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Top Whiskey Tours in Chicago

Hold onto your hats as we check out what the windy city has in store! Chicago is more than just its “honey-colored” pale ale; they also have a lot to offer when it comes to great whiskeys.

Why join a whiskey tour? If you’re a whiskey lover, you don’t want to pass up the chance to be part of an event that celebrates your favorite drink. Don’t worry about where to go -- let Chicago’s whiskey tours take you along for a wild ride.


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Courtesy of Social Scene, here are the top whiskey tours to sign up for. Have a blast visiting the most sought-after Chicago distilleries. From old to new whiskey places, discover them all now!


1. North Shore Distillery Whiskey Tours

Location: 13990 Rockland Road, Green Oaks, IL 60048


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Looking for a fun and interactive distillery tour? Join the North Shore Distillery Whiskey Tours now! If you’re looking for something more, there’s even a “Geek Out” version that you can go to at 3 PM on the last Saturday of the month.

The general tour is about $10 and lasts between 45 and 75 minutes. The tour includes a tasting -- to reserve in advance, contact the distillery at 847-574-2499 or visit their official site.


2. Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Whiskey Tours

Location: 9380 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036



Take a closer look at the art of distillery with Blaum Bros. distillery tours
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Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. invites you to come down to their facility to experience the art of distilling. Guests are treated to a full tour, including the distillation area, barrel room, tasting room, and of course cocktail bar.


The standard price per adult is $10. The tours last for 45 minutes, with a guided tasting to look forward to. Kids under 14 are admitted free of charge. For more information, contact 815-777-1000 or send an email to info@blaumbrosdistilling.com.

3. Whiskey Acres Whiskey Distillery Tours

Location: 11504 Keslinger Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115



Visit Whiskey Acres to enjoy both the whiskey and the beautiful ambiance
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Whiskey Acres Distillery doesn't just have great tasting whiskeys -- they also have a beautiful distillery and cocktail patio. For those interested in attending the Whiskey Acres Whiskey Distillery Tours, no reservations are needed but calling ahead is advised. 

They are open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays at 2, 4, or 6 PM, and on Sundays at 2 and 4 PM. Admission is $10, which includes the tour, tastings, and even a souvenir shot glass. Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

4. Copper Fiddle Whiskey Distillery Tours

Location: 532 W IL Rte 22, Suite 110, Lake Zurich, IL 60047



See how Copper Fiddle’s products are made and learn about the people behind them
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If you’re looking for craft spirits, you’ll find some of the best at Copper Fiddle Distillery. Even if you can’t make it all the way out to Lake Zurich, you can still find Copper FIddle products in local bars, retail stores, and restaurants in Chicagoland.

For those interested in Copper Fiddle Distillery Tours, they run $10 per person and last for 45 minutes, with payment accepted onsite or online. The tour includes an educational segment on the history and processes of the distillery, and the option to taste the distillery products. 

Tours are available on Saturdays at 2 PM and 4 PM. For more details, call 847-847-7609 or email info@copperfiddle.com.


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5. Fox River Whiskey Distillery Tours

Location: 204 Dearborn Ct., Unit #110, Geneva, IL 60134



Buy your distilled spirits the way they should be at Fox River Distilling Company
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Fox River Distilling Company is proud to share its products with whiskey lovers. The distillery employs skilled artisans who make sure that they create only the best products, focusing on perfecting taste and quality rather than rushing for volume.

Distillery tours are $10 per person, which includes tastings of distillery spirits. Tours take place on Fridays from 12 noon to 6 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 4 PM, and you can reserve date night tours at 6:30 pm in the evenings. For more information, contact them at 630-402-0027 or booze@foxriverdistilling.com.

6. The Barrel Run Chicago Bus Tours

Location: Chicago, Illinois


Discover the science behind producing quality whiskey with theBarrel Bus
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Barrel Run Chicago Bus Tours offer bourbon and whiskey bus tours at the most popular distilleries in  Chicago. The destinations include CH Distillery, Chicago Distilling, FEW Spirits, Koval Distillery, and Rhine Hall.

On each tour, you visit three local distilleries and try samples of whiskey, gin, apple brandy, vodka, and so much more. Guests will enjoy 9-12 samples of a variety of craft spirits within the entire tour. 

Tickets start at $84 with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. To book a tour, call 312-718-3295 or email info@thebarrelrun.com.


7. An Introduction to Irish Whiskey

Location: Harrigans Pub, 2816 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657



Taste authentic Irish whiskey at the best pub in Lakeview
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An Introduction to Irish Whiskey is a whiskey tour event organized by Harrigan's Irish Pub Chicago. Dubbed as a hidden gem in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the pub has been in service since 1986 and brings only the best and most authentic tastes of Ireland.

The event centers on a comprehensive introduction to Irish whiskey featuring various guest speakers. Attendees will learn about Irish whiskey and taste the six Irish whiskeys available. Tickets are $35. For more information call 773-248-5933 or contact the pub.

8. Chicago Distilling Craft Distillery Tour

Location: 2359 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647



Learn the secrets to making the best whiskey in Chicago from handmade Illinois grains
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The Chicago Distilling Craft Distillery Tour is managed by the Chicago Distilling Company. Interested guests can book a tour at the Craft Distillery in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

The tour accepts guests over 21 years of age and each session lasts for an hour. Guests can expect three tastings of Chicago Distilling’s best spirits and an overview of how the spirits are made and where the grains come from. The tour will also outline the process of how they turn these grains into whiskey, vodka, and gin. 

The tour price is at $10 and all you need to bring is a valid ID. Book a tour now with up to 16  people. For more information, call 872-206-2774 or email drink@chicagodistilling.com.

9. FEW Spirits Whiskey Distillery Tour

Location: 918 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202



Discover the true nature of spirits at the distillery that overturned prohibition laws
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Join the Distillery Tour and tasting at FEW Spirits, the home of the first distillery Temperance Movement. Not only is the distillery historic itself, but guests also learn about the history of how the liquor business began in Evanston.

Tours are scheduled on Thursdays at 6 PM, Fridays at 2 PM and 6 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5 PM, and Sundays at 1 PM and 2:30 PM. For whiskey lovers, the FEW Rye Whiskey is a must-try. 

All tours include a tasting and are priced at $10, and private tours are also available. For more details, contact 847 920 8628, email them at info@fewspirits.com or book a tour here.


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10. KOVAL Whiskey Distillery Tour


Location: 5121 North Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 

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Witness the intricately handcrafted copper pot stills at KOVAL Distillery Tours in action
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The KOVAL Distillery Tour takes place on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at KOVAL, one of the first craft distilleries in the state. Private tours can also be booked for special events.

Tours last 45 minutes to an hour, in which staff explains the distillation process and differences between white and aged whiskey while guests enjoy the small-batch spirits

Expect to taste various spirits along the tour, and be on the lookout for KOVAL’s popular Koval Four Grain Whiskey. To set up a tour, go to the official site or call 312-878-7988.

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Grechelle Magbanua

Professional Content Writer

Social Scene


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