Landmark Status Approved for East Side Schlitz Brewery Tied House

October 7, 2020



The 113-year-old former Schlitz brewery-tied house on the East Side was designated an official Chicago landmark by City Council today.

The Queen Anne and Tudor Revival-style structure at 9401 S. Ewing Ave. conveys the economic prominence of the U.S. brewery industry at the turn of the last century, including tied houses that primarily sold a brewer’s exclusive brands. The Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. was the most prolific builder of tied houses in Chicago, constructing at least 57 taverns from the 1890s to the early 1900s.

Designed by architect Charles Thisslew, the two-story structure is characterized by face brick, limestone accents, a metal cornice, flagstone masonry and a terra cotta Schlitz globe insignia in its facade.

The designation will protect the building’s exterior features from demolition or significant alteration. It is the 10th tied house landmark in Chicago. 


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