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A bright red cocktail garnished with herbs, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Rose Mary’s Thorn Free cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Where to Find Nonalcoholic Cocktails in Chicago

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Rose Mary’s Thorn Free cocktail.
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Whatever the reason, if you’re opting out of alcohol — for the night, the month, or forever —but not on socializing, Chicago has a spot for you. Bars across the U.S. have taken note of how many of us want adult, nonalcoholic options that receive as much time and attention as their higher-proof counterparts, and many of these nonalcoholic cocktails are being shaken, stirred, and built behind the bars of Windy City establishments. The common denominator (truly, the base!) of these expertly crafted cocktails is Seedlip, the range of flavor-forward distilled nonalcoholic spirits. Each variant — herbaceous Garden 108, aromatic Spice 94 and citrus-forward Grove 42 — uses botanical ingredients that are macerated, distilled, filtered, and blended meticulously to create a liquid like nothing you’ve tasted before — sans alcohol.

So, go ahead with your weekday socializing and weekend nights out — order a nonalcoholic cocktail and you won’t miss out on a thing.

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1. Kumiko

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630 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 285-2912
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Opened in 2018 but relaunched in late 2021, this intimate and modern cocktail bar in Chicago’s West Loop plays to Japanese tastes, foods, and experiences. Since reopening their doors in August after the pandemic forced them to pivot to takeout only, they’re focusing on food-cocktail pairings. If you’re looking for a booze-free option to pair with snacks like oysters or honey nori cashews, they offer a variety of nonalcoholic cocktails. Our pick? The Bright One, which is made with Seedlip Garden 108, yuzu juice, clover honey, and ginger beer. 

A bartender mixes a light green cocktail, placed next to a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Kumiko’s The Bright One cocktail.
Photo by Sammy Faze

2. BLVD Steakhouse

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817 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 526-3116
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This posh spot has an Old Hollywood vibe with glass chandeliers and velvet seating. With an emphasis on modern American dishes and iconic cocktails with a twist (like Autumn Vieux and the BLVDier), it’s a great option for an intimate date night or a swanky night out. If you’re craving a nonalcoholic option, try The Hyacinth with Seedlip Garden 108, green cardamom, grapefruit, cucumber, basil and aquafaba.

A pale yellow cocktail with white foam in a highball glass, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Grove 42.
A nonalcoholic cocktail from BLVD.
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3. Rose Mary

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932 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607
(872) 260-3921
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Located in the West Loop, this restaurant fuses Croatian and Italian flavors for unique, rustic dishes. But the biggest draw is the space itself: Light-filled and decorated with hanging plants and red brick walls, the interior is meant to resemble traditional taverns in Croatia known as konobas. For a spirit-free drink option, try the Thorn Free with Seedlip Garden 108. (It also includes seasonal fruit, lime, salt, tonic, and — of course — rosemary.)

A bright red cocktail garnished with herbs, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Rose Mary’s Thorn Free cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

4. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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Serving seasonal American food, Boka has been a part of Chicago’s landscape for over 18 years — including 10 years of consecutive Michelin stars. Their menu changes based on the seasons and what’s available from local farms, but their cocktail list features a wide selection of both boozy and spirit-free options. Our fave is the herb-forward Aphrodite’s Garden, which includes Seedlip Garden 108, osmanthus, and bay leaf.

A gold-colored cocktail, garnished with a lemon peel.
Boka’s Aphrodite’s Garden cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

5. Gilt Bar

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230 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 464-9544
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Located in the booming neighborhood of River North, this Prohibition-style bar features wrap velvet banquettes and a dimly lit ambiance — making it quite nice for a date night or flirting with whoever shows up at the bar. (Do you.) With a focus on American fare and classic cocktails, you’ll have no trouble finding something delicious on this menu — and it’s consistently good. For a nonalcoholic twist on a Tom Collins, order the Cucumber Collins, featuring Seedlip Garden 108, elderflower tonic, and (duh) cucumber. 

6. Formento's

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925 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 690-7295
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Named after the owner’s grandmother, this restaurant in the West Loop serves traditional Italian family recipes alongside “new-age dishes” — everything from spaghetti and meatballs to swordfish salmoriglio. Their wine menu offers over 600 varieties from around the world, but if you’re craving something booze-free, try the On The Fairway cocktail with Seedlip Garden 108, lime, honey, and cucumber mint tonic.

