Chicagoans didn’t must journey far to seek out journey 130 years in the past this month — the world got here to us. The celebration was so grand, we hosted it once more 40 years later.
The primary World’s Honest right here, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, was a miracle contemplating simply 22 years earlier town was in shambles following the Nice Chicago Fireplace.
But the Century of Progress Worldwide Exposition of 1933-1934 might have been more durable to tug off as a result of Nice Melancholy.
Although there are hints of each occasions nonetheless current across the metropolis, Chicago’s iconic flag design endlessly cements their significance — two of its 4 crimson stars are devoted to the gala’s (the fireplace of 1871 and Fort Dearborn symbolize the opposite two stars).
Earlier than we head into an extended, reflective weekend, right here’s a glance again at when Chicago turned the vacation spot for enjoyable, new know-how, tradition, slightly sleaze and even a now-famous serial killer.
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Chicago rose from the ashes of The Nice Fireplace of 1871 to host the nineteenth century’s best honest. See extra photographs right here.
To many, New York was the plain option to host the World’s Honest, however Chicago — all the time the underdog — possessed one thing on this competitors that New York didn’t: grit and dedication. Learn extra right here.
Navigate between the buildings and points of interest in what’s right now Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Facet. Learn extra right here.
On the one hundred and thirtieth yr since Daniel Burnham’s sweeping transformation of Chicago’s southern lakefront into the classical alabaster-columned “White Metropolis,” the tales of Holmes’ dealings right here, together with his so-called “Homicide Fort” within the Englewood neighborhood, stay largely sensational tabloid fabrications. Learn extra right here.
Firefighters ascended a tower to get nearer to the smokestack and extinguish the fireplace. As they fought the blaze, nevertheless, one other fireplace broke out 70 ft beneath them, forming what the Tribune known as “a pit of fireplace.” Learn extra right here.
Classic Chicago Tribune
The Classic Tribune publication is a deep dive into the Chicago Tribune’s archives that includes photographs and tales in regards to the individuals, locations and occasions that form town’s previous, current and future.
Technological innovation was the theme of the second World’s Honest held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934. The title additionally mirrored town’s centennial and its spectacular development from a frontier settlement to an industrial metropolis. See extra photographs right here.
In 1929, a bunch of socially outstanding girls pledged to maintain the Chicago World’s Honest scheduled for 1933 from being an embarrassing dud. Nobody requested them to imagine that burden. On the contrary, the lads who deliberate it snubbed them. Learn extra right here.
The honest’s administration reasoned that, if regally clad younger girls have been an attraction, these with out garments could be a fair larger draw. Learn extra right here.
Of all of the amazements accessible to guests to Chicago’s Century of Progress world’s honest that happened alongside our lakefront in 1933 and 1934 — Sally Rand and her is-she-naked? fan dancing legendarily amongst them — none was extra mind-boggling and profitable than what was inside one of many buildings on the halfway with an indication, “so huge you’d must be useless to overlook it,” touting “Dwelling Infants in Incubators.” Learn extra right here.
An architectural surprise of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Honest could also be on its option to a brighter future — if, that’s, anyone is keen to spend practically $3 million to revive it however not personal it. Learn extra right here.
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