"The White City" Musical Celebrates 1893 Columbian Exposition




Several historical events are scheduled to commemorate the seminal 1893 Columbian Exposition this month. Prior to his work on the Chicago Plan, city planner and architect Daniel Burnham led the development of Chicago’s first world’s fair, and residents will have an opportunity to be transported back to the early 1890s via a new musical, The White City, to witness the energy and emotional highs and lows that were part of producing Chicago’s crowning achievement in its first century.

Local playwright June Finfer and composer Elizabeth Doyle were inspired by the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial celebration to create the new work. Four performances are scheduled. At 7 p.m. September 28, Glessner House, an H.H. Richardson mansion at 1800 South Prairie Avenue, in Chicago, sponsors the musical, along with the Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago Chapter (312-326-1480 for tickets).

At 7 p.m., September 30, John Farson's Pleasant Home, an 1897 George Maher Prairie School mansion located at 217 Home Ave, in Oak Park, will host (BrownPaperTickets.com/event/270199 for tickets).

At 6:30 p.m., October 1, Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3, circa 1911, located at 2936 North Southport Avenue, in Chicago, the oldest continuously operating off-Loop theatre in Chicago, is the venue (BrownPaperTickets.com/event/270199 for tickets).

At 6:30 p.m., October 4, the Chicago Temple Building, circa 1923, 77 West Washington Street, in Chicago, with a performance sponsored by the Swedenborg Library. (312-346-7003 or BurnhamWhiteCity@gmail.com for tickets).


Cost is $15 reserved seating, $10 general admission.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Spiritual Leader Amma is Coming to Chicago

Mata Amritanandamayi, one of India’s most beloved spiritual leaders and an internationally inspiring humanitarian, will be visiting the Chicagoland area from July 11 through 13.

Learn to Activate Inner Brain Power

Brain Education TV is a new YouTube channel and resource to help people activate their innate brain power, create the life they want and build strong and loving relationships.

Holistic Health & Spiritual Expo Next Month

A Holistic Health & Spiritual Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 13, at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, featuring free relief adjustments by holistic practitioners.

Bruno Groening’s Teachings Reveal a Path to Health

Brigitte Schneider, a licensed healing practitioner, will give a series of talks about a natural, cost-free way of attaining healing and help through the teachings of Bruno Groening, from June 12 through 14 in Chicago, Downers Grove and Des Plaines.

Sound Healing in the Studio or On the Go

KemeTones Cosmic Sound Healing and the Light Being Wellness Center will present a Summer Solstice Correspondences session ($10 suggested donation) from 2 to 6 p.m., June 23.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

New Art School Open in Northbrook

Art and Soul, a new art school launched by Northbrook resident Pamela Tokowitz, provides creative art direction and instruction in drawing, painting, collage and beading.

Great Lakes Bioneers Meeting in Chicago

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will host its inaugural annual gathering at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East.

Teplitsky Joins Wrigleyville Dental Practice

Chicago’s Wrigleyville Dental has added Dr. Bernice Teplitsky to their staff, a dentist who combines traditional general dentistry with an integrative, holistic approach.

New Sculpture Celebrates Sustainability

A new piece of public art, One Man’s Trash… Don’t Waste – Instead Create!, has been installed at the First Bank & Trust, in Skokie, to enhance their new, “green” branch.

Dr. Mark Hyman to Address Diabesity

Feed Your Mind Wellness hosts Dr. Mark Hyman for a talk, Emerging Approaches to Chronic Illness: Achieving Wellness Within Your Community.

Seminars for Massage Therapists

Randall Gibson, ME, LMT, will present two seminars on effective aspects of energy medicine and holistic bodywork in November at the Upledger Institute, in Addison.