Event—Adult Education

A Century of Progress: Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1933-34


Delve into the visual culture of Chicago's Century of Progress exposition.

“Museum of Science and Industry Globe, Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago” by Kaufman and Fabry Co, 1933. Source: The Newberry Library Catalog, Accession number: Wingms2010/ah.

Class Description

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the Century of Progress exposition, this class will explore the history and visual culture of the fair staged in Chicago in 1933-1934. We will study the fair’s architecture, landscape design, exhibits, special events, and amusements, as well as the fair's significant place in Chicago's history.

Diane Dillon is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

Cost and Registration

8 sessions, $320 ($288 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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