Nearly 28 million people came to Chicago in six months of 1893. Chicago only had about 1.5 million residents at the time. The visitors came by boat from Lake Michigan and by railroads from all over the US and all over the world.
Even the Liberty Bell was loaned by Philadelphia to Chicago to be put on display at the fair. In spite of the financial panic of early 1893, the fair was still a success for The Windy City that only 22 years before had been devastated by fire. The Fair took up most of the land that is now Jackson Park. The Palace of Fine Arts from the Fair is now the Museum of Science and Industry and is the only building still standing from the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.