(Virtual) The Great Chicago Fire

- Available through Zoom on Friday, October 8 @ 1:00pm.


Join us on Zoom for a special presentation from Historical Presenter Jim Gibbons.

The Anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 will take place on October 8-10, 2021 in remembrance of the widespread fire that erupted over Chicago in 1871. The Great Chicago Fire, is often presumed to have started accidentally when Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in the O’Leary barn on October 8, 1871 by DeKoven Street in Chicago. Approximately 300 people died in the fire, over 100,000 residents were left homeless and over three miles of the city were destroyed.  

Historical Presenter, Jim Gibbons, will discuss the events that took place before, during, and after The Great Chicago Fire and how it impacted Chicago’s history. Gibbons will explain the theories on how the fire began, its impact on the area and its residents, and how fire prevention and building codes were affected and updated after the fire.


Those who register for this virtual event will receive an email directly to their inbox the day prior to the event containing the Zoom link. For more information, contact the library at (708) 748-3731 ext 31.

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