John Hancock Center$350
John Hancock Center James Warfield Ballpoint Pen and Permanent Marker 2015
Man Made 4th Dimension$300
Man Made 4th Dimension Bobby Tirelli Ink and Colored Pencil
Clarence's Favorite Music and Movies and the Whole Nation, Clarence Simmons, Collage 2013 -
The Goodman & Lawry's$240
Enjoy a classic Chicago night out. Take your fave to a performance at the Goodman Theatre with two tickets for the 2015-16 season. Before or after the performance, enjoy a meal at Lawry's The Prime Rib with a $125 gift card.
An EPIC meal$270
Savor the delights of a four-course chef's tasting menu for four, including wine pairings, from EPIC Restaurant, a sleek space offering contemporary, regional American cuisine by Executive Chef Daniel Marquis.
Enjoy Green Zebra$130
Savor the delights of a five-course chef's tasting menu for two from Green Zebra Restaurant, "a contemporary vegetarian experience." Your palate will be pleased!
Italian Village, Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant, offers a $50 gift certificate to use in one of three restaurants, all located in their historic building at 71 W Monroe: The Village, La Cantina Chophouse and Vivere. All three have their own chef and prepare classic dishes their own way, each catering to a different restaurant experience. And enjoy TWO $50 gift cards to Buca di Beppo, where dishes are served family-style, perfect for passing around the table.
Date Night: Near West$60
Enjoy a rom-com, thriller or action movie at Cinemark Theaters in Melrose Park with the one who makes your eyes twinkle! Before or after, sit down and relax with pizza or pasta, courtesy of a $25 gift certificate to Lou Malnati's pizzeria.
Steaks with Eddie$220
Eddie Merlot's is a premier American steakhouse featuring exceptional prime aged steaks and an extensive selection of the finest wines. Enjoy a terrific meal with TWO $50 gift cards.
Barneys? and Fred's$205
Hang with 3 of your friends at Fred's at Barneys New York and enjoy dinner with a $200 gift certificate
Adelle's Fine American Fare in Wheaton specializes in imaginatively prepared cuisine by Chef John Anderson and has received a Zagat rating of 26 out of 30. Equally impressive is the live jazz lounge on Thursday evenings. Whether your passion for American inventiveness incorporates cuisine, jazz, or both, treat yourself with a $50 gift certificate.
Tapas and Sangria for two at this local favorite at 1147 W. Grand. $50 value!
Experience organic vegan Korean cuisine in a tranquil setting with a $40 gift certificate to Amitabul Restaurant. Enjoy delicious dishes (served in huge portions!) like Green Heaven, Dark Side of the Moon, or Wolfman Dream Treats.
Double Date Fun$65
Grab another couple and head to Paula and Monica's Pizzeria on Chicago Ave for a few slices with $30 in gift cards in your pocket. Then, take in a flick at neighborhood institution the Logan Theatre with 4 movie passes. Of COURSE the popcorn is included!
Enjoy an overnight stay in a waterfront room with a fireplace AND breakfast in bed at the beautiful Harbor Grand Hotel in scenic New Buffalo, Michigan. Next, enjoy the lush greenery of Fernwood Botanical Gardens with admission for 3.
East Coast Excursion$580
New York has Broadway, Central Park, and the Museum of Modern Art. But then again, Boston has Fenway, harbors and history to spare, not to mention Cheers! Whichever city you choose, get there with two tickets from JetBlue.
Share a special night with a $75 gift certificate, complimentary annual membership and a free afternoon extension from the Sybaris .
Enjoy frosty winter fun for 4 with 2 hours of snow tubing and a group lesson at Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Gobles, MI (half an hour east of South Haven). When you're back in town, continue to harness the energy of little ones with two 5-visit open jump passes for Pump It Up Chicago! , an inflatable and bouncy fun zone for kids.
Tinley Park Escape$155
Have dreams of sinking a hole in one? Enjoy a round of golf for four people, including 2 carts Monday-Thursday, at Odyssey Country Club . Then, continue your adventure as you become a Chef for a Day at Tin Fish Restaurant.
Wines by Cooper's Hawk$275
Broaden your knowledge of domestic and global vintners with a Magnum bottle of Meritage wine, a complimentary Wine Tasting for Two card and a 3-month complimentary wine club membership from Cooper's Hawk Winery.
You'll savor tasting pours from these 3 bottles of whiskey drawn from a private family barrel of Jack Daniels. These bottles have a distinct flavor profile, and their unique aging process ensures that flavor will not mature or change with age. This batch of Jack is exquisitely unique and no other barrel ever again will taste the same. Pair with one of the selected fine cigars for an enjoyable hour !
