Family Day | City on Fire: Chicago 1871
Saturday, October 16
One hundred and fifty years ago, Chicago was a city with a bustling business district and a rapidly growing population. The city was bursting at the seams to accommodate new residents, and houses were being built quickly out of wood and crammed tightly together. Even the few paved streets and sidewalks were made of wood. Although structures were advertised as “fireproof,” on October 8, 1871, the combination of strong wind, a regional drought, and a fire near DeKoven Street proved them wrong on an epic scale.
Spend the day with us at the Chicago History Museum to explore the history of the Great Chicago Fire in our newest exhibition, City on Fire: Chicago 1871. Discover the story of the Fire through accounts by people who lived through it such as Justin Butterfield, Claire Innis, Joseph and Anna Hudlin, and Catherine O’Leary. Designed for families with children ages 13 and under, the day’s activities include:
- A hands-on workshop with Chicago Mobile Makers where you can design your ideal community
- Live musical performances celebrating Chicago
- The chance to get up close and personal with a fire engine from the Chicago Fire Department
And much more!
Free with general admission; RSVP not required
To be announced!
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614purchase tickets for Oct. 16