The Building Stage

The building was done mostly by a large group of construction workers that numbered almost to about twelve thousand. The laborers worked at night under electric lights and lived in Jackson Park in barracks that were built for them. The Exposition filled up almost 600 acres of land. This was three times as big as the expostion before it. 72 foreign nations sent exhibits to the fair and among these buildings was the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building which was at the time the biggest in the world. This building covered forty four acres and contained eleven acres of skylights in the roof. It could hold 150,000 people in it at any given time. Other buildings had themes like machinery, transportation, education, agriculture, and children focused buildings. Another building was built to home the international parliaments and speeches that went along with the fair, and this is the Chicago Art Institute currently.