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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!
Chicago Food Tour- Deep Roots to Deep Dish
City in a garden. Culinary paradise. From hot dogs to haute cuisine, this walking tour of the Loop is for all foodies and anyone wishing to get to know Chicago through their stomach! The Loop is the perfect spot to experience this fast-growing food scene, where locals lunch while enjoying the city’s architecture or dining under city lights that illuminate the nearby Chicago River at night. It’s the vendors and their passion for food that we’ll focus on in this neighborhood: you’ll come to appreciate the melting pot that the city has truly become, giving us the opportunity to enjoy recipes lovingly honed by generations of immigrants. Italian, German, Polish…you’ll be amazed to discover the cultural depth behind otherwise ordinary (and tasty) Chicago staples! While your local guide will treat you to some decadent deep dish pizza and other classic Chicago favorites, they might also share a seasonal offering with the freshest ingredients, perhaps even sourced by local farms. If there’s any room for more, we’ll top off your tour with a sweet snack and send you off with more recommendations for where to eat, drink, and play in this incredible city!
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.
Trickery Chicago Magic Show
Chicago’s most entertaining magic show! Fun, intimate, sometimes outrageous, and always hilarious. Door opens 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Venue is BYOB. Cups and bottle openers are available if needed. We do not stock ice but there is a 7-Eleven just down the street (3407 N Halsted). Performance runs approximately 1 hour. This experience is ongoing. Future dates will be continually added. Also available for private appointments by request (Monday-Sunday). For corporate bookings: Great for groups, great for teams, and great for team building! Please note that Airbnb is a third party partner for marketing Trickery’s show. Guests find us through various avenues so there may ultimately be as many as 30 other audience members for any given showtime. Social distancing is not a local requirement or feasible in our space. If uncomfortable being around strangers, this experience may not be for you.

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Candle Making Class on Magnificent Mile in Chicago
We provide an instructor led soy wax candle making class. We provide all the supplies - soy wax, candle vessels, 20+ fragrances to choose from, candle wick, jar labels, etc. We walk through them through entire process of making a candle. Added bonuses: - Parking discounted to $10 - $26 value - BYOB or complimentary wine - Shipping option if customer doesn't want to wait on the candle to cure. - 10% discount off any retail products in the store After completing your candle, it takes up to 1.5 hours to cool down. While it's cooling, go enjoy shopping and food at nearby restaurants and shops. *If you are in the last class of the day, your candle won't be ready for pick up until the following day.*
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 TRY TO MAKE IT WORK Open to special menus and specific requests. team building, meetings, bachelorette and all groups are welcome to this experience!!! Vegan and Vegetarian options available please let me know in advance. Mole is a delicious Mexican sauce that has 20+ ingredients, the most traditional ones are from the city's of Oaxaca and Puebla in México. Im gonna teach you my Grandmas recipe!! and at the end of the class you will have the recipe in your email. Also explain you the different varieties of moles around México. We will start with a traditional Agua fresca, and then you will make your own mole from scratch, recognizing all the ingredients and steps, we also gonna smoke the way the ancestors do hundreds of years ago. im gonna gide you in each step but I want you to be hands on. We will enjoyed the mole at the end, served buffet style with chicken, jalapeño green rice, beans with avocado leaves, and veggies. Other things to note: if you have a dietary restrictions please let me know in advance, and we can make it special for you. if you want to see more of the classes and videos feel free to visit my IG carrascoocampo
PAELLA & FIDEUA small or private class
IF YOU DON´T SEE A TIME FRAME THAT WORKS FOR YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME AND WE CAN ARRANGE THAT. Lets get comfortable and talk each other about this 2 Spanish dishes, and start to understand the importance for have a correct mise en place (french words that cooks use for have everything in order before we start). We are also able to include in the class how to make home made sangria for a small fee. I´m gonna introduce you all the simple ingredients that you need for make this unique Spanish and Catalan dishes. then together we gonna cook our paella and fideua, and Im gonna explain you all the secrets for have unique and authentic flavors. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish make with proteins, spices and rice, and fideua is another dish with the same beginnings, the change is that in here we use seafood, and fideo (noodles), instead of rice. Then you are ready to enjoy your dishes. feel free to bring your favorite wine for pair with your dishes. Other things to note please let me know if you have any dietary restriction
Knife Throwing in Chicago West Loop
I'm excited to introduce you to the sport of Knife throwing! Enjoy a 60 minute knife throwing session with a top notch coach right here in Chicago West Loop. We will provide everything you need when it comes to safety, throwing techniques and will be there to guide you throughout your entire experience. Once confident in the basics, our coach will instruct how to keep score and teach you several games. I promise you'll be crushing bullseyes in no time and will leave feeling like the ultimate knife thrower that you are! No experience necessary, all skill levels are welcome.
