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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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    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

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    Experiencing the architecture of the Windy City is a breeze (good one eh?) with Shoreline Sightseeing's 90-minute river tour. You'll travel all three branches of the Chicago River and leisurely view of more than 40 of the city's greatest architectural treasures. Knowledgeable guides will walk (or maybe float) you through the history of buildings like the Tribune Tower, the Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City and more. You'll finish your tour with a spectacular fireworks display by the Navy Pier. Perfect for the architecture or history buff in your family!
    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See the Chicago's architectural landmarks on this relaxing river tour
    • Discover the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building and more than 40 other sites
    • Learn the history of some of the most impressive buildings in the world
    • Cap your tour with a viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks display
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    River Architecture Tour (Michigan Ave)

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    What is Chicago's distinguishing feature? Is it the size of its pizza? What about the look of its hot dogs? Nope, it's gotta be the skyline. Bringing Chicago's innovative architectural development to the city's vibrant life, explore Chicago's rich history through its iconic landmarks. All of this will be viewed from the scenic Chicago River. Relax on board a cruise vessel as you observe and relish in the towering skyscrapers like Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, and Willis (Sears) Tower. Floating along the river, you'll uncover the tactical details behind each building, learning about the architects and designs that truly distinguish Chicago among the prettiest cities in the world.
    River Architecture Tour (Michigan Ave)

    DuSable Bridge, Chicago

    • Enjoy a historical exploration of Chicago's world-renowned architectural landmarks
    • Travel along the Chicago River, and see buildings like Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Willis (Sears) Tower
    • Learn about the city's history in architectural development and innovation
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    River Architecture Tour (Navy Pier)

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    What is Chicago's distinguishing feature? Is it the size of its pizza? What about the look of its hot dogs? Nope, it's gotta be the skyline. Bringing Chicago's innovative architectural development to the city's vibrant life, explore Chicago's rich history through its iconic landmarks. All of this will be viewed from the scenic Chicago River. Relax on board a cruise vessel as you observe and relish in the towering skyscrapers like Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, and Willis (Sears) Tower. Floating along the river, you'll uncover the tactical details behind each building, learning about the architects and designs that truly distinguish Chicago among the prettiest cities in the world.
    River Architecture Tour (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a historical exploration of Chicago's world-renowned architectural landmarks
    • Travel along the Chicago River, and see buildings like Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Willis (Sears) Tower
    • Learn about the city's history in architectural development and innovation
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    27 positive reviews
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    Classic Lake Tours

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    What's the one thing everyone must do in Chicago? Besides eating pizza, you need to see that breathtaking skyline! Traveling along the great Lake Michigan on a cruise vessel, learn about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks. You'll enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline, showcasing all the notable skyscrapers, such as the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower. As you progress down the lake, bare witness to the scenic downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain. For those of you looking for a quick trip that makes the ultimate punch, there's nothing better than heading out on the lake and seeing that irresistible skyline.
    Classic Lake Tours

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Take in the breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline from the calm tides of Lake Michigan
    • Photograph the towering buildings like the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower
    • Travel down Lake Michigan, along the city front, and see bustling downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain
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    Fireworks Sail

    Ahoy, matey! Climb aboard a tall ship for an an interactive sailing experience, in which you can go full out -- or lay out! Aboard on the tall ship, you can go 'all hands on deck' and help raise the sails and man the facilities, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the wind, sea and skyline from the spacious deck. Feel the sun on your skin and take in stunning views of the famous Chicago Skyline before stopping to watch a fireworks spectacular with the best seats in the house. Don't miss this opportunity to sail one of the few remaining classically-designed and constructed wooden schooners -- the performance and feel of which will be unforgettable!
    Fireworks Sail

    599 E Waldron, Chicago

    • Experience Chicago from a classic wooden schooner as you sail down Lake Michigan
    • Watch a thrilling fireworks spectacular from the vantage point of being out on the open water
    • Get an unparalleled photo opportunity of the famous Chicago Skyline
    • Enjoy the feeling of the sun and wind on your face with this nautical adventure
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    Classic Handmade Pasta

    Learn how to make fresh egg noodle pasta from flour, egg and water/scented olive oil, and salt. Chef Maya will also demonstrate how to make two easy and delicious sauces: an Ugly Tomato Sauce using “ugly” tomatoes and a simple and creamy Alfredo Sauce. We source the best ingredients to make these simple yet impressive dishes. We will also share our favorite markets/shops to get these ingredients and equipment so you can recreate these dishes for friends and family.
    Classic Handmade Pasta

    4600 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create handmade pasta dough during a social workshop
    • Get hands on experience making both pasta and sauces
    • Enhance the fun with adult beverages available for purchase
    • Develop your cooking repertoire and make some new friends
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