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Forge a Silver Ring with a Silversmith
At this time, I am requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated *and boosted* against COVID-19 by the time of their workshop and to provide proof of vaccination. In this workshop, you'll make a sterling silver ring through the silversmithing "fabrication" technique. Learn the basics of texturing metal, forming metal with mandrels and hammers, soldering (yes, you'll play with fire!), and decorative finishing and leave with a beautiful handmade ring that will last a lifetime! This is not just some craft project. You will be working on the same tools that I use myself as a professional silversmith and your ring will be professional quality. It's always a fun evening! You'll be floored by what you can create! Other things to note: You will get plenty of ideas for rings during the class. I also encourage you to look at the photos in this experience as well as guest photos for ideas!
Explore Dazzling Architecture Interiors of the Chicago Loop
Take the architecture tour voted #1 by TripAdvisor users! We will be taking a leisurely 2-hour walk exploring some of the most beautiful and often overlooked buildings in downtown Chicago, both outside and inside, and learning about the most important and interesting parts of Chicago's architectural history. Visitors often don't know where to go, or even where they're allowed. This experience takes them inside places they'd never even consider, to show off more than 100 years of architecture as it developed here in the Windy City -- including stunning stained glass, atrium-like spaces, 19th century skyscrapers, and more! Great tour for photographers and travel buffs! Some things to note: Bring a camera -- this is an AWESOME way to practice your architecture photography! Also, dress for the weather, and if it's raining, bring an umbrella. Also, please note that if you provide a non-US phone number as your day-of contact number, we **CANNOT** call you if you're lost or late!
Saigon to Stockholm Offbeat Food Tour
Discover Argyle & Andersonville, two of Chicago's best neighborhoods, on one tour! Enjoy foods from Vietnam, the Middle East and Sweden as you walk the tree-lined streets of this beautiful area. - Explore Asia on Argyle. Chicago's 'other' Chinatown is now home to the city's Southeast Asian community. - Experience the mouth-popping contrasts of Vietnamese flavors and learn how the cuisine has evolved over time. - Meet the generations of migrants and immigrants who have crafted Chicago's Uptown into the unique neighborhood you'll see today. - Stumble on a forgotten silent film studio and hear why Hollywood's biggest star turned his back on Chicago. - Celebrate Andersonville's Lebanese, Persian and Turkish cultures with a guided Middle Eastern spice tasting. - Follow the footsteps of Swedish settlers as they reshaped Chicago and browse the beautiful Nordic-inspired gift shop. - Find a treasure trove of quirky, independent shops that you won't see on the Mag Mile. - Sink your teeth into the pie that made Food & Wine's list of Best in America. SPECIAL DIET NEEDS? I will communicate before the tour to provide alternate tasting items as appropriate to your diet concerns. Other things to note Tours take place rain or shine. Rain ponchos will be provided if necessary. Wear comfortable shoes! Our total walking distance is 1 1/4 miles.
Lincoln Park/Lakeview Photoshoot!
Do you want some candid pictures of you and your family on your summer vacation? Or perhaps you are looking for some cute new pictures with your significant other or best friend? Or maybe you just want some cool artsy pictures by yourself for your instagram? ...No matter what your occasion is I can capture that special moment for you! I will be photographing my guests at the Lincoln Park Conservatory & then down by a scenic city view on the Lakefront (in an area only locals know about).. I want to offer an experience for tourists that can document the experience of their getaway, while offering them something off the beaten path in this wonderful city! Other things to note Wear attire that you feel comfortable & confident in!
Glassblowing: Make Your Own Pendant
Lampworking (also known as torchworking) is basically miniature glassblowing. Each student will work on their own torch to create a unique and stylish pendant. I'll explain the safety rules and show you how to make the project, then I'll help you make yours. This class is listed for a specific time, but I'll gladly schedule your session anytime upon request. Just send me a message that you want to make pendants with a preferred day/time. Other things to note: Some people don't want a pendant, and so they choose to make theirs into a zipper pull, suncatcher, or lightswitch pull. Students must be fully vaccinated against covid 19 for at least 2 weeks prior to class or show negative results from a rapid results test for covid 19 within 72 hours prior to class. Students must sign waivers. Wear natural fiber clothing (cotton) and closed toe shoes. There is a washroom where you may change, and we do sell tshirts. Ages 7+ must have guardian sign waiver if under 18. Accessible and friendly space. You can expect it to be at least 10 Degrees (F) warmer inside the studio than outside.

