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Top Five Dance, Theater and Performance Diversions This Summer

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Summer Dance (June 26-September 13): The best spectacle of the summer takes place every Friday through Sunday in Grant Park when thousands of Chicagoans learn the basics of everything from steppin’ to polka and try their moves to a live band, all for free.  cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks (July 19-August 16). Chicago Shakespeare Theater has created an original Shakespeare/pop music mash-up for this annual Chicago favorite, which will be performed for free in seventeen parks across Chicago. chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/parks2015

Carnaval 2015 (July 23-25). Latina/o Theatre Commons presents a new festival at The Theatre School at DePaul University featuring twelve new works by Latina/o playwrights from across the U.S. Free and open to the public. LatinaoTheatreCommons.com

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities (August 6-30). After four years, Cirque du Soleil is back in Chicago with what promises to be a big big top show in the United Center Parking Lot. cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/kurios

Chicago Dancing Festival (August 25-29): Hometown dance companies join acclaimed dance companies from across the country for five days of free performances that culminate at the Pritzker Pavilion.  chicagodancingfestival.com
—Zach Freeman and Sharon Hoyer

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