Treat your friends to German beer, food, and history at the Berghoff. Opened in 1898, this Chicago institution began as a saloon where the Berghoff brothers sold their famous Dortmunder-style beer until the passage of Prohibition in 1919. When it was repealed 14 years later, the family wasted no time getting back in the beer business, snagging the city’s first official liquor license. Line up your crew and smile for a photo in front of Chicago Liquor License No. 1, proudly displayed in the dining room, before taking your seats and ordering a flight of five different Berghoff brews, all of which pair beautifully with the German-American comfort food on the menu. All conversations will fall silent when generous plates of pretzels, schnitzels, and sauerbraten arrive at the table, soon to perk up again once someone mentions trying the restaurant’s famous house-made root beer, a nonalcoholic delight that carried the restaurant through the dry years.