How a 1989 fire in River North changed the art community for years

Justin Kaufmann and Virginia Van Alyea, the Publisher and Executive Editor of Chicago Gallery News

30 years ago, a huge fire ripped through River North destroying art collections. We look back on the impact of that fire on the art community and neighborhood with Virginia Van Alyea, the Publisher and Executive Editor of Chicago Gallery News. Virginia talks about what River North was like back in 1989, how much of the area that was impacted by the fire,  how quickly the fire spread, why the cause of the fire remains a mystery, some of the conspiracy theories that have surfaced about how the fire started, the incredible amount of art that was lost and how the art community rebounded after the fire.

This is the podcast for Extension 720. The show originates from Chicago on WGN Radio and features newsmakers, tastemakers and trailblazers.  Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Justin Kaufmann, this talk show/audio magazine goes in-depth to help you better understand the city (and world) that you live in.

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