The Great Chicago Fire Festival Was A Total Bust

By Jon Graef in News on Oct 5, 2014 3:30PM

Apparently, nothing was actually able to catch fire. (Something of an issue for a flame-focused municipal event.)

After much fanfare, last night's Great Chicago Fire Festival appeared to neither have greatness nor fire nor a particularly festive atmosphere. [For the finale, anyway.]

At least there was a Chicago?

One spectator told the Trib they'd been to "better bonfires." Ouch. Reactions on social media ranged from the deadpan to the snarky:

There was optimism about the fires going off:

Optimism that, perhaps typical to Chicago, was short-lived.

From there, the hits just kept on coming, and sardonic references to a certain Billy Joel classic were made.


It was a promising idea! You gotta give them that, at least. Oh well. As the saying around here goes: better luck next year?

Then again, maybe not.