Little Amal

September 28, 2023

on Navy Pier

produced by David Lan and
Tracey Seaward for The Walk Productions
in association with
Handspring Puppet Company 


One little girl. One big hope.

This 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees. Since July 2021, Little Amal has travelled over 5,500 miles to 94 towns and cities in 14 countries and been welcomed by more than a million people on the street, including hundreds of artists and civil society and faith leaders, as well as by tens of millions online. Her journeys are festivals of art and hope that draw attention to the huge numbers of children fleeing war, violence and persecution, each with their own story. Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.

Join us in welcoming Amal to Chicago!
A FREE event on Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Before Amal arrives, stop by Chicago Children’s Museum from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for its puppet-themed Free Family Day 
  • Amal’s visit to the Pier begins at 5:30 p.m. just outside Chicago Shakespeare Theater, with a traditional welcome by the Syrian Community Network
  • She moves on to engage with performers from A.B.L.E. near Navy Pier's Wave Wall
  • During a stop outside Chicago Children’s Museum, Amal will greet the 16‑foot‑tall “Flyboy” sculpture by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley
  • Her visit concludes in Polk Bros Park, as more than 70 members of the youth choir Uniting Voices perform their original song “We All Live Here” 




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