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History is Better with Beer

By Anthony Todd in Food on Apr 4, 2011 6:20PM

One of the taverns on the tour. Photo by epapalima.

We are deeply committed to historic preservation - but you know what's even better than touring beautiful old buildings? Touring beautiful old buildings and then drinking beer. The Chicago Architecture Foundation, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Landmarks Illinois, is pairing walking tours of the loop with stops at different downtown pubs. "Preservation and Pubs" will showcase the issues surrounding historic preservation, and will include buildings "both familiar and unnoticed." There are three different routes, and each tour lasts an hour. The "west route" ends at the Sky-Ride Lounge, the "south route" ends at Kasey's and the "north route" ends at Cardozo's Pub. After the tour, participants will have an opportunity to grab a few beers and talk about the tour, the particular pub and its history, and the work of Landmarks Illinois.

Each tour costs $10 for non-members of CAF, and is a 1-hour walking tour, so be prepared for a bit of exercise. The first is on April 29, then May 13 and June 17. Be forewarned - drinks are not included in the price, just the tour. Reservations are required, so buy your tickets now.