Entries tagged with “Columbian Exposition Of 1893”.


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Hey Columbian Exposition Fans!

I will be going out of town in a blaze of Historical Lecturing Glory with three Columbian Exposition presentations (at three separate Mather’s More Than A Cafe locations) set before I depart:

June 29 at 2:15 PM. (3225 N. Central)
The Midway Plaisance (Part 2).

July 10 at 1 PM (33 E 83rd St)
The Columbian Exposition Virtual Tour (Part 1)

July 13 at 1 PM (7134 W. Higgins)
The Foreign Buildings (Part 4)

I’ll also be posting about them individually as the dates approach. Also doing three more Hollywood On Lake Michigan, 2nd Edition Presentations that I’ll be flogging as well.

BTW- I’ll give a Special Rate if anyone wants to host Part 3 (The State Buildings) in their apartment! 

That would actually be pretty easy if you have a computer-enabled TV and PowerPoint on your system. Have a Chicago History Party!!!

 

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Attention Night Owls and Children of The Darkness:

I will appearing on WGN Radio 720 at 3 AM CDT tonight. That’s 3 AM CDT Sunday, September, 1.

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Host Matt Bubala and I will be discussing Hollywood On Lake Michigan, 2nd Edition and Chicago Film, my life as a Chicago Tour Guide, my extreme obsession with the Columbian Exposition Of 1893, and whatever else that comes up during what should be a fun and fascinating hour. Drink some extra coffee (or whatever you need) and stay up late and tune in!!!

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I am more than a little bit excited at the chance to hold forth at length about things I love.

Hopefully WGN is going to podcast it and make it available on the web for those disloyal wusses who don’t wish to stay up till 4AM. I will endeavor to be so fabulous that they feel compelled to do so!

UPDATE: The appearance was a wonderful time!!! Talking about Chicago, taking calls, answering questions… I felt like a celebrity or something! I will try and get a link to the segment and/or find some way for everyone to hear it.

 

I will be giving Part 3 of my Columbian Exposition Lecture Series at 1PM on Thursday, July 25 at Mather’s- More Than A Cafe, 7134 W Higgins Ave. I will be spieling out some fascinating historical knowledge. Although this is seriously obscure stuff, even those not intimately familiar with the Exposition will be amused and enthralled. If you have read Devil In The White City by Erik Larson you will be especially edified by this presentation.

 

Mather’s- More Than A Cafe

7134 W Higgins Ave.

1PM Thursday, July 25

 

Part 3- The State Buildings At The Columbian Exposition Of 1893

Although reviled by critics at the opening of the Exposition because their idiosyncratic designs clashed with the classical style of the Court of Honor and other major structures, the State Buildings became increasingly popular with visitors as the summer wore on due to their generously large porches and comfortable reception rooms. From Virginia’s exact replica of Mount Vernon to California’s sprawling Spanish Style structure, each building reflected their State’s populace and zeitgeist in a unique way. In part three of his five part Columbian Exposition Lecture Series, Michael explores all of the State Buildings and relates the fascinating and often hilarious stories of their creation, as well as tales of the countless parties and receptions which made that area one of the liveliest of the entire Fair.

Suggested Donation $8

 

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A view of the State Building area looking southeast. The Kansas Building is in the right foreground and the Texas Building is on the left.