Wine, beer, and fine-dining festivals allow guests to sample exciting, novel fare without having to travel the world or embark on a whirlwind tour of their neighbor's cabinets. Explore new eats without breaking and entering with today's Groupon: for $40, you get two tickets to UnCorked & UnTapped Amber, a wine, beer, and culinary tasting experience at The Arboretum of South Barrington on Thursday, October 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (up to a $100 value).
Culinary explorers at UnCorked & UnTapped Amber saunter through 10 venues, sipping beer and wine from around the world while nibbling on fine cuisine and tapping their toes to live music. Guests assemble at Pinstripes, where flatbread pizzas tantalize taste buds and a selection of beers loosens tongues for chatting or tying cherry stems into double Windsor knots. From Pinstripes, epicureans either stroll in the open air or hop aboard one of several complimentary trolleys steadily zipping to and fro among the event's nine other destinations, ranging from premier restaurants to retail stores. Sink into one of iPic Theaters' reclining seats to feast eyeballs on movie trailers while munching on chicken satay, or tip back glasses of New Belgium Hoptober and satisfy vision-quest requirements by gazing into the lobby's fireplace. Before the evening's end, guests also swing by L'Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie and Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub to sip from an assemblage of seasonal microbrews and sink teeth into deep-dish pizza.
Guests can opt to stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Hoffman Estates during the event, which includes a shuttle to and from venues for a nightly rate of $69.
The Arboretum of South Barrington
Hearkening the charm of the town squares that dotted America in the early 20th century, The Arboretum of South Barrington places boutiques, restaurants, and cafés within strolling distance of each other in a central, tree-speckled location. The open-air center beckons with a verdant landscape of more than 2,700 trees representing 80 shade and ornamental species including maples, elms, and Golden Raindrops crabapples. Between these, gardens add splashes of color and potential hiding places for bank robbers on the run with 20,000 perennials and 10,000 grasses, originally nurtured by fourth-generation nurseryman Roy Klehm, a worldwide authority on peonies.
Apart from the grandeur and fresh air of nature, The Arboretum of South Barrington plays host to shops such as L.L. Bean, restaurants such as Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge, and entertainment facilities such as iPic Theaters. Regular events keep the grounds bustling with culinary tours and live music.