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Your Night Out at Home

The Chicago Park District is pleased to present a new way to spend a Night Out—at Home. We’re bringing the show to you!   
Join us as we shine a virtual spotlight on the 2020 Night Out in the Parks partners this summer, sharing the best of Chicago’s performing arts community in the comfort of your home. 

“Your Night Out at Home” features select works from Night Out artists from across Chicago, providing a chance to travel and explore the incredible breadth of talent our city offers. You’ll find a diverse array of established companies and emerging artists across many disciplines, inviting you to experience something new and keeping you connected to the rhythm of the city.

Below, you’ll find a growing program of performances ranging from dance to jazz, theater to world music. Watch a few or watch them all, but check back as we’ll add videos weekly throughout the summer. If you’re thirsty for more, dive into the list of all 120 artist awardees for the 2020 season, with links to their websites and social media so you can get to know them.

Until we can safely gather for an evening of Night Out in the Parks performances, we’ll continue to create ways for us to sing, dance, engage, and celebrate our city’s vibrant culture, together. 

Your Night Out at Home is Supported by:



City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Music in the Key of Chicago



Dance in the Parks


This Dance is for the Parks

Created by Project Bound artistic directors Ashley Deran and Emily Loar, “This Dance is for the Parks” was commissioned by Dance in the Parks for its 2020 season.  This work was created during phase three of the Covid-19 pandemic and is a celebration of dance in public spaces while maintaining safety through physical distance.

Production Credits:
Music: Idontknow by Jamie XX
Choreographers: Ashley Deran & Emily Loar
Location: Kenwood Park
Audio/Video credits: Videography and editing by Ashley Deran
Dancers: Sam Crouch, Katy Fedrigon, Timothy Tsang


The Happiness Club

Chicago's favorite hip hop kids with a positive message, The Happiness Club is a diverse group of Chicago kids who encourage positive values and social change through original hip hop and pop music, dance and rap. The kids sing out against drugs, violence and bullying and say "Yes" to education, tolerance, high self-esteem and achieving goals. The Happiness Club, a 501c3, provides kids, ages 8-21, with free, year-round performing arts education. Visit for more information or to donate. 


The HC Slide


Shake That Stress Off


The Happiness Club Slide, a hip hop line dance that's great for learning some dance moves and getting some exercise.  Good for the whole family!

musical tracks:  Bionik
Choreography:  Tanji Harper with JC Hopkins, Brandy Ford, Ricketa Davis 

Lyrics written by The Happiness Club, Musical tracks: Bionik
Choreography:  Tanji Harper with JC Hopkins, Brandy Ford, Ricketa Davis
Vocals:  Lea Violet and Miles Comiskey
Videography:  Maureen Schulman


If there has ever been a time for young people to manage their stress levels, this is it!  Dance it off with The Happiness Club! We guarantee you'll feel better.  This number was performed at last year's Kidzapalooza in Grant Park

Lyrics written by The Happiness Club (Dorian Rhea, Tre Daniels, Edward "Young Vet" Taylor, Delmarie, and William Harris) 
Music: Kamoshun
Rap Coach:  Edward "Young Vet" Taylor
Choreography:  Tanji Harper  
Videography:  Maureen Schulman




Clinard Dance

Everyday People Everyday Action

Clinard Dance and Japanese photographer, Akito Tsuda, teamed up to create an interdisciplinary work based on Akito's photos of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood in the early 1990's. The static discipline of photography and moving disciplines of Flamenco music and dance work like a jigsaw puzzle shifting the foreground and background continuously; the art forms are different but the key is that something gets shared and there’s a richer sense of each other individually, artistically and culturally.

Akito's photos of the tailor shop, the shoemaker, and the smiling lady at the laundry, open the heart. They inspire the percussive footwork of Flamenco, inviting the rhythms of the sewing machine, the washers/dryers, and the complex sounds taken from the shoemaker. People's everyday repetitive actions/sounds are the percussive fuel for establishing both the tempos and original score by The Flamenco Quartet Project and choreography by Wendy Clinard. The work incorporates various influences, drawing on hip hop, beatbox, flamenco and Son Jarocho, as they seek to tell a story about everyday people doing everyday actions, and celebrate, articulate, and magnify the understated beauty of the ordinary.


Marija Temo — Guitarist
Steve Gibons — Violinist
Christopher Courtney — Hip Hop Dancer
Yuri Lane — Beatboxer
Wendy Clinard — Dancer
Marfil Keller Alemañ — Dancer
Camilo Rincón — Musician
Christine Shallenberg — Lighting Designer
Akito Tsuda — Photographer



Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

Beats & Bliss

Mandala Arts presents "Beats & Bliss", a showcase of South and Southeast Asian rhythm and melody. Three artists share percussive styles from Bali, India and Thailand through a call and response between drums from each region. In the final act, the Bansuri, a wooden flute, weaves together the patterns and sets the stage for an atmospheric cross-cultural conversation.

