Did You Know?
The nickname “the Windy City” was actually given to Chicago by a sneering New York Sun columnist during the acrimonious battle to host the World Columbian Exposition in the 1890s and referred to the city's politicos and boosters, not to its climate.
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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