The Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareno together with local arts organizations, performers and community members, recently announced the 10th anniversary of the season of Night Out in the Parks.
A free event series accessible to all ages and abilities, Night Out in the Parks celebrates Chicago’s vibrant cultures and emerging and seasoned arts professionals in parks citywide starting May 31.
Dance Night Out in The Parks, Nejla Yatkin’s Firebird, Bohn Park, 1966 W. 111th St., Friday, June 10, from 6 to 7 p.m.
In many myth and cultures, the firebird is a messenger of hope and also considered to purify the land and waters and hence bestow fertility.
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Movies in the Park at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St., “White Christmas,” Tuesday, July 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
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Movies in the Park at Brainerd Park, 1246 W. 92nd St., “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Wednesday, July 20, from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m.
With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter (Tom Holland) asks Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
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Toddlers Tunes and Turtles at Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western Ave., Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Young participants and families can enjoy hands-on play with natural objects, live music and real animals. Facilitators will share information on how to find even more opportunities to connect with nature around the city, get involved and help create a permanent nature play space in your local park. The event runs rain or shine, and it will not be re-scheduled due to weather.
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CircEsteem Around Chicago Summer Tour at Beverly Park, Friday, July 29, from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
The CircEsteem Youth Performance Troupe is back in the parks with a brand new show for all ages. Featuring circus artists ages 12 to 22, CircEsteem Youth and Alumni will dazzle the crowds with acts of aerial silks, trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, tightwire, clowning, diabolo and more! After the show, youths in the audience will be invited into the Circus Ring to try out some of the skills they saw performed. Both the performance and the workshop are free.
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Movies in the Parks at Ridge Park, 1817 W. 96th St., “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” Friday, July 29, from 8:15 to 10:10 p.m.
A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.
Enchanted Tightrope at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 2 and 3 to 4 p.m.
Three fairies will enchant park-goers as they balance on a tightrope high in the air, conjuring themes of partnership, adaptability, imagination and nature. Families are invited to safely enjoy the park while being delighted by the wire-dancing fairies.
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Trust Within Circus at Ada Park, 11250 S. Ada St., Saturday, Aug. 6, from 3 to 4 p.m.
This upbeat, interactive show is filled with gymnastic wheel, aerial, partner acrobatic, juggling and manipulation performances. The show is themed around trust, highlighted by the drops, flips and partner tricks. After the show, audience members are invited to try circus arts.
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Broadway in Your Backyard at Munroe Park, 2617 W. 105th St., Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Porchlight Music Theatre presents “Broadway in Your Backyard,” a 60-minute musical revue featuring some of the best songs ever written for musical theater. Professional performers bring crowd-pleasing favorites to neighborhood parks while teaching some fun facts about the history of American musical theater.
Life of the Party at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 7p.m, free.
A group of performers must decide between keeping their world together and entertaining the masses. Combining live and improvised music, acrobatics, juggling and clowning, this timely show has something for everyone.
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Nature Puppets: Into the Wild at Kennedy Park, Friday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Jabberwocky Marionettes present “Puppets: Into the Wild” Journey on an adventure into the wildest biomes on planet Earth. Puppeteers Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh take audience members on an exploration around the world with puppets of all kinds, from the largest to the tiniest of creatures.
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World Music Jazz and Rumba at Ridge Park, 1817 W. 96th St., Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m., free.
Yves Francois Rocambu Jazz performs retro African Caribbean music with jazz horns, music as diverse as Congolese Rumba, Cuban and Puerto Rican dance band music, Biguine and North African Rai as well as originals penned by trumpeter Yves Francois.
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Astronomy in the Parks at Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl., Friday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
The Chicago Astronomer, Joe Guzman, and his enthusiastic astro crew connect park visitors of all ages and cultures with the cosmos via telescopic viewing, instruction and guidance across urban skies.