Crafting Your Experience

ChicagoArt & Culture
Thomas Brandenburg

Hands Across Flames

Chicago, October 8-10—one catastrophic event has shaped so much of what you see in this city today. We would have never had the world renowned skyline, the parks at the lakefront or the spectacular grid had not the city been burned to the ground. In October of 2017, on the 146th anniversary of the fire, Thomas Brandenburg launched a book of poems on the history of the Chicago Fire.Through extensive research of historical documents, collections of objects and biographies he brings to life a Chicago that existed before and during the fire. The poetry collection is being launched over a course of six weeks allows you to experience the poems at the locations around the city where each site-specific poem was written. Hear the voices of Chicagoans as they read a poem that brings the historic site to life. Starting at the South Loop, where the fire was kick-started at the now missing O’Leary’s Barn, at 1338 South Clinton Street. There you will receive a portrait through poetry, the life of Catherine O’Leary who experience heavy grief due to the event. Other locations of Hand Across Flames audio tour includes the original Marshall Fields store nears the city's ground zero, Randolph Street Bridge, and much more.

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