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Chicago World’s Fair 1893. The Columbian Exposition. Preview Videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ay6-c3oUCs http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ3ExALdSLA Chicago World Fair Slideshow Set up in Jackson Park, South Side Chicago on Lake Michigan. What it was about….

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Chicago world s fair 1893

Chicago World’s Fair 1893

The Columbian Exposition


Preview videos

Preview Videos

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ay6-c3oUCs

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ3ExALdSLA

    • Chicago World Fair Slideshow

    • Set up in Jackson Park, South Side Chicago on Lake Michigan


What it was about

What it was about…

  • World Fair’s were a trend of the Industrial Revolution

    • Also known as the “Gilded Age”

      • Gild: putting a thin layer of gold on the outside of an object in order to make it appear to be made of gold.

  • Fair was a place to show off your ingenuity, creativity and muscle.

  • Also meant for culture, food innovations and display of other feats of society.


French host a main event 1889

French host a Main Event- 1889

  • By no means the first World Fair, as they started in the 1750’s.

  • But this was a major event for the Industrial Revolution, and a big success

  • Paris, France hosted a Fair in 1889 where they revealed the Eiffel Tower

    • This 1000 foot structure was the tallest in the world at the time.


Eiffel tower revaled in 1889

Eiffel Tower revaled in 1889

1000 Feet


One upping the french

One-Upping the French

  • Fair was a place to show off your ingenuity, creativity and muscle.

  • 1892 was the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering Americas (how Columbian Exposition became the name)

  • So obviously we had to beat the French Tower when Chicago hosted in 1893

  • Americans decide to build an even larger structure, one that moves….


Ferris wheel of 1893 fair

Ferris Wheel of 1893 Fair


Other attractions

Other Attractions

  • Exhibits from other cultures/countries (China, Egypt etc.) set up.

    • Were stereotypical representations to enhance exotic feel

  • Machinery also on display. Tessla and Edison show off their electricity

  • Large artillery and giant manufacturing machines shown off (Era of bigness and bulkiness)

  • Tessla’s Electric machine


    What it meant for chicago

    What it meant for Chicago

    • Put Chicago on the map as a major city

    • Arts were on full display during the Fair

    • All of the buildings were white, so Chicago became the “White City”

      • Lit up at night too, first fair to really do this

    • Had a serial killer that used the fair to get his victims


    Aerial view of the fair

    Aerial View of the Fair

    http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/diglib/social/worldsfair_1893/interactives/worldsfair_map.html


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