Chicago and the 1893 World’s Fair: How Big Ideas Produce Unexpected Consequences

Presented by: Joseph C. Bigott, PhD, Professor of History

During the nineteenth century, Chicago grew from a small outpost to become the nation’s third largest city.  This presentation offers a general history of Chicago’s development and the celebration of the achievement during the Columbian Exposition of 1893.  This well-illustrated presentation shows how celebratory events altered people’s perceptions of modern tourism and commercial culture.