During the prohibition Era, Chicago was known as hotbed of moonshine-making and alcohol-running, so it isn’t surprising that this city is still known today for its drink selection. Now, it’s all legal of course, so here are some of the best signature drinks the city has to offer.

Coco Taro- We start off our list with a nonalcoholic drink- the coco taro from Bee and Tea. This bubbly tea is an iced combination of taro tea and coconut milk. It’s served at a bubbly tea shop, so customers can have it with their choice of boba topping. The drink can also be served hot, if desired. It’s rich and creamy and can safely be enjoyed with tapioca pearls or honey. For something a bit more exotic, you might want to try it with lychee jelly or red beans.

Strawberry Mojito- This colorful, flavorful drink is the perfect complement to the cozy designs of Chicago’s May St. Café. It combines mint leaves, strawberries, syrup, sugar, cane rum and limes for a delightful, fruity twist on the classic drink. This is a true summer drink that’s endlessly refreshing and bursting with color.

Box Lunch- Styled like an upscale school box lunch, this combination of spirits, chocolate and caffeine is a great grown-up drink for the child in all of us. The presentation is the best reason to try it, as it is served in a glass styled to look like a cafeteria box chocolate milk. The complex mixture of dark chocolate, Thai coffee, cream and liqueur ensure it is anything but standard cafeteria fare, and it feels right at home in the upscale House 406.

Freddo Fresko- You might not think it is worth going out of your way for an iced cappuccino in Chicago. After all, there are coffee houses on nearly every corner that can serve the same drink. The reason we suggest you do search out the Freddo Fresko at the Fresh Fresko café is that the way it has been made is simply peerless. The execution is what makes this drink stand out, as it uses natural ingredients prepared by an experienced barista to give you a comforting, frothy drink that feels like it belongs in a fine dining establishment.

Boston Club Punch- Bordel serves a lovely punch that retails for $12 a teacup. It’s a mixture of orange oleo, sparkling wine, lemon, raspberry, Jamaican rum, cognac, and Grand Marnier. The presentation here is top notch, and a fine reason to seek it out. The drink is served in an ornate teacup (or pot, if you splurge) and is right at home in the upscale Bordel.

Root Beer Float- For sheer decadence, you can’t beat what the Brown Cow Parlor is offering with its signature root beer float. It is actually made from fresh ingredients every time and is brewed entirely in house, giving it a unique flavor and that real touch of homemade goodness that you can’t get at your standard coffee shop or restaurant chain. There is something special about a drink that takes this much work and that is being made entirely before your eyes.

Chicago has a lot more signature drinks to try, and these are just a sampling of what’s on offer.

Is Your Event Space Guest Ready?

If you are thinking about hosting guests in your event space, you will need to ensure the space is ready for your guests. This means cleaning the facility, prepping adequate space and seating, ensuring all facilities are in working order and checking with the guests to see what they may need for the event

Proper Cleaning Makes Your Venue More Appealing

Don’t underestimate the power of a good cleaning for your event space. The floors are the most important part to clean, but you’ll also want to focus some energy on the bathrooms and make sure all toiletry items are well stocked.

What many even hosts will do is hire a cleaning service to handle to this part of their preparations. They may have a lot of work to do and don’t want to take the time to do the cleaning themselves, or they trust that a professional cleaning company will be able to do a better, more thorough job. Either way, it is worth considering hiring someone who is qualified for this job. Here at Red Line Tap, we got House Cleaning Services From Diamond Company and we highly recommend them.

Check the Facilities

How badly will it ruin your event if there is a burst pipe or some of the toilets are not working properly? Your guests are not going to be happy, and you may even need to close down the venue and cancel the event if the problem is serious enough. While your place may be able to operate fine with its day-to-day usage, once you get a lot of guests in there, your plumbing and various facilities will be put under a lot of strain. It’s a good idea to check the pipework, sinks, faucets, toilets, doors and other parts of your venue that your guests will be using throughout the event. Make sure everything is working perfectly and perform this check a few days ahead of time. That way, if you find something wrong, you have time to fix it yourself or bring in an expert (like a plumber) to take care of it before your event.

Check with Your Guests

You might have some guests that require special attention at your event. Someone in a wheelchair may need a ramp installed. Your guests might have food allergies that need to be addressed, and you may need to adjust the menu accordingly. You might also want to check with you guests to see if they are bringing children and ensure that there are proper facilities, beverages and adequate seating for them.

As you prepare your venue, don’t forget about the exterior of the place. You’ll want to ensure there is enough parking for everyone and make sure your guests will be able to park in such a way that those who want to leave early can do so.

There is a lot to prepare for you guests before they arrive, and the work can feel overwhelming. You may need to bring in some professionals to do some of it, and your work will pay off with an event that goes smoothly and that is fun for your guests.