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Special Events Bar Logan Square

Sometimes People are Good-A Tribute to Mr. Rogers 

It’s a beautiful day in the Logan Square neighborhood. Relive your childhood and join The Whistler for a tribute to Mr. Rogers on August 15th. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. listen to covers of Mr. Rogers songs from local artist Paul Karner of PK Flyer's most recent album “Please Don’t Think It’s Funny", created to honor the late and great Mr. Rogers. Put on your favorite cardigan and sneakers and listen to tunes like “Just for Once”, “It’s You I Like” and many more. The stage will be modeled after the Mr. Rogers set and special guest artists will join PK Flyer on stage throughout the evening, including Eli Caterer of the Smoking Popes, local soul and hip-hop artist Rich Jones,  Chicago comedian Bill Bullock and puppetry by Sarah Goone. A portion of the evening’s bar proceeds will benefit the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

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Mr. Rogers Tribute at The Whistler (Photo Courtesy of Paul Karner)

Summer Cocktail Shake-Up

The Whistler, known for their daily rotating menu of crafted cocktails, has added four new summer sips. Head Bartender, Julieta Campos’s drinks inspired by leading ladies, fruit carts scattered around Chicago and more are on the menu for the duration of the summer.  See below for a full cocktail details.

Tongolele: Named after Yolanda Montes, the Mexican vedette or leading star on stage, who is better known as Tongolele, this summer sip is the leading lady of the new batch of cocktails. Inspired by The Whistler’s long-running favorite Verdita — made from mint, cilantro, pineapple, habanero, and jalapeño, the Tongolele starts with Aquavit and Luxardo Bitter. The house Verdita is then added with a squeeze of lemon, a few sprinkles of salt, and garnished with mint to create a pretty pink drink that packs some serious sass.

Pomp and Circumstance: This cocktail was created by Campos as an ode to the Mexican fruit cart vendors throughout Chicago who sell fruit dusted in chile con limon, a blend of spicy chiles, salt and lime. The Pomp and Circumstance cocktail combines gin, with mango, lime, pomegranate and juices, with a scattering of salt and chile, offering a fruity cocktail with a spicy finish.  

Definitely Not Poison: This swizzle-style drink is definitely not poison but it’s definitely refreshing with aquavit from local Chicago distillery CH, mixed with passion fruit syrup, lemon and Pacific Oat Milk to add a creamy texture. The DNP is then topped off with a a dash of Amaro Abano and garnished with cinnamon and mint. 

Midnight Muse: The Midnight Muse combines Agave de Cortes mezcal with Apologue Aronia, which balances out the smokiness of the mezcal with its fruity, floral notes. Fresh lime juice, simple syrup, cucumbers and cola bitters are added to the mix and then topped off fresh ginger beer. The tasty sip is garnished with a mint sprig.

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Definitely Not Poison Cocktail Photo Courtesy of The Whistler

Field Museum Pop-Up

For the entire month of September, The Whistler will host a Field Museum pop-up clad with glass dioramas inspired by museum collections in the bar and front window gallery. Head Bartender, Julieta Campos will curate cocktails based off of ancient ingredients and old-aged drinking. A series of weekly presentations will include a talk with Matt Nelsen and Marty Scott of Revolution Brewing about how beer is made, the science behind the yeast that ferments the grains, and how different tastes come about on September 9th at 6 p.m. in addition to a talk with Field Anthropologist, Ryan Williams and Art Institute Scholar Lucas Livingston on early brewing practices in Peru and Egypt, what ancient societies drank, and how they brewed it on September 18th. 


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