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Jul 20–Aug 18, 2024

Free pop-up performances and activities across north, west, and south sides of Chicago

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“If music be the food of love, PLAY ON!” Shakespeare’s joyful comedy Twelfth Night is brought to vibrant new life with 22 free pop-up performances and activities in green spaces, neighborhood festivals, and events across the city as part of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) Shakes in the City initiative. Director Tyrone Phillips, a first-generation Jamaican American, reimagines the story in the Caribbean isles, infused with the music and playful spirit of Carnival. Separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck and washed ashore in an unfamiliar land, the spirited Viola disguises herself as a man to work for charming Duke Orsino—and finds herself in the middle of a love triangle of hilarious mistaken identities. Enjoy this immersive 45-minute pop-up performance and engage with artists in hands-on activities inspired by play.

Shakes in the City—a new evolution of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks launched in 2012—is part of CST’s longstanding commitment to creative community engagement with free and accessible programming for audiences of all ages in neighborhoods across Chicago.

Director Tyrone Phillips shared: “I couldn’t be more excited to work on this new chapter of CST’s community programming and partner in its reimagining. Chicago is my home, and I love creating here. This is a city that gets what it means to be a human, what it means to be a neighbor, and to bring this warm and joyful play that is fundamentally about community directly to people across the city in this new way is really special.”

“Launching Shakes in the City with Tyrone Philips helming such a talented company is a truly exciting proposition,” said CST artistic director Edward Hall. “Free pop-up Shakespeare will bring a new reach to our community work as we wrap around neighborhoods and festivals and prove that there is no environment in which we can’t play.”

Come PLAY this summer!

Get Moving30 minutes before these performances, teaching artist Sadira Muhammad will be leading Afro-Caribbean dance lessons for all skill levels. Get on your feet and have some fun!

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

Sat, Jul 20, 6:00
Polk Bros Park (front of Navy Pier)
600 E. Grand Ave Streeterville

Get MovingSun, Jul 21, 6:00
Polk Bros Park (front of Navy Pier)
600 E. Grand Ave Streeterville

Get MovingTue, Jul 23, 6:00
In partnership with Definition Theatre, Mamie Till‑Mobley Park Advisory Council and Jackson Park Conservancy

6401 S. Stony Island Ave Woodlawn

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00
Lot Jams @ Community Laundromat
3701 W. Lawrence Ave Albany Park

Fri, July 26, 6:00
Ping Tom Park Memorial Park before “Movies in the Parks: Paw Patrol”
1700 S. Wentworth Ave Chinatown

Sat, Jul 27, 12:15
Words of Wonder Literary Fest
Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center 10201 S Cottage Grove Ave Pullman

Sat, Jul 27, 3:00
Wicker Park Fest
Milwaukee Ave from North Ave to Ashland Ave Wicker Park/Bucktown

Get MovingSun, Jul 28, 4:15
Fiesta Del Sol
Cermak Rd. from Ashland Ave to Morgan St

Tue, Jul 30, 6:00
Rosenblum Park before “Movies in the Parks: The Color Purple”
7547 S. Euclid Ave South Shore

Wed, Jul 31, 6:00
South Shore Cultural Center before “Movies in the Parks: The Wiz”
7059 S. South Shore Dr South Shore

Get MovingThu, Aug 1, 6:00
Piotrowski Park
4247 W. 31st St South Lawndale

Fri, Aug 2, 6:00 *
Ellis Park before “Movies in the Parks: Wish”
3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave Douglas
* ASL Interpreted

Get MovingTue, Aug 6, 6:00
Austin Town Hall Park
5610 W Lake St

Get MovingWed, Aug 7, 6:00
Garfield Park Conservatory’s Wild Wednesdays
300 N. Central Park Ave Garfield Park

Thu, Aug 8, time TBA
Welles Park’s Back to School Party
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave Lincoln Square

Get MovingFri, Aug 9, 6:30
Bronzeville Summer Nights
Location TBA Bronzeville

Get MovingSat, Aug 10, 6:00
Kelvyn Park
4438 W. Wrightwood Ave Hermosa/Belmont-Cragin

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00
Murray Park before “Movies in the Parks: Soul”
1743 W. 73rd St West Englewood

Get MovingThu, Aug 15, 6:00
West Pullman Park
401 W. 123rd St West Pullman

Get MovingSat, Aug 17, 1:30 *
THE P.L.A.N. at Garfield Park
100 N. Central Park Ave Garfield Park
* ASL Interpreted

Sun, Aug 18, 3:30
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
1358 W. Morse Ave. Rogers Park


Beth Laske-Miller

Production Designer

Maurilio Rodriguez


Beth Laske-Miller

Production Designer

Maurilio Rodriguez


Shakes in the City is made possible with support from Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, National Endowment for the Arts, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and Peoples Gas Community Fund.