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Gangsters and Ghosts Tours
One of the best ways to really acquaint yourself with the infamous city of Chicago is to do it from the streets, through a guided Chicago Gangster Tour or Ghost Tour, detailing the crimes, deals, and charisma that made the city what it is today. We offer a 2 for 1 deal, hosting historically-based guided tours of Chicago’s gangers AND ghost stories, right from the Chicago Loop Vice District. Other things to note Bring your camera!
Spray 'n' Sip- Street Art & Aerosol Workshop
1. Guests join us at our space Studio W.I.P. and dive into the world of spray paint and urban art. All instruction is done by local artists. Each guest will go home with their very own piece of the mural to remember their night. 2. Upon entering guests can relax and enjoy our ever changing gallery. Feel free to bring a beverage. It's BYOB! Guests will unleash their inner street artist on a 50ft mural! This interactive workshop will turn guests into the artist and be guided along the way. Experimenting with lettering, stencils, aerosol, & cap technique guests will experience something truly unique. 3. Our main objective is to break down stereotypes that often are connected with spray paint. Guests will leave with curiosity and basic skills when applying aerosol to boot.
Bikes, Bites & Brews-Signature Bike Tour
Working up an appetite won’t be a problem on this tour! We’ll be sampling from each of Chicago’s four favorite food groups — pizza, hot dogs, brownies and beer. You’ll learn the history behind the foods that made Chicago famous and also get a taste for some of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods as we cruise through Streeterville, the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park during the day. While our evening tour covers the same foods, we stick to the downtown city attraction scene. Come taste the best of Chicago pizza, snacks, and beer while having a blast on two wheels! All Food and Beverage samples included in ticket price. Day and Evening Tours available. 11:30am Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour: Signature Dishes includes the northside neighborhood route through the Gold Coast mansions, Old Town Historic District, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wrigleyville (and Wrigley Field), and the Lakefront. 5:30pm Bikes, Bites & Brews: Signature Dishes Tour includes the downtown city route through the Gold Coast, River North, Chicago Riverwalk, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the Lakefront. Both the 11:30am and 5:30pm tours include healthy portions of Deep Dish pizza, Chicago hot dogs, locally crafted beers, and dessert to top things off. We look forward to showing you our beautiful city!
Chicago Architecture & Highlights Tour
We begin at the Chicago Theater before heading off into the city. We’ll begin by exploring the Chicago Pedway. This network of tunnels and bridges connects skyscrapers and retail stores, so you’ll see how locals move around the city (especially during those Midwestern winters)! We’ll then make our way past City Hall, where you'll get a chance to enjoy the beauty of the historical architecture while your guide shares about its history. You can’t visit Chicago and not see some incredible public art, so next, we’ll stop at the Picasso Sculpture (yes! A real Picasso!). You’ll hear how this piece came to Chicago and how it was received, as you enjoy an up-close Picasso experience with this unique piece of art. Weather permitting (aka, in the warmer months), we’ll then take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, such as the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. Finally, we’ll walk down the world-famous shopping district of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, making our way to the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. At some point, your guide will serve up a delicious local treat for you to enjoy. We’ll end up in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture, where your tour ends. If you would like to book this tour for a private group, please message us directly for more information.
Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop Walking Tour
Discover a part of Chicago only known by locals -- our miles-long system of underground tunnels known as "The Pedway." This engaging adventure pops you in and out of beautiful buildings, familiarizes you with the most interesting parts of the Pedway, and shows you the best hidden details downtown that people walk by every day. This is not a typical "must-see" tour for typical tourists -- it's a "must see" experience for travelers who want something BEYOND what's typical. The first half of our tour will include an introduction to Chicago's famous "Pedway" -- the mysterious system of tunnels downtown that keeps us all warm & dry in bad weather. Walking under entire blocks, we'll access interiors that seem to come up out of nowhere, hidden corridors of stained glass and more. We’ll then exit the Pedway to see some "secrets" hidden in public art and gardens, a tiny building you'll miss if you blink, a beautiful interior filled with marble and light, and one of the best places to buy Chicago-themed books. Guests should be prepared to be on their feet for about 2 hours. It is an easy walk, but still -- it's a little bit of exercise, and please be aware that there are a few sets of stairs! Join us for a fascinating exploration of downtown Chicago, both from above and below!

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Forge a Silver Ring with a Silversmith
At this time, I am requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated *and boosted* against COVID-19 by the time of their workshop and to provide proof of vaccination. In this workshop, you'll make a sterling silver ring through the silversmithing "fabrication" technique. Learn the basics of texturing metal, forming metal with mandrels and hammers, soldering (yes, you'll play with fire!), and decorative finishing and leave with a beautiful handmade ring that will last a lifetime! This is not just some craft project. You will be working on the same tools that I use myself as a professional silversmith and your ring will be professional quality. It's always a fun evening! You'll be floored by what you can create! Other things to note: You will get plenty of ideas for rings during the class. I also encourage you to look at the photos in this experience as well as guest photos for ideas!
Spray 'n' Sip- Street Art & Aerosol Workshop
1. Guests join us at our space Studio W.I.P. and dive into the world of spray paint and urban art. All instruction is done by local artists. Each guest will go home with their very own piece of the mural to remember their night. 2. Upon entering guests can relax and enjoy our ever changing gallery. Feel free to bring a beverage. It's BYOB! Guests will unleash their inner street artist on a 50ft mural! This interactive workshop will turn guests into the artist and be guided along the way. Experimenting with lettering, stencils, aerosol, & cap technique guests will experience something truly unique. 3. Our main objective is to break down stereotypes that often are connected with spray paint. Guests will leave with curiosity and basic skills when applying aerosol to boot.
Explore Dazzling Architecture Interiors of the Chicago Loop
Take the architecture tour voted #1 by TripAdvisor users! We will be taking a leisurely 2-hour walk exploring some of the most beautiful and often overlooked buildings in downtown Chicago, both outside and inside, and learning about the most important and interesting parts of Chicago's architectural history. Visitors often don't know where to go, or even where they're allowed. This experience takes them inside places they'd never even consider, to show off more than 100 years of architecture as it developed here in the Windy City -- including stunning stained glass, atrium-like spaces, 19th century skyscrapers, and more! Great tour for photographers and travel buffs! Some things to note: Bring a camera -- this is an AWESOME way to practice your architecture photography! Also, dress for the weather, and if it's raining, bring an umbrella. Also, please note that if you provide a non-US phone number as your day-of contact number, we **CANNOT** call you if you're lost or late!
Gangsters and Ghosts Tours
One of the best ways to really acquaint yourself with the infamous city of Chicago is to do it from the streets, through a guided Chicago Gangster Tour or Ghost Tour, detailing the crimes, deals, and charisma that made the city what it is today. We offer a 2 for 1 deal, hosting historically-based guided tours of Chicago’s gangers AND ghost stories, right from the Chicago Loop Vice District. Other things to note Bring your camera!
Shop Hidden Thrift Stores
A great thrifting trip is all about the thrill of the hunt! Finding the great scores happens early, so we'll get energized with coffee or a snack at our meet-up point, then take public transit to 3-4 of the best thrifting spots in Chicago and spend ABOUT an hour at each. Each spot is at top of my list when I'm looking for my next favorite item. Not only is thrift shopping great for your wallet, it's sustainable for the environment! This tour is intimate and interactive so get ready to thrift with folks who's tastes and lifestyles are completely different from your own. Making new friends is encouraged! Locals are welcome: this tour ain’t only for tourists! This is not a vintage tour. A successful thrift adventure requires vision to see the unique possibilities in an every day item - the right styling can transform something you'd initially pass up. That's where we come in! We are available to help scour the racks, give advice on how that leather jacket or platform shoes look or happy to let you do your own thing! As your experienced tour guide, I will make sure you go with a new favorite item. *If you are interested specifically in vintage finds, please check out my "Hidden Vintage & Boutique" tour on AirBnB! Other things to note Please reach out to me with questions! If you don’t arrive by CTA, I can help you snag a pass at the station together before we begin the tour.
