“Beer Chicago” exhibit taps into Windy City’s beer, tavern, and brewery history
Chicago was built by immigrants seeking new opportunities, and one of the notable crafts brought with them was beer brewing. German-Americans established Chicago’s first brewery in 1833, and the Town of Chicago became official at a tavern that year after a gathering and vote of 12-1. Beer has been a component of Chicago’s colorful fabric ever since, continuing today with the emergence of the home brewing trend and a vibrant craft beer industry. “Beer Chicago” provides a unique and engaging historical look at beer culture, taverns, and breweries and the city’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for beer. Learn about different beers brewed in the Chicago area, explore the science of beer making at a hands-on activity station, and encounter the “bartender” at an interactive video kiosk as he shares knowledge about Chicago saloon and tavern history. Free admission. Hours: STWThF 1-5 pm; Sat. 10am-5pm. Location: Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, IL www.elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.
Company: Elmhurst Historical Museum
Contact: Patrice Roche