Starting Saturday June 7, 2014 The Jackson Park Advisory Council in cooperation with Friends of The White City will be conducting FREE walking tours of the former grounds of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park.
The tours will take approximately 90 minutes and will start and end at the west end of the Chicago Park District parking lot which is South of the Museum of Science and Industry.
The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition took place from May 1, 1893 through October 30, 1893 and consisted of over 200 buildings spread over 600 acres in Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. Chicago beat out other cities such as New York, Washington D.C., and St. Louis for the honor of hosting the World's Fair and accomplished this less than 20 years after it had literally burnt to the ground.
The "White City" as it became known because of the choice of color selected by Francis Millet for most of the Great Buildings, was a pivotal event in the history of the city of Chicago as represented by the third star in the Chicago City Flag.
Some major products and concepts introduced at the Expo include:
- The Ferris Wheel
- The modern definition of a carnival midway
- The Cafeteria
- Pabst Blue Ribbon
- Cracker Jack
- Aunt Jemima
- Elongated Souvenir Coins
and the list goes on and on.
Points of Interest during the tour include:
- The Palace of Fine Arts (Now the Museum of Science and Industry)
- The Wooded Island
- State Buildings
- The Women's Building
- The Midway Plaisance
- The Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building
- The Grand Basin
- Statue of the Republic
- The Cold Storage Building and Fire
- Various remaining relics of the "White City" and where they can be found
Below is a video put together by Friends of The White City that may help to set the tone of the tour
For more information on the tours including directions, parking and reservations you can visit their tour page here
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