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Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

Saturday, January 8

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; reservations not required.

As per the City of Chicago’s safety guidelines, starting Monday, January 3, 2022, all CHM guests 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon entryCHM requires all visitors over age 2 and staff to wear a mask while inside the Museum or on a tour. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.

We are monitoring the COVID situation, and if a program format changes, you will be notified no later than one week in advance with updated details. 

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
"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



8 th

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

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