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    Brewery Tour

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    Want to see how a small local brewery operates? Want to learn about the beer brewing process? Want to sample the latest hand crafted beers from Lake Effect? If the answers to any of those questions were "Yes", then take part in one of these FREE tours! Receive an up close and personal tour with Lake Effect Brewing Company's brew master, and get a number of beer tastes (sold separately at a satellite bar located steps away), including upcoming releases, and from time to time, rare vintage beers. Lake Effect Brewing will show you the process of their famous craft brews as you dissect the process of brewing, and how hops are transformed into the delicious nectar you sip, gulp, and possibly even chug during happy hour. You'll also get an inside look at the working brewery, bottling area, barrel room, and urban farm. With this newfound knowledge, you might even be able to start a craft brew of your own!
    Brewery Tour

    4727 W Montrose Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the intricate brewing process used by Lake Effect Brewing Company
    • Witness the transformation, firsthand, from hops to brew on this tour
    • Taste test a collection of Lake Effect Brewing Company beers
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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

    10033 S Western 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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    2 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

    435 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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    16 positive reviews
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    Private Tea Tasting

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    Ready to up your hoight? Remember -- You can't spell "Tsk-tsk" without a tea (or two). Take this private tea tasting to expand your knowledge of the healthier caffeine. You'll explore the large assortment of artisan teas in a one-on-one session with a knowledgeable staff. Alone or with friends, you'll learn all about tea, and get to try its finest varieties. The establishment offers 100+ different teas from all the major tea-growing regions, and you get to select and try all that piques your interest. Experience the beguiling variety of aromas and flavors in the company of our knowledgeable Tea Guides. You're sure to enjoy the journey! Now, repeat after me: "The rain, in Spain... falls mainly on the plain."
    Private Tea Tasting

    E Ontario & N State St, Chicago

    • Explore a large assortment of artisan teas in a 1-on-1 session with a knowledgeable staff
    • Learn all about tea, and try its finest varieties -- fun for groups or solo enthusiasts!
    • Discover a complicated history via flavor
    • Taste varieties until you find your favorite teas for energizing, healing and for calming down
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    3 positive reviews
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    Cupcakes and Cocktails

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    Up for some sweet, sweet fun? Treat yourself to a little happy hour cupcakery! Bring your favorite adult beverages and mix up some cocktails while you work to enhance the workshop's social vibe. As you sip and mingle, you'll learn to decorate cupcakes like a pro. Master basic piping techniques to add colorful designs to your treats and finish the class with a half dozen cupcakes that are yours to take home! This delicious event is an innovative way to spend some quality time with old friends and make some new ones. Of course, being able to make pretty cupcakes will do wonders for your social status anywhere!
    Cupcakes and Cocktails

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to decorate cupcakes using professional piping techniques
    • Bring your favorite cocktail ingredients to enhance the fun
    • Finish class with a half dozen cupcakes to take home
    • Spend some creative quality-time with friends and make some new ones
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    Distillery Tour

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    Chicago Distilling Company was founded in 2010 when the DiPrizio family turned a family pastime of making moonshine and wine in the Northwoods of Wisconsin into what promises to be a multi-generational business. Production of their first batch of spirits began in the Fall of 2013 in the Logan Square Neighborhood of Chicago. Explore the grounds and learn about the art of the distillation with a start'to'finish tour of the Chicago Distilling Company's production floor. If you've ever wondered about the many processes that go into converting grain to delicious alcohol, this is your chance for an inside look. Enjoy a sampling of Chicago Distillery's fabulous spirits, made with local ingredients, most of the grain is farmed less than 50 miles away! You'll also be able to relax in the the Distillery's cozy tasting room. A perfect way to lift your spirits!
    Distillery Tour

    2359 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    • Expand your knowledge of distilled liquors during a comprehensive distillery tour
    • Discover the processes behind creating some of the most renowned spirits
    • Learn about the hard work and commitment that has gone into taking a family pastime and turning it into a modern distillery
    • Enjoy tasting the award winning spirits
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    3 positive reviews
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    Duneland Wine Tasting Tour

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    Fast paced city life got you stressed? Slow down and take a trip to the countryside to regain some strength and composure. You'll depart from downtown Chicago and drive past scenic Duneland on your way to visit wonderful artisan wineries. These wineries cater to locals who appreciate wines made from grapes grown in Indiana and other states in the Midwest. Stop at three wineries and enjoy tastings while learning about the wines from the winemakers who made it. You'll also will enjoy a gourmet lunch made from local Midwest farm ingredients. Enjoy a nice day in the country and a wonderful gourmet lunch in Chesterton, in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Feel better? You knew you would.
    Duneland Wine Tasting Tour

    505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Experience the Indiana wine scene on a relaxing and informative tour
    • Visit three tasting rooms and learn the different flavor profiles of the region
    • Take in the beautiful Duneland wilderness and local culture
    • Spend a day drinking wine and learning the history that surrounds the area
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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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    Distillery Tour

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    Want to tour a distillery? How about one in the heart of Chicago's Industrial district? Come along for an inside look at the processes necessary to make some of your favorite and most delicious local spirits. You will learn all about the distillation techniques and the special recipes that make distilleries unique. Get to try some of your favorites straight from the source and sample drinks whether they're your go-to favorites or something new. Experience the fun of seeing what goes into making carefully crafted and perfected spirits!
    Distillery Tour

    2010 W Fulton St, Chicago

    • Get an insider's look inside the distillation process with a tour of a local distillery
    • See how some of your favorite drinks are crafted and perfected
    • Sample a variety of spirits and figure out which one is your favorite
    • Have a great time learning all about intricate distilling processes
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    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

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    Are you interested in going on a three-hour walk? If you said yes, you're probably just being polite. But what if we told you there's BEER involved -- really, really good beer. Discover Chicago's finest beer on this three-hour walking tour of the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. With a knowledgeable guide, you'll learn about Chicago's history related to immigration and brewing -- from the late 1600s to the present day -- and visit bars, restaurants, and other locally owned establishments, including the bar that doubled as "Molly's" on the TV show Chicago Fire. You'll also enjoy a Chicago-style hotdog and get a look at some of the city's historical architecture. So let's see: You've got exercise, beer, hot dogs, and architecture. Yep, I'd say that checks off just about every box!
    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

    W Cortland St, Chicago

    • Spend 3 hours touring Chicago's Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhood, enjoying some of the best beer in the region
    • Visit innovative and homey watering holes, including the bar featured on the TV show Chicago Fire
    • Explore "Beer Baron Row"where a majority of the old German beer barons used to live in the late 1800s
    • Admire Chicago's famed architecture and hear stories from your guide about the area's immigration and brewing history
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    2 positive reviews

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