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Orson Welles once wrote of negronis, "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other."

Get ready for Negroni Week

Several Chicago bars are participating in Campari and Imbibe's salute to the Italian cocktail, June 2–8. Go drink 'em


Clear your schedules the first week in June—Campari and Imbibe have teamed up to host a worldwide event called Negroni Week. From June 2–8, participating bars will be donating a portion of the proceeds from each Negroni served to the charity of their choice, and lots of Chicago bars have signed on.

For those less than familiar with the cocktail: The negroni is a three-part drink consisting of gin, vermouth and Campari, and was a favorite of Orson Welles. There are also a few variations on the cocktail. For example, the negroski (which is a wonderful name) substitutes gin with vodka, and the boulevardier swaps the gin for bourbon.

35 Chicago bars are participating, including Scofflaw, Barrelhouse Flat, Berkshire Room and Sepia. At Ranalli's, one may find a few writing tutors sipping a negroni, as one buck from each one served will go to 826CHI, which helps students with writing. Choose from tequila, gin, bourbon or mezcal to be added to Carpano Antica and Campari.

Ada Street will be serving up negronis made with Junipero Gin and Cocchi Americano, and they'll be supporting Urban Gateways, which creates programs to engage kids in Chicago with the arts community. Punch House will be making its take on a Negroni, and will be giving a portion of the proceeds to ElevArte, which aids child development through various art programs.

You don't have to wait till June 2 to get started—tonight, the Whistler is serving up negroni variations from The Negroni: A gaz regan Notion including versions made with tequila, whiskey or apple brandy. The event runs from 6pm–2am, and they'll also be taking part in Negroni Week.

For a full list of bars participating in Negroni Week, visit

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