The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893

Exhibit designed and curated by Caleb Britton


Intended to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition (also known as the World’s Columbian Exposition and the Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893 catapulted Chicago onto the world stage. Visitors from all across America, and indeed the world, traveled to the city to take in the Fair’s sights and marvel at the wonders of the “White City”. The World’s Columbian Exposition would impact the city of Chicago and American culture for decades to come as the 20th century drew near.

Exhibit Contents

Planning and Vision
The White City, Midway Plaisance, and Ferris' Wheel
Legacy of the Fair
Sources and Further Reading

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World's Columbian Exposition: Introduction >>