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WhiskyFest Chicago FAQ

When is WhiskyFest Chicago?
WhiskyFest Chicago will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017

How much do tickets to WhiskyFest cost?
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 9:00 am (EST)

Early Bird pricing is available until December 31, 2016, or until tickets sell out:
Early Bird VIP admission: $295
Early Bird General admission: $245

How do I order tickets?
Beginning at 9:00 am (EST) on November 11, 2016, you will be able to order tickets on this web site.

What do I get for the price of a General admission ticket?
General admission ticket holders will receive a Glencairn commemorative crystal nosing glass, an event program, the latest copy of Whisky Advocate magazine, admission to all seminars at no additional cost (on a first come basis), a gourmet buffet throughout the evening and, of course, over 300 whiskies to sample.

What’s the difference between a General admission ticket and a VIP ticket?
In addition to what General admission ticket holders receive (above), you’ll receive a sturdy canvas tote bag, as well as admission to the event one hour earlier. During that initial VIP hour, some exhibitors pour something extra special, available only during that first hour. The limited ticketing allows you more access to the folks behind the booths.

Where will WhiskyFest being held?
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

What time does WhiskyFest start?
For General admission ticket holders, registration begins at 6:00, and entry to the ballroom is at 6:30 pm.
For VIP ticket holders, registration begins at 5:00, and entrance to the ballroom is at 5:30 pm.

What time is WhiskyFest over?
Last pour is at 9:25, and the event ends promptly at 9:30 pm.

What should I wear to WhiskyFest?
Most commonly, business or business casual attire.

Do I need to bring a glass with me?
No, a Glencairn crystal nosing glass will be provided to you at registration. It’s yours to use for the evening, and to take home with you.

What if I lose my nosing glass?
If you lose your nosing glass, we’ll have wine glasses available in the ballroom for you to use. Sorry, we cannot replace any lost or broken nosing glass.

There’s a whisky on your list that I want to be sure to try. How can I find out which booth is pouring it?
There are two whisky lists in your event program, provided at registration. One list is alphabetical by the brand name, and will tell you at which booth to find each whisky. The other lists all of the whiskies by booth number. There’s also a diagram in the program. On the diagram, each booth is numbered and shows the brand being poured.

Is there parking at the hotel?
The hotel does have parking available, however we encourage the use of public transportation. Better yet, stay at the Hyatt, where we’ve arranged a room block. Details to come.

Can I stay at the hotel where WhiskyFest is being held?
Yes, in fact we prefer you stay there, and not drive after the event. We’ve arranged a room block with the Hyatt and will post the details when the block is ready.

There is a seminar I want to attend. Do I need to get a separate ticket for that?
Seminars are included in the price of your ticket. Seating is on a first come basis. Please consult your event program (you’ll receive one at Registration) for seminar times and locations.

Do I need to use vouchers to get tastes of the whiskies I want to try?
We do not use vouchers for tasting at WhiskyFest.

I bought a ticket for my buddy, and he can’t come. Can I get my money back?
Unfortunately, tickets are not refundable. Maybe you’ve got another buddy who would like to go to WhiskyFest.

I lost my ticket. Can I get another one?
You can contact eTix for their help with any lost tickets: 800-514-3849

When the event is sold out, can I still buy tickets?
When we declare an event “sold out”, we are really sold out of tickets. We have no more to sell.

How can I get the most up-to-date information about the event?
Sign up for our newsletter to receive the most up-to-date information about WhiskyFest here. You can also read the WhiskyFest blog.

I’m a member of the press. Do you reserve tickets for press?
We do reserve a very limited number of tickets for qualified press. If you would like to attend as a member of the press, send your press credentials to our event manager, joan@whiskyadvocate.com

Do you sell tickets at the event?
We do not sell any tickets at the door. We offer advance ticket sales only.

Why do I need to sign my ticket stub?
By signing your ticket stub, which is required for entry to the event, you verify that you are at least 21 years of age, as well as agreeing to release Whisky Advocate, Inc., and its employees, or shareholders from liability or claims arising from WhiskyFest.

Do you offer tickets for designated drivers?
We do not offer Designated Driver tickets.

Can I pay for my ticket with a check?
We do not accept checks as a method of payment for WhiskyFest tickets. All ticket orders must be paid for by credit card.

If I promise not to drink, can I come to the event if I’m under 21 years of age?
No one under the age of 21 is permitted inside of the event area. There will be no exceptions, and security will be checking IDs at the entrance.

Is there a coat check available?
Yes, there will be a coat check available at the event.

May I bring my briefcase with me?
Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags, or any other such items, are not permitted inside of WhiskyFest. You will be asked to leave them at the coat check.

Will there be food available?
A gourmet buffet is provided throughout the evening, and we encourage you to eat from time to time.

Will there be coffee or soft drinks available?
Water will be provided throughout the evening, and we’ll also make available coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

I have a suggestion on how to improve the event. Who do I contact?
You may contact event manager, Joan McGinley by emailing joan@whiskyadvocate.com, or event director Amy Westlake: amy@whiskyadvocate.com.