Theatre Hikes

Love the great outdoors? Love live theater? Theatre-Hikes combines the best of worlds with its off-the-beaten path performances, all held outdoors at some of the most scenic and interesting venues in Chicago. Instead of warming up a seat, theater-goers hike along pathways, where they encounter characters at stops along the way. The 2013 season promises to bring new stories to new spaces. 

When you arrive at a Theatre-Hikes performance you are greeted a Hike Leader who will guide you down a short walk to the first scene of the show. You will sit for a bit and enjoy and then pick up your seats and walk to the next scene. Bring a blanket or a folding chair if you'd like; some venues are also open to hikers bringing along snacks and drinks. 

This fall, join Theatre Hikes for A Walk with Mark Twain, to be presented at the forest within Chicago, the North Park Village Nature Center, on August 31 and September 1, as well as the the The Morton Arboretum in west suburban Lisle September 7 - 29. During the hikes, "Mark Twain" will present two plays: first up is The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, one of Twain's earliest writings, first published as a short story in 1865 and set in a gold-mining camp. 

The second play is based in on two short stories written at the end of Twain's career: Extracts from Adam's Diary was first published in 1897 and Extracts from Eve's Diary in 1905  (Adam was based on Mark Twain himself while Eve was modelled after his wife Livy). The North Park Nature Center performance is free, but reservations are requested by calling 312-744-5472

Back by Popular demand this year is Streeterville, with a limited engagement on September 22nd and 28th at 1pm, to be presented at a Chicago-based venue TBA. Hikers will be able to witness the action firsthand as Capt. Streeter crashes his ship on a sandbar next to the wealthiest Chicagoans of the time and sets out to build a kingdom of his own.   

Our family is most looking forward to the night performance of The Passion of Dracula, to be held outdoors at the Pullman State Historic Site on October 26 and 27, just in time to scare our pants off for Halloween. Vampires will be hiding around every corner of this model industrial town for Pullman's Palace Car Company, built in 1880-84. Tickets are available through Hot Tix, Goldstar and Brown Paper Tickets at

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