Norman Bolotin at the University Club of Chicago

Norman Bolotin will discuss his book, CHICAGO'S GRAND MIDWAY, at the University Club of Chicago.

Created as a centerpiece for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Midway Plaisance was for one summer the world's most wondrous thoroughfare. A journey along its length immersed millions of spellbound visitors in a spectacle that merged exoticism with enlightenment and artistic crafts with dizzying technical achievement.

Norman Bolotin, with Christine Laing, draws on his vast knowledge of the 1893 exposition to escort readers down the Midway. Step by step he takes you past forbidding Dahomeyans and dozens of belly dancers until, at last, you reach the colossal Ferris Wheel with cabins the size of street cars. The tour reveals the immense scale and variety of the experience in sensual detail--the thirsty crowds and pungent aromas of exotic foods, the Libbey Glass Factory and the screams from the Ice Railway, the snake charmers and the hawkers selling a thousand souvenirs. Throughout, Bolotin details how the organizers--encouraging patrons to spend a little here and a little there--brought off an extravaganza that paid its costs and achieved every one of its goals, including profitability for the fair and immortality.

"A must-have for readers fascinated by world's fairs and turn-of-the-nineteenth-century America."--Booklist

Norman Bolotin and Christine Laing manage the History Bank in Woodinville, Washington. Their books include "The World's Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893".

Please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to make your reservation (please note that the dress code for this event is business casual; denim is not permitted).

Event date: 

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event address: 

University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Chicago's Grand Midway: A Walk Around the World at the Columbian Exposition Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780252082429
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: University of Illinois Press - May 30th, 2017

Created as a centerpiece for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Midway Plaisance was for one summer the world's most wondrous thoroughfare. A journey along its length immersed millions of spellbound visitors in a spectacle that merged exoticism with enlightenment and artistic crafts with dizzying technical achievement.