What Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. And the Running of the Bulls is to Pamplona. That’s what the Great Chicago Fire Festival will become to the Windy City.
Created to unite the neighborhoods of Chicago and show the world its strength, the GCFF will express the city’s unique character by celebrating Chicago’s epic resurgence following the fire of 1871.
On October 4, tens of thousands of people from around Chicago—and the world—will surround the river, to take part in a larger-than-life spectacle and party like no other: Sculptures will burn atop huge floats and performances will inspire awe in onlookers. Live music will echo deep into the night sky. There will be food. Drinks. Dancing. Sounds of laughter, love and astonishment. With The Great Chicago Fire Festival, our magnificent city will continue to amaze and flourish, forever gaining strength from the ashes.