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

$8 public
FREE for CAC members
FREE for students
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

If you do not receive your link 2 hours prior to the start of the event, please contact Please note, if you do not contact us at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The whole story of the Midway Plaisance goes beyond the highlights we all know. Still in place today as a green belt connecting Jackson and Washington Parks, the Midway of 1893 reflected the values of its era as it invited fairgoers to “travel the world,” try various cuisines, enjoy themselves and the thrill of new experiences. The revenue-generating Midway was also a boon as 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 around the Midway and undertold stories of hiring and firing.

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

Program Speaker: Marcia Matavulj

Marcia Matavulj

Marcia Matavulj is a native Chicagoan with a longtime interest in the city’s architecture and history. This led her to become a CAC member, exploring the city through its many downtown and neighborhood tours. After retiring from a career in information technology, Matavulj fulfilled her goal to become a CAC docent in 2008 and now leads both walking and bus tours.



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