Meet & Munch: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair

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We will be munching on brain food during August’s Meet & Munch. Learn more about Chicago history and network with other women entrepreneurs as we explore Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair ( at The Field Museum. This landmark fair not only celebrated the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the New World by Europeans (hence the alternate name of Columbian Exposition, but also showcased Chicago’s rise from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

Those who were captivated by The Devil in the White City will already know much of the background behind the White City, and we can now peruse the fair’s artifacts in person. The Field Columbian Museum was founded at the fair and held its home in the Palace of Fine Arts (,_Chicago), which eventually became the Museum of Science and Industry. The other remaining White City Structure is the World's Congress Auxiliary Building (, which became the Art Institute of Chicago after the fair.

Per Maddy Bollinger (, The Woman's Building, designed by Sophia Hayden (, marked a significant milestone for women, as it focused on women’s successes in arts, literature, and culture. The building included a library that featured 7,000 books by female authors, including 47 translations Harriet Beacher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Woman’s Building displayed a wide range of items produced and invented by women, from mechanical dusters to Spanish cigarettes rolled by female laborers.

200,000 women attended a conference that focused on a variety of “women’s topics”, including women’s clothing and dress reform, and shifting roles of women in the work place across the world.

The Field Museum promises “a look at objects that have rarely—or never—been on display since they amazed fairgoers over a hundred years ago, including a meteorite so feared it was kept chained in a dungeon. Explore how the fair brought visitors closer than ever to unique wonders like exotic animals, international cultures, and strange new products from all over the world. And see how Field Museum scientists continue to conduct ground-breaking research on the ever-growing collection using new technology. Discover how the fair lives on even today." A dedicated microsite offers a lovely sneak peek at the exhibit (, including a link to a mobile tour app we can make use of during the event.

Adult tickets for nonmembers are: $25. If we get 10 RSVPs we are eligible for the group rate at $21.50, which need to be pre-ordered by 7/28.

The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, in the heart of Chicago's Museum Campus. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field. Signs will indicate available visitor parking lots. Review parking options here (