About the Play

Did your great grandparents get to go to the great Fair?
Do you ever dream about being there?

Now you can join your neighbors to visit the 1893 World Columbian Exposition — in story and song.

Meet Dan Burnham, John Root, and Louis Sullivan as they struggle to build a great World’s Fair in less time than it took to build the Auditorium Building.

Many of the issues of the 1890s are our problems today –  the role of immigrants, women’s search for equality, Black struggle for recognition. and balancing work and personal life. The planning and building of the great World’s Fair tests Dan Burnham and Chicago to the limit.