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Walking Tour

NEW! Walking Tour | Working the World’s Columbian Exposition

Sunday, June 4

In 1893, 27 million people paid admission to the World’s Columbian Exposition to marvel at the grand architecture, scientific innovations, and cultural treasures. While names of the “starchitects” like Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan are venerated to this day, who remembers those who built Chicago’s first world’s fair? Those who worked there? And those who were excluded from having any role in this important event? Join CHM director of exhibitions Paul Durica on a walking tour of the former fairgrounds to explore the collective effort, sacrifices, and successes that made the World’s Columbian Exposition possible.

$25, $22.50 members. Tour runs approximately 2 hours.

Night view of the Main Basin, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893.
The Ferris Wheel at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. CHM, ICHi-002442
View of the Administration Building surrounded by crowds on Chicago Day at the World's Columbian Exposition world's fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1893.
A view of Cairo Street on the Midway at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Photographer unknown. CHM, ICHi-02431
World's Colombian Exposition, 1893. ICHi-061710

The Details



4 th

10:00 a.m.



$ 25

$22.50 Members

Event Location

Meet at the north entrance of the Museum of Science and Industry, facing 57th Drive.

5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637

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