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    Brewery Tours

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    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!
    Brewery Tours

    River North, Chicago

    • Enjoy a tour and tastings at three craft breweries in Chicago
    • Taste the distinctive qualities of the city's craft brews
    • Learn about history and the brewing process from a Prohibition-era expert
    • Drink 45-55 ounces of delicious craft beer with your friends
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    Leather Work 101

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    What do you have in common with cowboys, bikers, and rock stars? You all have an affinity for leather! In this introduction to leather work class, you will choose from 4-6 projects along with a variety of leathers and hardware. You'll be able to modify and create your own patterns as well. This is a fun, easy class that gives you a chance to make a few things out of leather, such as a cuff, a clutch or a wallet. You can give them away as gifts or just add them to your impressive, ever-growing collection of leather accessories.
    Leather Work 101

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to work with different types of leather and hardware
    • Create leather cuffs, clutches, or a wallet that you can use or give as a gift
    • Practice working with various design features such as snaps, rivets, and eyelets
    • No experience necessary
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    Distillery Tours

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    Indulge in Chicago's uniquely crafted spirits on this all-inclusive distillery tour. Sample the products of three different distilling production facilities as you are whisked around town in a one-of-a-kind barrel bus. Your Prohibition-Era expert will help you relive the trials and triumphs of the men and women who made, and continue to make, Chicago one of the country's best destinations for fine liquors! Want to learn about the effect Prohibition laws had on Chicago and how certain gangs developed to facilitate the transport of illegal hooch? Step on your barrel bus through the speakeasy-style, hidden vertical door and start your one-of-a-kind Chicago Distillery Tour. As you're taken from distillery to distillery in this jinty, your guide will provide entertaining and educational insights into the beginning of Chicago's liquor industry during the 1800's. What better way to visit local craft distilleries and sample their wares, than in a Prohibition-Era styled Bus. You'll sample craft spirits at each of the three distilleries. Enjoy whiskey, gin, apple-brandy, vodka, and more, as you try approximately 9-12, locally crafted spirits throughout the tour. On your production facility tour, you'll learn the step-by-step procedures of distilling and the science behind the art. Stop at large and small facilities so you can get a sense of what it was like to step into a distillery before the 18th Amendment made booze illegal. Upgrade your DeLorean to a barrel bus and travel back in time!
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    Distillery Tours

    River North, Chicago

    • Enjoy a tour aboard the Barrel Bus and tastings at three distilleries in Chicago
    • Taste the distinctive qualities of uniquely crafted spirits
    • Relive the trials and triumphs of Chicago's liquor history with a Prohibition-era expert
    • Drink 9-12 samples of craft spirits with your friends
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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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    Quincy Street Distillery Tour

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    Embark on a distillery tour to uncover the entire distillation process, and taste its magnificent spirits. Close your eyes and imagine the combination of the refreshing taste of history, and the unique expressions of craftsmanship. Better yet, you'll learn about Quincy Street Distillery's new products, and even discover how spirits are stored in barrels. Hear the history and stories behind their products, and sampling their classic formulas and distinct tastes. Experience a whole new style of craftsmanship!
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    Quincy Street Distillery Tour

    39 E Quincy St, Riverside

    • Enjoy a tour with your friends and family as you learn the process of distilling, including making cuts and the storing of spirits in barrels
    • Discover the world of spirits that blend the creative with the classic
    • Hear the history and stories behind wondrous craftsmanship
    • Sample delightful tastings from the distillery
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    Shoe Making: Patterns

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    Do you own a closet full of shoes? Or feel an irresistible urge to stop and gaze every time you pass by a shoe store window display? Maybe you missed your calling as a shoemaker! This full-day workshop will teach you the basics of shoe pattern making so you can map out those custom shoe designs that are floating around in your head just like a professional. Your instructor will focus on helping you develop a basic understanding of shoe structure, and how to design and modify shoes suitable for any foot size or type. You'll then gain hands on experience in creating sketches that can be used to bring your shoe creations to life. Get ahead in life, one foot (read: shoe) at a time!
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    Shoe Making: Patterns

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to design professional patterns that can be used for making custom shoes
    • Gain a basic understanding of shoe structure and how to modify components
    • Satiate your need to create by making innovative designs
    • Launch a career in shoemaking or just gain entry to a new hobby
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    21 positive reviews
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    Summer Knitting Class

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    Knitting is a repetitive motor skill, just like writing or riding a bicycle, meaning once you've learned it, you'll never forget it! This class is designed for the absolute beginner, the beginner that requires a refresher course, or the advanced beginner that would like to improve his or her basic skills. Whichever you consider yourself, in this class you will learn to use yarn to create custom wearable items by hand. Whether you want to connect with other creative people, replace a bad habit, soothe joint pain and mental stress, or simply learn a new skill, this class is guaranteed to make knitting one of your favorite hobbies.
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    Summer Knitting Class

    721 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the basic techniques and fundamentals of knitting in an interactive class
    • Customize and create wearable items by hand that will last a lifetime
    • Lower stress levels, reduce joint pain, and improve your overall mental health
    • Gain experience in what is sure to be a new favorite and meditative hobby
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    Soy Candle Making

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    This workshop makes scents. If you love aromatic candles, but don't like spending top-dollar on the best brands, you'll enjoying learning to make your own soy-based candles. Soy candles are inexpensive and fun to make, and tend to burn longer than paraffin candles. Plus, you can scent them just the way you like them, and they make great gifts for friends and family, or even fantastic products to sell yourself. The ingredients used in this class are all-natural, and American made, and because they're soy-based, you'll be producing a product that isn't derived from refined oil, doesn't cause headaches, and leaves little soot behind. Soy whatcha waitin' for?
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    Soy Candle Making

    2015 s. Laflin, Chicago

    • Learn to make soy-based candles that burn long and deliver soothing scents
    • Work with a natural material that is clean, safe, and inexpensive
    • Take home a handmade 16 oz. candle to enjoy
    • Discover a new hobby that you can use to make handmade gifts or sellable products
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    Painting for Couples

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    Looking to paint the town with your sweetheart? This art class designed for couples might be just what you're looking for! You'll have the opportunity to work on your canvas technique under the guidance of a professional artist, while learning to create a beautiful work of art. Past art projects have been centered on themes of relationships and romance, so after you're finished, exchanging canvases will make a great way to commemorate the evening. Or, if you're the competitive types, see which painting can net the most value on Ebay! Either way, you'll get points for originality on this date!
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    Painting for Couples

    2015 s. Laflin, Chicago

    • Enjoy a couples only painting workshop with your significant other
    • Improve you brush technique and indulge your creative side
    • Take your finished painting home with you to keep or gift
    • Share an artistic experience and show off your creative side
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    23 positive reviews

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