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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Chicago rose from the ashes of The Nice Fireplace of 1871 to host the nineteenth century’s best honest. See extra images 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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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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