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City on Fire: Chicago 1871

Event date: 10/8/2021 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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City on Fire: Chicago 1871

Chicago History Museum

A rapidly growing city built of wood. A summer-long heat wave. An exhausted and misdirected team of firefighters. Racial, social, and economic tensions bubbling just below the surface. All Chicago needed was a spark.

The Chicago History Museum is creating a landmark exhibition that revives the story of the Great Chicago Fire 150 years after it ravaged the city in 1871. Still considered one of the most defining events in Chicago’s history, the fire has long been fertile ground for both legend and scholarship—a compelling moment of destruction and rebirth that resonates anew for every generation.

City on Fire: Chicago 1871  guides visitors through the crucial events and conditions before, during, and after the fire—many of which draw striking comparisons to today's social climate. This family-friendly exhibition features more than 100 artifacts from the Chicago History Museum's collection, interactive and multimedia elements, and personal stories from survivors of the fire.

This permanent exhibit opens October 8, 2021.

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614 (Map)


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