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'Midway' Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted coined the term "Midway Plaisance" for the 600-foot-wide green space that was to connect his South Park along Lake Michigan (now Jackson Park) to another park a mile inland (now Washington Park). The Great Fire of 1871 delayed Olmsted's master parks plan, but during the World's Columbian Exposition, the Midway hosted various amusements, games and entertainments. Americans adopted the name "midway" to describe the raucous commercial areas of all fairs and exhibitions.

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