Elmhurst Historical Museum 120 E. Park Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126, Ph: 630-833-1457 Tues-Sun 1-5 pm Free Admission

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Beer Chicago, Chicago History Museum ICHi-50287Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m.  Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
General Admission: Free   For CURRENT EXHIBITS, click here.

BC BEER LOGO COLOR W TAG-web.jpgBeer Chicago: The Refreshing History
Opening September 18, 2015-February 14, 2016

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 an 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 view a feature on Elmhurst’s own beer brewing and tavern history.

Exhibit Partner: Liz Garibay  


  • 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
Check out our schedule of adult programs and special events related to the "Beer Chicago" exhibit.

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