Make a fun evening of it with your BFFs: start with a toy and lingerie shopping party from G Boutique. Then, enjoy a 6-bottle, 2-hour at home wine tasting with a private wine advisor courtesy of Wines for Humanity .
A Little Sweet & Spice$160
Satisfy that sweet tooth with 2 $30 gift certificates from Bittersweet Pastry , as well as a year's supply of locally harvested organic honey and a cottle of mead from Elniski Apiary. But - one can't live on sweets alone, so enjoy a gift box of spices from Spice House.
Just in time for spring, Hand and Stone Spa provides a 3-month gift membership, including a choice of either 3 50-minute massages or 3 facials. After receiving that killer pampering, relax and enjoy a 2-hour in-home tasting from Wines for Humanity.
Channel your inner mogul as you enjoy a $150 gift certificate from Zeglio Custom Clothiers! You'll be fitted and guided through the process of building a custom shirt (or other article) to your specifications and measurements. Zeglio associates will help select a cut, fabric and fit to make you look your best. Hand-made custom shirts begin at $110.
This $70 gift certificate from Pixie Salon will let Janice use her scissors to give you a great look for fun in the sun this summer!
Head to the beach, brunch or the library with this caramel-colored, butter-soft leather drawstring tote from Adelaide . For an edible treat, have fun indulging your sweet tooth with 2 $50 gift certificates from Sweet Mandy B's Old Fashioned Desserts .
A New Leaf$90
Bring spring into your home with a $100 gift certificate to A New Leaf florist.
Music Box Theatre$35
View the summer blockbusters at Music Box Theatre with tickets for 2! Popcorn is included!
Music All Around Me$100
Unleash your inner musician with a class and songbook from The Old Town School of Folk Music. You can put those music skills to further use while enjoying a pass for two private lessons and one group lesson from Arthur Murray Dance Studios .
City of Architecture$105
This package includes 2 guest passes to Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House . Located in Hyde Park, the house is called "a masterpiece of the Prairie style and an icon of modern architecture." Add in 4 downtown walking tour passes from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, plus 4 passes to view Chicago architectural landscape from theWillis Tower Sky Deck , and you have all you need to explore the buildings that make up Chicago's iconic skyline and beyond.
Sky, Sea and Sweden$140
Make lots of friends with this bountiful museum package! Blast off with a group of 8 interstellar travelers to explore the heavens at the Cernan Earth and Space Center located in nearby River Gove. Then, splash down with your party of 8 at the Shedd Aquarium to explore the exotic creatures of the deep! Rounding out the package are admission for 4 adults and 6 children for the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville.
This package will show why Chicago enjoys a reputation as a live theatre powerhouse. TimeLine Theatre and Trap Door Theatre each provide two tickets to any performance.
Track and Field$425
Enjoy the excitement and thrills of a Day at the Races for 6 at Arlington International Racecourse! Root for the home team with 3 of your friends as your Chicago White Sox take on the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 20th at 1:10 p.m. (parking pass included). Rounding out this package is an autographed photo from the Chicago Bears , including Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.
Basketball in bumper cars? Jai lai on an indoor highway? However you describe this hybrid game/sport, it's always equal parts "completely" and "incredible." Get whirly with this $50 gift card and use it at the brand new Whirlyball Bucktown location.
Steam, Diesel & more$75
Share the joy of trains with 2 one-day family passes for admission and unlimited rides at the Illinois Railway Museum , the nation's largest rail museum!
Wait! Don't Tell Me$200
Two VIP tickets to the June 18, 2015 taping of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me! (one of the hardest tickets to get in town!) can be yours for the taking - as long as you are the highest bidder, of course! Join host Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis, and a rotating cast of panelists who make this live quiz show so memorable.
Wait Wait Brainteaser$110
Two VIP tickets to the June 4, 2015 taping of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me! (one of the hardest tickets to get in town!) can be yours for the taking - as long as you are the highest bidder, of course! Join host Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis, and a rotating cast of panelists who make this live quiz show so memorable. Then, gather 5 of your friends for a day of mystery and intrigue on at scavenger hunt around Chicago hosted by Watson Adventures.
Humor Me (with a Z!)$95
See established and up and coming comedians with 6 tickets to Zanies. Then, set the mood for your own hijinks with two lifelike masks by Zagone Studios , whose products have been featured on Saturday Night Live ("Monster Pals" featuring Seth Rogan and James Franco), David Letterman, the Onion, CSI and the blockbuster The Town
You're On the Air!$75
You are bidding on the chance to appear on WGN AM 720 with host (and comedian) Patti Vasquez on her nightly radio show Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez, which airs at 11PM. You'll visit WGN and meet Patti, and have a chance to take to the airwaves yourself! WGN is a high-powered station, meaning your voice will be heard far and wide! Scheduling based on availability of the host and station. Pre-recording at an earlier time is possible.
