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Top Whiskey Distilleries in and around Chicago


Locals and the tourists have found themselves coming back to Chi-Town, especially to the whiskey distilleries in and around Chicago. After all, Chicago has plenty things to offer: their well-loved Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizzas; their fascinating architecture; and, of course, their amazing whiskeys. 

This Great American City has a copious history rooted with alcohol -- even before the days of the Prohibition era. But gladly, those days of interdiction are over, and now we are free to love whiskey just the way it is (yay! 😆🎉). So without further ado, here is a list of where Chicago, and its surrounding areas, produce some of their best, local whiskeys from.


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CH Distillery and Cocktail Bar

564 W Randolph St, Chicago

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Situated in Chi-town’s Randolph Street -- the street where you can find some of the trendiest restaurants in Chicago -- lies CH Distillery. Their industrial-chic lounge is an excellent place to hang out and sip some of CH Distillery’s award-winning cocktails that are drawn out from their on-site stills.



Chicago Distilling Company

2359 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago


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Chicago Distilling Company
 is a small-batch distillery that offers delicious craft cocktails and retail bottles of gin, whiskey, vodka and more. It is recommended to take their tours and tastings, especially if you want to know more about the distillery and their handmade spirits.



Copper Fiddle

532 W IL Rte, 22 Suite 110, Lake Zurich


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Concealed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, is a craft-distillery worth checking into, Copper Fiddle Distillery.

This hidden jewel of Lake Zurich is known to produce unique and high-quality bourbon whiskey, as well as other spirits, gin and rum included. 

Alongside its libations and their knowledgeable staff, a trip to this distillery is well worth taking to view their fun decor and the cozy space. Copper Fiddle is a great spot to hang out and listen to live music too. They also provide distillery tours for those who want to know more about their spirits and the stories behind them.


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Few Spirits

918 Chicago Ave, Evanston

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Few Spirits resides in Evanston, the home of the Temperance Movement. Using some of the classic distilling methods known to man, this distillery has created some of the finest handcrafted gins and whiskeys in town. Just in case you are interested to get to know them more and their products, tours and tastings are offered to the public.




5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago 

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The title Chicago’s first boutique distillery belongs to Koval. This Chicago distillery makes organic spirits from scratch using their signature style. From humble beginnings, Koval has now bloomed to be one of the leading, independent spirit manufacturers in the USA today with their products selling in 48 states, as well as, most of Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand [source].



Letherbee Distillers

1815 W. Berteau Ave., Chicago


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Letherbee Distillers is known to create economical, high-quality, clean-flavored botanical spirits. Even though this distillery is not open to the public, they still aim to make their presence felt by making their spirits become the primary pour at restaurants and in bars’ cocktails.

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Maplewood Brewery and Distillery

2717 N Maplewood Ave, Chicago

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Enjoy delicious handcrafted canned beers and signature cocktails, along with a menu of fancy pub food, when visiting Maplewood Brewery and Distillery. This distillery is known to be Illinois’ first combined craft brewery and distillery.



North Shore Distillery

13990 Rockland Rd, Green Oaks


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Considered to be Illinois’ First Craft Distillery, it is no wonder why the North Shore Distillery offers a selection of world-class spirits. Get to know them better by attending one of their wine and spirit tasting sessions.


Quincy Street Distillery

39 E Quincy St, Riverside


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Quincy Street Distillery is that quaint artisanal distillery located in the very heart of the charming Riverside. Their shop and bar offer their unique, handcrafted spirits. Google reviews rave about their awesome drinks and their knowledgeable staff.


Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

11504 Keslinger Rd, DeKalb

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Whiskey Acres
believes that whiskey is not made but grown. From seed to bottle, each step is carefully and lovingly performed. The finished product? A line of award-winning spirits! See a
video of how they create their delicious whiskeys and vodkas.



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