We are excited to announce that our very first exhibition is now at the Field Museum!
Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City opened on November 2nd and will be on display until January 5, 2020.
Donate now and be a part of history!
Brewing Up Chicago takes a look at Chicago's 19th century urban development through the lens of its brewing industry and the immigrant community who built it.
We follow the narrative of the German immigrant experience from 1833-1893. Like all good stories, it involves the origins of the city (a melting pot full of immigrants), tension and conflict (leading to the 1855 Lager Beer Riots), destruction (the 1871 Chicago fire), and resolution (the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the incorporation of lager beer into mainstream American society).
Explore the space via 5 interactive experiences and listen to actor Michael Shannon tell the story of the Lager Beer Riots. We borrowed images and objects from wonderful institutions from Black Point Estate, Chicago History Museum, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, Milwaukee County HIstorical Society, Pabst Mansion and the Siebel Institute. And many of those objects haven't been on display since the 1893 World's Fair. Whoa.
That's really cool. How can I help?
Great things can't be done without great people. That's where you come in. We're still raising funds to support this effort. Donate here, ask your friends to donate and please join us for a variety of events throughout the city with a variety of partners.
What's the Chicago Brewseum?
The Chicago Brewseum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural institution that highlights the dynamic culture and innovative history of one of the world's most vibrant industries by taking a deeper look into one of the oldest beverages and its power to build community.
This exhibition will be our temporary home until we finalize our location and aim to open our doors in 2021.