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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Learn About the Great Chicago Fire with Fall Programs

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Book Discussion

Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

Saturday, October 9

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Aurora Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora

Cost: FREE

Reservations Required: E-mail ehmprograms@elmhurst.org 

More Info: elmhursthistory.org/320/Programs

In October of 1871, much of Chicago was destroyed by one of the most legendary and cataclysmic fires in history leaving one of every three Chicago residents homeless and many unemployed in the aftermath. Eminent Chicago historian Carl Smith chronicles the fire’s dramatic story and phoenix-like rise from the ashes. This program is a collaboration with the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and will take place at their site. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their exhibits post-discussion. 

Daisy Didn’t Do It: The Truth Behind the Great Chicago Fire

Sunday, November 14

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Elmhurst City Hall Council Chambers, 209 N. York St., Elmhurst

Cost: FREE to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members, $5 Non-Members

Tickets and More Info: elmhursthistory.org/320/Programs

150 years ago, Chicago was in the process of rebuilding itself following a devastating fire that leveled the city's center and north side over a 36-hour period. Native Chicagoan and historian Al Walavich presents a retrospective of the history, myths and lies surrounding the fire as well as an exploration of relics left behind. 

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