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Christopher Columbus may have landed in the Bahamas, but Chicago wants to give the 500th anniversary party. The Windy City is lobbying hard to host a 1992 world's fair honoring Columbus's discovery of North America.

In a 900-page proposal, Chicago has told the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the 38-member treaty organization that will choose the host city, that the city will even fill in 200 more acres of Lake Michigan to create more open space. The key complication: Paris has proposed hosting a world's fair in 1989 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French revolution. BIE rules forbid world's fairs from being held within seven years of each other.

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The span used to be 10 years and backers of both the Chicago and Paris fairs are hoping for a compromise of some sort. Deadline for a decision, says the BIE, is June 24.

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