Arts N Spirits
1921 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, Arts n Spirits offers a number of classes where you can learn how to paint while sipping your favorite beverage. Many of the classes are themed and have included classes focusing on painting Chicago’s famed skyline and sunsets. The venue is BYOB, too, so bring a bottle of wine to sip while painting. Arts n Spirits is also available for private parties, including bachelor and bachelorette parties and birthdays, and has family days once per month. If you’re interested in attending a particular class, it is advisable to register in advance. Drop-in times are also available.
717 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
If you’re in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and feel the need to create some art, consider checking out the studio of Glazed Expressions. The BYOB studio offers a number of pieces of pottery that you can paint, including plates, pots, animal figurines, bowls, pitchers and so much more. After painting a piece, it is glazed and cooked in a kiln, and will be ready for you to pick up in about a week. The studio is also available for children to use, and can be used for parties, too.
Sip & Paint
4412 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Head out to the Jefferson Park neighborhood and sign up for a BYOB paint-and-sip class at Sip & Paint. The classes have included painting the winter skyline, and public classes are available. You can also plan your next soiree at Sip & Paint if you’d like to try something a bit different. Instructions and art supplies are included, so you can unleash the painter in you while spending an evening out with friends.
Sip & Splash
1324 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
With an empty canvas, some paint and instructions from a local teacher, you can create a masterpiece of your own at Sip & Splash. The studio, located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, offers an assortment of three-hour classes, where you’re invited to sip a favorite beverage while painting. Veteran-owned Sip & Splash is available for private classes, and children’s classes are available as well. The studio is BYOB, and you can check out the artwork created in previous classes by checking out the studio’s social media pages.
1944 Lehigh Ave., Studio E
Glenview, IL 60026
Don’t worry, you can still let loose and paint to your heart’s content in the ‘burbs, too. At Tipsy Paint in the North Shore suburb of Glenview, you can sign up for an instructional class so you can hone your skills while having some fun. The studio also offers open hours, so you can paint without attending a class if that’s more your style, and it is available for private events, too. Tipsy Paint is BYOB, so pack your favorite bottle of wine for this unique experience.
Heads up: Don’t forget to pack a glass and a corkscrew if you’re bringing your own beverage, as well as an ID for proof of age. You should also plan to wear clothes that can withstand a paint stain or three. Finally, plan to consult the studio to see what type of alcohol is allowed, as well as when you are allowed to bring a bottle.
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