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In Real Life:
The Art Institute of Chicago isn’t actually mentioned by name in The Devil in the White City, but the building was originally built for the World’s Columbian Exposition and it was called the World’s Congress Auxiliary Building. The intent all along was that it would become the Art Institute of Chicago after the fair closed – which is what happened. The Art Institute officially opened on December 8th, 1893. It’s said to be one of the best art museums on the planet. I could spend days there – but instead – I just popped in to take a look at the art donated by Bertha Palmer – some of which once hung in the Palmer House Hotel.