The Well

The Well Thornton Distilling Company is located in Illinois' oldest standing brewery built-in 1857. Visit us at The Well, our award-winning cocktail bar.

Food Menu Available via 2nd Kitchen. Please "Like" our page if you are 21+. Please drink responsibly.

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Price Range: ££

Operating as usual

Happy to announce our latest featured artist Alexandra Winthrop @awinthrop_art  from @evergreenstudios.chicago.  She has...
10/10/2021

Happy to announce our latest featured artist Alexandra Winthrop @awinthrop_art from @evergreenstudios.chicago. She has an incredible library of work. Come see what she has to offer on October 17th between noon and 9pm. El taco pop-up Memo’s Jr.

After party starts at 10pm with @sevenoddz . #inkpushersmarket @thewell1857 #event #tattoo #tattooart #art #illinois #chicago #thorntondistillery #coctails #tacos #artmarket

🚨 Catch the Sox and the Bears this weekend on the largest screen this side of Thorn Creek 🚨Gates open at 3pm.
10/09/2021

🚨 Catch the Sox and the Bears this weekend on the largest screen this side of Thorn Creek 🚨
Gates open at 3pm.

🚨 Catch the Sox and the Bears this weekend on the largest screen this side of Thorn Creek 🚨
Gates open at 3pm.

Another featured artist @jeredpeters. We are waiting with great anticipation to see what he has in store for us on Octob...
10/09/2021

Another featured artist @jeredpeters. We are waiting with great anticipation to see what he has in store for us on October 17th between noon and 9pm. @thorntondistilling come in and check it out! After party starts at 10pm with @sevenoddz

@untold_gallery
#inkpushersmarket @thewell1857 #event #tattoo #tattooart #art #indiana #thorntondistillery #coctails #tacos #artmarket

Proudly announcing featured artist @lucas_blackarms. Here are some examples of his work. Join us October 17th from noon ...
10/08/2021

Proudly announcing featured artist @lucas_blackarms. Here are some examples of his work.

Join us October 17th from noon till 9pm. Official afterparty @ 10pm feat Seven Oddz records

Thornton Distilling Co. Untold Gallery @drmcfrankenstein
#inkpushersmarket #event #tattoo #tattooart #tattooartist #tattooer #art #indiana #nwindiana #illinois #thorntondistillery #coctails #tacos #artmarket⚡⚡

We are so excited to announce the launch of GOOD DEEDS SPIRITS and its inaugural release, GOOD DEEDS MALT WHISKEY, a hig...
10/06/2021

We are so excited to announce the launch of GOOD DEEDS SPIRITS and its inaugural release, GOOD DEEDS MALT WHISKEY, a highly limited benefit release coming 10/15 via Seelbachs (@drinkseelbachs). We’re so proud to have partnered with Balcones Distillery, FEW Spirits, Santa Fe Spirits, Bently Heritage, Sonoma Distilling Company, Stateline Distillery, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Headframe Spirits, and Triple Eight Distillery for this blend.

Featuring our very own double pot-distilled single malt whisky made from 100% malted barley, this will be Thornton Distilling Company's first ever malt whisky release.

🥃GOOD DEEDS MALT WHISKEY🥃
Good Deeds Malt Whiskey is a limited edition offering blended by a group of friends & distillers founded with a mission of raising funds to increase inclusion & diversity in our industry. Each of the Good Deeds releases will benefit a different cause, with 100% of proceeds going directly back to each beneficiary. This inaugural release will benefit STEPUP (@stepupinternship), the diversity and inclusion initiative founded by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). There are only 1,000 bottles available, and 100% of proceeds will benefit the cause.

🥃GOOD DEEDS SPIRITS🥃
Good Deeds Spirits is a passionate collective of distillers and friends, committed to supporting causes that lead to positive change. From coast to coast, our distilleries have shared their spirits, time, and energy in an effort to raise funds for causes that share our values and mission: to be a force for good.

🥃STEPUP FOUNDATION🥃
The Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals (STEPUP Foundation) is a diversity initiative that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented individuals with training, encouragement, and opportunities to enter the craft spirits community through a comprehensive year long, immersive internship program. Created by ACSA, STEPUP will engage diverse applicants with an interest in the beverage sector and help those of different races, color, national origins, genders and sexual orientations to acquire the skills and experience they need to succeed in the industry.

