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CHICAGO-INSPIRED COCKTAILS

Try one of these 17+ signature drinks crafted with Chicago in mind

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Cheers your time in the city with a Chicago-themed cocktail! Sample some Chicago nightlife with these cocktails that reflect the city's local flavor. Wind down after a busy day in the Windy City by trying one of the many drinks inspired by Chicago history, culture, neighborhood and landmarks.

 

BIG Bar // 151 E Upper Wacker Dr

The BIG Bar at the Hyatt Regency Hotel offers the widest selection of Chicago-themed drinks and is located just off the Chicago River in the Loop. The Big Bar menu is full of specialty cocktails, margaritas, mojitos, and martinis all named for Chicago icons. Try the hottest drink on the menu — Chicago Fire — named for our pro soccer team and prepared with Cuervo Gold, Cointreau, pineapple, lime, jalapeno, tabasco and grenadine. Or for some rum, order the Blues Brother made with Bacardi Limon, Blue Curacao, pineapple and Sierra Mist!

 

Vermilion // 10 W Hubbard St

Vermilion tips its hat to Chicago with these four signature drinks: LSD, Lake Michigan, Magnificent Mile and Devil in the White City. Like the restaurant's Latin-Indian dishes, Vermilion's "Ode to Chicago" cocktails are carefully concocted and delicately designed. LSD, the common nickname for Lake Shore Drive (Chicago's famous waterfront roadway) is made with green chartreuse, gin, Assam green tea and oleo saccharum. The Magnificent Mile — crafted with sparkling wine, bouquet ice and habanero ginger infusion — is every bit as delightful as a stroll down Michigan Avenue. Devil in the White City (cardamom saffron liqueur, coconut milk and vanilla) is a sweet and creamy combination topped with a single red rose petal making it as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the tastebuds.

 Vermilion Lake Michigan

 

Tavern at the Park // 130 E Randolph St

Try the Tavern at the Park when looking for top-shelf liquors. The Treehouse, Tavern at the Park's rooftop patio that overlooks Millennium Park, has two Chicago-themed selections. The Sangria in the White City (a play off the famous book and soon-to-be movie move, Devil in the White City) is a white sangria on ice with seasonal fruits. Cloud Gate is perhaps the most opulent cocktail in Chicago, is crafted with pear vodka infused in house and served up. Named for Chicago's favorite sculpture, more commonly called "The Bean", the rim of the glass is coated in edible silver and garnished with a Tiffany & Co. bean pendant. 

 

GreenRiver // 259 E Erie St, 18th Floor

GreenRiver's name was not inspired by the Chicago tradition of dying the river green for St. Patrick's Day, rather it is a tribute to the Irish-American Chicagoans, a community that helped to rebuild the city after the Great Chicago Fire and whose stories flow through Chicago's history like a "green river". GreenRiver in Streeterville draws inspiration from Chicago's icons, landmarks and Irish community when crafting its unique cocktails. Lincoln Park, one of GreenRiver's signature drinks, is named for the historic North Side neighborhood and is a blend of Glenlivet 12 year speyside and Laphroaig 10 year single malt scotch whiskies, Cappelletti Aperitivo, jasmine, Coco Lopex and pineapple.

GreenRiver Lincoln Park Cocktail

 

Harry Caray's Tavern // Navy Pier, 700 E Grand Ave

Harry Caray's Tavern also mixes up their drink menu with several Chicago-themed selections. Harry Caray was the announcer for the Chicago Cubs from 1982 until he passed in 1998. Now his tavern pays tribute to Cub's stadium, Wrigley Field, with the Wrigley Rita (a margarita created with Don Julio Blanco tequila, Cointreau orange liqueur, lime sour, lemon juice, orange juice, lime wedge and an orange slice). If dining at Harry Caray's Navy Pier location, try the Navy Pear!

 

Presidio // 1749 N Damen Ave

Presidio's drink menu playfully pits its two locations (Chicago and San Francisco) against each other in some friendly competition. The menu is divided into two section — one for Chicago-themed drinks and another for San Francisco. The Presidio's Chicago drink selection includes the Boystown Royale, inspired by the large LBGT community that calls the Boytown neighborhood home, made with vodka, hibiscus, lemon, and prosecco.

Presidio Boystown Royale

 

And here are 8 more Chicago-inspired sips dotting drink menus around the city:

  • 60611 "Sip" Code from Howells and Hood: Bulleit Bourbon, peach bitters, green tea simple, lemon, iced tea
  • Northerly Island from The Windsor: A Chicago spin on a Long island iced tea
  • Water Taxi from Beacon Tavern: Pisco, rum, suze, passionfruit, pineapple-jalapeno kombucha
  • Skyscraper from The Signature Lounge at the 96th: Bacardi rum with pineapple and cranberry juice
  • Hyde Park Mule from The Promontory: Death's Door vodka, hibiscus tea, fresh lemons, ginger
  • Chicago 75 from Upstairs at the Gwen: No. 209 Gin, fresh lime juice, prosecco

Vermilion
10 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 527-4060
The Signature Room at the 95th
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-9596
The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago
521 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 645-1500
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-1234
Howells & Hood
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310
Tavern at the Park
130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-0070
Tortoise Supper Club
350 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 801-2100
The Windsor
160 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-7777
GreenRiver Chicago
259 E. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-0101
Presidio
1749 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 567-8764
Beacon Tavern
405 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-4226
Harry Caray's Tavern, Navy Pier
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-9700
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