Tuesday, April 1, 2008

'WhiskeyFest' takes over this week


OK, all you single-malt and single-grain whiskey lovers. This is your week.

While the eighth-annual WhiskeyFest happening at the Hyatt (151 E. Wacker Dr.) is sold out for April 4, I’ve come across a number of events happening all week long that you can still attend.

Head over to Sam’s Wines & Spirits (1720 N. Marcey St., 312-664-4394) for a Johnnie Walker tasting. Guests will get to sample Red Label, Black Label, Green Label, Gold Label and new to Illinois—Johnnie Walker Swing. You’ll also get to know the history behind the product. 5-8pm. Free tonight.

At Socca (3301 N. Clark St., 773-248-1155), whiskey lovers will be treated to a VIP experience with a Singleton of Glendullan single malt tasting. It’s only available in limited consumption in the U.S., so drink up as the trendy restaurant pairs it with complimentary appetizers. 7-10pm. Free tonight.

You’ll probably want to get to Chief O'Neill's Irish Pub (3471 N. Elston Ave., 773-583-3066) early Wednesday for the Distiller's Editions of the Classic Malts Selection Seminar. Several experts will lead formal whiskey seminars, then guests may indulge in complimentary food, spirits and live music. 8-10:30pm. Free.

A Gentlemen’s Night Out also happens Wednesday at the River East Arts Center (435 E. Illinois St.). Jack Daniel’s sponsors this exclusive event with a special appearance by “America’s Sexiest Bartender 2007” Stefaney Lewis. $10 donation benefits Ignite the Spirit. Ladies are welcome too! 6:30-10pm. RSVP here.

Also happening Wednesday is a Bulleit Bourbon event at West Lakeview Liquors (2156 W. Addison St., 773-525-1916) when brand ambassador Brenda Wojcik samples this very popular small-batch bourbon coming out of Kentucky. 6-9pm. Free.

And on Thursday, you’ll want to make a move to Delilah’s (2771 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-2771) to sip on $3 Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey as Mod Chicago deejays Eric & John spin Mod, soul, Garage and Psyche. 10pm-2am. Free.

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