Beer, Wine & Spirits in Cedar Lake

Day Trip to Michigan Wine Country with Lunch, Tastings, and Round-Trip Transportation Included (47% Off)

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

Visit 4 Michigan wineries and taste up to 20 wines during a 9-hour excursion with a hearty lunch and round-trip transportation included

$150 $79

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90-Minute Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings, Snacks, and Glasses at Argus Brewery (Up to 57% Off)

Argus Brewery

Roseland

During a 90-minute tour, guests learn about the historic origins of the brewery and the neighborhood while sampling craft brews

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Beviamo (Up to 64% Off)

Beviamo

Little Italy

Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary snacks

$50 $19

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$10 for $20 Worth of Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Glascott's Saloon

Lincoln Park

Bellied up to a wooden bar at an authentic speakeasy, guests sip on a selection of 18 draft beers, imported brews, and glasses of wine

$20 $10

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Beer Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Two or Four at Finch's Beer Company (40% Off)

Finch's Beer Company

Chicago

One-hour tour peppered with unlimited tastes of Chicago-made beers including Fascist Pig red ale, Threadless IPA, and Secret Stache Stout

$20 $12

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Wine Tasting for 4, 10, or 20 with 50% Off In-Store Purchases at WineStyles Shorewood (Half Off)

WineStyles Shorewood

Shorewood

Wine tasting and education event features instructor-led tasting of six wines; sessions focus on region or style

$40 $20

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Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Downers Grove Wine Shop (Up to 53% Off)

Downers Grove Wine Shop

Downers Grove

Samples of six wines accompany light appetizers during tasting sessions for two, four, or six

$20 $10

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Michael Dorf stood with his brother Josh, smiling over the barrel filled with wine from grapes they'd just crushed, fermented, and pressed. He claims that despite tastings and classes, he'd never begun to understand wine until this moment. As his understanding grew, he laid the foundations for City Winery: a full winery facility, restaurant, and concert venue inside urban Chicago. He now watches over more than 400 international wines and 20 house wines. Inside the winery, these wines—made from nine US and international varietals—age inside stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Here, staffers lead winemaking classes, letting visitors join the crushing and fermenting process, and showing them how make private barrels and fill custom juice boxes or bottles pasted with labels of their own design.

These monolithic tanks and barrels can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows from most of the restaurant's rooms, where servers ferry Executive Chef Andres Barrera's dishes, each a blend of Italian, French, Spanish, and Middle-Eastern flavors. The culinary team crafts small and large plates of artisanal cheeses, seafood, and flatbreads—which they make using the winery's own wine lees as yeast. In the restaurant and Barrel Room tasting bar, staffers pour housemade wines piped fresh from the cellar through 14 taps, while visitors bask in the glow from hard wood and floor to ceiling windows. Patrons dine on a ground floor lit by soft blue lights and hanging lamps fashioned from old wine bottles, as well as a mezzanine level looking out on the city skyline. Private dining rooms gather guests around long communal tables, stretched between exposed brick walls. In the show venue, comedians, live musicians, and slapstick-prone stage crew members entertain audiences under the glow of tabletop candles.

1200 W Randolph St
Chicago,
IL
US

Cooper’s Hawk

Naturally, the chefs at Cooper’s Hawk have a sharp eye when it comes to wine pairings. Each of the restaurant’s contemporary dishes is crafted with a particular wine in mind, which makes plenty of sense given the fact that there’s a winery located just next door. Surrounded by oaken barrels and racks lined with glistening bottles, diners may be forgiven for thinking that they made a wrong turn and ended up in the winery itself. After your meal, see the real thing in the Napa–style tasting room, where you can sample up to eight different wines. The selection includes something for everyone, including graceful blush wines and cabernets whose flavors unfold like a novel scribbled on the wings of an origami crane.

510 Village Center Dr
Burr Ridge,
IL
US

When he wasn’t piloting a plane, Toby Beall spent time with his bare feet in the Caribbean sand and a cocktail mellowing in his hand. Looking to share that laid-back lifestyle, Beall, his wife Jillian and brother Jamey founded Tailwinds Distilling Company. Today, the Plainfield-based specialists blend premium ingredients such as organic molasses and 100% blue agave, and carefully age them in french-oak barrels to create their tropically-inspired amber rum. After the signature, small-batch distilling process—which avoids the use of carbon filters so as to leave the flavors intact—each bottle is individually signed. That attention to detail hasn’t gone unnoticed: their Taildragger white rum earned a silver medal at the 2012 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition, and their 100% blue agave spirit was featured in Chicago Magazine's Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: For Imbibers.

Visitors can take a jetlag-free trip to the tropics during tours of the facility, learning about distillation and sampling sips in a tiki-bar-themed tasting room. Merchandise such as T-shirts, snifters, and flasks provide more lasting souvenirs than the imaginary tan the island vibe might inspire.

14912 S. Eastern Avenue
Plainfield,
IL
US

Zodiac Cafe and Lounge balances a constellation of themed martinis with a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sandwiches, salads, and small plates. Diners design flights of cheese and olives, and chefs stuff grass-fed burger patties with a rotating selection of ingredients. Pints from the craft-beer menu complement edibles, as do 12 martinis that re-imagine each astrological sign as a concoction of colorful spirits. Muted earth tones and wood accents anchor both dining room and lounge to terra firma, and starburst light fixtures and an astrological chart grant insight into Zeus's interior-decorating scheme. After the sun sets on the patio, wander inside to check out the schedule of karaoke, open-mic performances, and sets from local house DJs.

113 N Main St
Crown Point,
IN
US

Crown Brewing’s statement light fixture isn’t like traditional chandeliers hung with crystals—instead, the amber light that filters down to the floor shines through an array of empty beer bottles. There are plenty of full bottles and pints to be found, however, as the brewery's boasts 12 varieties of brew, including award-winning beers such as the blueberry and Special Forces IPA, which Chicago magazine named one of the city's 36 best local craft beers. From the cozy bar, patrons get a view of the brewery itself, where brewmaster Steve Mazylewski is hard at work crafting batches of customer favorites and testing out his new recipes. Weekly specials include stein nights, discounted growler refills, and half-price pints can be enjoyed inside or on Crown Brewing's outdoor patio.

211 S East St
Crown Point,
IN
US

Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.

Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.

That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.

8843 Indianapolis Blvd.
Highland,
IN
US

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