City prepares for first ever Great Chicago Fire Festival

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The City of Chicago is preparing for it's first Chicago Fire Festival.

On Saturday night, the Chicago River will light up in flames to celebrate the city's resilient history.

Organizers say New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Pamplona has the Running of the Bulls and they hope Chicago will now have an annual Great Chicago Fire Festival.

On Friday, crews were putting the final touches on three homes sitting in the middle of the river. They were designed to look like homes back in 1872, before the Chicago Fire destroyed more than 3 square miles of the city and took about 300 lives.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the homes will be set on fire, fireworks will go off, flaming caldrons will be lowered from the bridges and kayakers will float with flames down the river..

As the flames die down, embers will glow bright to symbolize Chicago's rebirth and resiliency, and present day images of people from Chicago's neighborhoods will be projected onto boats.

Crews have been working on building the homes and perfecting all the details for the event for the last six months.

It's a collaboration between the Redmoon Theater, the city and the Chicago Park District.

In addition to all the activity in the river, there will also be people from Chicago's neighborhoods out along Wacker Drive at a bazaar, which starts at 3 p.m.

Map: Details on The Great Chicago Fire Festival

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