Did You Know?
A young “Papa Bear” George Halas (founder of the Chicago Bears and the NFL) was supposed to be on the ill-fated Eastland cruise that capsized in the Chicago River, killing 822 Western Electric employees and family members in 1915, but he overslept and arrived a few minutes after the boat cast off.
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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