Chicago All Lit Up

The city will be setting the river ablaze. On purpose.

Imagine a giant block party thrown by Edward Scissorhands that ends with a sudden burst of fire, and you might begin to get an idea of what’s in store at the Great Chicago Fire Festival on October 4th. That’s because the theater group in charge is the eclectic Redmoon. You can expect a Tim Burton-esque style from the group that produced the White House’s 2009 Halloween party.

Flames will light up the night when three replicas of pre-1871 buildings are set ablaze on the Chicago River. The pyrotechnics are meant to celebrate the local fortitude and resilience shown after the 1871 disaster. We’re just happy this fire is on the river.

Twenty-two kayaks will tow fire buoys away from shore. Once they rendezvous with the replicas, get ready for the kapoof, boom, and sizzle of fireworks.

Can’t make it before the smoke clears? Redmoon’s 2014 Halloween party, “Boneshaker,” isn’t a White House exclusive but held right in Chicago. Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 3.02.04 PM
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