Chicago Experiences

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2018 Chicago Experiences

Culinary Capital of Americaadditional fee

Saturday, August 18 |1:00–4:30 p.m. SOLD OUT!
Tuesday, August 21 | 2:45–5:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!
50 people total—2 rotating groups of 25
$45 per person

Chicago is a tour-de-force in the food world—and 25 Michelin-starred restaurants and Bon Appetit Magazine’s 2017 Restaurant City of the Year title prove it. As the current home of the James Beard Awards (and more than 22 winning restaurants and chefs, too), all foodies can experience one of the most notable food scenes.

The Culinary Capital of America tour showcases a Taste of Chicago’s culinary scene, and attendees will try special tastings, meet the chefs, and learn about the city’s innovative food scene.

Hops & Barleyadditional fee

Saturday, August 18 |1:00–4:30 p.m. SOLD OUT!
Tuesday, August 21 | 2:45–5:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!
30 people
$45 per person

Chicago’s neighborhoods are home to some of the best beer and breweries in the country. An epicenter of the craft beer movement, Chicago is home to over 65 breweries, fermenting an array of styles and flavor profiles. Start the tour with a look at McCormick Place’s rooftop garden, where the complex grows its own hops for a signature beer. Afterwards, visit two local breweries for discussions with the head brewers, tasting samples and a better understanding of Chicago’s local beer culture.

Chicago’s Historic South Sideadditional fee

Saturday, August 18 | 1:00–4:30 p.m.
50 people
$45 per person

Learn about the rich history of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods that continues to influence the city’s cultural, artistic and architectural legacy. Begin in Bronzeville, a neighborhood that advanced conversation about civil rights and shaped Chicago’s jazz, blues and gospel sounds. Continue with a guided visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, where attendees can explore a captured German U-505 submarine, go underground in a coal mine, chase storm science, and learn about the Museum’s role in the 1893 Colombian Exposition, the World’s Fair that elevated Chicago to a global name. Finish with a drive through the ivy-covered University of Chicago campus, and then see the future site of the Barack Obama Presidential Center and the former president’s Hyde Park house.

Wrigley Field Experienceadditional fee

Tuesday, August 21 | 2:45–5:00 p.m.
190 people
$45 per person

Experience baseball’s most majestic ballpark campus in a new way! Get a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the legendary home of the Chicago Cubs and 2016 World Series champions, presented by Marquee Sports and Entertainment. Built in 1914, this must-see Chicago attraction houses more than 100 years of history. Debuting the brand new expansions of Wrigley field that ensures the viability of the ballpark for future generations of Cubs fans, while preserving the beauty, charm, and historic features fans have come to know and love. Come experience this new era of the home of the Chicago Cubs!

Chicago’s First Lady Cruisesadditional fee

Tuesday, August 21 | 2:45-5:00 p.m.  (departing at 3:00 p.m.)
190 people
$45 per person

Welcome aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises for a private and exclusive Chicago River and Lake Michigan cruise. Embark from Chicago’s Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue, champagne in hand and set sail for a Chicago River Cruise featuring an abbreviated Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise experience. This 5-star tour showcases Chicago’s world renowned icons from their open-air upper deck and guests will enjoy a passionate commentary presented by a Chicago Architecture Foundation-certified volunteer docent. Following the river tour, Chicago’s First Lady will sail out to the lakefront as guests enjoy beverages and afternoon snacks and dessert buffet while marveling at the picture-perfect postcard views of Chicago’s magnificent lakefront skyline. 



Broadway in Chicago’s Hamilton Experienceadditional fee

50 people total—2 rotating groups of 25
Saturday, August 18 | 1:30–5:45 p.m.
Show from 2:00–5:00 p.m.,
Q&A from 5:15–5:45 p.m.

Don’t give away a shot to enjoy a matinee performance of the Broadway hit musical HAMILTON, winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. HAMILTON is the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

All tour descriptions and itineraries are subject to change.

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