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    Barrel Bus Craft Distillery Tour

    What better way to visit and taste at local craft distilleries than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy style, hidden vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Distillery Tour. As you are taken from distillery to distillery in this jitney, your guide will provide an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago's liquor industry originating in the 1800's. Hear stories of George Remus, the man who owned many of the distilleries across America during Prohibition. Learn about the affect that Prohibition laws had on Chicago, and how certain gangs were developed to facilitate the transport of illegal hooch.
    Barrel Bus Craft Distillery Tour

    Rock n Roll Mcdonalds, Chicago

    • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach for this once in a lifetime experience
    • Step back in time on all inclusive history tour
    • Enjoy approx 9-12 samples of different flavors of craft spirits along the entire tour
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    Chicago West Loop Tasting Trail

    Take an expertly guided walking tour to 3 of the best tasting rooms in Chicago’s West Loop area. Your tastings will include wines from the Midwest and across the world! Enjoy the scene of one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods and enjoy small food plates along the way. By the end of the tour, you’ll know the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, and Champagne and Cava. The tasting rooms are selected by experts who are themselves winemakers of a private label wine brand and members of the Michigan Wine Council and the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
    Chicago West Loop Tasting Trail

    1200 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Discover the hidden treasure of the Midwest - WINE!
    • Selections are expertly curated from Illinois, Indiana, Southwest Michigan and around the world
    • Indulge in food plates along the way
    • Enjoy 3 tastings in 3 hours in downtown Chicago
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    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

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    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 to start your one of a kind Chicago Brewery Tour. As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn about the history of Chicago's beer industry originating in the 1800's. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide will provide an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago politics in connection with breweries, and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. As you stop at some large and small facilities, you can get the sense of what it was like to step in a brewery back before Prohibition. The best part? You will receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer along the entire tour. On the production facility tour, learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Please bring your government issued photo ID. Your tour ends at the pickup location.
    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Travel to various breweries in a fun unique Prohibition-era styled barrel bus!
    • Gain a deep educational insight into Chicago politics in connection with breweries
    • Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer
    • Capture these"‹ interesting breweries "‹with great photos as you make one-of-a-kind memories!
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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

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    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time as you learn to whip up a delicious menu from a professional instructor. In this all-levels class, you'll practice techniques ranging from proper selection of produce and meat to stirring up pan sauces and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such mouthwatering dishes as sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction, spinach salad with dried cranberries and candied pecans, smashed potatoes, and chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow filling. Sip as you learn with 2 complimentary glasses of beer or wine for each student.
    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    9 positive reviews
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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

    600 N Clark St, 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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    33 positive reviews
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    Winemaking Class

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    How many times have you been to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? Forget about those long flights and expensive trips because now, you can learn to make your very own wine, locally. During this class, learn all about the winemaking process, from selecting the proper grapes, all the way to bottling and labeling. In the first of this two session class, you will discover various approaches and techniques to this art form, as well as create 24-28 bottles of your very own wine. Once your wine ferments, you'll return and fine tune your product by balancing, stabilizing, and adjusting the tannin and sugar levels of your vino. Finally bottle, cork, and label your final product so that it's ready to break out at your next party and impress all your guests. Stop for a second and smell the roses -- or grapes -- because the next world-famous vino could be right under your nose.
    Winemaking Class

    9030 S. Hermitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the fine art of winemaking
    • Discuss winemaking approaches, bottling techniques, and what to look for when tasting wine
    • Practice making your very own Chardonnay or Cabernet to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews
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    Grappa and Brandy Cocktail Class

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    Fancy unique blends of cocktails made from the most exquisite alcohol in the city? What did you say? Been there done that? Well, sure you have when it comes to whiskey, gin and vodka. But Chicago's newest micro-distillery, Rhine Hall, has something special in store with their Grappa and brandy cocktail class. Tour the distillery to experience the creation of Brandy and Grappa made from delicious local apples. Using the finest handmade mixers and bitters from local produce and homemade syrups, this is as real as it gets! Sip delightful new flavors straight up, or dive into the intricate world of cocktail creation by getting a lowdown on dilution and temperature, flavor pairing, mixing, stirring and shaking. Saving the best for the last, end the class by tasting your signature cocktail! Scoot over old cocktails. It's time for some new cocktail magic!
    Grappa and Brandy Cocktail Class

    2010 W Fulton St, Chicago

    • Take a tour of Chicago's newest micro-distillery, Rhine Hall and see how they create cocktails
    • Create unique blends of cocktails by mastering the intricate cocktail-making science
    • Drink and discover new alcohols like Grappa and brandy
    • Enjoy the taste of your very own signature drink
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    10 positive reviews
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    Pizza & Beer Tour

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    Pizza and beer -- can the world get any better? Wait, it can. Chicago deep dish and beer! On this Chicago pizza-tasting tour, visit four local pizzerias to try the Windy City's famous pizza, and pair it with a cold beer or glass of fine wine. Relax and mingle with the locals as you indulge in the city's famous pizza. Your tour will include four famous pizzerias: Flo and Santos with their original Polish Pizza; Sono Wood Fired and their intense toasty and lightly charred flavors and fresh ingredients; Coalfire, whose signature coal oven delivers an American spin on the classic Neapolitan-style pizza; and to top it off, classic Chicago deep-dish pizza at Pizano's Pizza and Pasta. The best part, in between stops, have some fun with the onboard karaoke machine. Who's singing some Foreigner? Note: You must be 21 years old to attend the tour.
    Pizza & Beer Tour

    1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago

    • Embark on a food adventure as you visit four local pizzerias, try famous Chicago pizza, and relax over cold beer or fine wine
    • Relax and mingle with locals as you enjoy some famous slices
    • Enjoy a ride on a mini-coach bus, while using the onboard karaoke machine
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    13 positive reviews
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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

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    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago's entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    343 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Join a historic pub crawl with an educational twist as you enjoy delicious beverages
    • Explore Chicago's entertainment history and observe storied architecture
    • Learn about local prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs
    • Interact with Chicago in one of the most unique ways imaginable
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    20 positive reviews
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    Science of Alcohol Tour

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    She BLINDED me, with SCIence! Don't pretend like you don't know the song. Ever wonder why Thomas Dolby said "science "instead of" alcohol"? Maybe because alcohol IS science, by some transitive property. But enough about one-hit wonders. Let's talk liquor. Get ready to learn all about how CH makes Vodka, Gin and lots of other spirits from locally-grown grains. This tour includes "The Tradition", a special take on the classic Russian way to drink vodka: ice cold CH Vodka, with rye bread and pickles. Time Out Chicago included The Tradition on their list of "The 100 Best Things We Ate and Drank" (www.chdistillery.com/press) and it's the perfect way to wrap up the tour of this beautiful Vodka distillery! Just remember Newton's Third Law of Motion, paraphrased as "drink responsibly!"
    Science of Alcohol Tour

    564 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Learn all about how CH makes vodka, gin, and loads of other spirits from locally-grown grains
    • Experience "The Tradition", CH's take on the Russian way to drink vodka: ice cold CH vodka with rye bread and pickles
    • Tour a beautiful and mesmerizing vodka distillery unlike any other
    • Meet other alcohol enthusiasts who are just as eager to broaden their knowledge of the craft as you are!
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    9 positive reviews

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