Learn to fly a plane above Chicago
Take an introductory flight lesson with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. You will be given a pre departure briefing and explained what to do. You will have full control of the aircraft under the supervision of the instructor and can officially log this time towards the required hours for gaining a pilot's license. Let your dreams take flight! Other things to note This experience is for one person only. To bring an additional passenger and pay extra please call 224-592-5553. **A weight limit of 250 lbs per person applies**

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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 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.
Set up an area for Airbnb Business
Your experience begins with a welcome and introduction. First up is a tour of the Super Host designer 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, creating a prefect space for guest, 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.
THE CHI-TOWN SHOWDOWN Scavenger Hunt
It all begins at a scenic spot that's a local favorite. We will get our missions and go over instructions/ground rules for the game. After a warm-up to prepare for this true sport, teams will take off to experience a wide variety of carefully curated locations throughout town. You'll drive in your car (special carless version available on request) to the various checkpoints, solving clues and accepting challenges that involve getting outside your comfort zone at each spot! Both family and dog friendly, the game alternates between the indoors and outdoors with plenty of alternative spots and free choices too! You'll send photos to your host to document your progress. You can even interact with locals to solve clues! You won’t be able to avoid having fun, uncovering hidden gems and local secrets, making memories, laughing and learning along the way! You’ll be part of the rich culture of this dynamic city! Every turn is full of surprises, so questions in advance are welcomed! Check out our hunts in 10 Texas cities! Plus Charleston, SC and Carmel, CA! Great for corporate teams, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and other special groups! Other things to note We can offer special diet friendly and rainy day checkpoints - bonus missions too! We can accommodate larger groups, special dates/times, and private groups on request. Custom adventures available!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Candle Making Class on Magnificent Mile in Chicago
We provide an instructor led soy wax candle making class. We provide all the supplies - soy wax, candle vessels, 20+ fragrances to choose from, candle wick, jar labels, etc. We walk through them through entire process of making a candle. Added bonuses: - Parking discounted to $10 - $26 value - BYOB or complimentary wine - Shipping option if customer doesn't want to wait on the candle to cure. - 10% discount off any retail products in the store After completing your candle, it takes up to 1.5 hours to cool down. While it's cooling, go enjoy shopping and food at nearby restaurants and shops. *If you are in the last class of the day, your candle won't be ready for pick up until the following day.*
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!
Goat Yoga
A goat yoga experience that is a delightful marriage of yoga and lovable goats. Of course no yoga experience is necessary to enjoy this bucket-list experience. The session begins with a 45 minute yoga flow in the company of silly and attention-demanding goats, followed by 45 minutes of goat play time. The experience is much more than yoga with goats. It is a chance to connect, relax, unwind and recharge your soul. The goats provide comedic relief for the group and bring out the best in the attendees. They can melt the hearts of even the most skeptical guests. Guests are instructed not to leave the premises until their heart feels good.
Taste of Chinatown Food & Walking Cultural Tour
Curious about Chinatown but unsure where to start? Let our Bobby’s Bike Hike Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour be your local guide on this Chicago Chinatown tour! Chicago’s Chinatown, located next door to the Loop on Cermak Street and Wentworth Avenue, bursts with colorful shops, impressive monuments, and of course, delicious restaurants. Like a Chinese menu, the sheer number of possibilities can be overwhelming. Fortunately, the experts at Bobby’s Bike Hike have created the perfect overview. You’ll sample culinary delights from five distinct Chinese regions while learning interesting facts about China and the history of Chinese immigration. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a Chicago native, our walking culinary tour of this thriving neighborhood will whet your appetite for another visit! All food samples included in ticket price, but consider upgrading to our VIP package to include samples of plum wine, bubble tea, and a specialty jasmine Chicago craft beer only served at Phoenix Restaurant.
Chicago limo tour with drinks, photo ops, and fun
We will meet at the Langhham building downtown to get to know each other while we wait for all the guests and limo to arrive. We will Limo party and ride all over Chicago seeing different angles of the Chicago skyline. From the Langham we will ride to Shedds Aquarium for some city skyline pictures as stop number one. After that, we will ride and check out Grant Park on the way to cruise the famous Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, and Waker Drive where will end the night one of the best nightclubs in River North This event is BYOB, bring your own beer/bottles! Great for Birthdays, Bachelor[ette] parties, small groups, even solo travelers!
Chicago West Loop Axe Throwing
I'm excited to introduce you to the sport of axe throwing! This thrilling traditional Canadian backyard pastime is now bigger than ever in urban communities. Enjoy a 45 minute axe throwing session with a dedicated axe coach right here in Chicago, 10 minutes from Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. We will provide everything you need when it comes to safety, techniques and we will be there to guide you throughout your entire experience. Once confident with the basics, our coach will introduce a variety of tricks as well as facilitate games to crown a member of your group the ultimate axe throwing champion. I promise you'll be crushing bullseyes in no time and will leave feeling like the ultimate bad axe that you are! No experience necessary, all skill levels are welcome.
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