#gooddeedsspirits #gooddeedsmaltwhiskey #whiskeyrelease #inauguralrelease #newwhiskey #whiskeycollaboration #welovewhiskey #STEPUP

We are so excited to announce the launch of GOOD DEEDS SPIRITS and its inaugural release, GOOD DEEDS MALT WHISKEY, a highly limited benefit release coming 10/15 via Seelbachs (@drinkseelbachs). We’re so proud to have partnered with Balcones Distillery, FEW Spirits, Santa Fe Spirits, Bently Heritage, Sonoma Distilling Company, Stateline Distillery, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Headframe Spirits, and Triple Eight Distillery for this blend.

Featuring our very own double pot-distilled single malt whisky made from 100% malted barley, this will be Thornton Distilling Company's first ever malt whisky release.

🥃GOOD DEEDS MALT WHISKEY🥃
Good Deeds Malt Whiskey is a limited edition offering blended by a group of friends & distillers founded with a mission of raising funds to increase inclusion & diversity in our industry. Each of the Good Deeds releases will benefit a different cause, with 100% of proceeds going directly back to each beneficiary. This inaugural release will benefit STEPUP (@stepupinternship), the diversity and inclusion initiative founded by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). There are only 1,000 bottles available, and 100% of proceeds will benefit the cause.

🥃GOOD DEEDS SPIRITS🥃
Good Deeds Spirits is a passionate collective of distillers and friends, committed to supporting causes that lead to positive change. From coast to coast, our distilleries have shared their spirits, time, and energy in an effort to raise funds for causes that share our values and mission: to be a force for good.

🥃STEPUP FOUNDATION🥃
The Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals (STEPUP Foundation) is a diversity initiative that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented individuals with training, encouragement, and opportunities to enter the craft spirits community through a comprehensive year long, immersive internship program. Created by ACSA, STEPUP will engage diverse applicants with an interest in the beverage sector and help those of different races, color, national origins, genders and sexual orientations to acquire the skills and experience they need to succeed in the industry.

#gooddeedsspirits #gooddeedsmaltwhiskey #whiskeyrelease #inauguralrelease #newwhiskey #whiskeycollaboration #welovewhiskey #STEPUP

We here at @ink_pushers_market are excited to have @e_smolinski as one of our featured #artmarket Here is a preview of s...
10/06/2021

We here at @ink_pushers_market are excited to have @e_smolinski as one of our featured #artmarket

Here is a preview of some of his work. Definitely visit with him October 17th from noon till 9pm @thorntondistilling . More artist features to come. Check back soon for updates.

#inkpushersmarket @thewell1857 #event #tattoo #tattooart #tattooartist #tattooer #art #indiana #nwindiana #illinois #thorntondistillery #coctails #tacos #artmarket

Here is a feature from one of our curators @drmcfrankenstein (aka Eamonn Carey) and a preview of the art he will be pres...
10/05/2021

Here is a feature from one of our curators @drmcfrankenstein (aka Eamonn Carey) and a preview of the art he will be presenting, October 17th from noon till 9p @thorntondistilling. After party @ 10pm. Entertainment by @sevenoddz.

Here is a feature from one of our curators @drmcfrankenstein (aka Eamonn Carey) and a preview of the tattoo art he will be presenting. October 17th from noon till 9pm @thorntondistilling. After party @ 10pm. Entertainment by @sevenoddz.

Join us Oct.17, 12-9pm at Thornton Distilling Co. in the south suburbs for this special inaugural event.Be sure to stick...
10/04/2021

Join us Oct.17, 12-9pm at Thornton Distilling Co. in the south suburbs for this special inaugural event.

Be sure to stick around for the after-party. 21+. The music starts @10pm.

Join us Oct.17, 12-9pm at Thornton Distilling Co. in the south suburbs for this special inaugural event.

Be sure to stick around for the after-party. 21+. The music starts @10pm.

09/25/2021
⚡️It’s Fight Night!⚡️Join us tonight for a world of hurt 🪓👊💀⚡️@3floydsbrewing and @warpigsbrewing will be taking over th...
09/25/2021

⚡️It’s Fight Night!⚡️
Join us tonight for a world of hurt
🪓👊💀⚡️

@3floydsbrewing and @warpigsbrewing will be taking over the taps.

Sat 9/25
Tix: bit.ly/3kH3qqR (Online sales end 5pm 9/25)
Tix avail at door, CASH ONLY

400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL

Doors: 6:15p
Bell: 7p

Tankman/Ku
Outlaw/Monroe
Storm/Jah
Bang Bros v Torero/Cortez
PnP v Gore/Creed
Angel/Newman
& MORE!

🌮EL POP UP TACO SHOP🌮
By Memo’s Jr.

