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Museum Tour

History Highlights Gallery Tour

Monday, October 22

Led by a volunteer gallery interpreter, this 30-minute tour of our permanent exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America explores a specific aspect of Chicago’s history.

Burn the Old Town Down

Traditionally understood as the turning point of Chicago’s early history, the Great Fire of 1871 cemented the reputation of the rising metropolis as a place of opportunity, renewal, and future promise. Volunteer Mike Johnson delves into the details of what was perhaps the most transformative event in Chicago’s history.

FREE with admission; no reservations needed.

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Memories of the Chicago Fire of 1871 by Julia Lemos, 1912. ICHi-062293
Fire broadside, 1871.

The Details



22 nd

1:30 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

Meet at the entrance to Chicago: Crossroads of America.

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