San Francisco, California
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Chicago was an unlikely candidate to host the World’s Fair in 1890. But just two decades after the Great Chicago Fire, the city’s craftsmen constructed fairgrounds that sparkled so bright it came to be known as the White City. In addition to the dazzling architecture that was said to serve as an influence in L. Frank Baum’s Emerald City, the Fair also hosted prototypes of such revolutionary appliances as the dishwasher and fluorescent lightbulbs. It served as the introduction for noteworthy brands like Juicy Fruit Gum and Pabst Blue Ribbon, and boasted the world’s first Ferris Wheel.
While much of the World’s Fair architecture was intentionally built to be temporary, a few buildings still stand today. The Palace of Fine Arts hosted the Field Museum until it moved to its current, larger location in 1921; and has hosted the Museum of Science and Industry since 1933. Meanwhile, the World’s Congress Auxiliary Building is now known as the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago continues to embody this spirit of impressive craftsmanship.
At this event, you’ll be invited to participate in a LEGO hackathon, help try to make a robot, or create a bust of your own head using 3-D printing technology provided by the Field Museum. Attendees can use a digital carving machine to carve their designs out of wood, controlled by the new Easel web app by Chicago's Inventables (The 3rd Industrial Revolution now runs on a Rails back-end!) We’ll also have a local artist on hand to doodle your portrait, and a movable type to make your own press kit.
Ticket price includes food and drinks - serving some of Chicago's best and local brands.
When & Where
City of Broad Shoulders
The "City of Broad Shoulders" series of events will be hosted by four Chicago organizations that represent our city's software craftsmanship. Dev Bootcamp, 8th Light, DevMynd, and Table XI will host the three-day event, allowing attendees to brush shoulders with other craftsmen while re-living pieces of Chicago’s history.