@freelanceunderground
@freelancewrestling
@windycityslam

We’re bringing back one of our favorite fall cocktails to ring in the first weekend of fall! Come kick back by the fire ...
09/24/2021

We’re bringing back one of our favorite fall cocktails to ring in the first weekend of fall! Come kick back by the fire and enjoy a Pumpkin Ain’t Easy 🎃 🍁

Pumpkin Purée
Cranberry Juice
Vanilla Bean Infused Vodka
Egg White
Nutmeg

See y’all soon! 🤠

We’re bringing back one of our favorite fall cocktails to ring in the first weekend of fall! Come kick back by the fire and enjoy a Pumpkin Ain’t Easy 🎃 🍁

Pumpkin Purée
Cranberry Juice
Vanilla Bean Infused Vodka
Egg White
Nutmeg

See y’all soon! 🤠

👊Dirty Deeds tomorrow night👊Get ur tix now b4 they're sold out! Feat: 3 Floyds & Warpigs tap takeover 🍺 Gonna get nasty....
09/24/2021

👊Dirty Deeds tomorrow night👊

Get ur tix now b4 they're sold out!

Feat: 3 Floyds & Warpigs tap takeover 🍺
Gonna get nasty.

Sat 9/25/21

Tix: https://bit.ly/3kH3qqR

Thornton Distilling Co.
400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL

Scheduled to appear:
Calvin Tankman
Kevin Ku
Frontman Jah
Devon Monroe
Trevor Outlaw
Storm Grayson
Bang Bros
Pick N' Pop
& MORE!
Doors: 6:15p
Bell: 7p
21+

📷 Miguel Zapata
09/23/2021

📷 Miguel Zapata

📷 Miguel Zapata

*Match Announcement*Singles Match:Trevor Outlaw vs Devon MonroeDirty DeedsSat 9/25/21Tix: https://bit.ly/3kH3qqRThornton...
09/22/2021

*Match Announcement*

Singles Match:
Trevor Outlaw vs Devon Monroe

Dirty Deeds
Sat 9/25/21
Tix: https://bit.ly/3kH3qqR

Thornton Distilling Co.
400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL

Also appearing:
Tankman/Ku
Frontman Jah
Storm Grayson
Bang Bros
Pick N' Pop
& MORE!

Doors: 6:15p
Bell: 7p

*Match Announcement*

Singles Match:
Trevor Outlaw vs Devon Monroe

Dirty Deeds
Sat 9/25/21
Tix: https://bit.ly/3kH3qqR

Thornton Distilling Co.
400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL

Also appearing:
Tankman/Ku
Frontman Jah
Storm Grayson
Bang Bros
Pick N' Pop
& MORE!

Doors: 6:15p
Bell: 7p

👊Saturday match announcement 👊⚡️get tix b4 they sell out! ⚡️Calvin Tankman vs Kevin KuDirty DeedsSat 9/25/21Tix: bit.ly/...
09/19/2021

👊Saturday match announcement 👊
⚡️get tix b4 they sell out! ⚡️

Calvin Tankman vs Kevin Ku

Dirty Deeds
Sat 9/25/21
Tix: bit.ly/3kH3qqR

@TheWell1857
400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL

Also appearing:
Frontman Jah
Devon Monroe
Trevor Outlaw
Storm Grayson
Bang Bros
Pick N' Pop
& MORE!

Doors: 6:15p
Bell: 7p

@freelanceunderground @freelancewrestling #chicagowrestling #prowrestling #droptodram #freelancewrestling #freelancewrestlingchicago

👊Saturday match announcement 👊
⚡️get tix b4 they sell out! ⚡️

Calvin Tankman vs Kevin Ku

Dirty Deeds
Sat 9/25/21
Tix: bit.ly/3kH3qqR

@TheWell1857
400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL

Also appearing:
Frontman Jah
Devon Monroe
Trevor Outlaw
Storm Grayson
Bang Bros
Pick N' Pop
& MORE!

Doors: 6:15p
Bell: 7p

@freelanceunderground @freelancewrestling #chicagowrestling #prowrestling #droptodram #freelancewrestling #freelancewrestlingchicago

🚨"Ink Pushers Market" is a collection of talented tattoo artists coming together to display and vend their art and creat...
09/15/2021

🚨"Ink Pushers Market" is a collection of talented tattoo artists coming together to display and vend their art and creations.

In need of a beautiful piece of art to add to your collection? Or perhaps you are considering a new tattoo and would like to meet the region's most talented artists, all under one roof?

Join us Oct.17, 12pm-9pm at Thornton Distilling Co. in the south suburbs for this special inaugural event.

Be sure to stick around for the after-party. 21+. The music starts @10pm.

