The Illinois State Society of Washington, DC took advantage of special group fares offered by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to take members to Chicago for the 1933 World's Fair. A special train car just for Illinoisans who were federal employees from "Egypt" or southern Illinois was a centerpiece of one of the trips. Many federal employees wound up taking that trip sponsored by the Illinois State Society.
The president of the fair was banker Rufus C. Dawes, another brother of former Vice President Charles Dawes. He was a sound financial manager for the venture. In the two seasons of 1933 and 1934, the fair drew 48,769,227 visitors, almost twice as many as the Columbian Exposition of 1893, which was only open for six months. The 1934 season earned a profit that was given to the city.