Light the lights.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced a plan to partner with Redmoon, the large-scale spectacle and public art group, to create a new festival that will culminate in a procession of illuminated floating fiberglass sculptures, as well as a fire spectacle on the main branch of the Chicago River. The inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, presented by Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago, will take place in October 2014.
According to the mayor: "The festival puts into action several goals of the Chicago Cultural Plan, including the creation of a new large-scale cultural festival that attracts global attention and highlights our city's cultural assets and heritage. Additionally, it will allow all Chicagoans and all of our guests to enjoy the wonderful Chicago River, one of the city's greatest natural assets."
It is hoped that thousands of people will gather on the river's shores to watch the fire spectacle next fall. Those familiar with Redmoon's outdoor events (including one staged many years ago on the Chicago River near Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown) know that acrobatics, live music, fantastical machines, and more will be part of the mix.