Clark Street Bridge

Chicago's Beer History/Clark Street Bridge
Liz Garibay
Written By Liz Garibay

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Clark Street & the Chicago River

An early moment of civil unrest in Chicago is connected to an event called The Lager Beer Riots. In 1855, a rather unpleasant and xenophobic Chicago mayor named Levi Boone attempted to thwart immigrant life by changing liquor laws. Bar license fees rose from $50 to $300 per year and suddenly it became illegal to consume alcohol on Sundays - the only day off for the majority of laborers. Ethnic communities gathered and raised hell by storming City Hall and going after Mayor Boone. The Clark Street Bridge was a significant player in the affair as Boone rotated the bridge and trapped rioters, further angering the crowd. In the end Mayor Boone lost in his crusade, the immigrants won, and the Chicago’s status as a politically charged city was set in stone.

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