Your liver called. It wants to get in on this whole “locally-sourced” thing your stomach keeps raving about.
Thankfully, there’s a place where imbibing local spirits is as cool as a bearded hipster on a Divvy bike. Yep, it’s Logan Square’s newest micro-distillery, Chicago Distilling Co.
This family-owned booze factory is the place to go when you want to get up close and personal with your drink. Above you: exposed wood rafters. Below you: one of the red bar stools. Between you: A glass wall separating the silver still, bottling line, and barrel-aging room from the bar.
All around you: a wood bar and communal high-tops perfect for your introduction to the grain-to-glass drinking experience.
Right now, the spirits only come in two flavors: the smooth Ceres Vodka and the 90-proof Shorty's White Whiskey. Sip ‘em straight, by the bottle or in a house cocktail.
You can't go wrong with an Old Fashioned with whiskey and rich demerrera sugar, or a gimlet with vodka and fresh lime juice. More seasonal sippers include the Just In Thyme, a hot or cold concoction made with vodka, baking spices, pear and thyme.
Get even more intimate with these fine spirits via one of the distillery tours. The Saturday and Sunday sessions are filling fast, so be sure to check in online. By the time you get behind the scenes, the distillery might have added its forthcoming house gin, amaro, or absinthe to the lineup.
Whiskey: Made in Chicago. We like the sound of that.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to California
Scene: This drinking-only establishment is the desination for those on their way to a long night in the Square.
Best bets: Shorty's White Whiskey or Ceres Vodka
Nearby: The Radler, Revolution Brewing Co., The Boiler Room