Did You Know?
The first automobile race in the US was held along Chicago's lakefront in 1895, with J. Frank Duryea beating the rest of the field while averaging a blistering 7.5 miles per hour. Which, coincidentally, is often the average speed on Lakeshore Drive at 8AM!
Tour guide Michael Corcoran views the rear of the Museum of Science and Industry. Designed by Charles Atwood, the building was originally built 1891-93 as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
After the Fair, the building housed the Field Museum of Natural History into the 1920s. The structure, originally built of plaster, was reconstructed in stone (an exact copy) for the Museum of Science and Industry. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1995.
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