CH Distillery + Ethereal

Only the highest rated spirits receive the prestigious double gold medal. It's no surprise to us that the Amaro CH Distillery in Chicago made with our nibs can boast this accolade. Try our Cupid's Arrow, made with this award-winning Amaro, our housemade cocoa nib infused Catcher's Rye, Luxardo cherry liqueur and vanilla bean syrup.

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We carry a variety of spirits from CH. Our signature cocktail, the Smoking Gun, is made with smooth CH Distillery bourbon, sweet and smoky Luxardo Cherry Liqueur, salted cherries and housemade chocolate bitters. An actual smoking gun is used to add natural smoke flavor and aroma.

We carry a variety of spirits from CH, they are always part of the lineup. Come in and try a cocktail today!

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Spring Menu

We introduced our spring menu a couple weeks ago and customers are loving the fresh vibe! This is the Spring Salad, a delicious combo of mixed greens, dried cranberries, pecans, fresh goat cheese and handmade balsamic vinaigrette.

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And if you're craving something a little sweeter, try the Peppermint Patty, a matcha latte with white or dark chocolate and peppermint, can be made hot, iced or frozen (blended). Or for a bit of decadence, try the strawberry amaretto cheesecake!

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Take a peek at the full menu here, then come in immediately to try something new! 

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! The Atrocious Poets are hosting a citywide event throughout the month of April called One City, One Poet. We are participating with custom coffee and cocktail drinks, poetry to-go on our cup sleeves, and special poetry events.  

 

The Honey & Salt Latte is flavored with delicious salted honey caramel.

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Honey and Salt by Carl Sandburg

There are sanctuaries
holding honey and salt.
There are those who 
spill and spend.
There are those who
search and save.
And love may be a quest
with silence and content.
 

The Smoke & Steel Cocktail features a lavender gin, house-made smoked bitter grapefruit liqueur, white vermouth and garnished with a brûléed candied orange peel. 

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Smoke and Steel by Carl Sandburg

Smoke of the fields in spring is one,
Smoke of the leaves in autumn another.
Smoke of a steel-mill roof or a battleship funnel,
They all go up in a line with a smokestack,
Or they twist … in the slow twist … of the wind.
 

Poetry by Carl Sandburg line the sleeves of each drink in April, energizing your mind with more than just caffeine... Five different poems were printed, think you can collect them all?

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We partnered with Atrocious Poets for a poetry-writing workshop led by Mojdeh Stoakley, Director of the National Poetry Slam, and Education Director for Poets with Class through the Poetry Center of Chicago. It was an inspiring night for all! 

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Our New Location

We are moving! Not too far, just on the other side of the historic Woodstock Square. Join us on our journey as we take over and renovate an old, vacant 10,000 square foot building.

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This new, larger building will allow us to create a space we've always dreamed about. Here are just some of the new features:

  • Incubator Kitchen - rentable, dedicated commercial kitchen space for any food entrepreneur to create the next great craft food.
  • Community Nights - Poetry nights, knitting nights, art gallery openings, movie screenings, local musicians, swing dancing, and a lot of other cool things! This will be a space to share passions for arts, crafts, music and literature.
  • Speakeasy - An awesome 1920s throwback bar with period music and furniture- in a secret basement room.
  • New Cafe - Our cafe will change and expand. We'll have more food and we'll make more great connections with the community to bring in more farm to table ingredients!
  • Event Room - Looking for a great space for your next party, business meeting or celebration? We will have a dedicated space for any occasion.
  • More Pairings, Flights & Secret Food Occasions - We'll have more room to host new events and we also have some special (secret) ideas up our sleeves.
  • And More Chocolate! - We want to expand our chocolate production and get equipment to be able to sell to more places across the world!

This is what the building looks like now, but not for long! Follow along with our progress, here on the blog, or search #etherealonthemove on social media.

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Pure Imagination

As Willy Wonka said, "The suspense is terrible. I hope it'll last." 1 out of 5 golden tickets have been found! Will you be the one to find one of the remaining tickets? Come in and purchase a chocolate bar (or 10) anytime in April and you may be a lucky recipient!

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Ownership of a coveted golden ticket gets you behind-the-scenes access to our new location opening this fall. We, the Ethereal owners, will conduct you around the factory ourselves, showing you everything that there is to see, and afterward, you will enjoy Willy Wonka themed drinks and snacks and have a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Afterward, when it is time to leave, you will be presented with lots of chocolate!

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We are preparing other surprises that are even more marvelous and even more fantastic for you and for all our beloved Golden Ticket holders - mystic and marvelous surprises that will entice, delight, intrigue, astonish and perplex you beyond measure. In your wildest dreams, you could not imagine such things could happen to you! Just wait and see!

"Don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted... He lived happily ever after." -Willy Wonka