Celebrating their 25th anniversary in the end of October, the hop gurus at Brew and Grow educate burgeoning beer makers on the art of crafting cold ones via hands-on introductory courses. During 2.5-hour classes, duos learn the ins and outs of the brewing process, including basic terminology, equipment, and the differences between ales, lagers, and root beer. Pupils will sip various suds while learning about ideal ingredient combinations, then concoct customized barley pops. Though they can't immediately take class creations home, participants will be able to return to the brewery in approximately one month or after malted barley has passed its fermentation exam to tap and taste their personalized potables. At the end of the session, students will be able take home a choice of two comprehensive home brewing guides, either How To Brew by John Palmer or Radical Brewing by Chicago author Randy Mosher.
Blümgarten & Co. blooms with sumptuous groupings of flora that freshen up interiors and add flair to special occasions. Expert floral-design instructors guide groups of aspiring horticulturists for two hours as they assemble in-season flowers into modern arrangements, which are much more attractive than the Victorian patterns in which they grow from the earth. Blümgarten & Co. provides snacks and drinks, and students are encouraged to bring along their own alcoholic beverages to turn the class into a fun night out with friends. Attendees may also bring along their own vases or hollowed-out pineapples to use as a display vessel for their new arrangements.
Take a look at Ashland Addison's enormous delivery area, which covers all of Chicago and 150 suburbs, as well as the Forbidden Zone. Basically if your mom lives or works anywhere remotely close to Chicago, Ashland Addison will deliver her these affordable roses. They also have seven convenient store locations in and around Chicago if you prefer to pick up the arrangement.
Under the instruction of master floral designer Mike Hines, you'll undertake the craft of floral arrangement in your choice of a wide variety of classes (Epoch Floral should be adding more classes over the duration of the Groupon). Learn the art of hand-tied arrangements, a tradition of simplicity that stems from 1800s Germany, or create a vivid tropical flower tower just in time for the invading hoard of summer. If flowers aren't your favored source of chlorophyll, try your fingers at the non-floral design class, which uses succulants, foliage, rocks, moss, and more to create a design earthy enough for your favorite local Druid. All classes begin with a tour of a floral wholesaler, where you'll have the option of purchasing additional floral elements and supplies for later personal use. Light snacks and beverages are available to nosh during class as creativity fuel. After the schooling, you'll have a one-of-a-kind creation to take home and keep for the remainder of its little lifespan.
The florists at City Enchanted Gardens partner with FTD to speedily deliver their fetchingly designed bouquets and artfully arranged centerpieces to locations and special events throughout the city. For in-store clientele, they stock their downtown shop with a broad spectrum of blooms, from exotic birds of paradise to cheerful sunflowers, as well as seasonal plants, such as winter's crimson poinsettia and spring's fire-breathing snap dragons.
For those clients who choose to have their flowers delivered, the hard-working florists ensure that last-minute sentiments for parties, weddings, and police lineups arrive promptly, with same-day delivery available every day. The welcoming shop also hosts classes that instruct in the art of arranging seasonal décor and professional bouquet wraps.
Lush clusters of flowers, trailing fern fronds, and quirky vases make Sprout Home more like a walk-in terrarium than a store. Though its staff of green thumbs offer landscape and garden design advice, the rest of Sprout Home's plants, gardening tools, and whimsical containers are geared towards urban gardeners and making the most of limited apartment and deck space. Windowsill planters, hanging plant pods, and wall-mounted vases make room for blooms even in studio apartments, so city-dwellers can recover their relationship with nature without laying sod in the kitchen. Specialists can even give you advice about how to create and maintain terrariums, micro-sized ecosystems contained within clear glass vessels.