Stephanie King-Myers and Nancy Bigley founded Bottle & Bottega as a fun, artistic space where guests could, as King-Myers phrases it on their website, “feel like they’re having a party in their living room.” Established in 2009, the guided painting emporium has already expanded to seven main locations in three states that offer private and corporate events alike.
Lynette Martin helms the Evanston branch, which extends from Rogers Park to Northbook. After years of dabbling in styles of art that ranged from pottery to ballet, she swan-dived fully into her creative leanings and left the corporate world to launch a Bottle & Bottega franchise. Lynette, along with a slate of local artists, encourages participants of any artistic level to unleash their creativity onto the canvas, creating their own versions of famous paintings that they can hang in their living rooms or over their bathroom mirrors in an attempt to be famous themselves.
In Focus: Dream Cakes
What it is: an appointment-only shop that makes towering custom cakes
Pastry chef: Chef Veronica, who learned the art of making gelantinas in Mexico
What the Chicago Tribune says: “[Chef Veronica’s] floral trompe l’oeil desserts are so realistic you hesitate to wield a spoon for fear of ruining the look.”
When to order cakes: three weeks in advance
Shop formerly known as: Delec To Go
Their creations are also found at: 17 Whole Foods stores around Chicagoland
Unleash your inner dancer at Ballroom Dance Studio in Northbrook!
Overcome stage fright and put yourself out there with Ballroom Dance Studio's instructional dance classes.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.
The six accomplished artists who compose the staff at Cork and Palette put their expertise to use at the company’s social painting parties. Up to 20 students gather at a variety of locations, including wineries and restaurants, where they learn to recreate a featured painting ranging from a vibrant still life to funky and colorful nature scenes. Though anyone aged 14 or older can participate, the staff also hosts parties specifically for teens.