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.
- 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
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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.
The changing face of Chicago architecture—in structures old, new and yet to be—will always be newsworthy. Here, we track the buzz and battles, building context around a city’s issues as they unfold.
No small plans for 62-acre South Loop site along Chicago Rivervia Chicago Tribune
We’re up to a lot around here, and we’d like to start sharing the personal side of CAF.
A first look inside the Chicago Architecture Foundation's new riverfront spacevia Curbed Chicago
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.