City Winery Chicago named Top Winery in Illinois

Being a winery, or any establishment for that matter, it’s easy to be recognized and noticed locally. To gain recognition and praise nationally, however, is an entirely different story! Last month,, TripAdvisor‘s vacation rental site, used industry research and traveler feedback to compile a list of the 50 top wineries and breweries worth traveling for, selecting one per state- and City Winery Chicago was listed as the top winery in Illinois!

This award from could not be more timely as we recently received the prestigious Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, which was given to only 35 Chicago restaurants.  Check out our extensive list of wines including ones we make on site here in the windy city.

We hope to share our brand and provide the City Winery experience for more than just locals, but people traveling nationally and internationally as well. We are both honored and thrilled to be on this list and cannot wait to welcome the new guests who will come because of it. Check out the full list here and share with your friends!





Nashville Stage – Concrete Poured – Amazing Sound System




Today the crews poured more than a ton of concrete on the stage building a super solid amazing stage.  Notice the cut outs for perfect sound placement of the sub woofers.  Our partner Meyer Sound are about to start the installation of an over-the-top sound system that is about to blow the pants off of Nashville!


August Events at City Winery Chicago

August is right around the corner- can you believe it? We sure can’t. Autumn might be approaching- but that doesn’t mean there’s not still time to get out and enjoy summer! Among the Festival After Parties, the impressive lineup of folk shows, and an evening with Country music royalty coming up next month, this August truly has something to offer everyone!

Summertime in Chicago means lots of music festivals-but the fun doesn’t stop there! We have not one, but TWO Festival after shows! Lollapalooza is August 1-3, and we’re excited to kick off the month with UK artist Kate Nash here for an Official Lolla After Show on 8/1! We’re expecting a sold out show- so get your tickets before they’re gone! We’re also excited to have contemporary soul group The Nth Power & Chicago’s own Van Ghost on 8/31 for an official North Coast Music Festival after party! We’re starting off the month with an after party, so it only seems fitting to go out with one as well!

August also brings exciting news for all the folkies in Chicago! We’ve got several great folk acts throughout August, including songster Dom Flemons on 8/3, string bands Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters & The Appleseed Collective on 8/7, and “Folk’s Renaissance Man” John McCutcheon on 8/8. Each has their own unique take on folk music- and all worth checking out!

We’re especially excited to have country music royalty & Carter Family member Carlene Carter perform on 8/9 with special guest Jodee Lewis, who performed here earlier this year. She recently released her new album Carter Girl, which includes her own interpretations of several Carter Family songs. Don’t miss an intimate night with this very special country artist.

Be sure to check out our full August lineup below:

8/1- Kate Nash w/ Meg Meyers
8/3- Dom Flemons
8/4- The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke with Darrian Ford
8/6- Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution & Stooges Brass Band
8/7- Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters & The Appleseed Collective
8/8- John McCutcheon
8/9- Carlene Carter w/ Jodee Lewis
8/9 – Michelle L’amour’s Variety Show
8/10- Bruce Cockburn w/ Jenny Scheinman – SOLD OUT
8/11- Bruce Cockburn w/ Jenny Scheinman (2nd Show)
8/12- Sharon Shannon
8/13- Eric Roberson – SOLD OUT
8/14- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The Barefoot Movement
8/15- Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound & Peter Mulvey
8/17 & 18- An Evening with Leo Kottke
8/19- Music of John Lennon Wine Pairing
8/20- Toby Lightman & Emerson Hart
8/21- Butch Hancock and Jimmy Dale Gilmore & Fred Eaglesmith
8/22- Paul Thorn – CD Release show
8/24- Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Sons of the Never Wrong
8/28 & 29- An Evening with Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely
8/31- The Nth Power & Van Ghost w/ DJ Otto

All tickets can be purchased at the City Winery Chicago Website

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New Pinot Porter at City Winery Napa!



Attention Porter beer fans! City Winery Napa is thrilled to announce the release of our exclusive Pinot Porter. A perfect summertime refresher, our beer carries rich, dark flavors of milk chocolate and coffee beans while offering a lighter-bodied style of Porter. The nose is dense with cocoa, chicory, vanilla bean and overripe plantain. The palette reflects more  chocolate than coffee, with touches of almond and forest floor, most likely from the Pinot Noir… yum! A perfect pairing with our roasted wild mushroom Vegetable Farro or our Niman Ranch Big City Burger. Come try our newest beer on tap today!


ABV: 5.9%

IBUs: 25


Made with Pale, Crystal 20 & 80, Black Patent, Vienna, and Chocolate malts.

Hopped with Saaz and Perle Hops.