1,000 artists. 850 events. 120 sites across Chicago. A celebration 400 years in the making.
Award-winner David Carl portrays Gary Busey in this offbeat, hilarious one-man show, July 12–17 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
38 Plays. 38 Chefs.
38 chefs are cooking up delicious dishes inspired by Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Featured restaurants span ethnic cuisines and explore the sweet and savory—at every price point.
Supernatural Shakespeare
The Bard's witches and fairies are brought to the fore in an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.
A summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns with a free 75–minute abridged production of Twelfth Night, coming to neighborhood parks across the city.
Tug of War
Fueled by live music and stunning staging, Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines takes audiences on a riveting gallop through history in a single theatrical distillation of three Shakespeare masterworks. This addictive, epic saga includes Henry VI Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III.
This rowdy re-dux from Steppenwolf + Second City lays the ultimate blame for Romeo and Juliet’s fated demise at the feet of Friar Laurence.
The award–winning Grant Park Chorus returns to two of the city’s cultural hubs with a concert of a cappella choral songs celebrating the Bard’s verse.
City Desk 400
Scholars from 10 universities share insights into the wide breadth of festival programs.