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Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

Saturday, July 23

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Hear about the resiliency of Chicagoans as they rebuilt and recovered following the losses from the tragic fire. Be sure to visit our exhibition City on Fire: Chicago 1871 while you’re here!

Free with general admission.

Starting March 1, 2022, Chicago History Museum visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.

View of the Chicago Fire of 1871 at night under full moon, Chicago, Illinois.
Front view of a Chicago Fire Department fire marshall helmet used during the Chicago Fire of 1871. CHM, ICHi-064110
Harriet Jessie Peabody's doll, "Bessie," saved in the Great Fire, 1871. CHM, ICHi-064649
"Memories of the Chicago Fire of 1871" by Julia Lemos, 1912. CHM, ICHi-062293
Broadside regarding aid after the Great Chicago Fire, 1871. CHM, ICHi-020590

The Details



23 rd

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Event Location

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