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!
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.
- 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.
- Performers: Chicago Poetry Center's Poets with Class (Jyreika Guest, Joshua Nguyen, Luis Tubens)
- Video Editing: Lindsay Tornquist
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
- Power in Pride At Home: The Constitution of Queerdom
- Power in Pride At Home: My Power Is
- Power in Pride At Home: Whose History
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
The Chicago Astronomer
Chicago Moving Company
Chicago Parks By Campfire
- Burnham Wildlife Corridor - La Ronda Parakata
- Sherman Park
- River Park
- Riis Park
- Northerly Island Park
The Chicago Philharmonic
Chicago West Community Music Center
Chinese American Museum of Chicago
CirquesExperience/Chicago Wheel Jam
Dance in the Parks
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Free Street Theaeter
Friends of the Gamelan (FROG)
Full Moon Jam
The Happiness Club
The Jazz Institute of Chicago
- Jazz City: Chris Green Tributes Eddie Harris
- JazzCity: Ben Lamar Gay "In the Balogun with Eddie"
Little Village Solidarity Network
Live the Spirit Residency
The Lucky Trikes
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Marimacha Monarca Press
Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology
Mobilize Creative Collaboritive
Move Me Soul Dance Company
Nejla Yatkin Dance
- Lady of the Pond
- Midday/West Pullman Park/South
- Night Sky/NorthPond/North
- Sunrise/Burnham Wildlife Corridor/East
- Sunset/Humboldt Park/West
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Red Clay Dance Company
SGA Youth & Family Services
School of Rock
Sofrito Conversations/Jorge Felix
Surabhi with Juan Dies