Redmoon Goes Under
- Redmoon, an unusual performance company specializing in public theatrical spectacles and a part of Chicago's cultural fabric for 25 years, is going out of business, effective immediately.
[...] Those risks boiled down to moving into a new warehouse space at 2120 S. Jefferson St., in the Pilsen neighborhood, which required a monthly rent payment in excess of $30,000, and, secondly, ramping up the budget to create the 2014 Great Chicago Fire Festival, a wildly ambitious combination of neighborhood outreach and a spectacle on the banks of the Chicago River that attracted tens of thousands, among them the state's and city's highest-ranking politicians.
That latter choice resulted in a high-profile downtown performance that was widely criticized for its lack of impressive flames. A 2015 edition of the Fire Festival featured a roaring blaze, but the damage in perception was done, and city officials backed away from the future of the event. This year's festival in September, relocated to Northerly Island, also faced some heat from the Burnham Park Yacht Club for raining embers and ash onto the club.
That Rahm has quite the anti-Midas touch what with executives going to jail or getting fired and his handpicked artsy crowd going bankrupt after first failing to start a fire and later, burning the Chicago Yacht Club to the tune of $80,000. Good riddance.
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