Saigon to Stockholm Offbeat Food Tour
Discover Argyle & Andersonville, two of Chicago's best neighborhoods, on one tour! Enjoy foods from Vietnam, the Middle East and Sweden as you walk the tree-lined streets of this beautiful area. - Explore Asia on Argyle. Chicago's 'other' Chinatown is now home to the city's Southeast Asian community. - Experience the mouth-popping contrasts of Vietnamese flavors and learn how the cuisine has evolved over time. - Meet the generations of migrants and immigrants who have crafted Chicago's Uptown into the unique neighborhood you'll see today. - Stumble on a forgotten silent film studio and hear why Hollywood's biggest star turned his back on Chicago. - Celebrate Andersonville's Lebanese, Persian and Turkish cultures with a guided Middle Eastern spice tasting. - Follow the footsteps of Swedish settlers as they reshaped Chicago and browse the beautiful Nordic-inspired gift shop. - Find a treasure trove of quirky, independent shops that you won't see on the Mag Mile. - Sink your teeth into the pie that made Food & Wine's list of Best in America. SPECIAL DIET NEEDS? I will communicate before the tour to provide alternate tasting items as appropriate to your diet concerns. Other things to note Tours take place rain or shine. Rain ponchos will be provided if necessary. Wear comfortable shoes! Our total walking distance is 1 1/4 miles.
Lincoln Park/Lakeview Photoshoot!
Do you want some candid pictures of you and your family on your summer vacation? Or perhaps you are looking for some cute new pictures with your significant other or best friend? Or maybe you just want some cool artsy pictures by yourself for your instagram? ...No matter what your occasion is I can capture that special moment for you! I will be photographing my guests at the Lincoln Park Conservatory & then down by a scenic city view on the Lakefront (in an area only locals know about).. I want to offer an experience for tourists that can document the experience of their getaway, while offering them something off the beaten path in this wonderful city! Other things to note Wear attire that you feel comfortable & confident in!
Explore hidden bars in Chicago
Chicago offers a lot of hidden bars for night owls. We will start the night at my favorite hidden gem in West Loop, we will spend about one hour here then head to the next bar which is an 8 minute walk. Some of the bars have secret entrances so be ready for a fun night. The bars have amazing cocktails, beers, non-alcoholic drinks, good music and a good ambiance. There are plenty of secret bars and unfortunately we cannot explore all of them in one night. However, I will share with you the location of other secret bars which you can visit later. Please be advised that drinks or food are NOT included. This is not prohibition level speakeasy tour, this is a chill bar hopping experience. I was not born in the early 1900s and don’t know anything about prohibition so don’t ask. Have a drink and relax. Please note the experience time says it lasts 3 hours but you are welcomed to stay at the bars as long as you like. If your preferred hour is fully booked, don't worry, bar fits a fair amount of people, send me a message. There are still some locations that may ask for your proof of vaccination to access the bars. Please bring it with you. A photo of your vaccination card is fine.
