View of the White Eagle Brewing Company plant, circa 1915.

One of several breweries in the Bridgeport area, the White Eagle Brewing Company was founded in 1897 by a Polish family and originally located in an extension of the Wojciechowo (Saint Adelbert) neighborhood on the West side. In 1907 the company moved to the Polish section of Bridgeport -- just before the Central Manufacturing district got off the ground.

The White Eagle Brewery was probably the largest brewery in Bridgeport. It might be noted that the White Eagle has been a Polish national symbol for centuries and reflects the strong ethnic consciousness of Chicago Poles.

Source: Central Manufacturing District (1915), p. 152. See bibliography for publication information.