Adventures with Friends

Do you ever want to get together with friends and tend to hear the words "let's get drinks!"? I have to be honest, as someone who hasn't drank alcohol in over 3 years, this is always the last thing I want to hear. Don't get me wrong, I don't have an issue with it but sometimes it's nice to have another option available. So today, I want to share a few ideas for a nice friends day out that doesn't require going to the bar!

one | FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP

How cool would it be to learn how to arrange flowers from the pros, and have a beautiful arrangement to take home with you at the end? Forget Me Knodt in Uptown offers a variety of classes from floral design to terrarium-making and they're also BYOB, making it fun for everyone. I think this would be a really fun bridal shower idea!

two | TERRARIUM WORKSHOP

Sprout Home offers terrarium workshops for the avid plant lover. This one is definitely high on my list, because a lot of my friends are also addicted to acquiring green friends and enjoy digging around in the dirt.

three | LEARN A CREATIVE SKILL

Ever want to learn something new but don't want to do it alone? There are so many places around Chicago that offer drop-in or group classes. Penguin Foot Pottery has some great open studio options for learning how to make pottery, and Lillstreet up in Ravenswood also hosts many cool classes for creatives.

four | LEARN TO FLY

This one might not be for the faint of heart, but the Chicago Trapeze School offers classes using the trampoline, silks and trapeze. I think it would be a cool way to try something new and test your boundaries if you're feeling adventurous!  If you prefer to work out with friends, ClassPass in Chicago is a great way to utilize a variety of classes around Chicago!

five | VOLUNTEER

Whether you're into plants, pets, kids, the environment or politics, there are so many great organizations around the city eager for volunteers. PAWS Chicago is an amazing organization cares for animals in need of homes, and the Garfield Park Conservatory is also usually looking for extra hands in their gardens and programs.