In Summer 2015, the Fire Festival will engage 50,000 youth citywide through participation in arts engagement activities and in-depth residencies. On September 26th, thousands will gather at Northerly Island for a spectacular urban ritual that celebrates Chicago’s people, history, and unique neighborhood culture.

CITYWIDE “GRIT” ART ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY

In Summer 2015, the GRIT activity — Group Ritual Imagining Tool — will be distributed citywide to 50,000 youth. Led by a facilitator, and as part of exploring the themes of grit, greatness and renewal, youth will provide a personal “I Celebrate…” and “I Overcome…” statement. These statements will be integrated into the main art of the Festival on September 26 and will become one of thousands used to clad the GRIT House that we will ceremoniously burn as part of a citywide participatory spectacle.

The GRIT activity will be distributed to youth through Park District day camps, After School Matters programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Allstate, various community organizations, and The Great Chicago Fire Festival (GCFF) events.

OTHER GCFF EVENTS

Visit “Where” section for a more detailed calendar of events.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENCIES

In-depth residencies will take place in seven different neighborhood parks across the city this summer: Calumet Park (Eastside), Homan Square (North Lawndale), Humboldt Park (Humboldt Park), Loyola Park (Rogers Park), Margate Park (Uptown), Piotrowski (Little Village), and West Pullman Park (West Pullman)

Led by a team of teaching artists and youth ambassadors, these 4-week residencies will explore digital media as a site for community storytelling and mapping. Participants in these programs will focus on “personal landmarks,” places and spaces that are important to them and their communities. The digital art created during these residencies will be featured at the Great Chicago Fire Festival in September.

THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

On September 26th, thousands will gather at Northerly Island for a spectacular urban ritual that celebrates Chicago’s people, history, and unique neighborhood culture.

AUDIENCE WILL EXPERIENCE:

Neighborhood Bazaar
Multiple Performance Stages
Maker Stations
Citywide Participatory Spectacle
Ignition of the GRIT House
Fireworks Finale
Food Concessions and more