This year marks the 125th anniversary of the “White City,” the first world’s fair held in Chicago. The fair ran from May 1 through Oct. 31 in Jackson Park on the city’s South Side, drawing in more than 27 million visitors over its six-month run.
- Early skyscrapers and other 19th-century architecture
- Important events like the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933-1934
- Historic photos and perspectives on Chicago
Latest Updates on Historic Chicago
Construction crews recently found flooring materials from the historically significant Mecca Flats apartments, which were demolished in 1952 to make way for the Illinois Institute of Technology’s S.R. Crown Hall.
After decades of preservationists pleading for the restoration of the once ornate Uptown Theater, a $75 million dollar plan has come together to bring the 4,381-seat, historic building back to life.
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition — the World’s Fair that gave Chicago one of the stars on the city flag — kicked off 125 years ago.
Archaeologists turned up remnants of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the fabled White City that drew millions of visitors to Chicago’s Jackson Park, as they scoured the site of the Obama Presidential Center and nearby parkland as part of the federal review of plans for the proposed complex.
Through the doors of the Fine Arts Building and into the hallway, a bank of elevators sits on the left. Their dark gold doors are embossed with raised carvings of wreaths and frame dark windows that reflect the faces of a small group of people waiting for the elevator.
Innovation in Architecture
Architectural innovations like the steel-frame skyscraper have reshaped the built world's look and function. And every day, new technologies enable architects to address the challenges of the future.
Questions for an architect: Chris Wilkinsonvia CAF
We’re up to a lot around here, and we’d like to start sharing the personal side of CAC.
Meet an OHC site host: Michelle Lytle of The Lytle Housevia CAC
Parks & Public Spaces
Chicago’s playscapes - parks, playgrounds and green spaces - bring Chicagoans and visitors outside to play.