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Remembering the World’s Columbian Exposition

Overlooking the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.

Overlooking the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.


UPDATE: The speaker scheduled for the April 10 Chicago Foodways Roundtable has canceled; they will be holding an alternate program featuring lamb cake Saturday and rescheduling the Columbian Exposition talk for a later date.

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was such a major event in Chicago that one of the stars on the city flag honors it. Among other innovations, the six-month-long fair showcased Juicy Fruit Gum, Shredded Wheat and Quaker Oats and put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer. The lady managers of the fair also produced a cookbook.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10, technology expert Charles Valauskas will talk about the fair and its firsts in food and food technology during a meeting of the Chicago Foodways Roundtable at Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch St., Chicago. Admission is $3 per person; call (847) 432-8255 for reservations.

Unfortunately, the Dining Room at Kendall College isn’t open for lunch on Saturdays, but good neighborhood options include Goose Island Beer, or you can head to Goose Island Shrimp House and enjoy a picnic at nearby Stanton Park.