Best Gift Experiences in Chicagoland

What to get the person who has EVERYTHING?  A gift experience, of course!  It isn’t something that will clutter up the house and will create fun, lasting memories for your loved one. Here are my top picks for some unique and one of a kind gift experiences in Chicagoland that is perfect for just about EVERYONE on your list. Even better? These Chicagoland gift experiences are at different price points so you can make just about anything fit your holiday budget–and tag along for the fun, too!


Chicagoland Gangster Tour. Starting at $30.

Private Revolution Brewery Tour, including visits to the Tap Room. Starting at $50.

Koval Whisky Distillery Tour. Starting at $10.

Art and Jewelry making classes at One Strange Bird. Starting at $25.

Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago. Starting at $25.

Wrigley Field Tour. Starting at $25–$35 for the Ivy, Dugout visit!


Indoor Skydiving in either Rosemont or Naperville. Starting at $72.

Chicago River Kayacking and Architectural Tour. Starting at $65.

Weber Grilling Academy Classes. Starting at $85.

Chicago skyline cruises with brunch, lunch, or dinner served. Starting at $53.

Private Glassblowing Class at Chicago Ignite. Starting at $100 per couple.


Lincolnshire Marriott Spa Day. Starting at $100.

Swimming with the Beluga Whales at the Shedd Aquarium–Families can sleep over at the Shedd, too! Starting at $200.

NASCAR Stock car ride along at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Starting at $109.

Hot air balloon ride. Starting at $249.

Chicago Blues Tour for a pair to tour numerous lounges and historic Blues venues. Starting at $248.


Gift experiences for kids? I have them covered, too. Check out my top gift picks.

Happy Gifting!


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  1. Michelle says

    I have several people on my list that I still need to buy a Christmas gift for and they have everything already . I think giving them a new experience such as a cooking class is a great idea and I thank you for this list . Happy holidays !

  2. Tammilee Tips says

    I love the idea of a gift experience to give! We have taken cooking classes before and loved them. I had been stumped on what to get my husband so this is the perfect inspiration for me.

  3. Echo says

    I can’t even imagine swimming with a beluga whale! How magical would that be?! I bet the skyline tour or hot air balloon ride would be amazing too! What a great list of experiences!

    • Amanda says

      The Beluga Whale encounter was truly the most magnificent thing I have ever done. They are such beautiful and gentle creatures.

  4. Simeon K says

    What a great list. Swimming with the Beluga whales seems exciting. I am sure if someone gives you this experience, you will never forget it.

  5. Jon Kayaker says

    I am interested in the indoor skydiving and the hot air balloon rides. Getting old, have to be adventurous for the good healthy days left in my life. Hahhaah. Thanks for the suggestion.

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