Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Virtual Tour 2020

DISCOVER Ellis Park IN Bronzeville

Ellis Park is one of the city’s oldest greenspaces—and home to one of its newest, state-of-the-art fieldhouses. Completed in 2016, the Arts and Recreation Center provides after-school and summer youth programming, and is a popular destination for community members to swim or try out a new fitness program. Historically known as the city’s “Black Metropolis,” Bronzeville is a center of African-American life and culture in Chicago, filled with murals and monuments celebrating Black artists and activists. Famous historical Bronzeville residents include Louis Armstrong, Ida B. Wells, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

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GREEN SHOW FEATURED: Tuesday, August 18 @ 5:30 P.M. (CT)

M.A.D.D. Rhythms

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms is a tap dance collective comprised of young versatile dancers from all over Chicago. Their mission is to preserve, promote and contribute to the art of tap, while spreading love and joy. M.A.D.D. Rhythms uses dance to make a difference in under-served communities by connecting and caring for youth. They combine tap, old- and new-school hip hop, and traditional African dance.

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Many of our Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks partner organizations are engaged in powerful, on-the-ground work in service of their communities. Explore the links below to learn how you can get involved in building a more just and equitable Chicago.

Bright Star Community Outreach

Committed to strengthening local families and empowering residents to share in the responsibility of building community, the programs at Bright Star Community Outreach target violence in communities, poor economic opportunities, inadequate mental health services, homelessness, and drug abuse.

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Ignite envisions a world where all young people have the support they need to be defined by their potential, not their circumstances. They offer comprehensive services to young people who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness, including housing, employment and education opportunities, and primary and mental health care.

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Over the years, we’ve loved getting to know the people and places that make each community an essential part of the fabric of our city—and, everywhere we go, sampling delicious foods. Support small businesses, and check out a few of our cast and crew’s favorite spots to eat.

Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles

Soul food

Pearl's Place

Southern fare

Sip and Savor

Coffee Shop



Lead Support

Art Works

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Proud Partner of

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