5 (Literally) Sweet Must-Try Birthday Treats

August 9, 2018

Ever heard the expression “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too?" Well, we disagree.

In fact, sometimes, cake is similar to your best friend: it’s there for you when you need to either unload your woes (into red velvet) or celebrate a happy occasion. Especially if it’s your birthday. You didn’t know this was a cardinal rule?

Check out these 5 activities that will leave your sweet tooth satisfied.

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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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    11 positive reviews
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    Midwest Wine Tasting with 2-Course Lunch

    The Midwest is famous for their casseroles and freezing winters, but who ever heard of Midwestern wine? You have now that you have been on this tasty tasting. Start your day with a pickup from your central Chicago hotel. Take part in a departure toast, then head out to visit three wineries for your day in wine country. As the day progresses, your guide will explain to you how grapes that have been cultivated for cold climates have a special character that cannot be found in other parts of the world. In between tastings, you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch, paired with wine of course. You'll be dropped off at your accommodations tipsy, tired, and content.
    Midwest Wine Tasting with 2-Course Lunch

    Central Chicago hotels, Chicago

    • Explore what the Midwest has to offer and surprise yourself with wines that are food friendly and quite different than what you can get in California or France
    • Take a private tour perfect for those who have recently had their interest in wine sparked
    • Enjoy this beginner's wine tasting tour, filled with knowledge, wine tastings, and a delicious lunch
    • Discover the little-known world of midwestern wine and the pleasant surprises within it
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    Chinatown Food Tour

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    Navigating through the winding roads to find the best in Hong Kong, you stumble upon a dim sum restaurant. Wait, this isn't Hong Kong. This is just Chicago's Chinatown. On this food tour, you will be guided through one of the oldest Chinatown neighborhoods in America, and you'll treat your taste buds to delicious Hong Kong, Szechuan, and Mandarin style Chinese cuisines. Uncovering the best eats at five different local gourmet hot spots, taste the food, culture, and history of each locale. This might be the most delicious tour of your life so bring your appetite and come prepared to eat! On your walking tour, expect to visit the following locations:
    • Triple Crown: Canton cuisine and Hong Kong-style dim sum restaurant
    • Lao Sze Chuan: Szechuan-style cuisine and family restaurant
    • Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co.: Loose-leaf tea and organic ginger house
    • Saint Anna Bakery: Chinese-style baked goods, desserts and pastries
    • Lao Beijing: Mandarin-style cuisine
    Note: Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking. In the "Special Requests" field upon placing the booking, please state if you are a vegetarian, have any food allergies, and are under 21.
    Chinatown Food Tour

    2126 S Archer Ave, Chicago

    • Embark on a food tour as you taste your way through five different gourmet restaurants in Chinatown
    • Learn about the food, culture, and history of each locale
    • Enjoy an intimate tour filled with delicious Chinese food and laughter
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    3 positive reviews
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    Wicker Park Food Tour

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    Are you in the mood for Chicago-style hot dogs? Deep-dish pizza? Red velvet cupcakes? Wicker Park has a long, rich history dating back to the 1870's, which you can fully experience with your belly as you eat your way through the neighborhood on this scenic food tour. Some of the highlights include stops at The Haute & The Dog, Pizano's, and Harold's Original Chicken King for some good old fried chicken. In between tastings, uncover the history, architecture, influences, and culture that make Wicker Park unique. When it's all said and done, you'll have a brain full of information, and a stomach full of good food. Bon Appétit!
    Wicker Park Food Tour

    Wicker Park, Chicago

    • Enjoy a scenic food tour through Wicker Park as you explore its architecture and culture
    • Learn about the history and influences that have shaped the local food culture
    • Sample treats from various hot-spots, including the Antique Taco, Pizanos, and Alliance Bakery
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    7 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekday)

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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 (Weekday)

    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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    17 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

    27 N Upper Wacker Dr, 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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    River North Food Tour

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    Do you consider yourself a foodie? If so, then this food tour through River North is right up your alley. This historically affluent neighborhood is home to such hotspots as Al's Beef, Barcito, Xoco, and the Doughnut Vault, all of which you will get to visit on this tour. These highly acclaimed food-lover spots have been featured on the History Channel, Food & Wine Magazine, and even Top Chef Masters. It's no wonder the best of the best reside here. In between tastings, you'll also learn about the neighborhood's history and architecture. Bring your appetite on this tour, because you're going to need it!
    River North Food Tour

    River North, Chicago

    • Enjoy the luxury and opulence of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast on this food tour through the historically affluent neighborhood of River North
    • Discover the historic architecture and public spaces that make this one of Chicago's most notable neighborhoods
    • Sample treats at various hot spots including the Doughnut Vault, Lou Malnati's, Xoco, Al's Beef, Barcito, and More Cupcakes
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    6 positive reviews
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    Chicago-Style Pizza, Beer, Cupcakes and Hot Dogs Tour

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    Experience Chicago on a walking and food tour of the central business district. Visits to legendary sites such as Palmer House Hotel, Marshall Field's Building, and Millennium Park are punctuated by stops in local food joints for samples of Chicago's favorite bites. Your expert guide shares the history of Chicago's most iconic buildings and foods as you walk around the Windy City's legendary downtown Loop. Follow your knowledgeable guide through downtown Chicago and visit a number of stunning indoor spaces including the historic Palmer House Hotel, the Walnut Room and Macy's. Your guide also takes you to various spots for samples of some of Chicago's favorite foods such as pizza, hot dogs, brownies, and beer from a local brewery.
    Chicago-Style Pizza, Beer, Cupcakes and Hot Dogs Tour

    540 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

    • Experience Chicago's vibrant food scene on a walking tour of the central business district
    • Visit legendary sites such as Palmer House Hotel, Marshall Field's Building, and Millennium Park
    • Enjoy stops in various local food joints for samples of Chicago's favorite bites
    • Hear about the history of Chicago's most iconic buildings and foods from an expert local guide
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    7 positive reviews
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    Grand Chicago Tour and Pizza

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    What does Chicago really taste like? It can't be all hot dogs and skyscrapers, can it? Experience a real taste of the city and take a bite out of it. Here, you'll travel through the North Side and South Side business and residential districts, like the Loop, Downtown Chicago, and the Lakefront. As you wander through the city, you will view the new Millennium Park, Museum Campus, and Shedd Aquarium. Photo stops at Adler Planetarium and Lincoln Park Conservatory are definitely required and recommended. Once the tour closes, grab a bite of deep dish pizza and dream about the life of a Chicagoan.
    Grand Chicago Tour and Pizza

    17 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Travel through Chicago's famous districts like North Side, South Side, the Loop, and Museum Campus
    • Stroll past the skyscrapers, Millennium Park, and Shedd Aquarium
    • Learn about the unique history of this gorgeous city
    • Nosh on authentic Chicago deep dish pizza
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    2 positive reviews

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