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:
Move Me Soul Dance Company
Move Me Soul is a community based dance company founded in the Austin Neighborhood of Chicago by Ayesha Jaco in 2008. In addition to its professional dance company, Move Me Soul hosts teen dance programs for over 100 teens throughout Chicago through After School Matters.
Move Me Soul is an Arts Partner at Austin Town Hall Park through the Chicago Park District's Arts Partner in Residence Program which unites artists and community in Chicago's Parks.
Body Movement Workout
Join Rehearsal Director Artez Jackson as he leads the company in a basic dance class warm up that works the body out from head to toe. We invite all dancers and non-dancers to join them for this gentle, full-body stretch.
Music: Keep on Pushing, Move Your Body, The Way You Move
Composers: Curtis Mayfield, Marshall Jefferson, Outkast
Rehearsal Director: Artez Jackson
Film Location: Austin Town Hall, Chicago, IL
Film Date: December 2019
Audio/Video Production Credits: Free Spirit Media
Chicago Parks by Campfire
Created by Chicago Park District staff in the Special Events, Outdoor & Environmental Education and Arts & Culture Units, this series of videos features calming campfire views and soothing autumn sounds from parks across the city.
La Ronda Parakata
Northerly Island Park
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 this past summer. The program is a collection of new and archived performances in public parks and spaces that celebrates 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 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
- A.J. McClenon
"Black Hole Time Traveling Chicago > DC > Chicago > DC 1919 - 2020 screen test #5"
- Albany Park Theater Project
Canción para un Sueño
Feast Night At Home
- Angel Bat Dawid
PEACE: A Suite for Skylanding a Mended Petal Odyssey
- Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
Great Black Music Ensemble "In These Times"
- Ayodele Drum and Dance
- The Beat Bank/Brother El
Sandbox Symphony IV Documentary
Sandbox Symphony V
- Bellydance by Phaedra
Raqs Hafla: A MidEast Dance Party
- Black Empire Sound System
The Black Internationale
- Campfire Tales
Read by Raquel Maldonado at River Park
The Curse of El Coco
Read by Jacquelyn Guerrero at Northerly Island
The Yellow Ribbon
Read by Dionne Hawkins at Sherman Park
- The Chicago Astronomer
Urban Astronomy in the Parks
- Chicago West Community Music Center
The Heart Is A House For Love
- Chinese American Museum of Chicago
Dizi Performance: The 15th Moon
A Brief Introduction to Mooncakes
CircEsteem Virtual Gala
- Clinard Dance
Everyday People Everyday Action
- Culture Saving
Poetic Platforms at Buttercup Park
Poetic Platforms at Ping Tom Park
- Dance in the Parks
This Dance is for the Parks
- Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Essence: A Portrait of Four Women
- Eighth Blackbird
Song for Low Tree
- Environmental Encroachment
Triple Line March
- Free Street Theater
Friday Night Littering & Trash Orchestra
- Full Moon Jam
Digital Full Moon Jam
Full Moon Reserve Jam
- The Happiness Club
The HC Slide
Shake that Stress Off
- Intonation Music
Intonation Music 360
Making Beats With Ableton: Introduction to Beatmaking
- Jabberwocky Marionettes
Adventures of a Dart Frog Puppet Band
Bumble Bee Song
Tambourine Turtle Puppet
- The Jazz Institute of Chicago
JazzCity: Chris Green Tributes Eddie Harris
JazzCity: Ben Lamar Gay "In the Balogun with Eddie"
- Kalapriya Foundation
Ahimsa: The Power of Non-Violence
Steps to Peace
- Kuumba Lynx
We Get Free When We're All Free
Choreo with Keeks
- Little Village Solidarity Network
- Live the Spirit Residency
Not Sure Yet
- The Lucky Trikes
- Lux Cantorum
God of Many Faiths
- Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Beats & Bliss
- Marimacha Monarca Press
- Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology
Sound as Sight: Humboldt/Columbus
MSAE's Virtual Soundwalks 2020: Listening With Singing Insects
- Mobilize Creative Collaborative
Let's Make Do!
- Nejla Yatkin Dance
Lady of the Pond
Serenades to the Lost and Found
- PlayMakers Laboratory
That's Queer, Grandma
- SGA Youth & Family Services
Sugar Skull Painting Workshop
Papel Picado Workshop
- School of Rock
- Son Monarcas
- Surabhi With Juan Dies
Un Respiro Libre
- Synapse Arts