The Great Chicago Fire Festival took place this Saturday October 4th and ignited the downtown riverfront with activity. The daylong event celebrated Chicago’s strength and rebirth following the 1871 Chicago fire. The neighborhoods and citizens of Chicago were also honored in the event. Thousands of residents and visitors experienced the sights and fun which stretched along the Chicago’s Riverwalk from State Street to Columbus Drive.
The festivities began with a neighborhood bazaar, featuring artisans from 15 Chicago Fire Festival Communities selling goods, crafts and food. Many of Chicago’s infamous food trucks were also in attendance, serving up plenty of local favorites. Later in the evening the AMA Plaza came to life with a full-blown dance crew battle while Pioneer Court featured music and spoken word performances. The focal point of the event was three historically inspired homes moored in the Chicago River. After nightfall the event turned into a fiery spectacle, which symbolized the events of the Great Chicago Fire. At 8pm NBC’s Chicago Fire TV stars Jesse Spencer & Taylor Kinney lowered a flaming cauldron from the Michigan Avenue bridge. Steamships and kayaks with flaming buoys then ignited the three houses along the river. The event culminated in a fantastic firework display, which lit the city’s skyline.
This inaugural event had its fare share of weather challenges & electrical issues but will surely be another great Chicago event in years to come. To check out photos & videos of the amazing fabrication process visits Redmoon’s webpage.