Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Virtual Tour 2020

DISCOVER Piotrowski Park IN Little Village

Piotrowski Park Cultural Center is located in the South Lawndale community, often called Little Village. Named to honor lifelong neighborhood resident Lillian Piotrowski, the 24-acre park features a convertible domed pool, a gymnasium, and fitness center. Little Village is deeply invested in arts, music, and culture, and is known for its beautiful murals and bold “Bienvenidos a Little Village” arch that stretches over the entrance to the neighborhood. Every year, Little Village hosts the music festival Villapalooza, Chicago’s most popular grassroots music festival. Villapalooza was created in 2011 as a non-violent space for arts and entertainment, and continues to be free of charge.

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GREEN SHOW FEATURED: Tuesday, August 25 @ 5:30 P.M. (CT)

Chicago Mariachi Project

Chicago Mariachi Project

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The nationally-renowned Chicago Mariachi Project elevates the Art of Mariachi and promotes excellence in musicianship through education, coordination and support. In addition to performances across the Greater Chicagoland area and appearances in competitions around the United States, the Chicago Mariachi Project manages mariachi programs in Chicago Public Schools and also runs a prestigious Mariachi Academy.

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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.

Beyond the Ball

Beyond the Ball is an organization serving kids from kindergarten through college that uses the power of sport and play to reclaim space, unite the community, and develop a culture of opportunity that cultivates hope and changes lives.

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Enlace Chicago

Enlace Chicago convenes, organizes, and builds the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and barriers to economic and social access. Its four areas of focus include education, health, immigration and violence prevention.

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Urban Life Skills

Operating under the umbrella of New Life Centers, Urban Like Skills is a violence prevention model that includes mentoring, gang intervention, job readiness training, GED classes, court advocacy, social activities and family support.

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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.

Pancho’s Ice Cream

Mexican-style frozen fruit bars

Taqueria Atotonilco




Lead Support

Art Works

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

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