Thornton Distilling Co.
Thornton Distilling Co.
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Distilleries • Breweries • History Museums
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Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Built in 1857, our historic 20,000-sf structure is Illinois oldest standing brewery and distillery. These walls have endured everything from a tornado in 1901 to government raids throughout prohibition. The tour begins in the old cellar where guests learn about the early immigrant brew master, John Bielfeldt who started brewing on the property in 1850. Our collection of artifacts, curiosities, and breweriana is displayed with original photos from the property dating back to the mid 1800’s. Guests will then venture deep underground, far beneath the cellar into our subterranean artesian well. The cavernous limestone space is the source of many local legends, and the fountain head still flows with the same pristine water that made the early brewers famous. (please note - guests are welcome to take a group photo while underground). The group will then journey to the distillery production floor. The tour concludes with a guided tasting. After the tour, stay for dinner & drinks
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Audrey M
4 contributions
Jun 2022
The tour was very interesting, service was great, staff super friendly. Loved the tasting, drinks, and food. Will definitely go back!
Written June 30, 2022
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Dean92802
Anaheim, CA88 contributions
Oct 2021
A great distillery in a very interesting building! Great staff, even gave us a tour of the place and learned some history. Bartender was really friendly. He let us order off the menu and even made up a drink on the spot for one of our friends.
Written October 23, 2021
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Tania A
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
This place has the worst customer service ever! Thornton Distillery lost a great tipping customer over an incident that took place in the restroom that is supposed to be private. My wife has Crohn’s disease and stage one pancreatic cancer and has to use the restroom frequently. She was approached by an employee and asked us to leave because she vomited in the restroom. This is discriminatory and just plain rude!
Written September 9, 2021
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ZoomZoomBishes
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Try the house special drink. I don’t care what it is, it’s guaranteed delicious.
She said dark rum, pineapple... I said yes... she said jalapeño... you still in? I said... Make it a double!!
Written September 3, 2021
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Walter J
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great Burger and fries. Easy Doordash delivery to the brewery we were at in Thornton Illinois at the Thornton Distillery.
Written July 3, 2021
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Jordan T
63 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Loved this place! We stopped by on our way back into Chicago and were in for the best surprised. The drinks were delicious, the staff incredibly kind, and the space is history with a modern twist. We will be coming back for sure! Make sure to get the Vanilla bean infused vodka—it’s so good.
Written August 17, 2019
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Aerowing
Monee, IL5,004 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We came here on a Thursday night for their trivia contest. This was our first time here. The place is an old well that dates back to the Capone era. This place is a distillery that makes their own liquor. Minimum food but what they have is excellent. The flatbreads are great. We had the artichoke ones and they are really, really good. Their drinks, with a lot of specialty drinks are amazing. The slushy drinks are highly recommended. Get one before they run out for the night. You can really taste the liquor in all their drinks. We had a great time here and would love to come back again.
Written June 5, 2019
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mck210
Beecher, IL90 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The Restaurant is dripping with history all the way back to 1895. All the staff was very accommodating and more than willing to ensure you enjoyed your experience. While the menu is minuscule ( it is a distillery) the food was very good. The spirits were fine and plentiful. If you enjoy history and good service I suggest you give it a try.
Written February 26, 2019
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Kelly Cathcart
Valparaiso, IN1,179 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
This place is just plain cool. The building is the oldest brewery in Illinois. The way they have renovated and turned it into a distillery is amazing. The place has this super cool vintage vibe and yet new. The liquor they make is very good. The flatbread pizzas were awesome. They have managed to provide top notch food and drink while keeping the prices very good. They don't have any alcohol other than what they distill on site, with is actualy really cool. We got a cool little tour of the place with a short history of the building and got to go down to the well. Very spooky fun. Thursday's is trivia night, and it's free to play. The trivia was run very well and we had a blast.
Written January 12, 2019
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AngelaSept
Chicago, IL52 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
We visited The Well with our friends this passed Friday night.
The decor is very tasteful, reflecting the age of the building and the spirit of the place.
Cocktails were fabulous and the service was amazing. We also had a flat bread that was truly delicious.
I can not recommend this place enough!
Written November 26, 2018
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  • Thu - Thu 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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