After a widely hyped yet not-so-successful first Great Chicago Fire Festival in 2014, the festival will return on September 26th. After inclement weather and some technical glitches sidelined the inaugural fest, Redmoon Theater has made some changes and fingers are crossed it’ll go up in flames — in the best way possible.
Last year, spectators gathered along the Chicago River while large barges carried makeshift buildings that signified homes in the city that burned during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Different this year, Redmoon engaged upwards of 50,000 Chicago kids this summer to participate in GRIT — Group Ritual Imaging Tool — to get the kids to provide an artistic or personal statement based on the phrases “I celebrate …” and “I overcome…” Those statements will be incorporated into the closing ceremony event on September 26th at Northerly Island where 10,000 people can watch the GRIT House get ignited before a big fireworks show lights up the sky.
People can pre-register for free tickets or pay what they want to help support hundreds of community collaborators like artists and dancers.