MSI Chicago hosts World’s Fair simulation this weekend

MSI Chicago hosts World’s Fair simulation this weekend

If you’re in Chicago this weekend, you might want to check out the Museum of Science and Industry’s World’s Fair simulation. From the site:

Unless you’re a Chicago history buff, you may not know that the Columbian Exposition — also referred to as “The White City” or the World’s Fair of 1893 — was a source of inspiration for Daniel Burnham’s audacious 1909 Plan for Chicago, which provided a vision of what a well-ordered and attractive city of the future could be. The Plan for Chicago has inspired generations of Chicagoans and city lovers worldwide. This year, the Burnham Plan Centennial is a regional event celebrating the Plan’s legacy and looking forward to the bold, new plans for the region. In coordination with this special anniversary year, the Museum will be offering guests another chance to “stroll” through the White City.

Dr. Lisa Snyder, associate director of outreach and operations for UCLA’s Experimental Technologies Center and the UCLA Urban Simulation team, will be presenting the recreation of the White City using real-time video simulation technology. Tim Samuelson, cultural historian for the City of Chicago, will provide expert commentary and insight.

Notably, MSI is housed in the only remaining building from the Exposition: the Palace of Fine Arts. The simulation will be offered on June 19th and 20th at 1 p.m. Check the site for more info.

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