Urban Eco Adventure$450
Enjoy an amazing adventure with friends and a lovely weekend for you and your special someone. First, REI leads you and 9 of your friends on a breath-taking guided kayak adventure. See the Chicago River the way the "big fish" do and enjoy a brand new perspective of the awesome architecture and beautiful unexpected natural surroundings. Later, treat your closest companion to a special weekend of delicious food at California Pizza Kitchen and Summer House, (4) passes to The Field Museum and a 2-night stay at the Holiday Inn at The Mart, overlooking the river.
Grab 9 of your most adventurous and eco-conscious friends and enjoy two amazing experiences. First, REI leads you and 9 of your friends on a breath-taking guided kayak adventure. See the Chicago River the way the "big fish" do and enjoy a brand new perspective of the awesome architecture and beautiful unexpected natural surroundings. After your kayak adventure, head up to Uncommon Ground for a tour for 10 of their farm-certified organic rooftop! Later, treat your closest companions to a special weekend of delicious food at California Pizza Kitchen and Summer House, four passes to The Shedd Aquarium and a 2-night stay at the luxury eco-friendly Hotel Felix.
Tourist in your Town$120
Be a tourist in your own town with your plus one with a collection of Chicago's most fun and unique tours. First, enjoy all the pizza you can eat on the bus-guided Chicago Pizza Tour. This daytime foodie adventure features behind-the-scenes looks at several restaurants off the beaten Mag-Mile path. After you've had your fill of pizza, it's on to the Chicago Beer Experience, which offers top-rated and locally-owned Chicago neighborhood bar tours with tastings of several unique Chicagoan or Midwestern craft beers. Finally, burn off all the extra beer and pizza calories with a bicycle tour lead by Bobby's Bike Hike, the #1 tour company on Tripadvisor!
Camp in Style$875
Looking to enjoy all that nature has to offer? Look no further! REI is offering some of their finest camping equipment for all your outdoor camping adventures. And prepare your campfire and dine el fresco on an array of delicious food you purchased with your $500 Mariano's gift card! Camping Equipment includes: -(1) Base camp tent for (4) with footprint -(1) men's flash lightweight down sleeping bag -(1) women's flash lightweight down sleeping bag (sleeping bags zip together, one left, one right) -(2) durable, BPA-free, polypropylene table sets -(2) BPA-free nalgene bottles -(2) backpacker pillows -(2) flash insulated air sleeping pads -(1) campware teflon-coated aluminum cookset with 4.7L pot, 3.2L pot, 2 frying pans that double as pot lids, gripper handle
Do you love a great whiskey? So does Koval Distillery. Grab 24 of your friends and head to their Ravenswood distillery where their staff will explain the differences between white and aged whiskey, the subtle intricacies of distillation, and the delicious beauty of small-batch spirits.And, after the tour, you can help yourself to tasting of their signature style -- a "brighter, cleaner" take on whiskey.
Center of the Earth$1,575
This is absolutely your last chance to take advantage of this amazing truly one of a kind experience before the reservoir is filled this summer. This adventure must be taken only during weekdays within the upcoming weeks. Begin your journey for up to 30 people on your own private Grayline bus from downtown Chicago to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's Thornton Composite Reservoir. After donning hard hats and reflective vests, you and your grateful guests will descend to the bottom of the reservoir, 300 feet below ground level. During your incredible 1.5 hour journey, you will receive a first-hand, guided experience viewing the unique engineering system that has been heralded as a "model urban water management tool" worldwide. Bring your camera for this once in a lifetime adventure! This awe-inspiring odyssey will make for a truly memorable event and a special occasion for friends, family or colleagues. Don't miss out!
Rejoice in a Retreat$575
First, prepare for a lovely evening and overnight out with a 60-minute massage and a pedicure at Blueberry Moon Spa. Enjoy dinner for two with a $125 gift card for the new Labriola Ristorante & Café on Michigan Avenue then head to the Auditorium Theatre for a performance by the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet. And, no need to drive far when you have an executive room at the gorgeous river-edge Langham Hotel with overnight parking - and breakfast for 2 in the morning!
Entertain on the River$1,200
Enjoy two amazing river-centric experiences while wowing your friends. These are two events that will make very memorable special occasions. First, entertain up to 30 lucky people at a catered cocktail party in the Friends of the Chicago River's unique and historic Bridgehouse Museum located in the Southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Then, invite up to 20 of your favorite people on an autumn evening tour of the Chicago River on your own private water taxi. Sip on a glass of wine or enjoy a frosty beer while your captain guides you through Chicago's beautiful downtown setting.
