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.