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Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    February 28, 2015 - December 31, 2099 @ Elmhurst Historical Museum, 2nd Floor Gallery

    The Museum’s entire second floor gallery will be transformed into an innovative exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. Visitors will enjoy thoughtful displays that combine artifacts and the latest in museum technology to create an engaging and informative experience.

  2. Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History

    September 18, 1:00 PM, 2015 - February 14, 2016, 5:00 PM @ Museum

    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.

  3. Thirsty Third Thursday: Beer Talk & Tasting

    October 15, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elmhurst Historical Museum

    Drink in the history and savor each of our Thirsty Third Thursdays! Learn more about Chicago’s fascinating beer history with “Beer Chicago” exhibit writer and beer guru Liz Garibay. Enjoy a local craft brewer’s delicious beer s in an exclusive tasting for visitors 21 and older with I.D. This month’s theme: Early Chicago Beer History with tasting by Temperance Brewing. Tour the “Beer Chicago” exhibit before the talk begins; the Museum is open 1-8 p.m. Drop-in program, no registration required.

  4. Windy City Pub Crawl

    October 24, 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Starts and ends at Elmhurst Historical Museum. "Beer Chicago" exhibit will be open prior to the Pub Crawl starting at 10:00 AM.

    Beer and saloons played important roles in Chicago’s history and growth. Chicago beer and tavern historian Liz Garibay will lead an informative pub crawl to four historic city taverns that allow participants the opportunity to see—and taste—aspects of Chicago’s past. Visit various neighborhoods and explore hidden gems that provide interesting tidbits and fascinating facts about Chicago's beer and tavern history. Make time to view the “Beer Chicago” exhibit at Elmhurst Historical Museum before you hop on the bus (Museum opens at 10:00 a.m.). Cost includes coach bus transportation and commemorative t-shirt. Food/beverage purchases at each pub are the responsibility of the participant. Minimum 10 attendees, maximum 27. Must be 21+ to participate.

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