Chicago Distilling Company (@chidistilling, 2359 N. Milwaukee Ave.) opened its doors earlier this month, serving up home-brewed libations, and owners, Vic, Jay and Noelle DiPrizio, are proud to brew their spirits in the neighborhood.
Jay and Noelle DiPrizio have been Logan Square residents since 2004.
“We recently purchased a small house, solidifying our roots in the neighborhood and will be raising our two sons in Logan Square. It only made sense to open our doors in the very same neighborhood,” Jay DiPrizio says.
When LoganSquarist first reported on the Chicago Distilling Company, the DiPrizios said they looked forward to joining the bar and cocktail scene in Logan Square.
“The welcome has been amazing from other businesses, neighbors and community leaders. We are very grateful to all of our neighbors for such a warm welcome,” he says.
A Family Affair
The DiPrizio family has been brewing, distilling and creating other libations as a hobby for generations.
“The love of the craft is definitely there to create new spirits and to continually perfect those that have been distilled in our family history,” Jay DiPrizio says.
The DiPrizio family did not consider actually selling their creations until Illinois amended laws on distillation to favor small brewers, allowing the DiPrizios to procure a license to sell. Although the recipes have been in the family for generations, the family is expected to explore new recipes and grow right here in Logan Square.
“Now that we can legally produce, it’s about challenging our skills as distillers and to create spirits that our neighbors and community can identify with,” he says. “As a lifelong Chicagoan I take great pride in creating the highest quality spirits in this amazing city and hope that the city that shaped myself, my wife, and my brother comes through in how we treat people and the future spirits we will produce.”
What’s on the Menu
Chicago Distilling Company currently offers classic cocktails such as the Gimlet, Mules and an Old-Fashioned. Head bartender Shannon Bandur also created a list of cocktails unique to the distillery that incorporate local ingredients.
“We do not overcomplicate the cocktail. We want people to taste the spirits we produce and allow them to shine,” Jay DiPrizio says, acknowledging the limitations of only using the spirits created in house to make cocktails. “We are ramping up production of different spirits to produce variety.”
Right now, guests can visit the tasting room to try the Ceres Vodka and Shorty’s White Whiskey. These bottles are also available to go. There will be more to taste in the near future, including several types of whiskey currently aging in their barrels. Fans of martinis can also expect to see a gin variety in the near future.
The distillery offers tours and plans to host cocktail making classes.
Friends of Brentano School is hosting a special fundraising event on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Chicago Distilling Company. Visit their website for more information or to buy tickets.
Tasting Room Hours:
Thursday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm