World's Columbian Exposition - Chicago 1893

500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492

May 1, 1893 - October 30, 1893


* Official name: World's Columbian Exposition
* Category: World's Columbian Exposition
* Circumstance: 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492
* Inauguration on May 1, 1893 by President Grover Cleveland
* Duration: 1 May - 30 October 1893 (183 days)
* Location: Jackson Park on the shores of Lake Michigan
* Total area of 278 hectares, including 40 hectares for over 200 exhibition buildings
* Planning / construction began: 1882/September 1891
* Emblem: White City (Exhibition Hall), Ferris Wheel (Ferris wheel in the Midway Plaisance entertainment district)
* Organisation: 108-member National Commission (Chairman: Thomas W. Palmer), responsible for substantive decisions and oversight of the organising committee, the World's Columbian Exposition Corporation
* Organising Committee Officers: Chairman: Harlow Higinbotham
* General Manager of the Exposition: Colonel George R. Davis
* Chief Architects: Daniel H. Burnham, John W. Root, Charles B. Atwood
* Groundskeeper: Frederick L. Olmstedt
* Exhibitors: 70,000, 25,000 from America, 4,000 from Germany, 2,700 from France, 2,200 from Great Britain, 1,100 from Russia
* Classification: 12 sections, 172 groups, 917 categories
* Participating foreign countries: 45
* Visitors: 27,529,400, of which 4,348,760 are non-paying guests
* Entrance fee: Adults US$ 0.50; children aged 6-12 US$ 0.25
* Expenditure: 28,151,168 US dollars
* Income: US$ 28,448,524
* Congresses: 55 congresses devoted to themes such as
- progress in science and society
- the evolution of the world from the intellectual, moral and material point of view
* Jury members: 852 members, divided into 13 committees corresponding to the 13 sections of the Exhibition
* Participants in the competition: 65,422 exhibitors
* Awards: 23,757 bronze medals with certificates detailing the qualities of the product, awarded to 21,000 exhibitors