Monday, May 16, 2011

Hey Chicago!

Looking for something fun to do in the city?

I have an idea that will suit just about anyone—a visit to a place called
Arts n Spirits! Located in the heart of the Bucktown neighborhood, this shop opened its doors only recently, but has already managed to become one of the trendiest and most popular spots to hit in the Windy City!

So what is the story behind "Arts n Spirits?" Here goes: The concept is fun, stress-free, instructional painting accompanied by alcohol (bring your own, please!), music and dancing!

I know, what you're thinking: Why didn't I think of this?! It's brilliant!!

To sign up, simply go online to view
the shop's schedule; you pick a class based on the painting posted on the calendar. Then, when you reach the facility on the day of your class, co-owner Jessica Hess walks the class, step-by-step, through how to create that particular

Don't like the colors in that painting? No problem! If you prefer purple to a yellow background because it matches your living room, then go for it! You can customize the painting as much or 
as little as you like. And the facility provides all of the materials—a 16 X 20 canvas, paint, easels, aprons, etc.

To liven up the atmosphere (and wear down your inhibitions) there is music (which sometimes leads to dancing!) to get the creative juices flowing. And the B.Y.O.B. option is just a little "liquid encouragement" for those who are nervous about picking up a paintbrush!

In my best Chandler Bing: "Could this be more fun?!"

Thinking of signing up? Arts n Spirits has something for everyone! They offer private events (birthday parties, bachelorette parties, etc.), fundraisers and even "Family Day" on Sundays at 2 p.m. They also have a small retail shop featuring handbags, jewelry, scarves, wine glasses and platters. Everything is 20 percent off if you're taking a class that night!

Booze, music, painting, shopping and dancing? Where do I sign up?  Better yet, can I just move in?

And if you're doubting your ability, don't! Look at the gallery of what these folks painted with the help of a little instruction. Pretty impressive, if you ask me!

So, if you're like me and have an empty wall that needs some personal, creative expression, head on over to Arts n Spirits! Grab some friends and sign up! Or make a date night of it! You will have so much fun! And you'll have something to show off to friends and family that you created! The paintings even make great gifts (hint, hint: Father's Day is coming up!).

Arts n Spirits: Laugh, Drink, Paint. Sign up now before classes fill up! Don't believe me? Check out the reviews for yourself. And last but not least, don't forget to bring your "juiceboxes!"


Anonymous said...

Nice post, can't wait to check this place out! thanks Kristin!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow... Didn't know we had such a place in Chicago. What a great concept. Definitely will get a party together here this summer. Thanks for heads up!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been there and Jess turned me into a painter! I would definitely check it out!