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  1. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  2. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  3. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  4. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  5. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  6. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  7. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  8. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  9. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  10. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  11. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  12. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  13. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  14. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  15. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.
  16. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max HermanThe inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival was held this weekend on the Chicago River to celebrate the city's renewal after the 1871 fire.

Photos: Great Chicago Fire Festival 2014

The inaugural festival celebrating the city's renewal after the Great Chicago Fire had trouble igniting

Written by
Jessica Johnson
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The first ever Great Chicago Fire Festival was meant to honor the city's grit following the landmark fire that wiped out homes and businesses in 1871. Unfortunately, the festival's centerpiece, presented by Redmoon, in which structures floating on the Chicago River were set ablaze, didn't go as planned. With only one of the elements successfully catching fire, spectators of this inaugural event were left disappointed.

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