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Celebration of 125th Anniversary of 1893 World’s Fair


Evening event presented by the Chicago History Museum in collaboration with Lake Forest College

The Chicago History Museum celebrates the 125 anniversary of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition with an evening event featuring historic parlor music, food from the era and a historic presentation. The event is presented in partnership with Lake Forest College and Digital Chicago.

The 125th Anniversary of The World’s Columbian Exposition: A Celebration takes place Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum. A 6 p.m. reception will feature a culinary sampling of foods enjoyed at Chicago’s first world’s fair, including Vienna Beef hot dogs.

Parlor music was immensely popular in the late 1800s, and many visitors to the world’s fair commemorated their trip with sheet music. Guests will enjoy a live concert of historic parlor music with commentary from composer and musicologist Don Meyer, professor of music at Lake Forest College. The concert will include performances by Lake Forest music faculty pianist Chris White, violinist Kate Carter and baritone Brad Jungwirth.

Admission to the celebration is $15 and $8 for Museum members. To purchase tickets and for program updates visit

The commemorative music to be performed is part of the 2018 album “Souvenir Music from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893,” released from Lake Forest College Press and distributed by Northwestern University Press. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

Meyer’s research is supported by Digital Chicago: Unearthing History and Culture, a four-year, $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Lake Forest College to involve students and faculty in research into Chicago’s history through innovative digital projects, urban archeological digs and complementary coursework in various disciplines.



Lake Forest College is a national liberal arts institution located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The Center for Chicago Programs sponsors more than three-hundred course trips and lectures each academic year. The College has 1,600 students representing 43 states and 73 countries. For more information, visit


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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