• Commission on Chicago Landmarks
  • Chicago Tribune, composite photo, 1906

Crain’s has an excellent look inside the strange business of beer distribution and its effect on what beers are sold where at what prices. But it doesn’t really explain why the business is legally mandated to exist. For that, I recommend Nicholas Day’s 2006 Reader cover story on a conflict between Bell’s and its distributor, which briefly drove the brewer out of the Illinois market: