Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks joins this summer with arts partners from across the city to present ShakesFest: A Chicago Shakespeare Community Cabaret, with FREE pop-up performances in Chicago Park District neighborhood parks.
Performers, musicians, and dancers take center stage in this exuberant musical revue of songs riffing on familiar (and not-so-familiar) lines from Shakespeare! From pop to musicals, hip hop, and the blues, Shakespeare’s words find joyful new life in unexpected ways.
This FREE, fun-for-all-ages event celebrates community-building, connection, and the magic of experiencing live performance together with family, friends, and neighbors.
Featured arts partners include: Jose “iasEL” Gonzalez, DJ Jeremy Heights, James Heitz, Emma Lyons, Noelle Klyce, Move Me Soul, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and Yin He Dance.
Now in its eleventh year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is an important component of the Theater’s Community Practice, a year-round community connectivity program rooted in engagement with neighborhoods and collaborations with local artists.
We are following the health and safety guidelines of Chicago's Night Out in the Parks program.
Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making its performances accessible to all patrons. ASL Interpretation and Audio Description are available on dates indicated, and Assisted Listening Devices are available at all performances.
MALKIA STAMPLEY Director
SHRAMAN GHOSH Music Director
DANIELLE DAVIS Assistant Director/Arts Partner Liaison
BOB MASON Concept Creation
PAIGE WHITSON-MARTINI Program Lead
EMMA LYONS Scenic Design