Century of Progress
A 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair poster. It was later decided to continue the fair into 1934. This poster features the United States federal building and Hall of States.
|Name||A Century of Progress Exposition|
|Motto||Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts|
|Area||172 hectares (430 acres)|
|Venue||Lakefront, Northerly Island|
|Opening||May 27, 1933|
|Closure||October 31, 1934|
A Century of Progress International Exposition was a
One description of the fair noted that the world, "then still mired in the malaise of the Great Depression, could glimpse a happier not-too-distant future, all driven by innovation in science and technology." Fair visitors saw the latest wonders in rail travel, automobiles, architecture and cigarette-smoking robots. The exhibition "emphasized technology and progress, a utopia, or perfect world, founded on democracy and manufacturing."
A Century of Progress was organized as an Illinois nonprofit corporation in January 1928 for the purpose of planning and hosting a World's Fair in Chicago in 1934. City officials designated three and a half miles of newly reclaimed land along the shore of Lake Michigan between 12th and 39th streets on the