Saturday is World Whiskey Day, so celebrate the only way we know how.
Which apparently means in a library.
There are no books in this library: just a catalog of booze (pictured). Keep your private bottle safe in one of their whiskey lockers, available to members only. Or just sip on one of their house cocktails such as the Pistol Smoke, made with Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, pipe tobacco, chamomile tea, vanilla and lemon.
111 W. Kinzie St., River North (312-880-1511)
The cozy alcove with leather chairs and vintage books is the perfect place to enjoy the less voyeuristic, but still impressive, whiskey collection at this chic drinking den for the serious boozer. Case in point: an entire page is devoted to single malt scotch, which can be enjoyed solo or as a flight.
2524 N. Southport Ave., Lincoln Park (773-413-9314)
Aha, here is the perfect combination of reading material and booze. Not that anyone needs literary entertainment with a classic cocktail list as thorough as the one served in Gilt’s basement bar. Cozy up in one of the candle-lit red velvet booths with an Old Fashioned, Vieux Carre, or Boulevardier.
230 W. Kinzie St., River North (312-464-9544)
It is more a dark and dirty dive bar than a refined library. But you can't talk about whiskey in Chicago without talking about the place with a 350-bottle-deep selection. This is where the guys stirring whiskey smashes all day go when they want a cheap shot of the good stuff after work.
2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park