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The Museum of Science and Industry (formerly the Palace of Fine Arts for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, then called the Field Museum until the 1920s) at twilight, Jackson Park,1900, Chicago.

The Museum of Science and Industry (formerly the Palace of Fine Arts for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, then called the Field Museum until the 1920s) at twilight, Jackson Park,1900, Chicago.

Museum of Science and Industry (Fall), 1957, Chicago. Millard Owen Sheets

Museum of Science and Industry (Fall), 1957, Chicago. Millard Owen Sheets

Looking north on Clark from Monroe, 1889, Chicago.

The building on the left with all the flags is Kohl and Middleton’s Dime Museum, a place for vaudeville acts, curios, freaks and a place where a little known magician from New York named “Houdin” (later Houdini) would get his start…

Cabbies awaiting fares behind the Field Museum, 1930, Chicago.

Cabbies awaiting fares behind the Field Museum, 1930, Chicago.

The Palace of Fine Arts at the Columbian Exposition of 1893, then the Field Museum until 1921, the Museum of Science and Industry gets a makeover, 1923, Chicago.

The Palace of Fine Arts at the Columbian Exposition of 1893, then the Field Museum until 1921, the Museum of Science and Industry gets a makeover, 1923, Chicago.

Caryatid statues at the Palace of Fine Arts (later Field Columbian Museum, then the Museum of Science and Industry) built 1893, photo 1916, Chicago.
Field Museum Digital Archives

Caryatid statues at the Palace of Fine Arts (later Field Columbian Museum, then the Museum of Science and Industry) built 1893, photo 1916, Chicago.

Field Museum Digital Archives

Lunar model inside the Columbian Museum of Chicago, 1894.
The Palace of Fine Arts Building from the Columbian Exposition was renamed the Field Columbian Museum in 1905. Once the new Field Museum was built in 1921, the contents were moved, and of course, the old building would eventually become the Museum of Science and Industry.
Field Museum Archives

Lunar model inside the Columbian Museum of Chicago, 1894.

The Palace of Fine Arts Building from the Columbian Exposition was renamed the Field Columbian Museum in 1905. Once the new Field Museum was built in 1921, the contents were moved, and of course, the old building would eventually become the Museum of Science and Industry.

Field Museum Archives

Have you ever met Granddad? This Australian Lung Fish has been living at the Shedd Aquarium since 1933, is at least 86 years old and could be much older. Make sure you stop by his tank and say hello to this very old Chicagoan…

Have you ever met Granddad? This Australian Lung Fish has been living at the Shedd Aquarium since 1933, is at least 86 years old and could be much older. Make sure you stop by his tank and say hello to this very old Chicagoan…

Strolling around the Art Palace at the Columbian Expostion, c.1893. The Art Palace is now the Museum of Science and Industry, one of only two buildings that remain from the fair.

Strolling around the Art Palace at the Columbian Expostion, c.1893. The Art Palace is now the Museum of Science and Industry, one of only two buildings that remain from the fair.

I encourage everyone to visit the Driehaus Museum (aka the Nickerson Mansion) at 40 E Erie. This is one of those rare experiences where you’re allowed to actually step back in time to experience a part of Chicago, most of which is long lost or forgotten. Built in 1881, this house has been restored and furnished as it would have been at the turn of the 20th century. When you’re down shopping on Michigan Ave, try to carve out an hour or two and pop over one block to explore this hidden gem.  

Colonnade surrounding the Fine Arts building at the Columbian Exposition, c.1893 (although this picture may be a decade later), Chicago. Now the Museum of Science and Industry, it is the only remnant of the fair.

Colonnade surrounding the Fine Arts building at the Columbian Exposition, c.1893 (although this picture may be a decade later), Chicago. Now the Museum of Science and Industry, it is the only remnant of the fair.

Interior of the Field Museum, c.1919.

Interior of the Field Museum, c.1919.