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Great Chicago Fire (1871)

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  • The man the Great Fire of 1871 couldn't beat

    The man the Great Fire of 1871 couldn't beat
    William D. Kerfoot was exactly the type of irrepressible Chicagoan the Tribune was talking to when it famously urged residents to "CHEER UP" after the Great Chicago Fire. The editorial published on Oct. 11, 1871, in the first edition of the newspaper printed after the Oct. 8-10 conflagration, exclaimed, "CHICAGO WILL RISE AGAIN."
  • Great Chicago Fire Festival to return, with city's support

    Great Chicago Fire Festival to return, with city's support
    The Great Chicago Fire Festival that was dubbed "the fiasco on the river" by a prominent alderman last fall after floating houses failed to ignite as thousands of spectators looked on will be reprised this year with another infusion of public money, the...

    Flaming out in a very public way

    Flaming out in a very public way
    Long after the news outlets had stopped talking about the failure of the Great Chicago Fire Festival to deliver its marquee moment, the ignition of the houses floating in the middle of the Chicago River, I continued to wake with a start. I had left tens...

    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...

    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...