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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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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

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    So, of course you don't need a tour of beers, you're already the expert there. But do you need a tour of Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beers? Probably. Kick this walking tour off at a local watering hole, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first beer tasting of the day. Then continue the tour around the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, making your way to other locally-owned, off-the-beaten-path establishments. As you walk, you'll hear plenty of stories from your insider guide about Chicago's long history of brewing beer. Along the way, you'll pop into an Irish pub for a creamy pint of Guinness pulled just right by an expert barkeep. Head over to a beer-and-bacon bar to savor a variety of crispy bacon treats paired with your beer tasting. Meet the owner of a specialty beer and wine store, and hear about how he handpicks his collection. And stop by a microbrew pub before walking into a punk rock bar that was established before Prohibition and is known today for its eclectic beer selection and whiskeys. You'll also have the chance to watch a home-brewing demonstration, learning about different beer styles as you take in the aromatic hops and barley. When your tour ends, you'll have plenty of new knowledge about some of Chicago's best places to find a great pint. Whether you're an expert or not, you're going to love this tour. Why? Because, beer.
    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

    Harrigan's, Chicago

    • Sip your way through Lakeview and Lincoln Park's best beers on a 3-hour walking tour of 2 iconic Chicago neighborhoods
    • Follow your guide to a series of bars and breweries for flights of regional craft brews
    • Raise a glass as you learn how Chicago's immigrant cultures created a proud brewing tradition
    • Experience the bar scene like a local, try a classic Midwestern pairing at a beer-and-bacon bar, and see what's on draft in the Windy City
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    5 positive reviews
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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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    7 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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    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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    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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    8 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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    19 positive reviews
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    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

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    Impress everyone at your next dinner party with your knowledge of fine wines and rich mahogany cupboards... well, maybe not so much the latter. Join Discovery Center for an exciting evening of wine and good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting. There's more than red vs. white or box vs. bottle. For budding wine enthusiasts, you'll cultivate your palate and expand your wine vocabulary, becoming the vino expert among your friends. Taste your way through exquisite wines and develop a taste of your own. You will also learn the nuances of terroir and the many viniculture techniques used to impact the aroma and taste of wine. No wine list shall intimidate you ever again!
    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the delicate art of wine tasting by cultivating your palate and expanding your wine vocabulary
    • Taste several classical grape varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles
    • Gain command of wine and food pairings, storage, and how to select wine at a restaurant or shop
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    4 positive reviews
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    Cupcakes and Cocktails

    (14)
    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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    14 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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    10 positive reviews

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