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Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History
Opening September 16, 2015-February 14, 2016
Chicago is an immigrant city built by the hands of those seeking new opportunities. One of the notable crafts of these early immigrants was beer brewing. German immigrants established Chicago’s first brewery in 1833, serving beer to the 200 residents drinking in the city’s three taverns. It was at one of these establishments – Sauganash Tavern – that the town of Chicago became official after an 1833 gathering and vote of 12-1. Beer has been a component of Chicago’s colorful fabric ever since, and it continues today with the emergence of a vibrant craft beer industry. Beer and drinking is an undeniable facet of Chicago’s culture and history, and Beer Chicago provides a unique and engaging look at how beer and Chicago have grown up together. Exhibit Partner: Liz Garibay
Check out our schedule of adult programs and special events related to the "Beer Chicago" exhibit.
- Step up to the interactive “bar” and encounter the bartender who will test your knowledge of Chicago beer history
- Learn about different beers brewed in the Chicago region over time
- Explore the science of beer-making at a hands-on activity station
- View a special feature on Elmhurst’s own beer brewing and tavern history