Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago was started to preserve the history of the Chicago Fire Department and its neighboring communities. We are currently open on the 4th Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, excluding December.
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04/16/2020

The April Open House has been CANCELED!

Save the Date!
04/13/2020

Save the Date!

04/09/2020

There will be no open house in April due to Covid-19.

Jim
03/12/2020

Jim

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In the studio on Wednesday with Fr.John McNalis with the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago to provide us with a history lesson.

We also wanted to let listeners that this is your Podcast, let us know what you would like to hear on future episodes. Thank you for your support and send in your questions for Ft. McNalis.

Great show, we hope to see you all there!
02/13/2020

Great show, we hope to see you all there!

Eastland Disaster Historical Society
09/06/2019

Eastland Disaster Historical Society

Today was another day of progress in the next chapter of EDHS: We made a gift of a small portion of the artifacts in the Eastland Disaster collection to our friends at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago. Shown is board member Jim Ziegler reviewing and accepting the gift on behalf of the Fire Museum.

The photos in the gift all depict the heroic personnel (and fire boats) of the Chicago Fire Department responding to the unprecedented tragedy on July 24, 1915. Notable among the artifacts are three items that were originally presented to Frank H. Tinney (see photo), a patrolman with the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol. The three items all relate to the Cook County Coroner's Star that was awarded to Patrolman Tinney for his valued services rendered to the coroner during the aftermath of the Eastland Disaster.

EDHS has worked with the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago for two decades and has always had a very meaningful, mutual relationship with them. Their museum and organization clearly are the "best of the best" to be the long-term stewards of this portion of the collection for generations to come.

07/23/2019
It was another beautiful day on the South Side, Sunday March 12th. Engine 10 made the short trip down Western for the An...
06/23/2019

It was another beautiful day on the South Side, Sunday March 12th. Engine 10 made the short trip down Western for the Annual Southside Irish Parade. The Temperature was a little cold, but the Sun and the wonderful patrons made it worth the trip. The Crew consisted of Board Members Jack Connors (Ret. CFD) Andy O'Donnell (Ret. CFD) Phil Little (President of FMGC) and Tim Connors (CFD E63).

06/23/2019
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Photos from Fire Museum of Greater Chicago's post
06/23/2019

Photos from Fire Museum of Greater Chicago's post

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Fire Museum of Greater Chicago
06/04/2019

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

From Steve Redick
I am excited to announce our new book will soon be here..Eric Haak and I are publishing a new photo book "Chicago Fire Department Engine Companies A Pictorial Review". This volume features a full page color image of each currently in service engine company working at a fire scene. It was a lot of fun to do and will make for an enjoyable read. Here is a link to get a sample view of a portion of the book:

The book will available for purchase at the annual Chicago muster on June 15..It is being sold exclusively by the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago and all profits will go directly to this fine organization. The price is 40.00. The book is only available for purchase from the museum at the muster as it is still at the printer. After the muster day it will be available mail order for those out of the area or unable to attend. When the book is fully in stock I will provide ordering information.
Please consider a purchase as I am sure you will enjoy it and at the very least you are helping preserve fire service history by supporting the museum..it's a win win scenario :)

Steve Redick and Eric Haak

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago
06/04/2019

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

I just got my copy of Chicago Badges of Extinction from Frank McMenamin. Frank is a former board member at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago and a retired Chicago Firefighter. He has an extensive collections of badges and has just published this definitive encyclopedia of Chicago badges. It is full of color photographs and historical information. This is THE guide for any Chicago Fire Department collector. And Father's day is just around the corner.

Jim

To get the book either email Frank at, [email protected] or see Frank at the Quinn Muster next month.

Click here to support Help Stephen get to National History Day 2019! organized by Michele Brock
06/04/2019
Click here to support Help Stephen get to National History Day 2019! organized by Michele Brock

Click here to support Help Stephen get to National History Day 2019! organized by Michele Brock

Steve has worked tirelessly in the classroom and outside of the classroom to both keep up his grades while also producing a stellar history fair project. He now has the opportunity to represent the State of Illinois at the National History Day Contest to be held June 9-13, 2019 at the University...

