The Master Distillers

This year, we're actually inviting a distiller or two to participate. You won't just be drinking alone. They might even remember your name.


Gin samplings

We will have multiple gin sampling events during Chicago Craft Gin Week. We plan to encourage many bars across the city to showcase an original gin cocktail throughout the week. Collect 'em all!


Put your eyes on the schedule

There will be events in many different neighborhoods for seven straight days. Expand your knowledge of gin, and meet others who share your ginterests (see what we did there?).

I drank gin last year and I will be drinking gin again this year.

John Laffler, Off Color Brewing

I drank gin in college!

Your Mom

Thank goodness this isn't tequila.


CCGW Schedule

July 6th through 12th 2014

Sunday, July 6th: Opening Event
(948 N Western Avenue)
12 to 7pm
Gin cocktails, backyard, sunshine and love. Bring your own Love.
Monday, July 7th
(742 N Clark St)
Details to come.
Tuesday, July 8th
(564 W Randolph Street)
5:30 pm Distillery tour (sign up here)
Guest bartender series with Greg Buttera of Barrelhouse Flat. In the cocktail bar from 8pm-12am. Greg will be crafting new cocktails with our spirits.
Tuesday, July 8th
(3135 W Montrose Avenue)
A night of Karaoke and Gin Cocktails. Few Spirits Gin sampling starting at 8:15 and then karaoke starts at 9:30. Small snacks and gin cocktails (made with Few, Northshore and Off Color Brewing) will be available.
Wednesday, July 9th
(3244 North Lincoln Ave)
6pm until
Join us in celebrating Chicago Craft Gin Week this Wednesday! We'll be making cocktails with some/all of these deliciousnesses:

Off Color Brewing:
Screw You, Jeremy Danner (Lemon radler aged in gin barrels with wild yeasts)
Papillon (one-off American Wild Ale aged in Gin barrels with wild yeast).
B. Nektar Meadery:
Kill All the Golfers (the traditional Arnold Palmer and meadified it. "Dry hopped" black tea with honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice)
Letherbee Distillers Gin
Mcclary Bros. Drinking Vinegars

The #ccgw crew will be here to drink with you, and an owner from McClary Bros will also be here, to talk all thing drinking vinegar! IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME. YOU JUST MAY OR MAY NOT REMEMBER HOW AWESOME THE NEXT DAY... Gin - Your Spirit Animals Spirit.
Thursday, July 10th
(2359 N Milwaukee Ave) / (2421 N Milwaukee Ave)
Party in LoGIN Square. First at Chicago Distilling and then a short walk to The Whistler for more gin.
From the Whistler:
Gin and Juice and Jazz
While celebrating Chicago Craft Gin Week with your gin and juice, get down to some barrelhouse jazz and ragtime by The Morphtet (sets at 9:30 and 10:30pm). And while you're in the neighborhood, take a tour of the Chicago Distilling Company, located just one block south of The Whistler.
Friday, July 11th
(13328 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL)
Gin Core II
Featuring Off Color Brewing at Rock Island Public House!
Friday, July 11th
(918 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL)
Few Fridays
5:30-9 pm
Take the Metra or Purple Line to the Main street stop. Get off and walk north on Chicago Avenue one block. Drinking and debauchery down the alley. Admission is free. All treats are available for purchase a la carte.
Saturday, July 12th: Closing Party
(1415 W Randolph St)
We're going to roast a whole hog and drink some gin cocktails out in the back beer garden. Should be fun.
Sunday, July 13th
Your House
(Your Street)
Sleep and Drink Water.

Special Gin Cocktails

Gin drinks through the week.

  • CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar (564 W. Randolph St.)
      the Cease and Desist (Lapsang Suchong infused CH London Dry Gin, ginger, lemon, honey)
  • Fountainhead (1970 W Montrose Avenue)
      Few Barrel Gin Old Fashioned
  • Publican (837 W Fulton Market)
    1. The FEW & Publican Joint Venture Genever as a flight of three 1oz shots for $18: The unaged, the 6-month barrel aged, and 10-month barrel aged genevers.
    2. A shot & a beer combo for $8: a shot of the unaged genever and an Off Color nitro Scurry beer back.
    3. The Publican Martinez cocktail for $12: 6-month barrel aged genever, luxardo maraschino liqueur, carpano antica vermouth, housemade orange bitters, cherry garnish
  • Side Door (100 E Ontario Street)
      Smoked Negroni
  • Viaggio (1330 W Madison Street.)
      Neros Wrath (barrel gin, cynar, Aperol)

Distillery Tours

  • CH Distillery (564 W Randolph Street)
      Tours are every Tuesday & Saturday at 5:30 PM. The cost of $15/person includes "The Tradition" - a shot of ice cold CH Vodka, CH London Dry Gin or CH Key Gin, accompanied by rye bread and pickles. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long.
    Register for a tour.
  • Chicago Distilling (2359 N. Milwaukee)
      Tours during Thursday night's event.
  • Few Spirits (918 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL)
      Thursdays (7pm), Saturdays (2pm/3:30pm) and Sundays (3pm)
  • North Shore (28913 N Herky Dr, Unit 308, Lake Bluff, IL)
      Saturday 7/12 at 3 pm