Washington Park and Jackson Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"An area of great renown in the late 1800s, the swath of the South Side that includes Washington and Jackson parks was the destination of millions during the 1893 Columbian Exposition, an early-day world’s fair meant to celebrate the anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America (albeit a year late). During its six-month run, more than 27 million people visited an over-the-top assemblage of buildings and attractions designed to celebrate world cultures and the industrial accomplishments of America. (By contrast, Florida’s Disney World attracts about 16 million each year.) Much of the architecture was spectacular, and the fair deeply influenced American architecture—and Chicago’s in particular. The exposition was known as the “White City” for the brilliant Beaux Arts finish of its buildings, which glowed under thousands of newfangled electric lights."