Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Now in its twelfth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is a key component of the Theater’s year-long programming rooted in collaborations with arts partners and community-based organizations. This summer's series of FREE pop-up performances unites neighborhood artists from Austin, Chinatown, Englewood, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Little Village, and West Pullman with Chicago Shakespeare performers for a fun-for-all-ages musical revue.

The world needs heros! Where do we find them? Weaving together popular music and multidisciplinary performances with favorite scenes and speeches from Shakespeare’s plays, the ensemble explores how can we all be heroes in our everyday lives—for ourselves, our families, and our communities. This new work is imbued with an imaginative, collaborative spirit, created with and featuring Beverly Arts Center, Emma Lyons, Move Me SoulAlexis Willis, and many more.

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

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 is offered at select locations, and Assisted Listening Devices are available at all performances.



Tor Campbell   Director & Choreographer
Jasmine B. Gunter   Associate Director
Robert Reddrick   Music Director
Hannah Clark   Scenic Designer
Ben Kress   Costume Designer
Willow James   Sound Designer
Nathan Labranche   DJ



Join us in the parks!

All performances at 6:30 p.m.

Navy Pier
Tue, July 25
Wed, July 26

Polk Bros Park
600 E. Grand Avenue 

Little Village
Thu, July 27

Piotrowski Park
4247 W. 31st St.

Fri, July 28

Columbus Park
500 S. Central Ave.

Hermosa & Belmont Cragin
Sat, July 29  

Blackhawk Park
2318 N Lavergne Ave.

West Pullman
Thu, August 3

West Pullman Park
401 W 123rd St.

Fri, August 4

Ogden Park
6500 S. Racine Ave.

Sat, August 5  

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 Sponsor BMO.

Chicago Park District

Lead Community Sponsor


Lead Support

Art Works

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Proud Partner of

Night out in the Parks

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