In 1893, the 27.5 million visitors to the Chicago World's Fair feasted their eyes on the impressive architecture of the White City, lit at night by thousands of electric lights. In addition to marveling at the revolutionary exhibits, most visitors discovered something else: beyond the fair's 633 acres lay a modern metropolis that rivaled the world's greatest cities. The Columbian Exposition marked Chicago's arrival on the world stage, but even without the splendor of the fair, 1893 would still have been Chicago's greatest year. An almost endless list of achievements took plac.
Physical Description:1 online resource remote
Publisher:Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The White City and the Gray City -- Three Museums and a Library -- Sears, Roebuck & Co. -- Frances Willard's Bicycle -- Open Heart Surgery -- A Church for Father Tolton -- The Illinois Institute of Technology -- The Birth of Urban Literature -- The West Side Grounds -- The Chicago Hot Dog -- Wrigley's Gum -- The Chicago School of Architecture -- Reforming Chicago -- Epidemics and Clean Water -- Epilogue: Chicago's Next Great Year.