Get Your Bard On With Free Shakespeare In The Park!


Chicagoans enjoy a free production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”.

“All the world’s a stage” wrote William Shakespeare in his play As You Like It. And Chicago Shakespeare Theater is taking that mantra to heart by converting our city’s diverse neighborhood parks into an impromptu playing space to present a free, 75-minute, family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

This show is pared down, but still a suprisingly full scale production. It’s complete with costumes, scenery and an an original rock score to tie the timeless “battle of the sexes” comedy to modern times. “The Taming of the Shrew” has been traveling across the city to great acclaim and park-filled audiences, and there are still several opportunities to catch this totally free production, which is playing through August 19 (see dates and times below, and a map on ChiShakes’ site here). So grab your blankets and folding chairs and get your Bard on in the park this summer!

Upcoming performance calendar:

Gateway Park
South Lawn, front of the Pier
Tuesday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.
600 E. Grand Ave.

Welles Park
Friday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 4:00 p.m.
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave

Garfield Park Conservatory
Sunday, August 12, 3:00 p.m.
300 N. Central Park Ave.

Ridge Park
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
1817 W. 96th Street

Frank J Wilson Park
Friday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 4:00 p.m.
4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

More info here.

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