German and Polish immigrants, but since the fire only reached the edge, it grew with the "worthy families" who had been forced out of downtown. On this guided walking tour, learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park, and how it has become a cultural center and youthful area with nearby DuPaul University and Notebaert Nature Center! Explore the dark side of this neighborhood beyond its beautiful scenery and collegiate history, including the bloody gang killings on Valentines Day and the capture and eventual death of the infamous Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger. Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub before ending your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club for a fully encompassing Chi-town experience!
    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

    2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago

    • Learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park on this informative guided walking tour
    • Explore a cultural center and youthful area of Chicago with nearby DuPaul University
    • Follow your expert guide to hear about the Valentines Day massacre and the death of the infamous John Dillinger
    • Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub, and end your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club
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    Vogue

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    Unleash your inner diva! First pioneered by the gay African American and Latino communities of New York City in the 1970s, the vogue style of dance combines fluid movement and the attitude of a runway model. Feel your fierce side run wild in a flurry of creative expression that uses dance as its medium of choice. Learn the gestures, poses, and movements of this revolutionary dance style. The accompanying house and electronic music will provide the perfect soundtrack for your newfound confidence. After you make your first steps into art of voguing, strike a pose, because with these moves, you'll surely be ready to impress!
    Vogue

    4140 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago

    • Learn the gestures, poses, and movements of the Vogue dance style
    • Embody the stylish and pop-culture inspired dance that has pushed cultural boundaries
    • Uncover the vocabulary of a fierce form of physical expression
    • Let loose and unleash your inner diva
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    Signature Scent Creation

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    What if you had your own signature scent... that wasn't considered B.O.? (ZING!) Oh, jeez. That was bad. Let's start over: Did you know that the art of smell comes in three notes, much like that of a musical chord? You'll learn this and many other interesting facts if you take this smell-worthy workshop! In this lushly scented class, you'll be guided through the nuances of creating a perfume. With the help of paper strips, you'll find your favorite scents while discovering compatible scents that speak to YOU. *Ah.* How refreshing!
    Signature Scent Creation

    2110 N Halsted St, Chicago

    • Create your own uniquely-crafted fragrance and then take it home with you!
    • Test a variety of scent combinations as you create one that speaks to you
    • Receive guided instruction through scent-making from an experienced perfumer
    • Get your smell game going strong!
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