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