Pasfield Tours & Links

Columbian Exposition in Chicago

As a biography of the Fair put it, "when is comes to pure scope, grandeur and far-reaching legacies, the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 outshines them all... Buildings stretched a third of a mile long, the Architectural impact reaching into the new century." The star attraction was the world's first "Ferris Wheel" – created by George Ferris of neighboring Jacksonville which brought fair goers to the festivities held on the "Midway Plaisance". Food vendors offered delicious culinary delights from all over the world.

To commemorate our connection to the fair, the Pasfield House occasionally serves hot dogs coined Red Hots, from the original family vendor. Midway vendor Samuel Ladany brought his sausage-making skills and special recipe from Austria-Hungary and sold the dogs from a cart. His business grew into the Vienna Sausage Manufacturing Company, which his sons managed for more than 50 years. The family tradition continues today as Red Hot Chicago.

The "Midway" with its "Ferris Wheel" and "Red Hots" were all words that entered into the American vernacular during the Chicago World's Fair.

Guests of the historic Pasfield House (circa 1896) may dine outdoors on our courtyard patio, weather permitting, or on the covered front veranda. Enjoy a trip back to a prominent family's grand residence inspired by the rich and historical architectural experience of the Chicago World's Fair. Come to the historic Pasfield House, enjoy a delicious Red Hot Chicago dog prepared like they still do in the Windy City since the 1893 Columbian World's Fair and reach with us back to that age.