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Welcome to “Your Night Out at Home!” The ChicagoPark District is committed to presenting a variety of live events and virtual experiences to bring cultural programming to audiences wherever they feel most comfortable experiencing art - whether that’s in your own living room, outdoors in your neighborhood park, or even while out of town with family and friends.

The “Your Night Out At Home” series shines a virtual spotlight on our parks and artist partners, creating an even more intimate experience with Chicago’s performing arts community from the comfort of your home. “Your Night Out at Home” provides a chance to travel digitally and explore the incredible breadth of talent our city offers. Viewers can 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. Night Out partners offer performances, workshops, educational explorations and more – virtually leading us in activities our park patrons have come to love and expect throughout each season.

Local audiences, as well as viewers across the nation and across the pond, are welcome to tune in through the end of the year, as we showcase Chicago’s finest artists here!

Your Night Out at Home is Supported by:  City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change.
We work to overcome social and economic barriers for youth to access Chicago’s artistic and cultural vitality. Our vision is a creative and artistically responsive society.

The Magic of the Spellbinder

Having captivated audiences from Las Vegas to the Caribbean Islands, The Spellbinder delivers a virtual theatrical performance designed to stimulate and intrigue audiences of all ages. He performs state-of-the-art magical effects choreographed to lively music.

Production Credits

  • Videography:  Walter King Jr.
  • Performer:  Walter King Jr., The Spellbinder
  • Video Editing:  Lindsay Tornquist

Voices of Chicago: Slam Poetry 

Some of Chicago’s best poets bring poetry to life through their own original work and inspire students to create their own version of Chicago through writing. Building on Chicago’s unique heritage as the stomping grounds of many great writers and the birthplace of modern performance (“Slam”) poetry, Poetry Center presents an engaging virtual performance in Voices of Chicago.

Production Credits

  • Performers:  Chicago Poetry Center's Poets with Class (Jyreika Guest, Joshua Nguyen, Luis Tubens)
  • Video Editing:  Lindsay Tornquist



Night Out in the Parks

The summer of 2020 challenged the Chicago Park District, Night Out in the Parks, and local arts partners to present our diverse cultural tapestry in a new way.  In addition to creating the digital “Your Night Out At Home” series, the Park District partnered with WTTW to launch “The Stars In Your Backyard,” a 5-week series presented on Friday afternoons throughout the summer of 2020.  The program was a collection of new and archived performances in public parks and spaces that celebrate Chicago’s finest artists and the spirit of public performance.  It gives us great pleasure to re-feature this series here for your enjoyment!


Featuring Las Bompleneras, Midnight Circus in the Parks, A Flor de Piel, and The Rosina Project


Featuring Chicago Philharmonic, Fifth House Ensemble, Xochitl-Quetzal Aztec Dance, and Najwa Dance Corps


Featuring Walkabout Theater, Tsukasa Taiko, Kalapriya Foundation, and The Rosina Project


Featuring Nejla Yatkin, Africaribe, and Angel Bat Dawid


Featuring Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks


Night Out in the Parks Video Archive

For more virtual Night Out in the Parks content, check out these videos from Night Out at Home 2020. 


About Face Theatre

A.J. McClenon

Albany Park Theater Project


Angel Bat Dawid

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Ayodele Drum and Dance

The Beat Bank/Brother El

Bellydance by Phaedra

Black Empire Sound System

Campfire Tales

The Chicago Astronomer

Chicago Moving Company

Chicago Parks By Campfire

The Chicago Philharmonic

Chicago West Community Music Center

Chinese American Museum of Chicago


CirquesExperience/Chicago Wheel Jam

Clinard Dance


Culture Saving

Dance in the Parks

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Eighth Blackbird

Environmental Encroachment

Free Street Theaeter



Friends of the Gamelan (FROG)

Full Moon Jam

The Happiness Club

Intonation Music

Jabberwocky Marionettes

The Jazz Institute of Chicago

Kalapriya Foundation

Kuumba Lynx

Little Village Solidarity Network

Live the Spirit Residency

The Lucky Trikes

Lux Cantorum

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

Marimacha Monarca Press

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Mobilize Creative Collaboritive

Move Me Soul Dance Company

Nejla Yatkin Dance


PlayMakers Laboratory

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Red Clay Dance Company

SGA Youth & Family Services

School of Rock

Sofrito Conversations/Jorge Felix

Son Monarcas

Surabhi with Juan Dies

Synapse Arts