in Chicago, Although Labor Day is approaching, there is still plenty of summers to enjoy.
Here are a few ideas to get you out of the house (and several of these events are free).
Ruido Fest begins in Union Park in Chicago this weekend (Fri 8/20, gates open at 3 PM, Sat 8/21, gates open at 1 PM,
Sun 8/22, gates open at 1 PM). It’s open to all ages, and kids ‘under the age of 14’ are admitted free when
accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket. Ruido Fest’s website has all of the music’s set
timings as well as ticket information.
‘The Glenwood Ave Arts’ Fest combines visual artists, music, and cuisine to the streets around the Red Line’s Morse station in Chicago .
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The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 20th, and begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The
festival’s website has a complete list of musical performers and their set times, and the event is free and accessible to people of all ages.
The Light will be performed by Collaboraction’s youth ensemble at ‘the Chicago Park District’ in the Parks on Friday, August 20th, and Saturday, August 21st, at 5 p.m in Chicago .
Over a year, the six young artists collaborated to produce this collection of performance works centered
on themes of social justice and transformation. They’ll be performing in LaFollette Park in Austin on
Friday, and Hamilton Park in Englewood on Saturday (followed by a screening of the movie Dolittle as
part of Movies in the Park). It’s free, and more information can be found on the Night Out in the Parks
Breakfast with the Animals is an opportunity to eat pancakes amid Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago while listening to a lecture by Mike Murray (the zoo’s Curator of Mammals) and then walking about during one
of the finest times to visit the zoo (many of the animals are much more active first thing in the morning, as opposed to some of us Reader staff). Nutella will offer several of its spreads, as well as bagels, drinks, and other items, as part of the event. Breakfast and drinks are included in the $50 ticket, which can be bought on Eventbrite.
Freedom From and Freedom To is an exhibition of sound and movement partnerships,
At her funeral, heartbreaking tributes highlight the personality of the dead
with experimental musicians and dancers, partnered to produce unique performances in Logan Square’s
Elastic Arts venue
on Saturday, August 21 at 7 p.m. Angel Bat Dawid, Reader writer Steve Krakow, and Ayanna Woods will be
among the featured musicians for this fifth installment of iteration, while Freedom From creator Cristal
Sabbagh and Reader contributor Irene Hsiao will be among the dancers. Elastic Arts will broadcast the
events on its Twitch channel for anyone who can’t make it in person. Tickets for this all-ages event are
available on Eventbrite.
in Chicago Sat, August 21st, and Sun, August 20th, 1 p.m.: Theatre Y performed The Camino Project, a
pilgrimage/performance piece that took spectators on a six-hour walking tour with pauses for art in
Wicker Park and Humboldt Park two years ago. They’ve reimagined it now as YOU ARE HERE, a walking
tour through Chicago’s “emerald necklace” of boulevards on the south and west sides that examines
gentrification, communication, and accessibility problems. Between Saturday’s kick-off in Logan Square
(Sunday’s tour goes in Humboldt Park) and the closing ceremony on September 26 in Jackson Park, there
are twelve separate tours. It’s free for locals, but the company recommends that non-residents join
Theatre Y to help fund the project.
Mon 8/23, 4 PM and 6 PM More fun with Night Out in the Parks: this month, you’ll have a few opportunities to see self-described “wire-walking fairies” in nature.
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Molly Plunk and Laura Torres’ Enchanted Tightrope, a short program of circus-ready tightrope walking,
will be performed at Morgan Park Sports Center on Monday (shows at 4 and 6 p.m.) and the Garfield Park
Conservatory’ on Wednesday, August 25 (shows at 5 and 7 p.m.), with more performances in other cities
parks planned for the rest of August. The shows are free and open to the public. For further information,
see the Chicago Park District’s website.
Mon, August 23rd, 6 p.m.: For Millennium Park’s Summer Music Series, DJ King Hippo, who broadcasts a
program on Lumpen Radio, organized a concert of jazz and outer-world music. It’s free and open to the
public at Pritzker Pavilion in downtown Chicago, and you can get a taste of the music by listening to
Salem’s preview is below.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater performs a preview of their piece Goshen in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion on Wednesday,
August twenty-five at ‘7:30 p.m’. as part of an Evening Rooted in Healing Chicago.” The evening included
performances by’ Le’Andria,
Tri-City Singers’ members’, and ‘Zeke Locke & the NuXperience’, and is based on Donald Lawrence’s
gospel album Goshen. It’s free and open to people of all ages.