“If music be the food of love, play on.” It’s an appropriate quote to kick off this summer’s Free for All tour of Twelfth Night, the biggest event of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival. (Remember, it’s not just our national parks that are celebrating a big birthday—Will is marking his fourth century!) How big? Starting on July 14, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is bringing its production of the comedy, full of music and romance, to 19 parks in neighborhoods throughout the city, from Calumet Harbor to Noble Square, from South Lawnsdale to East Pilsen. The tour winds up on August 14, after a month’s worth of performances—25 in all. Conveniently for out-of-town visitors, the opening and closing performances will be held at relatively central locations: the Navy Pier and Ping Tom Memorial Park, in Chinatown. But why not explore the city using the Bard as a guide? It beats playing Pokémon Go.
Photos Courtesy of Julie Stanton