Audio/Video credits: Peter Dorman (videography)
Musician/Dancer/Actor credits: Chethan Anant, I Gusti Pak Ngurah Kertayuda, Chamni Sriparam
Additional Production Credits: Ashwaty Chennat (production management), Mandala Arts (producer)




Night Out in the Parks Video Archive

For even more virtual Night Out in the Parks content, check out these videos from previous weeks of Your Night Out at Home. 


About Face Theatre

Power in Pride at Home: The Constitution of Queerdom

Power in Pride at Home: My Power Is

Power in Pride at Home: Whose History


Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Great Black Music Ensemble "In These Times"




Black Empire Sound System

The Black Internationale




Full Moon Jam

Digital Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Reserve Jam



Jabberwocky Marionettes

Adventures of a Dart Frog Puppet Band

Bumble Bee Song

Tambourine Turtle Puppet


Live the Spirit Residency

Dr. Reid

Not Sure Yet



Nejla Yatkin Dance

Lady of the Pond




Synapse Arts

Weave Trees







2020 Night Out in the Parks Partners

• 2nd Story

• Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events • Mariachi Arts and Culture Academy
• A Flor de Piel • Devcorp North DBA Rogers Park Business Alliance • Marwen Foundation
• A g Thing! / Glenance Green • DJ Monty • Mercedes Inez Martinez-Chavez
• A.J. McClenon & Kristin Abhalter Smith • DJ Sean Alvarez • Midnight Circus in the Parks
• About Face Theatre Collective • Ea Williams • Mixed Company Band
• AFRICARIBE, NFP • Earl Hall • NAJWA Dance Corps
• Aloft Circus Arts • Ecstatic Dance Chicago • National Museum of Mexican Art, Yollocalli Arts Reach
• AMFM • Eighth Blackbird Performing Arts Association • Nejla Yatkin
• Animate Studio • Elastic Arts Foundation • Next Level Society
• Anita Darwish • Environmental Encroachment • North Lawndale Community Center in Chicago (NLCCC)
• Anna Martine Whitehead • Eric Leonardson • Opera-Matic
• Art Institute of Chicago • Ethan Sellers Music, LLC • Out of Site: See the Vision, Grab the Vision
• Asian Improv aRts MidWest • Experimental Sound Studio • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
• Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians • Fifth House Ensemble • PlayMakers Laboratory
• Audience Architects / See Chicago Dance • Free Street Theater • Ramblin' Rose and the 290 East Ramblers
• Ayako Tsuchiya • Freedom Song Leaders • Resident Association of Greater Englewood
• Big Dipper Projects, Inc., The Lucky Trikes • Friends of Big Marsh • Reunion Chicago
• Brent Ervin-Eickhoff • Full Moon Jam Foundation • Sarah Maritza Hernández
• Brother El • Gallery 400 and Adela Goldbard • Sarah Ross with Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project
• Capoeira Chicago • Grace Needlman and Will Bishop • School of Rock Chicago
• Chicago Astronomer/Joseph Guzman • Grant Park Music Festival • Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
• Chicago Community Ensemble • Guild Literary Complex • SGA Youth and Family Services
• Chicago Dancemakers Forum • Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) • Society of Smallness
• Chicago Fringe Opera • International Music Foundation • South Chicago Dance Theatre and Isaiah Spencer Collective
• Chicago Philharmonic Society • Intonation Music • South Suburban Festival
• Chicago Public Media • Jabberwocky Marionettes • Stephanie Hedwige Pielok
• Chicago Shakespeare Theater • James L. DeLette Jr. • Stone Soup Shakespeare Theater Company
• Chicago West Community Music Center • Jazz Institute of Chicago • Surabhi Ensemble
• Chinatown Museum Foundation • John Walt Foundation • Synapse Arts Collective
• CircEsteem, Inc. • Johnny Allen • The Beverly Area Arts Alliance
• CirquesExperience by Chicago Wheel JAM • Jorge Felix • The Happiness Club
• Clinard Dance • Kalapriya Foundation, Center For Indian Performing Arts • TRQPITECA LLC
• contratiempo • KCR Ensemble • Urban Theater Chicago
• Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange • Kombi LLC • Vanessa Stokes
• Culture Saving • Kuumba Lynx • Villapalooza Inc.
• Damond Hayes • Live the Spirit Residency • Walkabout Theater Company
• Dance in the Parks • Lux Cantorum Chicago • West Indian Dance Theatre
• David Benitez • Lykanthea / ACRE • West Side Cultural Arts Council
• David Boykin • Lyn Rye • Xochitl-Quetzal Aztec Dance
• Deeply Rooted Productions • Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, Inc • Yves Francois Smierciak