Presented by Scott Cummings

The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago attracted several million visitors to the biggest event of the Gilded Age—a combination industrial trade show, art exhibit, educational display, and entertainment district. Covering nearly 700 acres, the main fairgrounds and its adjoining Midway Plaisance contained hundreds of buildings, 57 miles of roadway, and 3 miles of intertwining waterways … offering plenty of places to hide a body. That is, if there had there been a devilish serial killer in the White City (there wasn’t!).

In this presentation, we will tour the Columbian Exposition fairgrounds, exploring a dozen or so spots that could have served this nefarious purpose, from quirky exhibits to dark corners to astounding hiding spots in plain sight.

Scott Cummings is an independent researcher and publisher of, an educational website devoted to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. When not exploring the White City, he has served on the Board of Directors of the International Wizard of Oz Club and as editor-in-chief of its journal. He writes articles and presents talks on a wide range of topics, including renewable energy, obscure theater shows, author L. Frank Baum, and the history of the Chicago fairgrounds.

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