The (Whole) Story of the 1893 Midway

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021 12 PM – 1 PM CST

Online Event | Click here to attend and/or register

During the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the Midway Plaisance offered visitors an array of food and fun, ways to go to far-off places, the first-ever Ferris wheel and other diversions. But the Midway was quite that.

The whole story of the Midway Plaisance goes beyond the highlights we all know. Still in situ today as a green belt connecting Jackson and Washington Parks, the Midway of 1893 reflected the values of its era because it invited fairgoers to “travel the planet ,” try various cuisines, enjoy themselves and therefore the thrill of latest experiences. The revenue-generating Midway was also a boon because the cost of the Fair grew, with attractions that combined with the Fair’s exhibits to enthrall Chicago residents and tourists alike. During this online program, dig deeper into profit-driven motives round the Midway and undertold stories of hiring and firing.

This program is supported by a present of the Gary family in memory of Myra Gary and in honor of the Docents’ 50th Anniversary.


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