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Chicago's greatest year, 1893 : the White City and the birth of a modern metropolis

Author: Joseph Alan Gustaitis
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, visitors discovered something else: beyond the fair lay a modern metropolis that rivaled the world's greatest cities. The Columbian Exposition marked Chicago's arrival on the world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Alan Gustaitis
ISBN: 9780809332489 0809332485
OCLC Number: 797334862
Description: xii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The White City and the Gray City --
Three Museums and a Library --
Sears, Roebuck and Company --
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.
Responsibility: Joseph Gustaitis.

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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, visitors discovered something else: beyond the fair 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 place in Chicago in 1893. Chicago's most important skyscraper was completed in 1893, and Frank Lloyd Wright opened his office in the same year. The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry all started in 1893. "Cities are not buildings; cities are people," writes author Joseph Gustaitis. He brings forgotten pioneers back to the forefront of Chicago's history, connecting these important people of 1893 with their effects on the city and its institutions today.

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The year was a turning point in the city s fortunes, and readers will find Gustaitis s recounting enjoyable, whether one is from Chicago or not. <b> <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Read more...

 
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