Chicago's 1893 World's Fair

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What came to be known as the World's Columbian Exposition was planned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's 1492 landfall in the New World. Chicago beat out New York City, St. Louis, Missouri, and Washington, DC, in its bid as hostā€”a coup for the Windy City.

Chicago's 1893 World's Fair takes readers on a tour of the grounds as they looked then with several different thematic areas: the Great Buildings, Foreign Buildings, State Buildings, and the Midway Plaisance, a nearly mile-long area that featured exotic exhibits. The exposition also showcased the world's first Ferris Wheel and introduced fairgoers to new sensations like Cracker Jack, Pabst Beer, and ragtime music.

Authors Joseph M. Di Cola and David Stone, both native Chicagoans, share a lifelong interest in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and have beautifully captured the White City designed by chief architects Daniel Burnham and John W. Root in these images.

Softcover | 128 pages | 200 black and white images | 6.5 x 9.25