Chicago Whiskey Festival


Are you a whiskey, bourbon or scotch aficionado? Then the Chicago Whiskey Fest is the place for you! On Saturday, September 16 from 1pm-4pm, the River North Old Crow Smokehouse will come alive with dozens of spirits to sample in the company of fellow enthusiasts.


The Spirits

The finest whiskeys, bourbons and scotches from all over the world can be found at this premier event. Formerly called the River North Whiskey Festival, the Chicago Whiskey Fest is back again this year with over 30 vendors. In the past, distilleries such as Teeling Whiskey, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Redemption, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Blaum Bros., and Few Spirits have been on display for visitors to sample. This year, expect new additions as well as familiar brands to make an appearance.


The Location

Nestled in the River North neighborhood, Old Crow Smokehouse is a BBQ joint through and through. From the décor to the live music, this county-style restaurant is as authentic as it gets. With two stories and a capacity for 500, Old Crow Smokehouse is the perfect location and backdrop for a whiskey tasting!

Before or after the Fest, check out the sights and sounds of downtown Chicago. The Smokehouse is just south of the Magnificent Mile and less than a twenty-minute walk to Millennium Park. Located near several public transportation stops, the Old Crow Smokehouse is very easy to get to from anywhere in the city.


The Tickets

There are two price tiers for the Whiskey Fest depending on how much time (and whiskey!) you want. $50 is will get you into the event and samples of 30+ whiskeys plus a souvenir tasting glass. The $60 VIP ticket will allow you an extra hour of tasting from 12pm-1pm with other VIP ticket holders, as well as unique samples only available during the extra hour. You can find tickets here! But hurry, this event always sells out so grab the tickets while you can.

After the Whiskey Fest fun is over, don’t worry about finding your way home! Instead, call an Uber and head to the City Suites Hotel where you can relax in luxury and enjoy the rest of your night.



Chicago Whiskey Festival

Where: Old Crow Smokehouse, River North

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 1pm-4pm

Admission: $50 general admission or $60 VIP, tickets here



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