Food & Drink

A guide to drinking at every distillery in Chicago

Published On 11/05/2013 Published On 11/05/2013
Rhine Hall in West Town
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1. Rhine Hall 2010 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Rhine Hall uses 7-10,000lbs of apples hauled from Bixby Orchards in Michigan to create an Austrian-inspired apple Brandy that isn't related to Snoop Dogg.

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2. CH Distillery 564 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

CH Distillery is Chicago's first distillery/cocktail bar, serving up house-made vodkas with carefully curated concoctions, as well as small plates from other renowned Chi-town eateries. The distillery makes vodka (distilled 40 times for ultimate purity!), rum, whiskey, and two kinds of gin, all in-house. The bar then pours them into inventive, Chicago-inspired craft cocktails such as the Rhymes With Orange, made with Serrano chili vodka, orange Curaçao, lime, and watermelon. The small plates eats include corned duck on black rye, and charcuterie from West Loop Salumi. Does the CH in CH Distillery stand for Chicago? No! No it does not. The CH stands for the periodic symbols for carbon and hydrogen, the fundamental components that make alcohol. And if you can remember that after you've had a few of these cocktails, you might be almost as impressive as the cocktails themselves.

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3. FEW Distillery 918 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

FEW Distillery is concocting up some classics like bourbon, rye, and American gin as well as some not-so-common options like their barrel-aged gin. Why not try them all!

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4. Koval Distillery 5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

This craft distillery is family-owned and creates a variety of organic, hand-bottled spirits. You can make a reservation for a tour of the facility, where you'll learn more than you ever thought there was to know about small-batch distilled spirits. Koval creates an assortment of liquors, ranging from whiskey and vodka to specialty spirits such as apple brandy and beer schnapps.

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5. North Shore Distillery 28913 N Herky Dr, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

The North Shore Distillery offers wine and spirit tasting sessions both of which come highly recommended. So what are you waiting for? Get down there!

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6. Chicago Distilling Company 2359 N Millwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago Distilling Company is a family run operation led by brothers Jay and Victor DiPrizio and Jay's wife Noelle. It's part distillery, part tasting room, and is sure to be serving up some great local home-grown liquor.