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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 threatened the future of the entire city. However, out of the ashes came spark after spark of innovation, as engineers, architects and entrepreneurs worked together to rebuild what had burned down.
Now, the disaster has become the namesake for one of the largest tech incubators in the U.S., one that houses hundreds of early-stage and high-growth startups focused on various aspects of the digital world. Since its founding in 2012, 1871 has become a powerhouse for innovation, tripling in size and garnering international attention that included the mayors of London and Paris visiting to see what they might be able to bring back home.