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Bottle & Bottega: A Relaxing Way to Paint the Day Away

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What better to go with that urge of artistic expression of yours than a nice glass of wine? Apparently I’m not the only person who thought they were the perfect pairing, as a little studio called Bottle & Bottega in Evanston provides aspiring artists with the environment that allows them to learn great techniques while offering them a nice elegant beverage on the side. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or an evening and really develops you as an artist. I saw the place on a drive down Davis St. in Evanston and wondered what it was, and with a quick search I found a great party location for ainters.

Truly Hands-On

Bottle & Bottega got its start in Chicago, but has since begun expanding nationally, with 5 locations in the Chicagoland area including La Grange and Glen Ellyn. I’m planning on attending one of their parties myself, but it looks like they really provide hands-on instruction to help you grow artistically. It also seems like a great way to meet new people, have some great conversation, and make friends in the area.

If you have kids, you can still enjoy the studios with them because Bottle & Bottega has children’s parties in addition to adult public, private and corporate parties. You can attend the adult parties if you’re 18, but no wine for you unless you meet the 21+ criteria. The process of signing up for a party is also simple. You simply pick a location, look at the calendar of scheduled events and pick the one that works best for you. Each event has the price listed—which is a reasonable $35 for the most part—and all you have to do is click the register button and sign up.

Want to have a painting party outside the studio with a group of friends or co-workers who share your artistic sensibilities? Well guess what, they cater too! Certain venues in Skokie, Evanston and orthbrook, including the Bar Louie in Skokie, will allow you to have painting lessons and beverage packages catered for special events.

I’ve scheduled a 6-9pm Public Painting Party event for next month, so I’m excited to try this place out for myself. Here’s one of the more Van Gogh-esque (ish) paintings done there, as a nice example of what you can accomplish within a few hours of sipping and painting:

bottle & bottega painting evanston