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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


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


Sherman Park


River Park

Riis Park

Northerly Island Park





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 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

La Llorona

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

Understanding Telescopes



Chicago West Community Music Center

The Heart Is A House For Love

Re Run



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


Who Cleans




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

Seeing You




Live the Spirit Residency

Dr. Reid

Not Sure Yet



The Lucky Trikes




Lux Cantorum

God of Many Faiths




Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

Beats & Bliss




Marimacha Monarca Press

Print Pollination




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

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