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Did you know Chicago hosted two world's fairs, 40 years apart? Join us on April 29 or May 20 to compare and contrast the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress International Exposition held in 1933.

$8 Public
Free for CAC members

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We often hear about the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and its grand “White City,” but rarely about Chicago’s “other” world’s fair, held 40 years later. While little remains of the Century of Progress International Exposition, we can still compare the two—and discover why one is talked about so much more often than the other today.

Program Speaker: Ellen Shubart

Ellen Shubart

Ellen Shubart has been a CAC docent since 2006, leading many tours on land, on the Chicago River and from the top of an open-air bus. Prior to becoming a docent, Shubart worked in journalism for 20 years, followed by land planning and public policy advocacy. Photo by Kathleen Carpenter.


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