Coming Soon: River North Whiskey Fest

Taste your way through the finest craft whiskeys, and save big time on tickets

The great American writer Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” If you feel as strongly for this particular spirit as he did, then don’t miss your chance for discounted tickets to this upcoming event.



The bi-annual River North Whiskey Festival returns in mid-February to welcome you to a sampling of the best whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches around. Join other enthusiasts as you sip on over 50 different varieties, with each one offering unique flavor profiles. 


A ticket comes with perks. Enjoy freebies from awesome local vendors like Lyft, DoorDash, Tide Spin, Curb, Spring Rewards, and Ritual. Hashtag your photos at the event with #RiverNorthWhiskeyFestival for a chance to be recognized in a photo contest.

Get 60% off tickets with special UrbanMatter code

It pays to know us. Our friends at ChicagoTwentySomething are offering a special discount just for UrbanMatter fans. Enter the promo code URBANMATTER when purchasing your ticket to get a 60% off rate. That means original prices ($50 for general admission, $60 for VIP) will be slashed down to $20 for general admission and $24 for VIP! You’re welcome.


Where & When

The festival takes place on Saturday, February 18 at Old Crow Smokehouse, 149 West Kinzie Street. Festival hours are 1pm – 4pm, and 12pm – 4pm for VIP ticket holders. Guests must either print tickets or present them on their mobile phones. Guests must also be 21 and over to attend and are required to issue a government ID for entry.

Featured Distilleries

Beam Suntory, Basil Hayden’s, Baker’s, Copper & Kings, Booker’s, Glenfarclas, Glen Garioch, FEW Spirits, Blaum Bros., Maker’s Mark, 1792, New Holland Brewing, Caribou Crossing, Laphroaig, Whiskey Acres, Bowmore, Buffalo Trace, Knob Creek, Chicago Distilling Company, Copper Fiddle Distillery, Ole Smoky, Paddy, Suntory Whiskey Toki, Suntory Whiskey The Hakushu, Suntory Whiskey Hibiki, 45th Parallel Distillery, Dr. McGillicuddy’s, Jim Beam


*Distilleries subject to change



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