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The Great Chicago Fire Festival is a celebration of Chicago’s neighborhoods, and of the spirit of grit and resilience in its citizens.
The Great Chicago Fire Festival is a celebration of Chicago’s neighborhoods, and of the spirit of grit and resilience in its citizens.
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THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE FESTIVAL

You've heard from Jim Lasko, creator of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, and Katrina Flores, Director of Community Arts, in the video above, but let us tell you a little bit more about what we want to do.

The Great Chicago Fire Festival is a celebration of Chicago’s neighborhoods, and of the spirit of grit and resilience in its citizens. Last year’s Fire Festival wasn’t everything that we wanted it to be. We spent months in neighborhoods all over Chicago celebrating the grit and resilience of our city’s people, and were able to bring many of the talented artists we met along the way to the riverfront with us to share their work. Unfortunately, our failure to ignite overshadowed the festival’s seven months of programming and the amazing work by our community collaborators.

WHAT WE WANT TO DO 

This year we have worked to expand on our successes in 2014 - the summer programming, the community partnerships forged, the hundreds of local artists who participated and performed as a part of the festival, and the abundance of community art on the banks of the Chicago River. So we've employed over 100 dancers and musicians on our Redmoon stages, 150 performers in the finale performance, and 110 artisans and fabricators in the building of spectacle objects to make this event at the scale of our city.

GCFF 2014
GCFF 2014

We want to celebrate and showcase the many voices and talents of our city. 

We want the festival’s Closing Ceremony, taking place on September 26th on Northerly Island, to unite Chicago, bringing together people from every corner of the city.

That’s why we’re centering every part of the festival on our community collaborators. We want them to be front and center - leading workshops at the festival’s summer events, selling their art at the closing ceremony’s community bazaar, performing on the Redmoon stages throughout the day, and being a part of the finale performance.

We need your help to make that possible.

WHAT YOUR MONEY WILL SUPPORT

Funds raised are going to the performers who will grace the stages the day of the festival. Your donation will help support our city’s local artists. We're collaborating with hundreds of performers and we want to make sure they are fairly compensated for their time and investment in making this free cultural event possible for our city.

We’ll be hosting performances on the Ladder Machine, Sonic Boom, Double Forklift and Dance Stage throughout the day leading up to the final spectacle. 

The Two Rooms VERSUS Stage will host a variety of competitions, anywhere from lipsyncing to trumpet battles.

Two Rooms
Two Rooms

Our Ladder Machine Stage will feature aerialists, vocalists, and spoken word poets.

Ladder Machine
Ladder Machine

Our Sonic Boom Stage will feature spoken word poets, beatboxers and DJs.

Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom

WHY KICKSTARTER

Redmoon is committed to providing larger-than-life spectacle to all of Chicago for FREE. To do this, we need your help. If you’ve ever enjoyed one of our free events, or if you believe in the power of art to bring people together and positively change our city, please make a donation today.

Redmoon relies on a variety of different funding sources. By making a donation today, you join our amazing partners who are making this year’s Great Chicago Fire Festival possible: The Chicago Parks District, Allstate Insurance Company, Pritzker Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and individual donors.

Risks and challenges

This festival is a massive undertaking, with hundreds of collaborators to coordinate and thousands of hours of building behind it. We're working tirelessly to bring it to life and it's a challenge! But we're excited to share what we've been working on and all the performers coming to the stages on September 26th.

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    "Thank You" on the GCFF website!

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    Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo set shot by one of Redmoon's photographers.

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    Custom GCFF matchbook. Help us light the fire.

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    We'll have a specially designed local artisan craft from one of our vendors at the GCFF. Available for in-person pickup at Northerly Island on 9/26.

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    Personal printed and signed portait from our Mobile Photo Factory powered by Sandro Miller. Must be available in Chicago to have portrait taken.

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    Limited-Edition print of a sketch from the creation of the 2015 GCFF.

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    Sponsor a Local Vendor Kiosk and have it decorated with your name!

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    A framed piece of burned wood from the house. That fire will light this year, so get a piece of history!

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    A toast on Northerly Island with GCFF Senior Designer, Elyse Agnello, during the build on September 25th.

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    Help us light the fire! Be a part of the closing ceremony and help light our fire cauldrons!

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