Host a Wine Tasting$430
Always wanted to host a wine tasting? Let PRP Wines bring the wines to you! Invite 15 of your friends to join you as you host a wonderful wine-tasting experience. PRP's knowledgeable wine consultant will bring several different, delectable wines for you to taste and enjoy, suggest best foods to pair and serve with them, and share wine pairing ideas, recipes and suggestions for each wine you taste. Sample a variety and find your new favorite!
Night on the Town$300
Grab 3 of your closest friends using your $100 giftcard for a spectacular dinner at the Michelin-starred and newly remodeled Boka restaurant. After dinner, head up the street to Steppenwolf, the nation's premier ensemble theater, for a "thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking" performance.
Downtown Double Date$170
Go out on a super double-date or a fantastic friends' foursome! First, take in the latest buzz-worthy movie with four tickets to AMC theatres. Get to know Chicago's best-known (and secret!) architectural gems on a Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour. Challenge each other in an exciting and informative scavenger hunt from Stray Boots. Take in a fresh, modern and delicious dining experience at Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Bridge Tenders Wanted$325
Ever wonder what goes on inside those beautiful Chicago River bridgehouses? Find out on this behind-the-scenes tour where you and 3 guests will have the chance to play Bascule Bridge Tender. Perfect for an unforgettable special event or a truly unique outing, you and your guests will observe the bridgelift operations by accompanying the Bridge Operators of the State, Dearborn and Lake Street bridges during the Fall 2015 inbound boat run. After watching three huge bridges touch the sky and come back into place, enjoy a delicious lunch on the river at Bridge House Tavern. Bonus: Also includes a DVD of the documentary "Chicago Drawbridges" by Patrick McBriarty, which chronicles the importance of the bridges to the development of the Windy City.
Redmoon, Cupcakes, RPM$440
Don't wait until the last minute to plan the perfect holiday weekend escape! Enjoy a fabulous dinner at the sleek and modern RPM Italian restaurant followed by the sweet and whimsical Winter Pageant at Redmoon Theatre. But don't head home because you've got a 2-night stay at The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (with a choice of breakfast or lunch in LB Bistro Patisserie). Escape the freezing winter cold with 2 passes to the Field Museum and, to appease your jealous friends, take 2-dozen Sprinkles cupcakes to your next holiday party! Keep the weekend for yourself - or give it as the perfect gift!
Craft Beer Tasting$220
New to the craft beer trend? Not sure where to start? You and seven friends can join Sheffield's craft beer expert for a private, guided craft beer tasting at their Lakeview location! Sample several local and national craft beers and decide on your new favorite.
Wild River Tour$900
Sit back, relax, listen and learn while enjoying a glass of wine and some hors d'oeurves as the Field Museum's Josh Engle leads you and 9 of your guests on an amazing 2-hour boat tour. See Chicago's fascinating wildlife in our midst while riding on the beautiful vintage wooden boat, the Robert Allan II. It's the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or just to spend a balmy day on the Chicago River.
Party on the River$625
Invite your friends to an extraordinary party they won't forget. Entertain up to 30 lucky people at a casual, catered party in the Friends of the Chicago River's unique and historic Bridgehouse Museum located in the Southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Enjoy some cold beer and a delicious pulled-pork sandwich while taking in a Bears game, enjoying your favorite movie, or dancing to your favorite party jams. Perfect for a special occasion or a unique business outing with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.
Witness the unbelievable sight of a massive downtown bridge lifting up in front of your eyes and watch the bridge gears spin to operate this massive structure. Enjoy a Corner Bakery catered breakfast for 30 in the Friends of the Chicago River's unique and historic Bridgehouse Museum located in the Southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, our beautiful Bridgehouse Museum is the perfect setting to watch the Fall 2015 inbound boat run with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Chicago's most famous movable bridges. Expires 10/31/15.
Tour, Cocktails & Art$500
Invite 14 friends on an exciting trolley tour of Chicago that ends with your own private art gallery event! Enjoy a private tour of the magnificent Ed Paschke Art Center and a cocktail party catered by Spritzology. This exclusive, after-hours event, featuring the eye-popping art of Chicago's own Ed Paschke, is sure to keep your guests talking for years to come.
