Chicago's Randolph Street is a super-hot restaurant row. There are big-name chefs opening standing-room-only places at a furious clip around the West Loop drag. It only makes sense that a high-end distillery would follow suit. CH Distillery first started with vodka made exclusively from Illinois grain, but has since expanded to also offer gin, whiskey, limoncello, aquavit, rum, amaro and eau de vies. That said, if you're into vodka, this is one of the premier spots in town. With spirits crafted by a team of self-proclaimed science nerds and led by owner Tremaine Atkinson, CH Distillery offers a sleek, cool environment in which to hang out, sip award-winning premium spirits and dine on shared plates of lamb tartine gnocchi with pork belly and pecorino; and charcuterie. Pick up a few bottles at the on-site retail space so you can continue to enjoy when you leave.
THE DRINK TO DRINK The Tradition. Simply put, it's a chilled shot of vodka served with rye bread and pickles. It's the way it's done in Eastern Europe. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Go local with CH Distillery collaborations with Dark Matter Coffee (dark coffee liqueur), Stephanie Izard's Girl & The Goat (high-proof barrel-aged rum) and Atlas Brewing (gin distilled from lager).