Chicago Burner Groups

The Chicago region is full of diverse burner-related organizations and groups, whose participation spreads from the neighborhood to the city and far beyond.

Additionally, Chicago burners have a visible volunteer presence at Burning Man with Media Mecca, Burners without Borders, DPW and the Black Rock City Rangers. Interestingly, many of the original theme camps that Chicagoans were a part of at Burning Man are no longer present in the original form.  But Chicagoans are spread around the playa each year, at camps such as Hookahdome, Burners Without Borders, HeeBee GeeBees, Bad Idea Theater, Gigsville, and more.

Formed in 2001, this is a member-supported artists’ collective based on participation and jack-assery. Its members are dedicated to fire, art, music, radical self-expression and community building.

Burning Chicagoans
A group of Chicago burners who have had an active presence at Burning Man between 2000 and 2004 and the creators of the Whistleworks, Camp Zonation, Womb with a View, and Camp Tanabata.

The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. The annual Chiditarod – which takes place in March – is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it’s people, instead of sleds, it’s shopping carts, and instead of Alaska, it’s the frozen streets of Chicago. In its lifetime, Chiditarod has raised over 20,000 pounds of food for Chicago food banks.

The Viking Youth
They are the crazy crew behind the “The Viking Youth Power Hour” podcasts. Their motto: “Stop dreaming like a pussy.” Creators of the infamous, veggie oil-fueled, flame-shooting Ragnarok Radio Free Valhalla Bus that led Chicago’s 10th annual Halloween Parade in 2006.

The Sew-Op is a collaborative opportunity: to learn, teach and create. Their three-story space in Pilsen on Chicago’s south side is an amazing workshop full of sewing machines, tables, sharp scissors, chalk, bales of fabric, and reels of thread. It’s an amazing place that brings together community, opportunity, creativity, education, and functionality. Go check them out!

Pyrotechniq Fire Performance
Pyrotechniq is Chicago’s premiere professional fire performance troupe.  Members of Pyrotechniq are involved with many facets of burner culture in Chicago and beyond.

Full Moon Fire Jam
Chicago’s full moon fire jam is a celebration of community, music, fire, and the full moon.  It takes place on the full moon during the summer months.  It embodies community participation as a leave-no-trace, family-friendly event.  The Chicago burner community helped create the event in 2006 and continues to lead it to this day.

Environmental Encroachment Marching Band
Circus acrobatics, live music and costumes that create a unique entertainment environment. Performance formats include stage shows, mobile parades, and art happenings and events.

Entheon Village
This was the largest Chicago-based camp at Burning Man in 2006. Entheon, meaning a place to discover the spirit within, includes MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and CoSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors). Entheon’s mission is to demonstrate a future in which psychedelic experiences, emergent from the underground, are a welcomed and integrated part of society, and where art, spirituality and creativity is central to that vision.

Campo Alegre
An oasis in the desert our * Shadow Box * We make it easy for you to express your true selves in a comfortable, intimate area of mutual respect and expression. Expressions will become a shadow play for others as the soft interior light projects your movements on the outside of the tent.