The Columbian Exposition
Chicago and the Giant Magnet
"The City's Beautiful movement which changed Chicago forever"
Welcome To The Fair
"The greatest cultural and entertainment event in the history of the world." (1996)
"I am puzzled to understand the final impression left on the average mind...as to the inward meaning of this dream of beauty. Of course, I don't understand it, but then I don't understand anything... "--Henry Adams,October 18, 1893
"There are some people who are letting the chance of seeing this White City, that rose like a Venus from the waters of Lake Michigan, slip from them forever. They are missing the greatest event in the history of the country since the Civil War."--Richard Harding Davis, 1893
The fair gave Chicago a chance to show the world its rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire, and its advancements in technology. The buildings, the architecture, and the landscape were all used to show people that Chicago can and did recover from the fire. Chicago's growth due to the fair was very inspirational and surprising to many, and it showed people that Chicago was ready to be seen by the wold.
The fair paved the way for some of Chicago's most visited buildings, and changed the face of architecture. Some of these buildings include the Public Library, the Art Institute, the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry.
It forever changed the face of Chicago, and to many, it was Chicago's coming of age The World's Columbian Exposition was a pivot point in Chicago's history. It marked its presence, made people notice Chicago, and caused Chicago to leave it's mark on the world that no-one will forget
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