J. J. Sands’ Brewery,
Life Span: 1855-1871
Location: Pearson and Pine streets
Western Railroad Gazette, March 3, 1860
SOMETHING GOOD TO DRINK.—It is almost superfluous for us to mention the article. Everybody knows what it is. It is useless for particular demagogues to say the people want this, or the dear people want that. They want “Sands Pale Ale” and the universal cry is give us plenty of it. It doesn’t make us drunk. It does not derange or injure in any way our vital organs. It acts as a tonic, rather gives tone to the stomach and bowels, is a mild laxative, and a strengthner of the whole physical system. ParticularLy at this season of the year, when our water pipes are filled with barnyard drippings, and stinking dead fish, is “Sand’s Pale Ale” appreciated. Who can drink such filthy stuff us our city fathers give us, while we pay for the privilege a tax which would keep us supplied with Sand’s Ale the year round. Alcoholic liquors adulterated and poisonous as we believe them to be, we should never advise our friends however much disgusted with our water privileges, to indulge in. But we can recommend from practical experience and familiar acquaintance, Sand’s Pale Ale—the genuine article—as a healthful, harmless, as well as delicious and wholesome beverage. This Ale already knows no North, South, Fast or West—it knows the whole country equally well, and the whole country knows it and feels duly grateful for the blessings Sand’s Brewery has conferred upon the nation.
Writing these few lines, suggests to us that our throat is just this moment afflicted with dryness. Excuse us while we step out to drink the health of “Sands” in a glass of his latest brew of creamy, sparkling ale, and reader do thou go and do likewise.
Chicago Handbook, A Complete Guide for Strangers and Tourists, 1869
Chicago Tribune, October 12, 1871
Lill’s and Sands’ great breweries near the Water Works, on the lake shore, are badly damaged, the roofs are gone, and the ealls cracked and torn.
J. J. Sands’ Brewery
Updated Subdivisions by W. L. Flower & J. Van Vechten