Great Chicago Fire
The fate of the Chicago River sounds precarious, with drought conditions and a potential carp invasion on the horizon. But the city and state plan to make the river clean enough to swim in by 2016. The future builds on the critical role that the waterway played in Chicago's history.
Helen Goodrich (center) and her children Phil and Marie display the antique mirror from 1871 from the original Palmer House hotel. The mirror survived The Great Chicago Fire and is now in Marie's home in Munster.
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