You don’t need an excuse to drink, but this week you’ve got a good one. Monday through Sunday, thousands of bars and restaurants around the world are pouring creative spins on the Negroni — a classic Italian cocktail made with Campari, gin and sweet vermouth — and donating a portion of the proceeds to various charities. The drink may taste bitter, but you’ll get the sweet satisfaction of giving back. Check out the novel versions at these 12 Chicago spots, or visit for a full list of participants.

Three Dots and a Dash

The Saturn, a 1960s tiki drink made with gin, lemon, passion fruit falernum and orgeat, gets topped with a negroni float to create the Saturn + Negroni ($15) at the River North tropical bar.

Benefiting: Greater Chicago Food Depository.

435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220.