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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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    Gangster Tour

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    Modern engineering meets 1920's history on this Gangster Tour. Experience the rich chronicles of Chicagoland's most infamous figures and meet some of the little-known, working-class innovators who made this city the center of the underground struggle against Prohibition. Your guide will take you to locations where mobsters practice their outlawed trades and educate you on the history of the Jazz Age that defined Chicago for generations. Step onto the unique barrel bus though the speakeasy-style vertical door and start your one-of-a-kind, Prohibition themed, Gangster Tour. As you're driven through the historic streets of Chicago, learn about the notorious members of the north, south, and west-side gangs that existed during the Prohibition-Era. Your guide provides entertaining insights into the struggles of mobsters and bank robbers during a time when alcohol was prohibited. You'll learn about all the iconic locations including: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre site, Union Station, Board of Trade, The Rookery and City Hall. Step outside at the Holy Name Cathedral and Biograph Theater to relive historic occurrences that have defined the locations for generations. Hear stories about Al Capone, John Dillinger, Bugs Moran, Johnny Torrio, George Remus, and more. You'll enjoy Prohibition-Era music and a couple of games, that will truly make you feel as though you've stepped back in time. Mobsters and a climate-controlled cruise -- sounds like a good time!
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    Gangster Tour

    River North, Chicago

    • Learn about Chicagoland's most infamous figures of the 1920's on a 2 hour tour
    • Meet some of the working class innovators who were at the center of the Prohibition struggle
    • Visit all the places where the mobsters set up shop for their illegal work
    • Listen to the history of the Jazz Age and how it came to define Chicago
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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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    Composition in the Field (Gold Coast)

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    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
    Composition in the Field (Gold Coast)

    1365 N Astor St, Chicago

    • Improve your compositional skills
    • Better understand the capabilities of your camera
    • Explore famous areas of the Gold Coast
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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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    Fabulous Quintessential Culinary Tours of Chicago

    What should a visitor see and do while in Chicago? It goes without saying that the Windy City has it all; from food, history, architecture, culture and beyond that it can often be hard to decide where to start. Why not tantalize all of your desires and senses with a 3 hour small- group walking food excursion lead by a professional guide? You'll indulge in 5-6 of Chicago's quintessential staples while feeding your mind with intriguing and rememberable tidbits along the way. Before you know it, you'll feel like a local. Make sure to come hungry, this tour offers more than enough to be considered lunch.
    Fabulous Quintessential Culinary Tours of Chicago

    Pizano's Pizza and Pasta, Chicago

    • Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
    • Vegetarian meal option available
    • Get inside tips from a local, informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Great overview and orientation of the city
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    Intro to Racing

    Want to go fast? Hold onto your horsepower, Ricky Bobby. You've got to master the nuts and bolts first! Get your career in gear with an Intro to Racing seminar! This three-hour crash course is the perfect way for a would-be racer to develop a foundation to pursue further study, or for the eager fan to tune their racing acumen. Start with a classroom session where you'll learn the essentials of vehicle dynamics and racing theory. Then, with your mind primed, ready to put the pedal to the metal, hit the track and take the wheel of a Formula Skip Barber 200 car! Partake in a thrilling lead-and-follow session, and see if you have what it takes to snare the checkered flag!
    Intro to Racing

    700 Raceway Blvd, Madison

    • Expand your Formula Racing knowledge with an introductory course
    • Learn about theory and car dynamics from an experienced professional
    • Take the wheel during a dramatic lead-and-follow session
    • Feel the thrill of driving a formula race car and earn some bragging rights
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    Classic Skyline Lake Tour

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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 Skyline Lake Tour

    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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    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekend)

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    What's better than a three-course meal? A three-course meal on the water! Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop lounge, posh atmosphere and stylish interior. Upon boarding, the Captain and crew will greet and escort you to your private table. From there, you'll be able to check out the observation decks, filled with understated Art Deco accents and reminiscent of the classic ocean liners. Next, you will feast on a splendid 3-course meal with celebrity-chef inspired dishes prepared from fresh ingredients right on-board. Finally, dance the night away to DJ entertainment or simply relax in the elegant ambiance and admire unparalleled views of the famed Chicago skyline as you glide along the shores of Lake Michigan. Why eat at your usual restaurant spots when you can dine in style... on the water!
    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekend)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Board a luxury vessel that features a newly furnished rooftop lounge, posh atmosphere, and stylish interior
    • Dine on a three-course meal prepared with fresh ingredients
    • Enjoy the nighttime entertainment, including DJs, unmatched views of the skyline, and an elegant ambiance
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