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Exhibition Opening | City on Fire: Chicago 1871

Friday, October 8

A rapidly growing city built of wood. A summer-long heat wave. An exhausted and misdirected team of firefighters. Racial, social, and economic tensions bubbling just below the surface. All Chicago needed was a spark.

Our newest exhibition City on Fire: Chicago 1871 opens on October 8, 2021. Designed for families, we invite you to learn, explore, and discover the impact the Great Chicago Fire had on the city and the people who lived here.

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General admission tickets include access to all permanent and temporary exhibitions. 

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Front view of a Chicago Fire Department fire marshall helmet used during the Chicago Fire of 1871. CHM, ICHi-064110
"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
Harriet Jessie Peabody's doll, "Bessie," saved in the Great Fire, 1871. CHM, ICHi-064649

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Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

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