Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893 : Joseph Gustaitis
Date: Wed. January 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue
About this event:
Join author Joseph Gustaitis as he presents his new book Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893: The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis.
An almost endless list of achievements took place in Chicago in 1893. Chicago’s most important skyscraper was completed in 1893, Frank Lloyd Wright opened his office, and a trio of Chicago authors practically invented urban literature. African American physician and Chicagoan Daniel Hale Williams performed one of the first known open-heart surgeries. The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry all started in 1893. The Cubs’ new ballpark opened that year, and an Austro-Hungarian immigrant began selling sausages outside the grounds of the World’s Fair. His wares became the famous “Chicago hot dog.”
Because of the magnitude of the World’s Fair, history books often neglect to explain what visitors discovered outside the White City’s electrically lit splendor. Author Joseph Gustaitis rectifies this overlooked history, revealing Chicago as a modern metropolis that rivaled the world’s greatest cities. Although the Columbian Exposition marked Chicago’s arrival on the world stage, many other accomplishments ensured that 1893 would go down in history as Chicago’s greatest year.
Formerly the humanities editor for Collier’s Encyclopedia and an Emmy-winning television writer, Joseph Gustaitis is a freelance writer who has published more than one hundred articles on popular history and other subjects. He lives in Chicago.Phone: 312-744-6022