Come Together

You don’t have to wait until Fall to “come together” in joyful reunion to celebrate the return of live theater! We are kicking off our reopening with a string of FREE summer pop-up events—culminating in the opening of The Beatles music-filled As You Like It on October 6.

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines shared, “We’re overcome with joy to be producing live theater again and sharing powerful artistic experiences with our audiences back where they belong. And we couldn’t wait! There’s never been a more important moment for all of us to come together—to gather with one another, to share music and laughter—and to bring back the magic we’ve missed over these many months apart.”

A Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Event

DREAM: A Community Reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Neighborhood parks across Chicago
August 24–September 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Neighbors across Chicago will come together for the 10th Anniversary of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks with this free theatrical event, created with Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Cage Sebastian Pierre, GQ, Joriah Kwamé and arts partners from Englewood, Austin, Hermosa, Chinatown, Little Village, and West Pullman.



Outdoor Film Screening

Othello: The Remix at Shakespeare’s Globe

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier
September 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Throw your hands up, Chicago—the acclaimed "ad-rap-tation" of the Bard’s tragedy is back for one night only! In this free outdoor screening event on the lakefront, experience the first-ever performance of Othello: The Remix—created in collaboration with the Q Brothers and Creative Producer Rick Boynton—at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


Honoring Creative Youth


The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
September 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Hosted in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, this celebration of creative youth puts the spotlight on a collection of short films exploring the topic of racial healing and social justice created by Illinois young people ages 11-21 as part of the inaugural No Malice Film Contest.



Highly Anticipated Reopening

Re-Lighting of the Marquee

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
October 6, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Just moments before the curtain rises on the long-awaited first performance of As You Like It on October 6, join us in toasting the Theater’s reopening and the remarkable resilience of our city’s creative community with a ceremonial re-lighting of the famed Shakespeare marquee on Navy Pier.



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