Conveniently located “just beyond the city limits” of Chicago rests the 62 south/southwest suburbs known as the Chicago Southland. Whether you are looking for exciting historic downtown shopping sprees, wonderful arts and culture, religious or historic itineraries, the Chicago Southland has it all.

Enjoy great art, along with cooking demonstrations and classes on a two-day culinary experience. Your group will experience the thrill of watching magnificent works of art being created by the world famous Lotton family, “Raise your spirits” at a Frankfort Spirits tour and tasting event, enjoy the culinary art of cooking with renowned Chefs at Moraine Valley Community College and take in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile packed with things to do and see, including Chicago’s best attractions and more than 50 landmark structures.

Stop 1
Lotton Art Glass Studio & Gallery

Photo: Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios
Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios, Crete, IL

The studios of Charles Lotton began in 1970 with prayers and dreams when Charles began in his backyard, teaching himself the art of glassblowing. Today, you can find Charles experimenting with some of the most breathtaking colors in the world. Watch the unique process as Charles, or a member of his team, works on a piece of art starting with sand. Today Charles’ works grace hundreds of museum collections.

Stop 2
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café

Photo: Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Burbank, IL

Enjoy lunch and demonstration with Chuck at Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe. Chuck Pine spent 2.5 years at Topolobampo under the tutelage of Rick Bayless before striking out on his own, opening a small barbecue shack in Burbank. If you haven’t been to Chuck’s, you’re missing out on one of Chicago’s most inspired blend of Mexican, Cajun-Creole, good old southern cookin’ and the BEST slow cooked smoked barbecue you’ve ever had!

Stop 3
Frankfort Spirits

Photo: Frankfort Spirits
Frankfort Spirits, Frankfort, IL

Your group will experience Emil Stimple Straight Bourbon & Verdict Vodka at Frankfort Spirits at CD & ME in Frankfort. “Raise your spirits” in the Chicago Southland at a Frankfort Spirits tour and tasting event. Tour the distillery, learn about tasting spirits and what makes craft spirits special and then explore and taste sensational cocktails.

Stop 4
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Photo: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Naperville, IL

Enjoy handcrafted wine and modern casual dining at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. The concept is unique — a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with Cooper’s Hawk’s wines, made in their private winery. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store —all under one roof.

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tobie Fitzpatrick, Tour Market Manager