While it’s often overshadowed by its northeastern counterpart, the nation’s Second City is by no means overshadowed when it comes to its beer and liquor offerings.
While Prohibition fundamentally shaped the city, its contemporary cocktail culture flourishes while throwing off Hollywood’s clichéd romanticization of the era. Meanwhile, the contemporary state of Illinois is home to a multitude of breweries, making it another hotspot in the American craft beer revolution.
The greater Chicago area is home not just to one of the most unique bar cultures in the country, but one of the biggest communities of BevSpot users—some of which we’ve covered before. We decided to take a look at their favorite beer and liquor brands.
We’ve broken down our bar order data to find the most popular beer, whiskey, vodka, tequila, rum and gin brands for Chicago-based BevSpot users. Here’s what we found.
The following material aggregates 2016 order data from BevSpot users in the Chicago metropolitan area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. All figures represent percentages of orders in dollar terms.