Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareno, along with local arts organizations, performers and community members, recently announced the 10th anniversary of the Night Out in the Parks season.
A free event series available for all ages and abilities, Night Out in the Parks celebrates Chicago’s vibrant culture and rising and seasoned arts professionals in city parks starting May 31st.
Local free events include:
Dance Night Out in The Parks, Nejla Yatkin’s Firebird, Bohn Park, 1966 W. 111th St., Friday, June 10, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In many myths and cultures, the firebird is a messenger of hope and is also considered to purify the earth and water and thus provide fertility.
Movies in the Park at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St., “White Christmas,” Tuesday, July 12, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Movies in the Park at Brainerd Park, 1246 W. 92nd St., “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Wednesday, July 20, 8:15 to 10:45 p.m.
Revealing Spider-Man’s identity now, Peter (Tom Holland) asks Doctor Stranger (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. When a witchcraft comes out wrong, dangerous enemies from other worlds begin to appear, forcing Peter Spider-Man to discover what it really is.
Toddlers Tunes and Turtles at Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western Ave., Thursday, July 21, 5 to 7 p.m.
Young participants and families will be able to enjoy playing with natural objects, live music and real animals. Facilitators will share information to help you find even more opportunities to connect with the city’s nature, get involved, and help create a sustainable nature play area in your local park. The event is raining or sunny, and will not be rescheduled due to the weather.
CircEsteem Around Chicago Summer Tour at Beverly Park on Friday, July 29, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
CircEsteem Youth Performance Troupe has returned to the parks with a new show for all ages. With circus performers ages 12 to 22, CircEsteem Youth and Alumni will captivate people with air silk, trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, tightwire, clown, devil, and more! After the show, young people in the audience will be invited to the Circus Belt to try out some of the skills they saw in acting. Both the screening and the workshop are free.
Movies in the Parks at Ridge Park, 1817 W. 96th St., “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” Friday, July 29, 8:15 to 10:10 p.m.
A malicious artificial intelligence has kidnapped the son of the famous basketball player LeBron James and then he has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.
Enchanted Tightrope Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., Thursday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The three fairies will captivate park enthusiasts as they balance on the tight rope in the air, creating themes of collaboration, versatility, imagination and nature. Families are invited to enjoy the park safely while enjoying the fairy-tale dances.
Trust Within Circus Ada Park, 11250 S. Ada St., Saturday, August 6, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
This fun and interactive show is full of gymnastics wheel, aerial, couple acrobatics, juggling and manipulation performances. The show is a matter of trust, highlighted by drops, flips, and partner tricks. After the show, the audience is invited to try out the circus arts.
Broadway in Your Backyard at Munroe Park, 2617 W. 105th St., Tuesday, August 9, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Porchlight Music Theater presents “Broadway in Your Backyard,” a 60-minute musical review that includes some of the best songs ever written for music theater. Professional artists bring their favorite tastes to the neighborhood parks, while teaching them 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, 6 to 7 p.m., free.
A group of performers must decide to keep their world together and entertain the masses. Combining live and improvised music, acrobatics, juggling and clowns, this one-off show has something for everyone.
Nature Puppets: Into the Wild Kennedy Park, Friday, August 12, 11 a.m. to noon
Jabberwocky Marionettes presents “Puppets: Into the Wild”, an adventure into the wildest biomes on Earth. Puppeteers Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh take members of the audience on an exploration around the world with puppets of all kinds, from the largest creatures to the smallest.
World Music Jazz and Rumba at Ridge Park, 1817 W. 96th St., Tuesday, August 30, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., free.
Yves Francois Rocambu Jazz performs portraits of African Caribbean music with jazz horns, diverse music such as Congolese Rumba, music by Cuban and Puerto Rican dance groups, Rai from Biguine and North Africa, as well as originals written by trumpeter Yves Francois.
Astronomy in the Parks at Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl., Friday, Sept. 30, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Chicago astronomer Joe Guzman and his avid astronaut crew connect visitors to parks of all ages and cultures with the cosmos through telescopic visions, directions, and guidance across the city’s skies.