The Great Chicago Fire: A Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Discussion
Join WTTW for a preview of our new documentary THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE: A Chicago Stories Special – the dramatic story of a defining and prescient moment in Chicago history – the Great Fire of 1871.
This virtual event will offer a sneak peek at THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE before it airs and streams on WTTW and wttw.com/chicagofire. The producers of the documentary will be on-hand to offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made, and historians will discuss how the lessons learned from the fire are as relevant now as ever – informing dialog about immigration, race, and even the pandemic.
Dan Protess, executive producer of The Great Chicago Fire, will lead a conversation with Peter Marks, producer and writer of the program, Julius Jones of the Chicago History Museum, Liesl Olson of the Newberry Library, and historian Ellen Skerrett. The conversation will be introduced by Anthony Fleming III, the narrator of the documentary and a Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble member.
This event is free but reservations are required.
This virtual event is presented in partnership with Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Archdiocese of Chicago.