17th Annual WhiskyFest Chicago
Friday, April 21, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Grand Tasting — 6:30 – 9:30 PM, VIP 5:30 PM
Seminars by Master Distillers and Blenders
— 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM
WhiskyFest™, the longest-running and best-attended whisky festival in the U.S., offers you the opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 300 whiskies from around the world. Do you want to learn more about whisky? Attend free seminars conducted by whisky experts. And be sure to take some time to enjoy the never-ending gourmet buffet.
Your WhiskyFest Experience
We want your WhiskyFest experience to be a memorable one. Your ticket includes access to the grand tasting, all seminars (on a first come first serve basis), a commemorative Glencairn crystal nosing glass, gift bag, program booklet and pen.
Regular or VIP Ticket?
VIP ticket buyers receive all the items listed above and are also granted admission to the ballroom at 5:30 pm, a full hour earlier than regular admission. VIP ticketing is limited (VIP tickets always sell out) so you will have more time to explore the numerous booths in the grand ballroom and enjoy one-on-one opportunities with the whisky experts behind the booths.
Taste from a selection of over 350 whiskies
Meet the whisky distillers, master blenders, and other whisky experts who will be in attendance. WhiskyFest Chicago will feature over 350 whiskies from around the world. This is your chance to taste from a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies, all assembled in one Grand Ballroom. High-end rum, cognac, beer and other spirits will be available as well.
Learn from the experts
The focus is on education, and many distillery representatives will be on hand at the pouring booths to explain how their whiskies are made. Seminars, featuring their own tastings, run throughout the evening. Meet distinguished members of the whisky community, and learn first-hand how their brands are made. Be sure to go to at least one FREE seminar at WhiskyFest. You’ll have the opportunity to taste samples that may not be available in the main ballroom.