What exactly is this all about?
“The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show” is a wacky performing arts event that will tour Chicago in October with a moving truck as our pop-up stage. Reviving the form of early American traveling shows and referencing Chicago neighborhood histories after the Great Fire of 1871, we playfully spin a tale that engages audiences with storytelling, music, comedy, multimedia dioramas, and magic.
From main characters The Hawk and Denim Dennis to guest performers Poor Elvis and a fire-breathing temptress, there will be a little something for everyone. Learn more about our eclectic mix of artists and local acts here.
When + Where is this happening?
See the details for each show by clicking on the neighborhood link below:
(for directions + maps click here)
For all shows:
Sideshows will start an hour before the show - Come get your photo with the Bee-Bearded Lady and participate in Proud Pigeon’s “Coooooky Contest”! See the mysterious Man in a Bag, and practice your ESP with Tim the Mind Bender!
The Stage-show (lasting approximately 90 minutes) - You won’t want to miss the story inspired by neighborhood historical characters and memories, or the wide-ranging talents of guest performers on the truck-stage!
Anything else we should know?
The show is open to everyone - All-ages and family friendly!
FREE ADMISSION! (however, some sideshows may request a donation—Tarot Reading, Caricatures…)
BYO chair/blanket! - All shows are outdoors, so dress appropriately and bring something to sit on.