For one shining moment, Chicago was the center of the galaxy. The world turned its attention fully on one of the most beautiful cities ever built or dreamed - the "Columbian Exposition of 1893". As one author put it, “nothing in Paris, Rome, or London was near as perfect as Chicago’s White City!"
World’s Fair Tour
“Make no small plans. They have no magic to stir men’s souls.” – Daniel Burnham
Come with us on this Bus and Walking Tour and experience many of the amazing features of not only the 1893 “Columbian Exposition” event but the “Century of Progress” in 1933-34 as well!
Walk along the fairgrounds of both Fairs and relive what people saw for the first time during these colossal events. Learn what is what like to experience some of the following:
Sitting atop the 25-story tall Ferris Wheel overlooking the world’s first “Midway” 123 years ago.
Watching Sally Rand and Farida Mazhur allure admiring fans with their respective Fan Dance and Belly Dances
Viewing racers in “rocket cars” traveling between 628-foot towers overlooking today’s Northerly Island.
Touring the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building – so large you could fit the Great Pyramid of Giza, U.S. Capitol Bldg., St. Paul’s Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Madison Square Garden inside!
Walking in the wonder of Osaka Gardens that still flourish today on Wooded Island in Jackson Park.
Listen to gripping stories that feature some of the following; Thomas Edison, Walk Disney, Milton Hershey, L.Frank Baum, Helen Keller, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Holmes and so many more. Did the Stock Market crash 3 days after Chicago was awarded the 1933 Fair? Why didn’t the 1893 Fair have an official closing? What is left today from these Fairs? How many victims did the notorious H.H. Holmes murder during his reign of terror at the 1893 Fair? The answer to these questions and countless others are addressed on this tour.
Come prepared to partake in our celebrated World’s Fair Trivia challenge with prizes awarded to the winners.
During the tour, guests will view guide books filled with carefully selected archive photos that fervently bring to life the glory of these wondrous feats!