The Executive Committee of the World's Columbian Exposition commissioned the artist William LeRoy Metcalf to paint this view of the world's fair.
The painting depicts the West Lagoon at the World's Columbian Exposition at dusk. Fair patrons appear on the promenade. Also visible are illuminated streetlamps, fair buildings, and some foliage in and near the water.
This oil painting is one of many artistic representations of the 1893 world's fair, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in America and, for many, marked the rebirth of Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871.