Fire Festival Flails, Fails, and Flames Out on Chicago River
Oct06

Fire Festival Flails, Fails, and Flames Out on Chicago River

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized. —Daniel Burnham You don’t need this blog to tell you that the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival didn’t go off exactly as planned.  30,000 of you saw it in person, and a couple of million more watched it flame out on the news over the weekend. Let us not heap scorn on the people who spent $2 million putting...

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A Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Boat
Oct03

A Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Boat

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a number of Chicago festivals, parades and traditions become downsized, consolidated, or simply go extinct.  So it’s nice when something new, and potentially annual, comes along. This weekend will be the inaugural Chicago Fire Festival, celebrating the immolation and phoenix-like rebirth of our fair city.  Yes, there will be fire. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell...

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