Burners in the "City that Works" have been hard at work unifying what were once a set of separated tribes. Now, after several challenging and inspiring years, relationships have developed a deeply connected and ever growing family, forged from big fires and strange chaos.
In May 2009, we founded a Non-For-Profit organization: the Bold Urban Renaissance Network NFP (aka B.U.R.N.) that sponsors the urban Decompression event (last Saturday in September), Town Hall (Spring), Pow Wow (Late Fall), a wide range of monthly Meet and Greets activities, and a Newbie Night (July 26 in 2011) – where those going to Black Rock City for the first time can get advice and answers from veterans. It also sponsors an arts grant program with a budget of $5,600 for 2011 and supports the Chicago chapter of Burners Without Borders.
B.U.R.N. is managed by a steering committee of experienced burners from different groups and is building subcommittees that allow direct participation to match a volunteer’s interest and expertise.
Members of our community also produce and support a variety of other events including Chiditarod food drive/shopping cart race (March), Resonate (March/April), Bunny Con (April), Lakes of Fire (late June), Halsted Halloween Parade (in October), Santa Kong (in December), SynchroniCity’s Christmas Tree Burn (in January), the monthly Full Moon Fire Jam (April-October), and the weekly Sew-op.
Chicago's Burners Without Borders have joined forces with city and civic agencies, neighborhood associations, and residents to help people help themselves in cases where traditional infrastructures have failed. Together, we can make a difference. Projects have included: downspout disconnections, Loyola University at Chicago’s annual Earth Night celebration, Green Festival performances, recycled art projects at Looptopia, and the Green Office Challenge.
Chicago welcomes all other Illinois burners and frequently partners with neighboring areas. This has blossomed into the Lakes of Fire, an official Burning Man regional event, organized by burners from Chicago, Detroit, Wisconsin, and Western Michigan. These regions, along with Indiana and Minnesota are partners in the Great Lakes project for the Circle of Regional Effigies project on the playa in 2011
Details of upcoming events are found in The Lantern, our monthly electronic newsletter posted to the both mailing lists described below and archives are available at this link.
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