The Chicago World's Fair: The Great Columbian Carnival, 1893

By | January 14, 2019

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Color poster for the Chicago World's Fair, or the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, proclaiming Chicago Day on October 9th, 1893, the anniversary of the Chicago Fire. Source: (Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)

In 1893, The World’s Columbian Exposition (also known as the World’s Fair) was held in Chicago, Illinois. Although the United States had hosted World Fairs in the past, most notably New York City and Philadelphia, the 1893 Fair was the most significant and most important.

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Poster advertising the World’s Columbian Exposition. Source: (

Why was the 1893 fair so Important?

The previous Exposition had been held in Paris in 1889, where the Eiffel tower was unveiled. The organizers of the Chicago Exposition felt they had to top the Paris event.