Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

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 services, along with Assisted Listening Devices are available. 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.

For any weather-related performance delays or cancellations, check @chicagoshakes on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram


SHRAMAN GHOSH   Music Director
DANIELLE DAVIS   Assistant Director/Arts Partner Liaison
BOB MASON   Concept Creation
EMMA LYONS   Scenic Design




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All performances at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair

West Pullman
Thu, July 14

West Pullman Park
401 W. 123rd St.

West Town/Ukrainian Village
Fri, July 15  

Eckhart Park
1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Little Village
Sat, July 16

Piotrowski Park
4247 W. 31st St.

Thu, July 21  

Columbus Park
500 S. Central Ave.

Fri, July 22

Ogden Park
6500 S. Racine Ave.

Sat, July 23  

Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S. Wentworth Ave.


Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks has been made possible by a civic, cultural, and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Park District, and Lead Community Partner BMO Harris Bank.

Chicago Park District

Lead Community Partner


Lead Support

Art Works

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Peoples Gas

Proud Partner of

Night out in the Parks


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