A little art therapy for a girls' night out in Chicago

Bring your own beverage and a little creative spirit for a fun night with friends

Arts N Spirits in Bucktown will make you feel like your painting belongs in the Art Institute.

By Alaina Buzas

Digital Content Editor

Chicagoland is home to plenty of creative studios where kids can learn, play and get a little messy, but where are the grown-ups supposed to go? More importantly, where can they go without kids and with their beverage of choice in hand?

Arts n Spirits in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood fulfilled my craving for a night of creativity, wine and some much needed stress-free time with a close friend.

We arrived early, which meant we were able to stake out what we thought was the best painting table-the one where nobody else could see our easels. We hadn't picked up a paintbrush for years and were a little scared of what might end up on our canvases.

Our fears disappeared after the first five minutes of class. With Arts n Spirits, you choose a date to attend and know ahead of time what you'll be painting.

At the class, you can follow along with the step-by-step instructions or go at your own pace with your own image. My class was painting a beach scene, but being a Midwestern girl, I opted out on the palm trees and added my own personal touches to my Lake Michigan shore instead.

The class had a very relaxed atmosphere, with music playing and a lot of chit-chat. I won't say I emerged with a newfound inspiration to become a professional artist, but I definitely had a dose of therapy.

Plus, now a beautiful beach scene painting-complete with a UFO-hangs in our Chicago Parent office.


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