Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Saloon Building, Chicago. (1836-1871)

The 'Saloon Building' at the southeast corner of Clark and Lake Streets in Chicago. (1861)
The word “saloon” at that time did not imply so much a tavern... as a spacious meeting hall; it derived from the French word “salon.” It offered the largest hall west of Buffalo, NY, for concerts, debates, dramatic performances, and political ceremony. Chicago received its city charter under its roof in 1837 and it served as city hall and Municipal Court until 1842.

Note: During this time period, the word 'grocery' meant a tavern or pub.

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