AC Lighting first used at the The Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 by George Westinghouse.

Martin Cooper (Chicago) invented the first handheld cellular mobile phone in 1973 and led the team that developed it and brought it to market in 1983.

Chicago Inventions

The Zipper 1893


Vacuum cleaner 1868


The Skyscraper 1884


AC lighting Chicago World’s Fair  1893


Electric dishwasher 1893


The film industry 1900


Nuclear reaction 1942


Wireless remote 1955


The Cell Phone 1973


Linux OS code 1991


House Music 1985


The Cloud 2004 2017

Invented in Chicago

Due to it’s unique architecture and weight-bearing frame, The Home Insurance Building is considered the world’s first skyscraper, having opened in 1884.

The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.