Chicagoans didn’t have to travel far to obtain adventure 130 years ago this month — the planet came to us. The celebration was so grand, we hosted it once again 40 years later.
The very first World’s Fair right here, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, was a miracle thinking of just 22 years earlier the city was in shambles following the Excellent Chicago Fire.
However the Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933-1934 may perhaps have been tougher to pull off due to the Excellent Depression.
Even though there are hints of each events nonetheless present about the city, Chicago’s iconic flag design and style forever cements their significance — two of its 4 red stars are devoted to the fairs (the fire of 1871 and Fort Dearborn represent the other two stars).
Ahead of we head into a extended, reflective weekend, here’s a appear back at when Chicago became the location for exciting, new technologies, culture, a tiny sleaze and even a now-well-known serial killer.
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— Kori Rumore, visual reporter
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Chicago rose from the ashes of The Excellent Fire of 1871 to host the 19th century’s greatest fair. See additional images right here.
To quite a few, New York was the clear decision to host the World’s Fair, but Chicago — usually the underdog — possessed one thing in this competitors that New York did not: grit and determination. Study additional right here.
Navigate amongst the buildings and attractions in what is now Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. Study additional right here.
On the 130th year considering the fact that Daniel Burnham’s sweeping transformation of Chicago’s southern lakefront into the classical alabaster-columned “White City,” the tales of Holmes’ dealings right here, which includes his so-known as “Murder Castle” in the Englewood neighborhood, stay largely sensational tabloid fabrications. Study additional right here.
Firefighters ascended a tower to get closer to the smokestack and extinguish the fire. As they fought the blaze, nonetheless, one more fire broke out 70 feet beneath them, forming what the Tribune known as “a pit of fire.” Study additional right here.
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Technological innovation was the theme of the second World’s Fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934. The title also reflected the city’s centennial and its spectacular development from a frontier settlement to an industrial metropolis. See additional images right here.
In 1929, a group of socially prominent girls pledged to hold the Chicago World’s Fair scheduled for 1933 from getting an embarrassing dud. No a single asked them to assume that burden. To the contrary, the males who planned it snubbed them. Study additional right here.
The fair’s management reasoned that, if regally clad young girls had been an attraction, these without the need of garments would be an even larger draw. Study additional right here.
Of all the amazements offered to guests to Chicago’s Century of Progress world’s fair that took location along our lakefront in 1933 and 1934 — Sally Rand and her is-she-naked? fan dancing legendarily amongst them — none was additional thoughts-boggling and thriving than what was inside a single of the buildings on the midway with a sign, “so huge you’d have to be dead to miss it,” touting “Living Babies in Incubators.” Study additional right here.
An architectural wonder of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair may perhaps be on its way to a brighter future — if, that is, somebody is prepared to devote practically $three million to restore it but not personal it. Study additional right here.
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