World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

Chicagoans didn’t have to travel far to locate adventure 130 years ago this month — the globe came to us. The celebration was so grand, we hosted it once again 40 years later.

The initially 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 Fantastic Chicago Fire.

However the Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933-1934 may perhaps have been tougher to pull off due to the Fantastic Depression.

Although there are hints of each events nevertheless present about the city, Chicago’s iconic flag style forever cements their value — two of its 4 red stars are committed to the fairs (the fire of 1871 and Fort Dearborn represent the other two stars).

Prior to we head into a lengthy, reflective weekend, here’s a appear back at when Chicago became the location for entertaining, new technologies, culture, a small sleaze and even a now-renowned serial killer.

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— Kori Rumore, visual reporter

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Chicago rose from the ashes of The Fantastic Fire of 1871 to host the 19th century’s greatest fair. See much more photographs right here.

With fair buildings as the background, officials for the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 pose for a group portrait. The architect Daniel Burnham stands third from left.

To a lot of, New York was the clear selection to host the World’s Fair, but Chicago — generally the underdog — possessed anything in this competitors that New York did not: grit and determination. Study much more right here.

The Agricultural Building of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

Navigate in between the buildings and attractions in what is nowadays Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. Study much more right here.

The H.H. Holmes "murder castle" in March 1937. The building at 601-603 West 63rd Street was sold in 1938 and was razed to make way for an Englewood post office. The main entrance is at 603 E. 63rd Street and housed a sign company in 1937 where Holmes had his drug store.

On the 130th year considering 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, such as his so-known as “Murder Castle” in the Englewood neighborhood, stay largely sensational tabloid fabrications. Study much more right here.

The cold storage plant at the Columbian Exposition World's Fair, which held refrigerated food for vendors, caught fire in July 1893, killing 16 firefighters who were trapped by a collapsing tower. Editors note: this historic print has some hand painting on it.

Firefighters ascended a tower to get closer to the smokestack and extinguish the fire. As they fought the blaze, on the other hand, an additional fire broke out 70 feet under them, forming what the Tribune known as “a pit of fire.” Study much more right here.

The Sky Ride soars over the lagoon between Northerly Island and the lakefront for the Century of Progress World's Fair in 1933.

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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 much more photographs right here.

Mrs. Edward J. Kelly, wife of the mayor, from left, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Mrs. Henry W. Hardy, president of Federated Women's organizations; Mrs. Rufus C. Dawes, and Mrs. Carter Harrison, as distinguished guests are given a driving tour of the fair grounds on Women’s Day at the Century of Progress World’s Fair in 1933.

In 1929, a group of socially prominent females 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 much more right here.

At Chicago's second World's Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition, the most popular attraction was fan dancer Sally Rand. Rand was perceived to be naked while dancing with ostrich feathers covering her body.

The fair’s management reasoned that, if regally clad young females have been an attraction, these without the need of clothing would be an even larger draw. Study much more right here.

Sunday crowds walk past the Living Babies in Incubators exhibit as well as an area featuring doughnuts and Maxwell House Coffee on Aug. 26, 1934. The baby exhibit was the brainchild of Dr. Martin A. Couney, a pioneer in neonatology.

Of all the amazements out there 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 much more thoughts-boggling and effective than what was inside a single of the buildings on the midway with a sign, “so significant you’d have to be dead to miss it,” touting “Living Babies in Incubators.” Study much more right here.

The 'Century Homes House of Tomorrow,' by architect George Fred Keck, was featured at the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago 1933. The home consists of several stacked 'drums,' with glass-enclosed living quarters above and a ground floor airplane hanger below.

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 commit practically $three million to restore it but not personal it. Study much more right here.

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