Category: 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District
A number of colored painted panels from the Hooden Palace of the Japanese Exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were recently discovered by the Chicago Park District in a storage area. Following the Columbian Exposition or “The White City” as it became known, the nation of Japan gifted it’s Hooden Palace Exhibit to the... Read more »

Was the Back to the Future II Date of October 21, 2015 a Shout Out to Christopher Columbus?

Was the Back to the Future II Date of October 21, 2015 a Shout Out to Christopher Columbus?
This year has pop culture and trivia geeks chomping at the bit.  October 21, 2015 is the date that Doc sends Marty McFly forward in time 30 years.  Marty goes forward in time to stop his son, Marty Jr. from participating in a robbery and then things get crazy. There have been a number of... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison's Assassin Patrick Eugene Prendergast was executed on this date in 1894

Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison's Assassin Patrick Eugene Prendergast was executed on this date in 1894
Today, July 13, 2015 is the 121st anniversary of the execution by hanging of Patrick Eugene Prendergast.  Actually Patrick Eugene Joseph Prendergast was his full name.  Many who have read Erik Larson’s Devil in The White City are familiar with Prendergast.  He was a 25 year old Chicago newspaper distributor who on October 28, 1893... Read more »
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July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”

July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”
122 years ago today, Chicago experienced the largest loss of fire-fighters in the 19th Century and it happened on the grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. The building known as the Cold Storage Building was not an exhibit building per se but was more of a vendor building where any exhibitor... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893
It was four days before the 4th of July celebration by Chicagoans in the year 1893.  The eyes of the world were on Chicago because it was in this year that Chicago was host to the World’s Columbian Exposition and it was in full swing in Jackson Park and along the Midway Plaisance.  The White... Read more »

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition
On October 17, 1892 a group of roughly 60 Inuits from Labrador arrived in Chicago to be part of the Esquimaux Village at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It was the first of the ethnological exhibits to arrive at the Expo and was given a location inside the Exposition proper rather than on the Midway... Read more »
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Obama Library may lead to destruction of historic Chicago Public Parks

Obama Library may lead to destruction of historic Chicago Public Parks
Could President Obama be the modern day “Devil In The White City”? Political opinions aside, nobody would argue that a Presidential Library in Chicago and especially on the south side of Chicago would be a huge boost to the cultural, educational and economic well-being of the neighborhoods that would surround it. The Question is: Why... Read more »

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim
On the afternoon of Monday, July 10, 1893, four Chicago firemen, eight firemen hired by the Columbian Exposition and three civilians lost their lives in a fiery inferno that was the cold storage building. It was the greatest loss of life in the Chicago Fire Department until the Chicago Stockyards fire of December 22, 1910... Read more »

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz
It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the L. Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  While many may not have read the original book published by Baum in 1900 it is a fair bet that most of us have seen the MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring... Read more »
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FREE Tours of The White City at Jackson Park start June 7th

FREE Tours of The White City at Jackson Park start June 7th
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... Read more »