CHICAGO — The 1933-34 World’s Fair returns to Chicagoland in the form of the 19th annual World’s Fair Memorabilia Show, which will be held April 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road (Rt. 83 and Landmeier Rd.) in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
More than 39 million people attended Chicago’s second World’s Fair during 1933 and 1934. (The first being the Columbian Exposition held in 1893.) The theme “A Century of Progress” referred to the 100-year period from the founding of Chicago in 1833, to the year of the fair, 1933. Many companies had working factories at the fair, where people could see the products being produced. Some of the items actually produced on the fairgrounds included Firestone tires, White Owl Cigars, Hiram Walker Whiskey (at the 1934 fair, as Prohibition ended at the end of 1933), Wonder Bread and even Chevrolet automobiles.
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the 1933 World’s Fair, collectors and dealers will meet to buy, sell and trade items related to World’s Fairs from 1876 to the present, focusing on the 1933-34 event. There will also be items from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and other Chicago-related ephemera. There will be some items from other World’s Fairs including: 1904 St. Louis; 1939-40 New York; 1962 Seattle; 1964-65 New York; Expo ‘67 and most other World’s Fairs. There will be more than 20 tables of World’s Fair items for sale.
Though there are few traces left in the area where the fair took place – between Roosevelt Road and 39th Street along the lakefront including the area where Meigs Field was located (now Northerly Island Park). The Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and Soldier Field all pre-dated the 1933-34 World’s Fair, but were incorporated into the plan of the Fair.
Show organizers Rick Rann and Bob Conidi are bringing the fair back to Chicago at this show. There will be continuous showings of home movies and newsreels on video from the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. There will be a special display of 1933 World’s Fair memorabilia. World’s Fair collectors and fans of the fair are invited to come and relive one of the brightest moments in Chicago’s history. (Two of the stars on Chicago’s flag commemorate the 1893 and 1933-34 Fairs.)
Show admission is $6 ($5 for seniors over 64); 9 a.m. early preview admission is $20. For more information, contact Rick Rann, P.O. Box 877, Oak Park, IL 60303, firstname.lastname@example.org, 708-442-7907, or Bob Conidi at 630-467-0100, or visit www.worldsfairshow.com.