⚡Stay tuned. Artist lineup and more details TBA. ⚡

Visit the link for more details:

https://fb.me/e/JEGdqZ7D

🚨"Ink Pushers Market" is a collection of talented tattoo artists coming together to display and vend their art and creations.

In need of a beautiful piece of art to add to your collection? Or perhaps you are considering a new tattoo and would like to meet the region's most talented artists, all under one roof?

Join us Oct.17, 12pm-9pm at Thornton Distilling Co. in the south suburbs for this special inaugural event.

Be sure to stick around for the after-party. 21+. The music starts @10pm.

⚡Stay tuned. Artist lineup and more details TBA. ⚡

Visit the link for more details:

https://fb.me/e/JEGdqZ7D

You’ve had our alcoholic slushies, now get ready for our alcoholic snow cone! 🍧Today we bring you The Clover Club cockta...
09/10/2021

You’ve had our alcoholic slushies, now get ready for our alcoholic snow cone! 🍧

Today we bring you The Clover Club cocktail in the form of a delicious frozen dessert, topped with raspberry syrup and mint. 🌿

Specially priced at $6 while supplies last - Come join us and make the summer last a little longer! ☀️

You’ve had our alcoholic slushies, now get ready for our alcoholic snow cone! 🍧

Today we bring you The Clover Club cocktail in the form of a delicious frozen dessert, topped with raspberry syrup and mint. 🌿

Specially priced at $6 while supplies last - Come join us and make the summer last a little longer! ☀️

Hail Jerry! If you missed the debut of Ken Ellis’s new collection “Cato and co.” last week then today’s your day for red...
09/09/2021

Hail Jerry!

If you missed the debut of Ken Ellis’s new collection “Cato and co.” last week then today’s your day for redemption. Stop by to have Jerry Thomas’s Absinthe cocktail, browse the art collection, and grab yourself a bottle of Dead Drop Louchifer Absinthe.

Absinthe cocktail

Dead Drop Louchifer Absinthe
Celery Root Liqueur
Peychaud’s Bitters

@warpigsbrewing Lazurite is a bright, citrusy American IPA and a staff favorite. A sharp knife is only as good as a shar...
09/04/2021

@warpigsbrewing Lazurite is a bright, citrusy American IPA and a staff favorite.

A sharp knife is only as good as a sharp eye. Cain saw it fit to cut the price. Grab a cold draft for 5 bucks all weekend.

@warpigsbrewing Lazurite is a bright, citrusy American IPA and a staff favorite.

A sharp knife is only as good as a sharp eye. Cain saw it fit to cut the price. Grab a cold draft for 5 bucks all weekend.

Hell has froze over 🥶🔥🥶Sleep In The Heat ⁣is now a slushy 🤩⁣Dead Drop Rum💧⁣Lime 🍈⁣Pineapple 🍍 ⁣Ancho Chili & Jalapeño Si...
09/02/2021

Hell has froze over 🥶🔥🥶
Sleep In The Heat ⁣is now a slushy 🤩

Dead Drop Rum💧⁣
Lime 🍈⁣
Pineapple 🍍 ⁣
Ancho Chili & Jalapeño Simple 🌶⁣

Michaela’s frozen cocktail brings a savory sweet heat that will leave your tongue tingling and your palate refreshed 👅 ⁣

Sleep in The Heat(froze over) will be available all weekend long😎 ⁣

Hell has froze over 🥶🔥🥶
Sleep In The Heat ⁣is now a slushy 🤩

Dead Drop Rum💧⁣
Lime 🍈⁣
Pineapple 🍍 ⁣
Ancho Chili & Jalapeño Simple 🌶⁣

Michaela’s frozen cocktail brings a savory sweet heat that will leave your tongue tingling and your palate refreshed 👅 ⁣

Sleep in The Heat(froze over) will be available all weekend long😎 ⁣

Wonderful article by PUNCH featuring barman and artist, Ken Ellis. Meet Ken this Friday at the distillery for the openin...
08/31/2021
Ken Ellis Has Pulled a Lifetime of Leinenkugel | PUNCH

Wonderful article by PUNCH featuring barman and artist, Ken Ellis.

Meet Ken this Friday at the distillery for the opening reception and the unveiling of his new "Cato & Co." exhibit. The exhibit highlights many of the lesser-known bartenders previously excluded from the history books, such as Cato Alexandar, who started the American and world cocktail movement in the 1800s. These bartenders are responsible for many of the cocktails we all know and love today, but their contributions have been largely overlooked.

Join us Friday to give cheers to their contributions and to celebrate this amazing body of work.

