Eat, Drink and Jam for a long weekend in Chicago

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$1,200 USD
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Jan 31, 2019 10:00 PM PST
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Drink (and sleep) at the Longman & Eagle

Drinking in Chicago has multiple origins, the most influential and oldest of which is the inn - an establishment that offered drinking, eating and sleeping options.

Longman & Eagle is a look back, reimagining this age-old concept through a contemporary lens, providing urban ‘travelers’ a refuge that appeals to a variety of senses - be they aesthetic, consumptive, culinary or restorative - done in a way that is accessible, considered and innovative. The sort of place where a man can get a shot with breakfast, where local politicians might trade votes for whiskey, and one that reflects Chicago’s unique neighborhood-based diversity. 

Jam from the VIP section at a show at Thalia Hall after dinner/drinks at michelin-starred Dusek's/Punch House.

Thalia Hall is a historic landmark located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. It was founded by John Dusek at the turn of the century as a neighborhood establishment. Dusek was a family man, a tavern owner, and a facilitator of the arts. He was a visionary, and the founding father of Thalia Hall.  

Dusek’s Board & Beer celebrates the enduring link between beer, food and hospitality. This neighborhood restaurant continues the tradition of pairing great food with beer: The brine of fresh-shucked shellfish meeting the toast of a Dry Stout, the salted smoke of cured meat balanced by the fruit esthers of a Belgian Dubbel, the complex spice of Vietnamese clay pot fish quenched by a crisp Pilsner. We pay homage to Mr. Dusek re-establishing the same neighborhood spirit to our corner ordinary where his family tavern once lived and breathed.

Punch House is located in the basement of Thalia Hall. It’s a bar inspired by the history and manufacture of this original communal beverage. Punch was originated by British merchant sailors in the middle 17th century.  Borrowing techniques from the Far East to extend rum rations, these punches allowed for an all-day drink with mitigated effect. The term ‘Punch’ is borrowed from the Hindi word ‘Panch’ (meaning five), referring to strong, weak, bitter, sour, and sweet, the five flavors balanced in a batch of proper punch.

John Dusek built Thalia Hall with the hopes of bringing arts and entertainment from Bohemia to play for his bohemian neighbors.  Architects Faber & Pagel, who modeled the hall after the Prague opera house, completed the public hall in 1892.  For over 7 decades the Hall was a beacon of the neighborhood community.  Thalia existed as one of the most ornate theaters of its times.  This opulence, which differentiated it from more traditional interior theaters, was granted landmark status in 1985.  Thalia Hall remained virtually untouched until the end of 2013, when we first began working on it.  Our goal was to restore Thalia to its original charm and character, to breath life into this community treasure, and to bring a wide array of music, community, and artistic events to the neighborhood it serves.

Two VIP tickets to Shedd Aquarium and an Extraordinary Experiences Behind the Scenes Tour

Shedd combines the best of early 20th-century “age of aquariums” characteristics—a diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture—with 21st-century advances in animal care, environments and interpretation. Excellence and innovation are Shedd traditions. Enjoy VIP access to the Aquarium, Wild Reef Shark Exhibit, Oceanarium show and special exhibits. See Shedd from the perspective of our animal care staff during a 60-minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. At the animal healthcare center, you’ll see how preventive care and innovative water-quality practices keep the animals healthy. Then you’ll go behind the galleries to view the aquarium from a new angle, see where nutritious meals are prepared for some of our 32,000 animals and witness Shedd Aquarium at work.

Two tickets to any show at the Empty Bottle.
In 1992 the Empty Bottle started out as a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park) where you could get any one of nine beers for a buck-fifty or less, play pool for 50 cents, and find everything from Monster Magnet to Bill Monroe on the jukebox. On Halloween of 1993, we moved two blocks up the street and threw open the doors to our new, sound-equipped, slightly larger hole with three nights of great shows, culminating with a SCRAWL performance that could have been a scene out of "Carrie." We've done a bunch of shows since then; in fact, we've been anything but empty these last 20 or so years, thanks to the same low prices, lack of attitude, and dedicated regulars that made the original bar such a success.


Feast on Chicago's best neighborhood fare at Revival Food Hall
Revival Food Hall is an all-local dining concept spotlighting the best of Chicago’s acclaimed culinary scene under one roof. The massive, 24,000 square foot marketplace is located in the heart of Chicago’s central business district, on the ground floor of The National – a restoration of a historic 1907 Daniel Burnham-designed 20-story building. This cornerstone of The Loop neighborhood opened in 2016, and boasts 15 fast-casual stalls featuring many of Chicago’s favorite neighborhood restaurants in a grab-and-go setting, plus a handful of all-new concepts debuting from several acclaimed Chicago chefs.


Special Instructions

3 nights at the Longman & Eagle:
Room 13 or 43 (3 nights) and brunch ($50 gift card). Winning bidder will work with donor to determine availability - 2-3 month lead-time preferred.
Gift card for dinner/drinks at Dusek's/Punch House ($150)
Revival Food Hall: 
Gift card to Revival Food Hall ($100)
*only open  Monday-Friday for planning purposes
Thalia Hall/Dusek's:
2 VIP tickets to a concert at Thalia Hall
Empty Bottle: 
2 tickets to any show at the Empty Bottle
Shedd Aquarium: 
2 VIP tickets to Shedd Aquarium and an Extraordinary Experiences Behind the Scenes Tour  ($250)
*Ages 10 years and older.  Guests ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older
this item DOES NOT include airfare to and from Chicago