On July 6, 1959, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom visited Chicago to commemorate the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which facilitated international, waterborne trade via the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.

Map of docking area for Queen Elizabeth II's arrival in Chicago

Map of docking area for Queen Elizabeth II’s arrival in Chicago, 1959. RJD_01_02_0003_0010_008

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley welcomed the Queen. See a brief film of her arrival below.

During her stay, the Queen and Prince Philip visited the Chicago International Trade Fair.

Richard J. Daley, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip tour the International Trade Fair

Richard J. Daley, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and others tour the International Trade Fair in Chicago, 1959. Photo: Pics Chicago. RJD_04_01_0046_0001_006

One highlight of the Queen’s stay was the banquet that Chicago and Mayor Daley held in her honor.

Mayor Daley and Queen Elizabeth II walk to banquet in the Queen's honor,

Mayor Daley and Queen Elizabeth II walk to banquet in the Queen’s honor, 1959. Photo: R. E. Murphy. RJD_04_01_0045_0011_027

Banquet for Queen Elizabeth II at Conrad Hilton Hotel, 1959. RJD_04_01_0046_0001_011

Banquet for Queen Elizabeth II at Conrad Hilton Hotel, 1959. RJD_04_01_0046_0001_011