Chicagoans didn’t need to journey far to seek out journey 130 years in the past this month — the world got here to us. The occasion was so grand, we hosted it once more 40 years later.
The primary World’s Truthful 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 could have been tougher 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 without end cements their significance — two of its 4 pink stars are devoted to the gala’s (the fireplace of 1871 and Fort Dearborn signify the opposite two stars).
Earlier than we head into an extended, reflective weekend, right here’s a glance again at when Chicago grew to become the vacation spot for enjoyable, new expertise, tradition, somewhat sleaze and even a now-famous serial killer.
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— Kori Rumore, visible reporter
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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 images right here.
To many, New York was the apparent option to host the World’s Truthful, 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 this moment Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Facet. Learn extra right here.
On the one hundred and thirtieth 12 months 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 Citadel” 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, nonetheless, one other fireplace broke out 70 ft beneath them, forming what the Tribune referred to 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 images 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 Truthful 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 images right here.
In 1929, a gaggle of socially distinguished ladies pledged to maintain the Chicago World’s Truthful 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 ladies have been an attraction, these with out garments can be an excellent greater draw. Learn extra right here.
Of all of the amazements out there to guests to Chicago’s Century of Progress world’s honest that befell 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 large you’d need to be lifeless to overlook it,” touting “Dwelling Infants in Incubators.” Learn extra right here.
An architectural marvel of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Truthful could also be on its strategy to a brighter future — if, that’s, anyone is prepared to spend almost $3 million to revive it however not personal it. Learn extra right here.
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