Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Virtual Tour 2020

One of our city’s favorite summer traditions is going digital in 2020. Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures mandated by the City, all Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks events—including the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour—are moving online this summer. This re-imagined programming is made possible by a renewed civic, cultural, and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Park District, Boeing, and production sponsor BMO Harris Bank. 

Carrying on the program’s community-building spirit, the Theater will showcase local artists from the north, west and south sides of the city in an online Virtual Tour. Plus, Chicagoans of all ages are invited to bring Shakespeare to life outdoors with #MyMidsummerCHI, and to tune in for a WTTW Channel 11 special celebrating this free community program that has reached 175,000 audience members since its inception in 2012




This summer, bring Shakespeare’s wonder-filled comedy to life in your local park, community greenspace, balcony or backyard. Record and share your own open-air rendition of a favorite line or scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and tag your posts #MyMidsummerCHI.  Learn more >


ON AIR • FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 @ 5:30 P.M. (CT)

WTTW Channel 11 Broadcast

Celebrate the people and places that have made Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks the city’s most expansive arts-in-communities initiative. The 30‑minute program airing August 28 will include illuminating interviews with artists, community leaders and partner organizations, revisit memorable moments from past years’ tour productions, and highlight this summer’s inventive virtual experience.


ONLINE • AUGUST 10–27 @ 5:30 P.M. (CT)

Virtual Tour

For the 18 days leading up to the WTTW Channel 11 broadcast, we’ll highlight a different neighborhood every day—sharing the organizations, local businesses, and performers that make these communities such an essential part of the fabric of our city. Follow along nightly August 10–27 on our website or on social media:


Mon, August 10: Garfield Park
Tue, August 11: Gage Park
Wed, August 12: Kelvyn Park
Thu, August 13: Eckhart Park
Fri, August 14: Loyola Park
Sat, August 15: Columbus Park
Sun, August 16: Tuley Park
Mon, August 17: Dvorak Park
Tue, August 18: Ellis Park
Wed, August 19: Frank J. Wilson Park
Thu, August 20: West Pullman Park
Fri, August 21: Humboldt Park
Sat, August 22: Ridge Park
Sun, August 23: Calumet Park
Mon, August 24: Ogden Park
Tue, August 25: Piotrowski Park
Wed, August 26: Welles Park
Thu, August 27: Ping Tom Memorial Park



Gallery: The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Experience


Video: Green Shows in Chicago's Parks


Gallery: Making an Impact



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Art Works

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

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Night out in the Parks


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