January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare's death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together the city's resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to celebrate, interpret and reimagine Shakespeare's work. Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this yearlong international arts festival will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors in events spanning theater, opera, music, dance, cuisine, exhibitions, workshops and discussion series.
The festival line-up for 2016 features 850 events on stages and in museums, restaurants, parks, schools and neighborhoods across Chicago. The international artists participating in Shakespeare 400 Chicago hail from nations spread over five continents, including Australia, Belarus, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and beyond.
Photo: "Sonnet" © by Ed Paschke, courtesy Maya Polsky Gallery. On permanent display at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.