Enjoy a French Pastry Experience - a 2½ hour demonstration for four given by an award-winning instructor. You will learn how to make many desserts and receive the recipes to prepare at home! This package also includes a DVD of D.A. Pennebaker's ("Don't Look Back") "Kings of Pastry" and a signed copy of 'The Art of French Pastry' by award-winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer with mouth-watering photos by Paul Strabbing. All courtesy of the French Pastry School .
A French Pastry Quest$200
Continue your journey to discover the joys of French pastry through a Continuing Education Course from the French Pastry School. After selecting a specific area for instruction in pastry technique, students will receive the rare opportunity to learn in an intimate setting while being mentored by masters in their field.
Need a hand? Esperanza's Jeff Fenwick will wash your car, mow or rake your lawn, clean your garage, or help with any other general household cleaning chores you need done around your house. Jeff will provide 3 hours of general cleaning on a Saturday (date to be mutually arranged), transportation to the location (within 25 miles of Esperanza Community Services) and his own sunscreen. Winning bidder would provide any needed items such as lawnmower, rake, etc. Please no delicate ("heirloom dishes") requests, no roofs/gutters.
Not the pro soccer team! It's an autographed poster from the cast of the Chicago Fire television show!
Work Up an Appetite$35
Make working out a fun experience with two passes to the East Bank Club, considered the gold standard in the fitness club industry. This package also includes $50 toward lunch or dinner at Maxwell's , the sophisticated but casual restaurant at East Bank Club, offering a broad selection of delicious small plates, salads, entrées, desserts and wines.
Live healthy! This package includes a 1-month membership at any of Core Power Yoga fitness studios located throughout Chicago, along with a dinner for 4 (2 $25 gift cards) and a cookbook from Native Foods.
Training by Taylor$105
Ryan Taylor is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) - enjoy 3, one-hour personal sessions with Ryan. Head into summer looking your best!
Stretch, Sweat & Relax$95
Get a fresh outlook! This package includes a 2-month all access membership to Chicago Athletic Club AND 1 month of free yoga at Yoga Now. Reward yourself with a free 1 hour deep tissue massage at Yoga Now. You'll feel like a new person!
Colored pencil on paper, framed, by Esperanza artist Mark Germanos . Mark's work is characterized by areas of bold color and is often inspired by objects Mark encounters every day.
This pinata was created by hand by the participants of Esperanza. Load it with candy, OR display as a wonderful piece of art!
Peace Love Chocolate$175
Peace Love Chocolate mural by Lance Gustafson. Created live at For the Love of Chocolate, February, 2015 primarily wih Paasche Airbrush paints and equipment, over the course of 4 hours.
The Square.Live Item
The Square, by Debbie Bradley. 48" x 24". Acrylic and pencil. 2015. 48 inches high by 24 inches wide. Acrylic and pencil. 2015. Debbie is a participant in Esperanza's WorkReady program where she learns pre-vocational skills that are important to helping her grow her independence. In the WorkReady program, Debbie sometimes works as a barista at Esperanza, visiting offices and classrooms and selling coffee and tea as a way to help her continue developing customer service skills, as well as skills like teamwork. The Square took two months to complete, and is also the largest piece she's completed. It's a departure from the more organic style she usually works in, however her use of color helps to create the movement and energy which can be found in all of her work. Her process was thoughtful and involved laying out a grid with painter's tape. This is the most labor-intensive piece she's done.
Waldorf AstoriaLive Item
A Night at the Waldorf Astoria. The Waldorf Astoria is a AAA-rated Five Diamond Hotel - the highest rating of quality and luxury. Fewer than one half of one percent of all hotels achieve this status. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago is detailed to emulate the timeless glamour found in the grand hotels of Paris in the Twenties.Guest rooms are expansive, averaging 890 square feet, and feature fireplaces, furnished outdoor terraces, private bar, operable windows and multiple closet, White Carrera marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, separate showers and dual vanities, feather beds, lavish bath amenities and plush terry bathrobes. Complimentary access to the Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club, featuring a mosaic-tiled lap pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and fitness equipment. Includes brunch for 2 at Balsan, a sophisticated European bistro with a menu featuring classic dishes and interpretative American favorites built around fresh, local ingredients. Stake your claim to luxury
Dinosaur & ShakespeareLive Item
Two, behind-the-scenes tours of cultural powerhouses. First up: Dinosaur Hunter. Your group of 12 will receive a private tour led by a vertebrate fossil expert, through the back rooms and labs of the Field Museum. Visit the fossil prep lab and the Dinosaur and Oversize Collection area, which houses fossils of the most fearsome creatures ever to walk the earth. You'll hold the teeth, claws and fossils of species that haven't even been named yet! Time based on mutual agreement (days preferred), parking included. The Newberry is a bibliophile's Dream. President David Spadafora will lead your private tour for 6 people of the Newberry Library, including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the off-limits Stacks Building, a 10-story repository of countess rarities, including Shakespeare's first folio, antique and illuminated maps, and the first bible printed in the US. Time based on mutual agreement during normal hours (weekdays or Saturday, no Sundays).
