The Great Chicago Fire: Historian and urbanologist Max Grinnell looks back at one of Chicago’s pivotal moments

Nick Digilio

An Artist’s conception shows people fleeing the downtown area of the city during the Chicago fire on Oct. 8, 1871 .. (AP Photo)

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Max Grinnell is an historian, geographer and urbanologist who studies the many ways that cities change and grow and the stories of the people who saw it all. He joins Nick Digilio on the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire to look at the causes, effects and myths surrounding one of Chicago’s defining events that shaped the identity of the city and its people.

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