Unique Local Experiences ™

Memorable things to do hosted by local experts


Try Your Hand at Cartooning With an Emmy Nominated Filmmaker

No drawing experience is necessary for this unique creativity workshop with the multi-talented Steven Fischer. Develop your original, personal story through drawing - using a range of writing and drawing exercises to develop characters, locations and themes. Along the way, explore the philosophy and psychology of inspiration, cartoon art, creativity and storytelling.

Saturday, September 10, 2016        
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.    
Sugar Grove Campus                

Experience a Psychic Intuitive Gathering - Hawaiian Style

Get a sneak peek into your future with a personal reading from metaphysics expert Jana Drake. Then, learn how to do intuitive readings in the Hawaiian Huna tradition for yourself and others. You’ll receive a Huna Token Casting Kit and etched glass talisman to keep.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016                    
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  
Sugar Grove Campus                                     

Make Better Coffee at Home

There’s a reason why coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world – it’s eye-opening and delicious (if you make it right)! The experts at FreshGround Roasting lead this unique opportunity to learn how coffee is grown and processed and the four best at-home brewing methods that will revolutionize your morning cup o'joe.

Thursday, September 29, 2016           
7 – 8:30 p.m.      
FreshGround Roasting, Geneva                    

Explore the Art of Wine Making

Experience the fine art of making your own delicious wine from start-to-finish. It’ all about fermentation, stabilization, clearing, selecting corks, bottling – and of course, creativity! Led by the experts at the Fox Valley Homebrew & Winery Supplies, you’re sure to have a good time and will be prepared to make wine at home.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016                
3 – 5 p.m.    
Fox Valley Homebrew & Winery Supplies, Aurora        

Craft Your Own Cocktails

Master the art and science of mixology with classically trained bartender and owner of Stockholm’s restaurant and brewery in Geneva - Michael Olesen. After an introduction to basic bar techniques, terminology and trends, you’ll explore the science behind flavor combinations as you mix your own cocktails to sample (and share). Spirits, mixers and juices are provided. The cocktail shaker is yours to keep.

Sunday, October 2, 2016                      
3 – 4:30 p.m.    
Stockholm’s, Geneva            

Create and Enjoy an All-Natural Facial Treatment

Skin care never tasted so good! Enjoy this hands-on experience with licensed esthetician and the owner of The Skin You’re In, Catherine India, as she shows you how to prepare customized facials from a variety of readily available natural foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, berries, lemons, avocados and more. Leave with the know-how to mix up your own purifying facials at home.

Saturday, October 8, 2016                
9 – 11:30 a.m.    
The Skin You’re In, Aurora                    

Hunt for Ghosts with a World-Renowned Paranormal Expert

Join Chris Fleming after his evening lecture for an overview of ghost hunting techniques and a trek around the Waubonsee campus to look for spirits of the dead.

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 -9:30 p.m. (times are approximate)
Sugar Grove Campus, Auditorium

Learn the Secrets of Beautiful Gift Wrapping

Craft specialist Paula “Charlie” Sabbia is ready to show you how to swear off generic gift bags and tissue paper forever! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to learn the basic skills of gift wrapping and produce perfectly executed corners, make simple bows and wrap those oddly shaped items. Feel free to bring your own gifts and wrapping supplies or practice on an assortment of materials provided.

Thursday, November 3, 2016            
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Campus
$29  Bring a friend! Only $39 (for two)

Stay Warm with a Handcrafted Wrap!

Keep warm and cozy this winter with your very own handcrafted hand warmer, neck gaiter, scarf or blanket. Enjoy a quiet time with friends as you create a perfect holiday gift for a loved one; complete with cookies and drinks. No prior crochet experience is necessary to join the fun and once you master the basic single crochet stitch, you’ll be able to make projects for years to come.

Saturday, November 5, 2016            
10 – 12:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Campus

Amaze Your Friends and Family this Holiday with Creatively Wrapped Gifts

Be ready to hear, “but, it’s too pretty to open” over and over again this holiday season. Craft specialist Paula “Charlie” Sabbia is ready to show you how to pleat paper, embellish with bows and ribbons, and decorate packages with ornamentations, floral sprays and holiday greenery. Feel free to bring your own gifts and wrapping supplies or practice on an assortment of materials provided.

Thursday, November 10, 2016            
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Campus

Make Delicious Holiday Sweet Treats That Impress

Be prepared to impress at your next holiday event! Indulge your love for everything sweet as you try your hand at cake and cupcake decorating as well as learning how to melt and mold colorful candies. It’s sure to be a fun time and easier than you think to make decorative, delicious treats. Take your goodies home to enjoy later!

Saturday, November 19, 2016                
10:00 a.m. – noon
PME School of Cake Decorating & Confectionery Art, Aurora                    

Have a Seasonally Unique Experience!

Make Adorable Seasonal Needle Felted Crafts with Acclaimed Fiber Artist Natasha Lewis. No previous experience necessary! Perfect for the novice crafter, needle felting is easy to learn.

Delightful Fall Felted Pumpkins

Create perfect autumn décor for home and hearth using wool and needle felting techniques!  From their life-like ridges, tendrils and stems to the sweet-smelling surprise of apple mulling spices tucked inside, the 6-inch pumpkins you’ll create are fall memory makers worth celebrating.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
1 – 3 p.m.
Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Studio, Big Rock

Cute Felted Twiggy Reindeer

Learn how to shape and sculpt wool into felt while ringing in the holidays with an adorable woodland reindeer. From his twiggy legs and bittersweet berry antlers, to his red nose and perky tail, he’s oh-so-cute and simple to create.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Campus

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Unless otherwise specified, Unique Local Experiences ™ are intended for those 18 and above. Must be at least 21 to attend any experience that includes alcohol.

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