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A rendering of the procession of illuminated floating fiberglass sculptures created by Lin Ye.

Presented by Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago, the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival introduces what will become an annual tradition celebrating the diversity of Chicago's great neighborhoods and the City's powerful spirit of renewal. The Festival will culminate on October 4th, 2014 with a grand procession and fire spectacle on the main branch of the Chicago River. Tens of thousands will watch the procession and spectacle from Chicago’s newly developed riverfront, featuring acrobatics, live music, wild mechanical objects, and more. The festival will be a city-wide signature event that so genuinely reflects the city that it becomes a cultural and economic beacon for Chicagoans, the nation, and the world.




Preview Events

Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

6:30-8 pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington Street

Experience The Great Chicago Fire through a film showcasing the story of one of Chicago's great families,Bertha Honoré and Potter Palmer. Their passion for one another and the city they loved would inspire Chicago to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of The Great Chicago Fire. Immediately followed by a panel discussion with Executive Producer Lori McGunn, Director Amelia Dellos and notable Chicago historians.


Great Chicago Fire Festival Kick-Off

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12 noon

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Redmoon present the Great Chicago Fire Festival Kick-Off, an interactive event featuring live music by Redmoon's original spectacle contraption, The Mobile DJ Unit, a cross between a Segway, a classic car, and a DJ booth, an underground Chicago DJ mixes live tunes while an onboard bubble machine leaves fields of delicate bubbles in hie wake. Also present are eight interactive Great Chicago Fire Festival Writing Kiosks. Participants can write themselves a short letter prompted by the two Great Chicago Fire Festival mission prompts "I overcome..." and "I celebrate...", The letters will be included as a part of the Great Chicago Fire Festival performance on Oct 4th and ceremonially burned as a part of the Grand Spectacle acknowledging the fire of 1871 and the rebirth of our city.




October 4, 2014




Spectacle from 8-9 pm, Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 pm




Chicago River and City-wide








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