Chicago History Museum will host "City on Fire: Chicago 1871" exhibit beginning October 8.

Chicago History Museum will host "City on Fire: Chicago 1871" exhibit beginning October 8.

The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) will present a fascinating look at the Great Chicago Fire in an exhibit coming October 8. City on Fire: Chicago 1871 will guide visitors through the crucial events and conditions before, during and after the fire. The family-friendly exhibit will feature more than 100 artifacts from the Museum's collection, interactive and multimedia elements, and personal stories from survivors of the fire.

Chicago's busy streets were taken over by flames for three days, overwhelming a city built of wood and causing severe destruction. After the fire died, recovery efforts exposed deep social and economic inequalities when more than 100,000 people became homeless, and society placed blame upon the Irish immigrant O'Leary family (and their famous cow). The devastation also sparked change and re-growth in Chicago by introducing new fire safety guidelines and rebuilding as the resilient city known today.   

(For more info, click here: https://www.chicago1871.org/ )

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