Blackhawks Hat TrickLive Item
Blackhawks Hat Trick: A pair of tickets each for three games at the United Center Our 2013 champions have the Stanley Cup in their sights again. You can help them get there. Cheer them to victory from seats 14 & 15 of Section 106, Row 8 (aisle seats) during THREE GAMES at the United Center next season. These are great seats behind the goal. Winning bidder can connect with ticket donor around September to determine their three games.
Harvest DinnerLive Item
Up for auction is a beautiful 5-Course Autumn Harvest dinner for up to 6 guests held in the Bucktown showcase home of Wine Expert Damien Casten. Chef Aaron McKay will create a menu built on the foundation of a cuisine or theme that you love. Mr. Casten will then perfectly pair rare wines that evening from his incredible personal collection. Damien Casten is the warm, charming owner of Candid Wines where he has built an incredibly thoughtful house around his great passion for wine. He has a well rounded understanding of both wine & food especially their intimate relationship which was forged during his time in many prestigious Parisian kitchens. Aaron McKay is the endearing Executive Chef of the Blackstone Hotel. He has a massive understanding of intimate dinner parties having hosted many memorable groups in his home at his own supper club. He has a very notable pedigree including several years at Schwa and NoMI under Chef Carlson & Zimmerman. Date by mutual agreement.
Staycation and a ViewLive Item
Enjoy a decadent getaway without leaving town with 2 nights in a private condo on the 56th floor of the Aqua Building . Floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony give terrific views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, the Hancock Building, and thousands of twinkling lights! This is a great spot to watch the Saturday night fireworks from the pier. This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit (featuring one king bed) comes with access to lounge, gym, outdoor track, and your choice of indoor OR outdoor pool. Try both - you've got the place for two nights! You're steps from Millennium Park, the Pritzker Pavilion, the Art Institute, and Magnificent Mile shopping! This unit also comes with in-unit laundry and a kitchen, but you won't need either. Cleaning is included and you'll also enjoy dinners out with a $75 gift certificate to Hugo's Frog Bar and $100 to Sable Restaurant. Dessert is included-your hosts are including a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Parking included.
Wishbone DinnerLive Item
Wishbone dinner for 20: Your place or ours More than 20 years ago, he helped create the annual dinner that has become Celebrating Victories. Now, Chef Joel Nickson will prepare a fantastic meal for you and 19 of your closest friends and family. Enjoy the meal at Wishbone on Washington, or ask Chef Joel and his team to bring a catered meal to you. Includes food, bar set up and staffing (alcohol not included). Joel has been honing his craft since he was 15 years old, and has perfected a style he calls Southern Reconstruction Fare. Good through to January 1, 2016 and certain blackout dates will apply.
Secret Agent StyleLive Item
Every secret agent needs two things: impeccable style and a high-performance car. This package has you covered on both fronts. Start with a custom suit, including shirt, constructed just for you by Balani Custom Clothiers. Over 50 years of experience and a dedication to unparalleled quality and service is why Balani was been named one of the top 6 tailors in the world by JW Marriot magazine. From the fabric to the style to the finishing details, Balani will deliver a suit that is made just for you. Once you're dressed the part, get behind the wheel of your pick of dream car-a Porsche GT3, Lamborghini LP560 Gallardo, or Audi R-8, Nissan GT-R . You'll take it out on the track for a 3-lap supercar drive from Xtreme Xperience at the Autobahn Country Club, America's premier motorsports club, in Joliet on the weekend of July 10-12. You'll receive one 3-lap lead discovery ride along. A photo/video combo are included, so you have documented proof of your adventures!
Enjoy Napa ValleyLive Item
Napa Valley Backroads & Railways: You'll spend 3 nights at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, where you will enjoy 6 consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service as well as a 3-hour gourmet dinner for 2 on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a 36-mile trip to the village of St. Helena. You'll view the vineyards from a vintage (1915-15) restored Pullman Dining rail car. Your Meritage room will feature a plush beds, marble bath, and plasma TV. The Meritage Resort and Spa is situated on an eleven-acre private vineyard and offers an experience like no other for wine enthusiasts. Includes round trip airfare for two included to San Francisco or Oakland, CA, about 1.5 hours from Napa. Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase and Business and First Class upgrades are available. Taxes and a $25 per person processing fee are the responsibility of the purchaser. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's weeks.