Preserving History & Tradition

5218 South Western Avenue - Chicago, Illinois

Currently the Museum is only open on the 4th Saturday of each month, excluding December. Click here to see a calendar of upcoming open houses.

Currently the Museum is only open on the 4th Saturday of each month, excluding December. Click here to see a calendar of upcoming open houses.

Welcome to the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago


Our next open house is Saturday, March 25.

The museum is currenly only opened on the 4th Saturday of the month, except in December when we're closed for the holiday.

The hours of operation for open houses are from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

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Ken Little Library Project Nearing Completion

Click on the picture above to learn more about the Museum's latest exhibit, a 1913 Model "T" Chemical Engine.


Our Next Open House Will Be Saturday, March 25, From 10:00 - 2:00   

Academy Muster Photo Gallery is up.

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Be sure to check back here for information about our grand opening.

Click on the photograph to visit our photo gallery.

In 1957, then Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert J. Quinn had an idea.  He knew of six heavy duty rescue trucks that the Federal Government had supplied the city, to use as they saw fit.  The rescue vehicles were all brand new, fully equipped but just sitting idle in City of Chicago garages, collecting dust and waiting for the big one.  After meeting with Charles (Jimmy) Johnson, a long time friend of Quinn's and an avid fire fan, Quinn decided to approach Mayor Richard J. Daley with a plan for these Rescue Squads.

It would involve an all-volunteer unit to facilitate and operate this equipment with proper training and personnel to provide ancillary support at fires and other disasters.  Johnson would be the civilian Chief of the unit.  A handful of volunteers were gathered together between October of 1957 and January of 1958.  The Chicago Civil Defense, Fire and Rescue Unit was then born.

Click on the story to be re-directed to the Chicago Civil Defense website to learn more about this incredible organization.

Chicago Civil Defense 1958 - 1989

Photo By: Terry Spirek

Engine 8 is back from the painter. Now the fun job of assembly begins. Be sure to check back here to find out when this classic 1928 Seagrave will be on display at the museum.

Special thank you to S & T Automotive for towing assistance.

5-11 Club, Fire Buffs

Swap Meet

June 17, 8:00 - 13:00

Museum Program

McCormick Place

August 12, Time(TBD)


Fund Raiser

October 7, 16:00 - 21:00

Once again Engine 10 made an appearance in the South Side Irish Parade. It was manned by Andy O'donnell, Jack Connors, Tim Connors, and Phil Little.  Thanks to the Connor's family and Bill Sullivan for the pictures.