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trains Chicago Central: A History of Rails and Trains in the City
The exhibit examines some elements of this history, including the city's stations, trains and rail workers and innovations in train technology.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
April 16 — Oct. 12, 2012
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Technology
Octave Chanute Flights before the Wrights: Octave Chanute, Chicago. Aeronautical Pioneer, Engineer & Teacher
An exhibition of Octave Chanute's accomplishments and highlights from the visionary's career. Chanute’s novel biplane glider, an engineering masterpiece in the world of 1896 flying machines was the foundation for 20th-century aircraft.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Nov. 1 — June 1, 2002
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Subjects
Aviation
Technology
History of Science
Matty's hot dog stand From Sausage to Hot Dogs: The Evolution of an Icon
The hot dog is an American creation, and Chicago even has its own style. But where did this popular food come from and how did it develop? This exhibit looks to the hot dog's origins in sausage-making practices brought by European immigrants to the Midwest.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 29 — Dec. 31, 2013
Subjects
Technology
American History
Default Placeholder Photo Hands Making Paper: The Art of Japanese Papermaking
More than thirty-five examples of traditional paper types from Japan, including the multi-layered, tie and fold dyed, gilt, and printed papers, were displayed for the first time in Chicago in this exhibit.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 1 — Sept. 1, 1988
Subjects
Art
Technology
Origins of Color main poster The Origins of Color
The Origins of Color exhibit explores the historical and scientific development of pigments and dyes and their production and uses in both fine art as well as craft manufacture.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
April 16 — Nov. 2, 2007
Subjects
Materials Science
Art
History of Science
Technology
Something's Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Beer Brewing Something's Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Beer Brewing
The Crerar Library exhibit, Something's Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Brewing, explores the development of brewing, from the ancient Sumerians' rice-based beverages to the rise and fall of the Chicago brewing industry.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Jan. 8 — March 31, 2007
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Materials Science
History of Science
Technology
Cracker Jack advertisement Sweet Home Chicago: Chocolate and Confectionery Production and Technology in the Windy City
Drawing from items in the substantial cookery collection at the John Crerar Library, this exhibit explores the history of chocolate and confectioners in the city and the science and technology of the candy making process.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 10 — June 11, 2011
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Subjects
Advertising
Chicago and Illinois
Technology
Main exhibit poster Under Your Feet, Chicago's Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels
Under Your Feet explores the system—from the first water tunnels completed in 1867, to the now defunct freight tunnels of the early 1900's, to the subway system we use today, to the Deep Tunnel project and storm tunnels of the future.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Feb. 14 — March 31, 2006
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Subjects
Art
Chicago and Illinois
Technology