Prepare your home for Airbnb Business
Your experience begins with a welcome and introduction. First up is a tour of the Super Host home Chicago Style-Bronzeville/Hyde Park. Following is a short informative Session on how to prepare your home for Airbnb business in a cozy pre-arranged seating area of the home. The Super Host will exchange valuable information on becoming a host on Airbnb, following with a Q&A session. A diverse playlist of genre of music will play before the introduction and at the end of the session. Other things to note Please be respectful of the space and neighborhood so we can keep harmony with all who enter into this special place! Street Parking This venue is not wheelchair accessible
Nice One Day City Tour in Chicago
Welcome to the amazing city of Chicago. Check out the classical landmarks in Chicago while getting amazed by its post-modern architectures. Discover the stories behind the city’s most significant buildings such as Cloud Gate and Chicago Theatre. Take an in-depth tour of the city of Chicago and visit 360 Chicago for a full 360-degree panoramic view of Chicago from above. Explore Millenium Park and Grant Park. This tour will show you the best of Chicago in one day. This is a world’s top architecture city with bold architectures. You will take a walk in the Millennium Park, see the Cloud Gate, enjoy the urban view of the city from 360 Chicago. Itinerary: Millennium Park & Cloud Gate (20 mins) → Grant Park (10 mins) → Chicago Theater (Optional, 60 mins) → The Art Institute of Chicago (Optional, 120 mins) → Chicago Water Tower (15 mins) → Michigan Avenue (30 mins) → Chicago Cruise (Optional, 75 mins, seasonal) → 360 Chicago (Optional, 75 mins, including Tilt) We will pass by: Navy Pier, Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, Marina City, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Willis Tower Observation Deck Special Notice: Some of the destinations may be closed due to Covid pandemic.Please follow your tour leader’s instruction. Your kind understanding and cooperation are highly appreciated.
Signature Scent Creation
upon entering Aroma Workshop in Chicago's Lincoln Park guests are given a card to indicate which scents from our "Scent Bar" they like, then a friendly Perfumer expertly blends scents on tester strips for the guests to sample. When their favorite is picked it goes into a choice of 2.2 oz. bottles. They can even name it and we are BYOB. Couples, Mothers Daughters, Best friends all have fun creating scents together.
Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour
Ride in a custom engineered Barrel Bus to taste different types of craft beer on this guided brewery tour. The Barrel Bus is replete with fine wood, a barrel shape, brass and copper fixtures, a gull-wing entrance door, and headlights / taillights from a 1915 Ford Model T. Visit 3 unique breweries for craft beer samples. Learn about beer production and barrel aging from one of Chicago's best nano-breweries. Guests will enjoy 45-55 oz. of craft beer in total throughout the experience.
Chicago's Underground Donut Tour
On this tour, you'll join me as we explore the city and food culture through the medium of donuts. You'll learn about the history of Chicago, each donut location, how they fit into the larger food scene, as well as try some amazing donuts. We start from Doughnut Vault where we try some of the best donuts you've had in your life. Next we'll stop by Firecakes donuts to try a few of their seasonal flavors. Followed up with Stans Donuts near Michigan avenue and finally, we end at Do-Rite Donuts where they have both delicious donuts and fried chicken (if you want to get nuts at the end of the tour). We look forward to seeing you soon! Other things to note At this time we cannot accommodate, gluten free or vegan diets. Great for groups, bachelor/ette parties, family reunions and team building exercises.
Glassblowing: Make Your Own Pendant
Lampworking (also known as torchworking) is basically miniature glassblowing. Each student will work on their own torch to create a unique and stylish pendant. I'll explain the safety rules and show you how to make the project, then I'll help you make yours. This class is listed for a specific time, but I'll gladly schedule your session anytime upon request. Just send me a message that you want to make pendants with a preferred day/time. Other things to note: Some people don't want a pendant, and so they choose to make theirs into a zipper pull, suncatcher, or lightswitch pull. Students must be fully vaccinated against covid 19 for at least 2 weeks prior to class or show negative results from a rapid results test for covid 19 within 72 hours prior to class. Students must sign waivers. Wear natural fiber clothing (cotton) and closed toe shoes. There is a washroom where you may change, and we do sell tshirts. Ages 7+ must have guardian sign waiver if under 18. Accessible and friendly space. You can expect it to be at least 10 Degrees (F) warmer inside the studio than outside.
MOLE from scratch, small o private class
IF YOU DON´T SEE A TIME FRAME THAT WORKS FOR YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME AND WE CAN ARRANGE THAT Vegan and Vegetarian options Mole is a dark sauce that has 20+ ingredients, I´m gonna tell yo the story about this traditional family recipe, and the changes than you can find in the different moles around Mexico. We start with a traditional Agua fresca, and then we gonna make our own mole, and we will enjoyed at the end, with chicken, rice and beans. Other things to note if you have a dietary restrictions please let me know in advance, and we can make it special for you.
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