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Bus Tour | The Great Chicago Fire: Disaster and Recovery

Sunday, October 3

Developed in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), join us for a bus tour that follows the Great Chicago Fire’s path of destruction and highlights the resiliency of the city during its recovery. As a CAC docent provides commentary, learn how the site of the fire’s starting point on DeKoven Street became the Chicago Fire Department training facility. Trace the fire’s route to its northern boundaries in Lincoln Park. Along the way, learn about “fireproof” buildings that burned, the few structures that survived, and the everyday residents who rebuilt the city.

$50, $42 CHM and CAC members. Tour runs 2 hours.

CHM is proud to partner with the Chicago Architecture Center and Windy City Limousine.



Although the city of Chicago is in Phase 5 of its reopening plan, CHM requires all visitors over age 2 and staff to wear a mask while inside the Museum or participating in a group tour. As vaccinations continue, we will evaluate and update policies. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.

View of the 1871 Chicago Fire at night under full moon. Lithograph by F. Sala & Co., c. 1871. CHM, ICHi-063773
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

The Details



3 rd

2:30–4:30 p.m.



$ 50

$42 Members

Event Location

Meet at the Chicago History Museum 

1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

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