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Housed in an iconic and historic landmark, Biggs Mansion has become a leading address to enjoy premium cigars in Chicago. Biggs offers yearly memberships as well as day passes.

Chicago Architecture Center

www.architecture.org111 E Wacker Dr312-922-3432

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the city’s new all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of exhibits and a gateway to more than 85 boat, walking, bus, bike, and L tours.
See the country’s largest 3D interactive model of Chicago boasting more than 4,200 buildings. In the skyscraper gallery, walk through super-sized building models from around the globe and learn about Chicago’s history of innovation. Discover the secrets and stories of skyscrapers and the architects who created them, from the very first tall building to the mega skyscrapers of today.

Chicago's First Lady Cruises

www.cruisechicago.com112 E Upper Wacker Dr312-332-2505

Welcome to the Official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago’s #1 tour based on TripAdvisor reviews and the ultimate way to see Chicago from the water. Experience a fascinating, 90-minute journey through Chicago’s diverse riverfront architecture as passionate, CAF-certified volunteer docents provide a detailed narrative of Chicago’s various architectural styles and the stories of the people who designed and built the city

The Chopping Block has been teaching people how to cook for over 20 years. We are Chicago’s premier recreational cooking school, private event venue and gourmet retail store, offering guests a large slate of hands-on cooking classes, wine/cocktail classes and personalized private cooking events. Our location in downtown Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart has four state-of-the-art kitchens and accommodates events of any type for up to 300 guests. Our classes cover cooking skills featuring delicious seasonal, ethnic, healthy and vegetarian menus. Our retail store features professional-quality cookware and kitchen tools, plus an array of ingredients and food-friendly wines and craft spirits.

City Winery brings what we do best in the West Loop to the Riverwalk. The menu features our top selling items from the West Loop location. In addition, wine is served through a unique tap system to showcase the company’s commitment to sustainability.

Located at 2337 South Michigan Avenue, our historic Landmark building takes you back in time to when the thriving neighborhood was home to countless automotive dealerships and showrooms, bars, and even the legendary Chess Records – one of the original recording studios in the city. Created by our Brewmaster, Frank Lassandrello, we make everything from spot-on interpretations of traditional styles to some of the wildest beers you’ll ever drink. Our facility features a tasting room and brewery, a 2nd floor taproom, and a gorgeous 3rd floor loft event space.

Memorable Chicago events begin with Shoreline Sightseeing and Shoreline Charters! Celebrating 80+ seasons, Shoreline is famed for its guided Architecture River Tours, named TripAdvisor’s most popular tour in America for 2019 and GetYourgGuide’s Best Water Adventure in Chicago for 2019. Shoreline also offers Skyline Lake Tours and Fireworks Tours with great groups rates available on all regularly scheduled tours including Spanish-language Architecture Tours. For a completely private event, Shoreline Charters offers cruises for 75 to 175 guests with premier caterers and impeccable service. For a fun way to get around Chicago’s lake and river, try a convenient Shoreline Water Taxi; docks at Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Willis Tower/Union Station and the Museum Campus.

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower to see the world-famous Skydeck.

Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50 miles and four states, plus our most spectacular view – 1,353 feet straight down! For a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience, “Dare to Stand Out” on The Ledge, our glass balconies extending more than four feet outside the building.

• Open daily March-September 9am-10pm, October-February 10am-8pm
• Private banquet and corporate presentation space is also available on our 99th Floor for 250 seated or 400-person reception. Call 312.875.8476 for more information.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago N Michigan Avenue 312-283-7100

Discover all 5 stories of Chicago’s new Starbucks Reserve® Roastery on the corner of Michigan and Erie. Every step of the Roastery’s 35,000 square feet promises you a spectacular journey through inventive beverages, extraordinary culinary creations, exclusive merchandise, and of course, coffee.

Wrightwood 659 is a new exhibition space conceived for the presentation of exhibitions of architecture and of socially engaged art. It is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who has transformed a 1920s building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. In a city rich with art institutions and internationally known for its architecture, Wrightwood 659 is designed as a site for contemplative experiences of art and architecture, and as a place to engage with the pressing social issues of our time. Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Wrightwood 659 is a new kind of arts space and cultural resource.

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