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A Gold Coast Tour: Revisit the Columbian Exposition of 1893

Immerse yourself if the history and residential architecture of Chicago's magnificent Gold Coast. Hear stories of the Columbian Exposition's architects who lived in the neighborhood and visit sites where important committee members resided and entertained during the World's Fair. Two hour walking tour or PowerPoint presentation.

Meet on the southwest corner of Bellevue and Lake Shore Drive


Mrs. Potter Palmer's Gold Coast

Dicover the renowned architecture and rich history of Chicago's magnificent gold Coast while tracing the footsteps of the famous society matron, Impressionist patron, and leading lady of the World's Columbian Exposition, Mrs. Potter Palmer. Hear stories of this beautiful and fascinationg neighborhood at the height of its fame on a two hour walking tourhighlighting many of the houses that played host to pivotal events in 19th century Chicago. Learn how Bertha Palmer and other grand ladies of the day shaped the interests, fashions and social issues of the city.

Meet on the southwest corner of Bellevue and Lake Shore Drive


Daniel Burnham's Plan of 1909

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, take a two hour walking tour for an overview of his innovative and imaginative plan for Chicago. Find out about both the finished and unfinished projects from the man who "made not little plans."

Meet at the Peristyle in Millennium Park. Can be combined with a visit to the Art Institue to view Burnham's Plan of 1909 drawings.


Women in the White City

The Columbian Exposition of 1893 marked the extraordinary turning-point in the national recognition of women. Learn about the female architects, sculptors, and volunteers who helped create perhaps the most influential World's Fair in modern history in an in-depth PowerPoint presentation.


Mrs. James Ward Thorne's Miniature Rooms

A hobby of collecting as a child inspired Narcissa Thorne to create European and American rooms in miniature. Find out how Mrs. Thorne turned a hobby into an educational tool for the public, spreading interest in interior design and creating much-loved slices of history to be enjoyed by young and old alike.

PowerPoint presentation alone or can be combined with a tour of the rooms.