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A rendering of the Great Chicago Fire Festival procession

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Presented by Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District, 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. It will take culminate on Saturday, October 4 with interactive activities and a fire spectacle that will place between the State Street and Columbus Drive bridges in the heart of downtown.

Beginning at 3pm patrons are invited to a neighborhood bazaar with music performances begin at 5pm and then the Grand Spectacle begins at 8pm. Television and film actors Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney, both stars of the hit NBC drama “Chicago Fire,” will ignite the festivities – literally – as they light one of 15 massive “Fire Cauldrons” that will be lowered from bridges to watercraft waiting on the Chicago River below. From there, an elaborate “Grand Spectacle” performance will unfold as the watercraft then ferry the flames out to three moored platforms, where giant “Fire Sculptures” will be set ablaze, transforming to reveal three different symbolic cores. Some 400 different performers and singers will participate in the event, which culminates with a choreographed fireworks display designed by Las Vegas-based company Pyrotechnico. The Great Chicago Fire Festival is completely free and no tickets are required.

Tens of thousands are expected to participate in this 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.




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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