Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Eventst (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres are pleased to announce “It’s Showtime, Chicago” – a kickoff event for the Year of Chicago Theatre!
Coinciding with Chicago Theatre Week, the FREE admission, building-wide celebration invites everyone – from the curious to seasoned theatre-goers – for an inspiring and surprising look at the “fearless soul” of our city – Chicago’s theatre community. Participating artists and theatre companies including The Second City, Walkabout Theater Company, Free Street Theater, Chicago Youth TheatreFest, Chicago Children's Choir and many others will present interactive performances, live music, youth project showcases and more. The Year of Chicago Theater is a citywide, year-long focus on theatre and is the first of its kind in the U.S.
The event will also be held in conjunction with the 7th annual Chicago Theatre Week, taking place February 7–17. Presented by the League of Chicago Theaters in partnership with , Chicago Theatre Week offers discounted tickets to more than 100 productions and invites residents and visitors to sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings in Chicago. For details, visit
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥-𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘦𝘥, 𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘺 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥-𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘢𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘤 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘨𝘰, said Mayor Emanuel. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘠𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘨𝘰 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴, 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦.
Since the Year of Chicago Theatre was announced in September, plans are taking shape for theatre performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. DCASE will present theatre activations and a theatre-themed Film Series throughout the summer at and theatre-themed public programs and exhibitions at the . Additionally, theatre-themed events will take place in all 77 community areas, as part of the ’s ‘Night Out in the Parks’ series.
For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre, visit and join the conversation on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) @ChicagoDCASE and @ChicagoPlays ( )
The Year of Chicago Theatre is supported in part by the following partners: Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Choose Chicago, FCB Chicago, Chicago Loop Alliance, Magnificent Mile Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association.