Fire hydrants are as necessary as they are historically significant. The first fire hydrant was proposed sometime during the early 19thÂ century. No one knows the exact date as the records of its creation and use were, ironically, destroyedÂ in a fire. The design of modern fire hydrants hasn’t changed for decades, but today, a veteran firefighter has proposed a new design that could make fighting fires much easier.
Chicago area artists age 12 to 87 have paintedÂ larger-than-life fire hydrants for a public art project on display throughout the city until November 11.Â The project, calledÂ the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants, aims to decorate 101 five-foot-tall fire hydrants (one for each Chicago firehouse) before November 11, when a public auction of the hydrants will raise money to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago and â€œother fire-related charities.â€
Find the hydrants onÂ this map. Most are downtown, but Mt. Greenwoodâ€™s Funkie Fashions, Gordon Tech High School, and Swedish Covenant Hospital are among the neighborhood spots.Â Check out the website’s gallery of completed fire hydrantsÂ if you canâ€™t hoof it to all the locations.
And if you’d like to decorate one,Â reach out here to the organizers here.