This take on the city, as a hub of mass recovery, isn’t likely to inspire any travel plans by the international set. It seems, in fact, to be at odds with Emanuel’s goal of building an image of a Chicago powerful and glamorous enough to be a global destination. And the Fire Festival doesn’t look to be the drunken orgy that fuels Mardi Gras in New Orleans, either. What Redmoon is producing is something much more sober: a symbolic communal exorcism.

Deanna Isaacs on the improved but still confounding (and pricey) Great Chicago Fire Festival, coming in October.

This take on the city, as a hub of mass recovery, isn’t likely to inspire any travel plans by the international set. It seems, in fact, to be at odds with Emanuel’s goal of building an image of a Chicago powerful and glamorous enough to be a global destination. And the Fire Festival doesn’t look to be the drunken orgy that fuels Mardi Gras in New Orleans, either. What Redmoon is producing is something much more sober: a symbolic communal exorcism.

Deanna Isaacs on the improved but still confounding (and pricey) Great Chicago Fire Festival, coming in October.