A bright yellow cocktail topped with herbs, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
A nonalcoholic cocktail from Formento’s.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

7. The Bristol

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2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-5555
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The Bristol’s seasonal menu combines classic French techniques with contemporary New American flavors, complete with fresh produce from Midwest farms. Stop by for dinner (options include a braised short rib or trout tartare), or try their eight-course tasting menu. For a nonalcoholic drink to pair with your meal, order the Saturn Ascending, with Seedlip Grove 42, passionfruit, orgeat syrup, yuzu, and sparkling water. 

A bright orange cocktail topped with herbs in a margarita glass.
The Bristol’s Saturn Ascending cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

8. Cindy's Rooftop

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3502
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Thirteen stories above Millennium Park and overlooking Lake Michigan, you have one of the best rooftops in the city — Cindy’s Rooftop. Go here for awesome views, and stay for awesome eats. With a nod to family-style comfort food, it’s a great stop for brunch or just a bite to eat. If you’re going the no-booze route, try Winklebottom’s Tonic, with Seedlip Garden 108, tamarind, honey, lemon, and soda. 

A brown cocktail served in a highball glass and topped with a dehydrated orange.
Cindy’s Rooftop’s Winklebottom’s Tonic cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

9. Little Wild at the Ace Hotel

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311 N Morgan St 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 825-3783
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Situated on a high floor of the Ace Hotel in downtown’s West Loop, Little Wild also offers spectacular views of the city and a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. Snack on their housemade popcorn mix, chicken wings, or mushroom chorizo nachos, and sip on a booze-free cocktail with Seedlip Garden 108, blackberries, guava, and lime.

A bright red cocktail garnished with lime, blackberry, and mint.
Little Wild’s nonalcoholic cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

10. Z Bar at the Peninsula Hotel

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108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-6888
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Located, you guessed it, at the Peninsula Hotel, this rooftop bar and cocktail lounge features hand-crafted cocktails and a global take on tapas or small plates, all with awesome views of the city. The bar focuses on using rare alcohols and small-batch bitters, while the cuisine is upscale and playful (like potato bites with crème frîache and caviar). To forgo the booze, try the refreshing SB Spritz, with Seedlip Grove 42 and nonalcoholic sauvignon blanc, soda, citrus, and strawberry. 

A clear cocktail served in a wine glass and garnished with strawberry, orange, and thyme.
Z Bar’s DB Spritz cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas
This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

1. Kumiko

630 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661
A bartender mixes a light green cocktail, placed next to a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Kumiko’s The Bright One cocktail.
Photo by Sammy Faze

Opened in 2018 but relaunched in late 2021, this intimate and modern cocktail bar in Chicago’s West Loop plays to Japanese tastes, foods, and experiences. Since reopening their doors in August after the pandemic forced them to pivot to takeout only, they’re focusing on food-cocktail pairings. If you’re looking for a booze-free option to pair with snacks like oysters or honey nori cashews, they offer a variety of nonalcoholic cocktails. Our pick? The Bright One, which is made with Seedlip Garden 108, yuzu juice, clover honey, and ginger beer. 

630 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661

2. BLVD Steakhouse

817 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
A pale yellow cocktail with white foam in a highball glass, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Grove 42.
A nonalcoholic cocktail from BLVD.
Courtesy of Seedlip

This posh spot has an Old Hollywood vibe with glass chandeliers and velvet seating. With an emphasis on modern American dishes and iconic cocktails with a twist (like Autumn Vieux and the BLVDier), it’s a great option for an intimate date night or a swanky night out. If you’re craving a nonalcoholic option, try The Hyacinth with Seedlip Garden 108, green cardamom, grapefruit, cucumber, basil and aquafaba.

