Category: 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

FREE LIVE Virtual Tour of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

FREE LIVE Virtual Tour of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition
Since we are all still working to limit the effects of this pandemic as much as possible, I wanted to let everyone know about something that I personally am doing this Friday that everyone can take part in. I have been running free walking tours through my non-profit “Friends of The White City” since 2014... Read more »

A 19th Century Chicago Horror Show – The Electric Light Bug

A 19th Century Chicago Horror Show – The Electric Light Bug
Alright, I am not squeamish by any stretch of the imagination but when I came across this little historic gem I have to admit it took a little while to get it out of my head. I was browsing through some nineteenth-century newspapers recently, as us history geeks like to do on occasion, and almost... Read more »

The Day a Woman Rode on top of a Ferris Wheel Gondola at the 1893 World's Fair

The Day a Woman Rode on top of a Ferris Wheel Gondola at the 1893 World's Fair
I never run out of things to write about when dealing with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  The Fair took place from May 1, 1893, through October 30, 1893, and changed the way the world looked at Chicago and vice versa. The date was Monday, October 9, 1893.  It was “Chicago Day” at... Read more »
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Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park
Once upon a time, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, stood a very fun place, at least in the eyes of a nine-year-old kid from Cicero. Its founder was Californian Robert Brindle and the 500,000 square-foot building with almost 9,000 parking spaces stood roughly at the southwest corner of where IL Rt. 53 met I-55. The concept was... Read more »

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day
Much has been written about Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett and his murderous escapades in Chicago while using the alias Dr. H.H. Holmes.  Thanks to Erik Larson’s best-selling book and many other books and shows, the murderous con-man will be forever linked to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. What many don’t know is that... Read more »

Was Dr. H. H. Holmes the Origin of the Hippach Curse?

Was Dr. H. H. Holmes the Origin of the Hippach Curse?
I have written about the Hippach family of Chicago before and have referred to them as possibly one of Chicago’s most unlucky families.  If I actually believed in curses I would be tempted to claim that the Hippach family was cursed for some previously unknown reason. I have also done a fair amount of research... Read more »
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Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th

Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th
On May 1, 1893, the eyes of the world were on Chicago and more specifically Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition opened for visitors and before it ended six months later at least 27.5 million visitors had come from all over the world to see the magnificent splendor that became... Read more »

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd
On Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:30pm, Friends of Historic Second Church is holding a free event at the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue.  The theme of the event is “Making History at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” The event will feature refreshments including Chicago original food stuffs that were introduced at... Read more »

Happy 112th Birthday to Chicago's Blackstone Library

Happy 112th Birthday to Chicago's Blackstone Library
The Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 truly was a spectacle!  Roughly 600 acres and over 200 buildings occupied Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance from May 1st through October 30th.  One of those buildings was paid for entirely out of private subscriptions.  It was paid for by the members of the Merchant Tailors’ Exchanges... Read more »
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The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast
The city of Chicago was preparing to close out the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on October 30, 1893 with pomp and pageantry but it would ultimately end more akin to a funeral. Patrick Eugene Prendergast was a man of grand dreams, small means and even grander delusions.  By today’s standards he would have been more... Read more »