The city hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, the mayor was assassinated, the Pullman workers went on strike, a serial killer murdered unsuspecting women, and William Jennings Bryan delivered his Cross of Gold speech.
And that’s just a few years of his life, in the 1890s.
1891: Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays its first concert.
1891: In midst of bicycle craze, a schoolteacher becomes first local woman to ride 100 miles in less than 16 hours.
1892: University of Chicago opens for class.
1893: World’s Columbian Exposition.
1893: Mayor Carter Harrison I is assassinated.
1893: Art Institute of Chicago moves into current building.
1894: Pullman workers go on strike.
1894: British writer William T. Stead publishes “If Christ Came to Chicago,” an expose about corruption.
1895: The nation’s first automobile race is held in Chicago and Evanston.
1896: William Jennings Bryan gives his Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.