No WhiskyFest tickets? Where to get your Whisky Fix During WhiskyWeek in Chicago

This year’s WhiskyFest Chicago sold out within hours after going on sale. If you’re not familiar with the event, it gives attendees the opportunity to taste more than 300 varieties of scotch, whisky, whiskey, and bourbon as well as select rums and beers. For lovers of scotch it’s heaven in a ballroom. For lovers of scotch that didn’t get a ticket it’s like having that toy you’ve been dying to get snatched away by your nemesis, who then proceeds to stick her bratty little tongue out at you.

Fortunately there’s a whole slew of whisk(e)y-themed events prior to the biggie. “WhiskyWeek” begins with Whiskey 101 at Delilah’s and ends at the same place with the WhiskyFest After Party.

Here’s a round-up, sure to whet your whisky whistle.

Monday, April 6

  • Whiskey 101
    Learn the basics of Bourbon, Rye, Scotch, Irish and other international Whiskies
    7pm, Free
    Delilah’s, 2771 N Lincoln

Tuesday, April 7

  • Boilermaker Night Part 4
    Fountainhead combines two of their favorite things – beer and whiskey
    7pm, prices vary
    Fountainhead, 1968-70 N Ravenswood
  • New Holland Sampling
    Taste the whiskies made by Michigan’s New Holland and take advantage of specials on Dragon’s Milk
    8pm, Free
    Delilah’s, 2771 N Lincoln

Wednesday, April 8

  • Singles Night, a Celebration of Single Barrel/Cask Whisk(e)y
    Fountainhead rolls out their single cask and single barrel whiskies with 40+ available in .5oz tasting size
    Opens at 4pm, prices vary
    Fountainhead, 1968-70 N Ravenswood
  • Bourbon Women Night
    Women from Four Roses, Jim Beam, North Shore Distillery, High West, Rhine Hall and many more will share their expertise at this event highlighting women in the spirits world
  • 6pm, $20
    Binny’s Lincoln Park, 1720 N Marcey
  • Koval Whiskey Sampling
    Taste Koval’s custom Delilah’s Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye
    8pm, Free
    Delilah’s, 2771 N Lincoln
  • Yamazaki Whiskey Tasting
    Taste the best single malt in the world, and others, at this exclusive event
    8pm, $85
    Delilah’s, 2771 N Lincoln

Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10

  • WhiskyFest After Party
    Delilah’s once again hosts the official after party, featuring tons of special guests in town for the main event
    10pm
    Delilah’s, 2771 N Lincoln

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