A Century of Progress
Picture from Americam Memories site.
Picture of Chicago's World's Fair of 1933-1934: A
Century of Progress
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"A Century of Progress" was the name
given to Chicago's World's Fair of 1933-34. It opened May
27, 1933, celebrating the technical advances in Chicago.
It was also to prove that Chicago had truly risen from
the Great Chicago Fire. Not only that, the final reason
was that it was celebrating Chicago's 100th anniversary.
It was popular enough to get 39,000,000 visitors in two
A Century of Progress was so good that
it inspired New York for another World's Fair in 1939.
The fair was held on the land and water areas between
12th and 39th streets. It covered an area of 427 acres
(much of it landfill), proving how big a World's Fair
Unlike the earlier Columbian
Exposition of 1893, A Century of Progress was dashing
with color. That was one of the reasons people called the
fair "Rainbow City." The color helped draw people to the
A Century of Progress was meant to be
open for one year only. It closed on November 12, 1933.
Later it reopened on May 26, 1934. The second and final
time it closed was October 31, 1934. The reason the
Century of Progress was opened a second time was because
is was so popular.
There were many helpers to help
"create" or make a Century of Progress. Strong fair
animals like elephants and horses were used. People used
new technical advances such as cars, trucks and cranes.
These were the biggest helpers to make A Century of
Progress stand out from earlier world's fairs. However,
Chicago citizens weren't the only people who tried to
help A Century of Progress get created. Many people
wanted to help make a World's Fair better than ever by
traveling to Chicago and helping. People also just sent
important supplies, but it was still great help.
Architects came in from everywhere to help create A
Century of Progress. Artifacts came from toys to stores.
It was very exciting. That was the reason people created
the World's Fair of 1933-34.
here to see a website about the Century of Progress
created by the Chicago Historical Society