If you've ever dreamed of knocking back a few cold ones inside a private mansion that dates back to 1896, you're in luck. Chicago Brewseum, the museum of beer that hopes to break ground in 2019, is hosting a fundraiser inside the Theurer-Wrigley Mansion next week, allowing guests to step inside the privately owned residence, which was formerly owned by beer magnate Joseph Theurer before being purchased by the Wrigley family.
The fundraiser will mark the very first time that the house (which is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is also a Chicago Landmark) has been opened to the public, allowing visitors to take a look inside the home of Joseph Theurer, owner of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company which founded a brewery in Pilsen in the late 1800s. The 15,000 square foot home was purchased by the Wrigley family in 1911, though it sat vacant for much of the century, and was sold for $11 million in 2004.
During the tour, guests will have a chance to see the first floor while enjoying Upland Brewing’s Champagne Velvet—a lager based on a recipe from 1902. Upstairs in the third floor ballroom, samples of Urban Chestnut Brewing’s Stammtisch pilsner and light snacks will be provided before representatives from the Chicago History Museum and a beer historian lead a tour of the house. The tour ends at the nearby Galway Arms, a bar that is located in a 19th century home.
Tickets for the tour are $40 and include two beers during your visit.
If you like what you see during your visit to the Theurer-Wrigley house, the mansion is currently on the market for $6,650,000. If you've got that kind of cash, you can certainly afford to host a few more parties in the historic home.
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