Inspired by small craft spirit creators of yore, Derrick Mancini founded Quincy Street Distillery as a way to celebrate traditional, and create new, American spirits. Today, Mancini and distiller, Danny Maguire, oversee a small crew that crafts and bottles 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits including a mead-based dry honey spirit, a railroad gin, a colonial-style single malt rye, and the first straight bourbon whiskey distilled and bottled in Illinois in 40 years. Take a tour of the distillery to bring the full story of these libations into focus. Distillery tours detail every step of the grain-to-whiskey production, including fermentation, distillation, cutting, barreling, and bottling. Conclude with a tasting in the Speakeasy cocktail bar that includes a brief history lesson about many of the spirit brands, and after where patrons can purchase classic and original cocktails or pick up bottles at the retail shop. You can also reach the distillery by train on the Burlington Metra line just a block from the Riverside station.
Recently revamped by the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, this lounge and eatery serves classic American cuisine with a twist. Under the watchful eye of chef Robert Irvine, the staff of Copper Still delights visitors, seated in an upscale environment, with dishes like pretzel-bun burgers, blackened mahi sliders, crispy pork with mushroom risotto, and slow-cooked pulled pork poutine. Diners can pair plates with craft beer or handcrafted libations as they survey a menu full of martinis, like the salted caramel apple, and specialty cocktails created with spirits from Mid-Oak Distillery, including the gold medal winning CD Vodka and Torta Bianca liqueur.