The Sauganash Tavern

Chicago IL

Chicago's Beer History/The Sauganash Tavern
Liz Garibay
Written By Liz Garibay

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Southeast Corner of Lake St. & Market St.

On the bustling corner of Lake St. and Market St. (now Wacker Dr.) once housed the richly storied site of the Sauganash Hotel. The hotel, popular with locals and tourists alike, housed the even more popular Sauganash Tavern - a place one could grab a drink and hear some rockin’ fiddle music. It’s therefore no surprise that the forefathers of Chicago would convene here in 1833 to vote for the establishment of the City of Chicago. Cheers to you, Chicago!

Sauganash Tavern was the nucleus of young Chicago. After the city’s incorporation, in 1833, the first elections took place at the Sauganash Hotel, as well as many town meetings soon after. Just next door to the Sauganash Tavern was The Wigwam, which was constructed to host 12,000 people at the 1860 Republican National Convention. This convention was host to soon to be president Abraham Lincoln.

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