The Whistler Chicago has a series of peculiar holiday celebrations this year.
Located behind an unmarked storefront in Logan Square, The Whistler is a hidden cocktail bar, live music venue, and art gallery that hosts an eclectic mix of events and performances. This holiday season, the venue is throwing two unique Christmas experiences: Princemas and a live jazz version of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Whistler is also launching its newest, winter cocktail series to warm you up as the temperature plummets outside.
The Whistler isn’t just an award-winning cocktail bar. In addition to being a bar, it’s also an art gallery, open mic, film theater, and record label that hosts live music and DJs seven nights a week. In short, there’s a lot going on here.
The Whistler has a rotating menu of cocktails that changes so often, the owners take a photo of the menu and post it on the bar’s Instagram account every day. For the holiday season, the bar has several special cocktails designed to keep you warm during the frightfully cold winter.
The Show Off is a vegetable cocktail made with Naupe gin, beets, oat milk, cinnamon, and honey that promises to heat things up for the holidays. Another notable seasonal cocktail is the Novie Flyer, similar to a traditional tiki cocktail with Ming River Baijiu, Apologue persimmon, and hints of spice, citrus, and rhubarb.
The Whisler is hosting two festive events in Dec to get you in the Christmas mood. “Guitar for Guaraldi: A Charli Brown Christmas Tribute” features Guitarist Mitch Shirley and a trio performing the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Enjoy the nostalgia of this childhood Christmas classic as well as a selection of other music by Vince Guaraldi. The tribute starts at 9pm on Dec 18.
Another musical homage coming to The Whisler is the 3rd annual Princemas, a tribute to the artist formerly known as Prince. DJs MassTransit, Spinello, Ron Mahogany and J-Humph will play Prince’s most notable work as well as selections from the artist’s other projects and bands like The Revolution, New Power Generation, The Time, Sheila E and more! Sing along and dance all night in celebration of The Purple One’s legacy Dec 26 at 9 p.m.
There is never a cover charge at The Whistler. All of the above events are free to attend for those 21+. You can find more information on the venue’s website.
Address: 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Mon-Thurs: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Fri: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sat: 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Sun: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Closest CTA station: California Blue Line, #56 Milwaukee bus, or # 72 Fullerton bus.
Feature photo courtesy of The Whistler.