"Cato & Co. - Behind the Stick, Behind the Veil” exhibition, will open Friday, September 3, 2021, at 7 pm, at Thornton Distilling Co. in Chicago's South Suburbs.

A special cocktail menu by TDC Beverage Director, Bryson Ryan will feature drinks created by the historic bartenders depicted in Ellis' exhibition such as Orsamus Willard’s “Extra, Extra Punch”, Tom Bullock’s “Pequot Semer.

https://punchdrink.com/articles/ken-ellis-has-pulled-a-lifetime-of-leinenkugel-rainbo-club-chicago/

The bouncer-turned-bartender has held court at Chicago’s iconic Rainbo Club for nearly four decades.

We will see you tomorrow at the vintage fest! Here’s the layout of our vendors and parking instructions. Here’s some not...
08/27/2021

We will see you tomorrow at the vintage fest! Here’s the layout of our vendors and parking instructions. Here’s some notes about our event:
1. The event is free and all ages. You most show an ID & be of legal drinking age to drink.
2. Each vendor is a separate entity, if you would like to purchase something please do it before you leave the booth. Most vendors accept a variety of payments. Cash is king however.
3. There are two floors of vendors, you can enter from the top floor entrance located at the back of the venue or the front door entrance of the distillery. We will have some way finding in the venue to direct you to the other half!
4. Food is available on site by @woogierolls & @memosjunior
5. Have fun
- - -
Tomorrow 11-7.
@illinoisvintagefest

Dead Drop Vintage Market this Saturday📣⚡️Repost from @caseykingart ⚡️
08/27/2021

Dead Drop Vintage Market this Saturday📣

⚡️Repost from @caseykingart ⚡️

Join us tomorrow 8/25 for an evening of comedy featuring Abi Sanchez. The show starts at 8p. Get your tix in advance.  @...
08/24/2021

Join us tomorrow 8/25 for an evening of comedy featuring Abi Sanchez. The show starts at 8p. Get your tix in advance. @abisanchezcomedy

or visit: https://www.laughsonthego.net/event-details-registration/comedy-and-cocktails-at-thornton-distilling-co-presented-by-laughs-on-the-go

Here is a clip of his comedy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYViDtNLlns

# chicagostandup #funnysh*t #laugh #humor

Join us tomorrow 8/25 for an evening of comedy featuring Abi Sanchez. The show starts at 8p. Get your tix in advance. @abisanchezcomedy

or visit: https://www.laughsonthego.net/event-details-registration/comedy-and-cocktails-at-thornton-distilling-co-presented-by-laughs-on-the-go

Here is a clip of his comedy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYViDtNLlns

# chicagostandup #funnysh*t #laugh #humor

Address

400 E Margaret St
Thornton, IL
60476

Opening Hours

Wednesday 3pm - 10pm
Thursday 3pm - 10pm
Friday 3pm - 1am
Saturday 3pm - 1am

Telephone

(708) 877-6222

Website

Services

  • Catering
  • Groups
  • Outdoor
  • Walkins

Specialties

  • Dinner
  • Drinks

Products

Whiskey and various distillations, as well as a curated selection of craft cocktails and beer.

Visit 2nd Kitchen to preview our food menu:

https://order.2ndkitchen.com/thornton/embed

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Our Story

The colorful history of Thornton Distilling Co. and our tasting room, The Well at The Distillery can be traced back to 1857. The brick and limestone building was built by the John S. Bielfeldt family on the west bank of Thorn Creek in the small Village of Thornton, Illinois. The artesian well already was on the property where a log cabin saloon and brewery had opened in 1836. The Bielfeldt family built a residence above the well and The Bielfeldt Brewing Company began producing exceptionally fine beer and would continue to do so for decades.

At the onset of Prohibition, the Bielfeldt Brewing Company was sold. The new owner bottled soda pop and continued to produce beer. Soon, federal agents raided it. Legend has it that thousands of gallons of beer were dumped into Thorn Creek. The new owner also captured the eye of Chicago bootlegger, Al Capone who had a network of beer and booze suppliers for speakeasies throughout Chicagoland's South Side. His henchman, Joe Saltis, moved in to take control. It was only a matter of time before Chicagoland’s bootlegging gangsters engaged in territorial disputes and the violence of gangland wars began.

Eventually, Capone and Saltis were named on the Public Enemies List released by the Chicago Crime Commission. They were Numbers One and Nine, respectively. Neither the Village nor the brewery's latest owners wanted association with either man and they quickly faded from public view: Capone to prison and Saltis to rural Wisconsin.

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