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Where to Celebrate Repeal Day

Dec. 3 is Repeal Day: Go drink!


After 13 years of Prohibition, where it was illegal to produce, sell and drink alcohol of any kind in the United States, Congress repealed the 18th Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933, once again making it OK to imbibe. While many people found covert ways to drink in speakeasies (like in coffee cups at the Milk Bar, the country celebrated when they could, once again, get their drink on. Today, we can drink anywhere we want (assuming you’re not in a dry county in, say, Tennessee), but it’s always fun to raise a glass (or three) to toast to Repeal Day. Some spots where you can celebrate:

  • Untitled hosts Unbridled, a free-admission variety show with burlesque dancers to hark back to the golden days of Prohibition and the roaring ’20s.
  • The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) hosts The Last Speakeasy on the eve of the repeal (Dec. 3). From 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., guests will drink, cavort, gamble (for novelty, of course) and party the night away.
  • From 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 6, the Dawson (730 W. Grand) celebrates Old Forester, the first-bottled bourbon and the only spirit to continuously be sold legally since its introduction in 1870 — even during Prohibition when it was sold medicinally. The $15 ticket gets you three drinks and snacks.
  • Hit The Boundary (1932 W. Division) Dec. 5 for a 1933-themed soiree with jazz covers of modern tunes, a mugshot photo booth and plenty of Giggle Juice (aka $12 side cars made with Makers Mark 46).
  • Toss back $12.50 Prohibition-era drinks like Old Fashioneds and Scofflaws at III Forks (180 N. Field Blvd.) on Dec. 5 from 5 to 11 p.m. while eating lamb meatballs, charcuterie and sliders.

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