51 Spectacular Panoramic Photos of Turn-of-the-Century Chicago
From the ashes of the Great Fire, Chicago built itself into a city of epic proportions. The huge public spectacles celebrating the era’s achievements could only be captured in equally spectacular photos.
Such pictures of Chicago begin with the Great Fire, marking an incredible devastation best appreciated in a panoramic format. The photos follow the city’s rebuilding, through the Columbian Exposition, the growth of the lakefront, and the Century of Progress.
These images show an era when popular entertainment meant mass assemblies—a World War II-era exhibition battle, a massive gathering of the International Eucharistic Conference in Soldier Field, a Cubs-Sox World Series, and perhaps best of all, the International Ballooning Contest at Aero Park in Chicago.
It’s a city that might well have been a more entertaining place to live. At least, that’s the impression you get when you see these amazing images.