817 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Rose Mary

932 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607
A bright red cocktail garnished with herbs, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
Rose Mary’s Thorn Free cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Located in the West Loop, this restaurant fuses Croatian and Italian flavors for unique, rustic dishes. But the biggest draw is the space itself: Light-filled and decorated with hanging plants and red brick walls, the interior is meant to resemble traditional taverns in Croatia known as konobas. For a spirit-free drink option, try the Thorn Free with Seedlip Garden 108. (It also includes seasonal fruit, lime, salt, tonic, and — of course — rosemary.)

932 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607

4. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
A gold-colored cocktail, garnished with a lemon peel.
Boka’s Aphrodite’s Garden cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Serving seasonal American food, Boka has been a part of Chicago’s landscape for over 18 years — including 10 years of consecutive Michelin stars. Their menu changes based on the seasons and what’s available from local farms, but their cocktail list features a wide selection of both boozy and spirit-free options. Our fave is the herb-forward Aphrodite’s Garden, which includes Seedlip Garden 108, osmanthus, and bay leaf.

1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Gilt Bar

230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Located in the booming neighborhood of River North, this Prohibition-style bar features wrap velvet banquettes and a dimly lit ambiance — making it quite nice for a date night or flirting with whoever shows up at the bar. (Do you.) With a focus on American fare and classic cocktails, you’ll have no trouble finding something delicious on this menu — and it’s consistently good. For a nonalcoholic twist on a Tom Collins, order the Cucumber Collins, featuring Seedlip Garden 108, elderflower tonic, and (duh) cucumber. 

230 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Formento's

925 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
A bright yellow cocktail topped with herbs, and a glass bottle of Seedlip Garden 108.
A nonalcoholic cocktail from Formento’s.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Named after the owner’s grandmother, this restaurant in the West Loop serves traditional Italian family recipes alongside “new-age dishes” — everything from spaghetti and meatballs to swordfish salmoriglio. Their wine menu offers over 600 varieties from around the world, but if you’re craving something booze-free, try the On The Fairway cocktail with Seedlip Garden 108, lime, honey, and cucumber mint tonic.

925 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. The Bristol

2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A bright orange cocktail topped with herbs in a margarita glass.
The Bristol’s Saturn Ascending cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

The Bristol’s seasonal menu combines classic French techniques with contemporary New American flavors, complete with fresh produce from Midwest farms. Stop by for dinner (options include a braised short rib or trout tartare), or try their eight-course tasting menu. For a nonalcoholic drink to pair with your meal, order the Saturn Ascending, with Seedlip Grove 42, passionfruit, orgeat syrup, yuzu, and sparkling water. 

2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Cindy's Rooftop

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
A brown cocktail served in a highball glass and topped with a dehydrated orange.
Cindy’s Rooftop’s Winklebottom’s Tonic cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Thirteen stories above Millennium Park and overlooking Lake Michigan, you have one of the best rooftops in the city — Cindy’s Rooftop. Go here for awesome views, and stay for awesome eats. With a nod to family-style comfort food, it’s a great stop for brunch or just a bite to eat. If you’re going the no-booze route, try Winklebottom’s Tonic, with Seedlip Garden 108, tamarind, honey, lemon, and soda. 

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

9. Little Wild at the Ace Hotel

311 N Morgan St 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
A bright red cocktail garnished with lime, blackberry, and mint.
Little Wild’s nonalcoholic cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Situated on a high floor of the Ace Hotel in downtown’s West Loop, Little Wild also offers spectacular views of the city and a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. Snack on their housemade popcorn mix, chicken wings, or mushroom chorizo nachos, and sip on a booze-free cocktail with Seedlip Garden 108, blackberries, guava, and lime.

311 N Morgan St 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607

10. Z Bar at the Peninsula Hotel

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
A clear cocktail served in a wine glass and garnished with strawberry, orange, and thyme.
Z Bar’s DB Spritz cocktail.
Photo by Jaclyn Rivas

Located, you guessed it, at the Peninsula Hotel, this rooftop bar and cocktail lounge features hand-crafted cocktails and a global take on tapas or small plates, all with awesome views of the city. The bar focuses on using rare alcohols and small-batch bitters, while the cuisine is upscale and playful (like potato bites with crème frîache and caviar). To forgo the booze, try the refreshing SB Spritz, with Seedlip Grove 42 and nonalcoholic sauvignon blanc, soda, citrus, and strawberry. 

108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

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