Urban Kayak Adventure$390
Get on the river in kayaks with 11 of your river-faring friends and take a 2-hour tour of Chicago's Downtown Canyon! Enjoy the City's amazing architecture the way the ducks do and learn some fun historical facts on this owner-led private paddling excursion, graciously donated by Urban Kayaks.
Lagunitas Brewing Co$500
If you love a solid, high-quality beer, you'll love Lagunitas, one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the country. Lagunitas invites you and nine of your friends to tour their new brewing facility in Chicago, opened in 2014, and sample some of their beers. After the tour and tasting, feel free to order in some food and enjoy it in their new tap room! You'll also receive 1 case of their delicious signature IPA, a T-Shirt to spill it on, 2 Mason Jars to drink it out of, 20 Coasters, 4 Posters, and a Bottle Opener!
Picnic on the River$420
We've found the perfect way to spend a beautiful summer afternoon! Grab nine of your friends and take your own electric boat on a relaxing river-ride. With delicious boxed lunches provided by Food for Thought catering, you and your guests will be able to enjoy all the beauty and excitement the river has to offer.
Let's go White Sox!$300
The ultimate package for the ultimate White Sox fan! Enjoy 2 amazing lower box seats to the home game of your choice as well as 4 lower box seats to the Tuesday, September 8th game versus the Cleveland Indians. And don't forget your baseball signed by Alexei Ramirez!
Wine Lover's Dozen$1,120
Love a great bottle of wine? Planning on hosting some dinner parties? Think there's no better gift than the gift of wine? Then this is the package for you! We have an unbelievable collection of 12 bottles of wine, some valued at $200, to add to your cellar.
Revolution Brewing Co$350
Start your beer revolution with Chicago's own award-winning brewery, Revolution Brewing! Founded as a brewpub in 2010 in the Logan Square neighborhood, Revolution has received awards from the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, and Time Out Chicago, among others. Revolution wants to give you and nine of your friends a private tour of their brewery, $75 to put towards delicious beer and food at their brewpub, and two 22-ounce bottles of their beer to take home.
Playful with Pippin!$500
See the unforgettable new production of Pippin! at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Start your evening with a tasting menu for two at the very new and very unique 70s-inspired restaurant Brass Monkey. Then you're on your way to enjoy the "eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" Pippin!, winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. But don't head home after the show -- head to the über cool Hard Rock Hotel where you'll have a one-night stay with free parking.
Perfect Lakeview Pair$200
Lakeview is the perfect neighborhood for a fun evening out. Grab three of your friends and head to Fish Bar, a cozy seafood joint serving fresh fish and refreshing cocktails. Then laugh the night away at ComedySportz Chicago, the city's hilarious and longest running short form improv comedy show.
If you consider yourself a foodie, you'll love everything this package has to offer. Enjoy five of Chicago's best and hottest restaurants including the new and popular Shake Shack; the rustic Italian Vinci restaurant; the sleek and modern Beatrix; South Branch, with scenic riverside views; and chic Italian spot, Stella Barra.
Dinner on the lake$240
Enjoy dinner for two aboard the beautiful and newly renovated Odyssey cruise ship! Watch skyscrapers drift past as music fills the air and you enjoy your delicious and creative entrees, served right to your table. And, the recent $2 million interior and exterior renovation feature three chic climate-controlled decks with LED lighting and a lit dance floor; a refreshed wine list and expanded microbrew selection; new plated menu with gluten-free and vegetarian dishes and a relaxing rooftop lounge with modern deck furniture.
MillerCoors HQ Party$420
Get ready for the ultimate happy hour! You will be the host of a party for up to 30 people at MillerCoors downtown headquarters pub, overlooking the river at Jackson and Wacker. Come enjoy some MillerCoors beer on the best river-facing elevated beer garden in the city. Feel free to bring in munchies for your guests - MillerCoors has a great list of approved caterers to pick from if you want to go all out.
Derrick Rose Ball$235
Are you a huge fan of the Bulls and Derrick Rose? Know a family member or friend who is? Be sure to snag this awesome basketball signed by Derrick Rose for the perfect piece of Bulls history to add to your collection -- or give as a gift!
Dinner with the Burkes$500
Imagine the dinner conversation that can be had at this once in a lifetime opportunity. You and your 5 thrilled guests will have dinner with Alderman Edward Burke, Alderman of the 14th Ward of the City of Chicago and Chair of the City Council's Committee on Finance, and his wife Anne Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the First Judicial District at their home. A truly memorable and special evening is guaranteed.