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  • Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle

    Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle
    Chicago’s arts and festivals chief on Wednesday defended last summer’s money-losing Taste of Chicago festival along with the first-time Great Chicago Fire Festival that culminated in a flame-out that disappointed tens of thousands of spectators lining the Chicago River.
  • Chicago fire festival organizers seek redemption

     Chicago fire festival organizers seek redemption
    In the year leading up to the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, organizers put safeguards in place in case the fire from its main event grew too large. But they never thought there would be no fire at all. Redmoon Theater artistic director Jim...

    Great Chicago Fire Festival left a bad taste

    The Great Chicago Fire Festival was in the worst possible taste. It was a disaster — painful and long lasting.  Is the Eastland disaster the next festival they'll come up with?  Think of the suffering that incident evoked. Shame on the city...

    Open letter to Redmoon: What to get right next time

    Open letter to Redmoon: What to get right next time
    Memo to Redmoon regarding the Great Chicago Fire Festival: Your less-than-successful event last weekend has been the spark for all kinds of Monday-morning quarterbacking, finger-pointing, calls for investigating and, on the part of you and your...

    Emanuel may double down on Great Chicago Fire event despite fizzle

    Emanuel may double down on Great Chicago Fire event despite fizzle
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated Wednesday he’s ready to double down on the Great Chicago Fire festival despite a first edition that fizzled last weekend as he looked on with tens of thousands of people along the Chicago River. The mayor would not say...