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American Experience Online Launches Chicago: City of the Century

This is the companion site to the television series premiering on PBS January 13-15, 2003.

American Experience Online Launches Chicago: City of the Century
Visit American Experience’s largest site of the season at to learn more about one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world.  Watch a video re-creation of the Great Fire, play interactive games, learn about labor riots, immigrant neighborhoods, and more.
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Visit American Experience’s largest site of the season at to learn more about one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world.  Watch a video re-creation of the Great Fire, play interactive games, learn about labor riots, immigrant neighborhoods, and more.

Web site highlights: 

- Do you know Chicago? Play this interactive trivia game and find out if you’re a “Windy City Wonder” or a “Big City Bust”.

- Chicago on Fire! Track the great fire of 1871 on an interactive map and watch it rage through the city, destroying seventy-three miles of streets and 17,000 buildings. Examine hour-by-hour eyewitness accounts and period illustrations to see how Chicagoans survived this disaster.

-Decades of Immigrants: Where did Chicago’s immigrants come from? Examine graphs of US census data from 1850 to 1990, and find out the who, when, and why of Chicago immigration.

-Eight Anarchists! Learn more about the men involved in the deadly 1886 Haymarket affair, the events leading up to the riots, the trial, and funeral that followed. Then watch a video re-creation of the incident.

-Then and Now: Compare 19th and 20th century photographs of Chicago buildings and landmarks and see how much has changed. 

-What do Cracker Jacks, Ferris wheels, and the futures market have in common? They all were invented in Chicago!  Tour a gallery of innovations and see what else got its start in Chicago. 

-Your Kind of Town: Tell us about your favorite Chicago historical site, or your family's Chicago roots, and we’ll post your memories on the site.

-Examine profiles of Chicago’s famous – and infamous – denizens, including Jane Addams, the Everleigh sisters, Marshall Field, George Pullman, Ida Wells, and many others.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Online serves an average of 3.3 million pages of history content to visitors every month. American Experience sites have been critically acclaimed by Yahoo!, Netscape, Yahooligans!, USA Today, TipWorld, The Scout Report, UK Plus Site of the Day, Sur?ng the Net with Kids, and Learning in Motion’s Top Ten List.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ONLINE is produced by WGBH Interactive, Boston, which produces Web sites supporting WGBH national series such as NOVA, Antiques Roadshow and ARTHUR. The WGBH Educational Foundation is the single largest producer of primetime television programs and Web sites seen nationally on PBS and

PBS Online, PBS’s award-winning site on the World Wide Web, produces high-quality Web programming as it pioneers the convergence of television and the Internet. features more than 150,000 pages of content as well as companion Web sites for more than 500 PBS programs and specials, and is the #1 “dot-org” Web site in the world. (Source: Nielsen NetRatings)

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, television’s most-watched history series, is a preeminent producer of historical documentaries, related web sites, and DVDs. The pioneer of quality historical programming for public television audiences, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has won every prestigious broadcast award and enjoys consistent widespread support from television critics and viewers alike. Major funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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