From Steve RedickI am excited to announce our new book will soon be here..Eric Haak and I are publishing a new photo boo...
05/14/2019

From Steve Redick
I am excited to announce our new book will soon be here..Eric Haak and I are publishing a new photo book "Chicago Fire Department Engine Companies A Pictorial Review". This volume features a full page color image of each currently in service engine company working at a fire scene. It was a lot of fun to do and will make for an enjoyable read. Here is a link to get a sample view of a portion of the book:

The book will available for purchase at the annual Chicago muster on June 15..It is being sold exclusively by the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago and all profits will go directly to this fine organization. The price is 40.00. The book is only available for purchase from the museum at the muster as it is still at the printer. After the muster day it will be available mail order for those out of the area or unable to attend. When the book is fully in stock I will provide ordering information.
Please consider a purchase as I am sure you will enjoy it and at the very least you are helping preserve fire service history by supporting the museum..it's a win win scenario :)

Steve Redick and Eric Haak

05/03/2019
Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.

The Busse is returning to Chicago to be an excursion boat.

https://www.facebook.com/dcmaritime/videos/1119337121607500/

Bittersweet morning as the Chicago Fireboat left the pier with her new owners today. The boat was not part of the museum, but previous owners Rick & Angel are a part of our museum family. We wish the boat's new owners, Ray & Erich fair winds and following seas. These two Navy vets have big plans not just for Chicago based tours, but to work with veterans groups, firefighters, and the Chicago Fire Museum.

I'll be there, who will be joining me?
02/04/2019

I'll be there, who will be joining me?

Cairns helmet autographed by the cast and crew of the Chicago Fire television show.
01/11/2019

Cairns helmet autographed by the cast and crew of the Chicago Fire television show.

Cairns helmet autographed by the cast and crew of the Chicago Fire television show.

11/17/2018
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Here's the clip from the Chicago Fire television show from 11/14/18

The Chicago Fire television show recently filmed a scene at the museum. The episode aired on Wednesday 11/14/18. Click on the link to view the scene.

11/17/2018

The Chicago Fire television show recently filmed a scene at the museum. The episode aired on Wednesday 11/14/18. Click on the link to view the scene.

The cast and crew of the Chicago Fire television show used the museum for a scene on the November 7th episode.
10/09/2018

The cast and crew of the Chicago Fire television show used the museum for a scene on the November 7th episode.

Untitled Album
10/09/2018

Untitled Album

Chicago Fire Television Filming 10/8/18
10/09/2018

Chicago Fire Television Filming 10/8/18

Thanks to everyone that attended today's program on the Mickelberry Fire. Mark your calendars for December 1st, when His...
07/21/2018

Thanks to everyone that attended today's program on the Mickelberry Fire. Mark your calendars for December 1st, when Historian Jim Gibbons presents his program on the Our Lady of the Angels Fire.
We hope to see you next week at our monthly open house.

06/05/2018

Tomorrow on WGN morning news the Museum is going to be featured on Around Town with Ana Belaval. Tune in and see a look into the Museum. There are going to be about 7-10 segments starting at 7:55am.

Address

5218 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL
60609

General information

The museum is located at 5218 S. Western Ave former home of E-123 and A-8. It is open the Fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm, except December Visitors may be accommodated at other times if you contact us far enough in advance.

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

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(877) 225-7491

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https://www.facebook.com/ChicagosBravest/ In the studio on Wednesday with Fr.John McNalis with the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago to provide us with a history lesson. We also wanted to let listeners that this is your Podcast, let us know what you would like to hear on future episodes. Thank you for your support and send in your questions for Ft. McNalis.
The Busse is returning home to be an excursion boat. https://www.facebook.com/dcmaritime/videos/1119337121607500/
I had the wonderful experience of spending time at this wonderful place. Everyone was so helpful and full of amazing information. I come from a fire family, yet there is so much I don't know. Thank you and I will come again...and again...and again!
My great grandfather was in the Chicago Fire Department between about 1870 and 1890. Are the records for fire fighters from that period available for review either through the museum or elsewhere? Thanks for any assistance that can be provided!
A great place to stop and find out about the history of the city and the Fire Dept as they both grew. It is free to go to and there are plenty of things for kids of all ages to look and touch. Make this a priority place to visit.
Here is the picture from MLK Riots
I have two photos, one of Firefighters on rear step crouching down from sniper fire as Chicago Police return fire Spring of 1969. One of Chicago Fire / Police Helicopter 1974 that I would donate if wanted.
Chicago Battalion chief on Horse and buggy worlds fair 1893
Greetings Gentlemen! I just wanted to take a moment to share with you how much I enjoyed you showing me around the museum during your open house. I had a nice time chatting with some of you and I hope to do so again soon. The museum itself was an awesome sight and the history lessons I received were a great learning experience. Please keep me posted with future events like this. Thank you again so much. Matthew Coppens, Eng. 61 Fan (1994)