Stems & Steins- Norwood Park Historical Society

September 10

5624 N. Newark
Chicago,il. 60631

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Help support Chicago’s Oldest Home while enjoying drinks at this neighborhood event! This fund-raiser includes 3.5 hours of unlimited wine or beer tastings, with 50 beers or 50 wines available for $55 (when purchased before Sept. 1, 2016).

Treat yourself to hors d’oeuvres, pretzels and mustard, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, a silent auction, instant-win raffle, and entertainment on the expansive grounds of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House.

The event features a huge silent auction and instant-win raffle with items such as restaurant gift certificates, wine or beer baskets and gifts, sports memorabilia, wine collections, dance and theater tickets, lessons, beer collections, and many other items. Raffle tickets are 2 for $5, 4 for $10, or 10 for $20 (cash only). The silent auction and raffle close at 6 p.m.

You can order each of the wines or beers you taste from the liquor vendor, Foremost Liquor Center, at the end of the evening. A $20 cash deposit is required to place an order.

Attendees must be 21 to enter. No children allowed. All reservations will be held at will-call at the door. Absolutely no refunds.



How much does it cost, and what does it include?

Registration/tickets are $55 until Aug. 31; the price rises to $65 on Sept. 1. Admission includes either 50 wine or beer tastings, sumptous hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Silent auction opening bid prices vary. Raffle tickets are 2 for $5, 4 for $10, or 10 for $20.

Can I buy a ticket at the door on Sept. 10?

A very limited number of walk-up tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. $65 per attendee, cash or check only (check made payable to Norwood Park Historical Society). In past years, there have been 20 to 25 tickets available the day of the event.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You must be 21 (and able to prove it) to attend. All Illinois Liquor Control BASSET laws are followed, which means you must have proper identification to show your age.

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

Nearest CTA Blue Line stop: Harlem. CTA bus routes: 68 Northwest Highway and 86 Narragansett. Metra Union Pacific-Northwest stop: Norwood Park. Ample (unmetered and unzoned) street parking on Bryn Mawr Avenue. The event organizers can call you a taxi if you feel you have had too much to drink at the end of the event.

What can’t I bring to the event?

You may not bring external food or drink, anyone under the age of 21, or weapons of any kind.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the organizer at

Is my registration/ticket transferrable or refundable?

You may not transfer your registration/ticket to anyone else. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, however check-in will go much quicker if you do!

What is the refund policy?

Absolutely no refunds. The event will occur rain or shine.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that OK?

Your name on the registration/ticket must match the name on your photo ID. You must bring proof of age, which will be matched against your registration/ticket. All Illinois Liquor Control BASSET laws are followed, which means you must have proper identification to show your age.

Is this event indoors or outdoors?

Both. The wine and beer tasting occurs outdoors on the sprawling grounds of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House. Prepare to spend time tasting outside on the ancient shoreline of Lake Michigan, a gently sloped glacial ridge that runs along the western edge of Chicago. The silent auction and raffle occur indoors at Chicago’s Oldest Home. The event will occur rain or shine.

Is there a dress code?

No. Guests typically wear late summer party clothes, and casual outdoor wear.

When do I pay for and pick up my silent auction and raffle items?

The silent auction and raffle end at 6 p.m. The raffle winners will be selected immediately; you must be present to win. Silent auction winners must pick up and pay for their items once the auction is settled at 6:30 p.m.

What’s on the menu?

The menu includes a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres, each selected to match the wines and beers poured at the event. There are also self-serve food stations with cheese and crackers, pretzels and mustard, and dessert.

Are there any discounts for nondrinkers or large groups?

No. This fund-raiser supports the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, and the Norwood Park Historical Society appreciates every donation received.

What does (TM) mean?

The Norwood Park Historical Society has trademarked the name of the event, now in its ninth year.