Plymouth rockin'

The quick and dirty on the booze-fest before the bird feast

November 22, 2011|By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye

Like a meal enjoyed between breakfast and brunch, Black Wednesday has staked its claim to the why-the-hell-not time between Halloween and New Year's Eve in the pantheon of Chicago drinking holidays. RedEye talked to bar owners to get an idea of scale in this by-the-numbers analysis of one of the booziest weekdays of the year.


Number of people expected to participate in a six-bar Turkey Trolley Trot on Wednesday in Lincoln Park, according to Gillian Fraaf, events coordinator at Bar 1 Events. Stops at Duffy's, Durkin's, Maeve, McGee's, Redmond's and Wrightwood Tap.


Highest proof of Wild Turkey, available in Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon—especially appropriate pre-Thanksgiving.


Number of champagne bottles expected to be sold at The Mid in the West Loop on Wednesday, according to manager Joey Giammarino.

50 pounds

Amount of turkey testicles organizers at Timothy O'Toole's in the Gold Coast are bringing in from a Wisconsin farm Wednesday for the bar's Turkey Testicle Festival, according to owner Humberto Martinez.


Number of Black Wednesday parties listed on

16 gallons

The amount of sangria prepared for Moe's Cantina Black Wednesday party, according to Mike Jettner, director of operations.

6 months

The amount of time Chicago Sport and Social Club has been planning its party at Deuce's and the Diamond Club, according to Gailin Kristofek of Chicago Sport and Social Club.

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