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Much to the delight of theater fans, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has completed construction on quite the new addition: The Yard is the newest theater at Chicago Shakespeare's expansive Navy Pier campus. Chicago Shakespeare now boasts three theater spaces; in addition to the Courtyard Theater and the theater Upstairs, The Yard is the newest venue. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 12, and the first production, James Thierrée's The Toad Knew, is set to open on September 19.

As we head into the final stretch of summer, it's time to pack in everything on your bucket list. Spend a long day building sandcastles on Oak Street Beach, hit up the museums you've missed, and enjoy dinner al fresco with a scenic view. While you're at it, why not run away and join the circus? Or hang out with your animal pals from Madagascar... wait—what?!

Here are two whimsical, family-friendly shows you won't want to miss this summer in Chicago: Cirque du Soleil's Luzia and Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Madagascar – A Musical Adventure.

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Start preparing now: Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back for its ninth year! The highly anticipated culinary festival will take place September 23-25, 2016 in Millennium Park. The theme this year — Food is Art! — appropriately ties into Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong celebration that marks 400 years since Shakespeare's death by honoring his timeless works.

A Hip-Hop Twist on Othello

Friday, April 22, 2016 12:00 AM by Yvette Jaskiewicz

Othello: The Remix

Calling all rap and hip-hop music fans. This Shakespeare production is for you! I'm sure you're thinking, [insert record scratch] whaaat? It's true! Thanks to the talents of The Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer Rick Boynton, Othello: The Remix (playing now through May 6) entertains from beginning to end, providing a fresh, urban take on the classic Bard tragedy.

Chicago Shakespeare Sense and Sensibility

The award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater is truly one of our city's shining cultural gems. Its critically acclaimed Shakespeare series, touring productions, and kid-friendly programming brings the Bard to life once again. The theater's latest production of "Sense and Sensibility" magically transforms Jane Austen's classic into a musical, charming comedy of manners.

A Clown Car Named Desire

Don't have Lollapalooza tickets? Don't feel bad -- there's plenty more to do in Chicago this weekend to keep you busy. How 'bout a show? Many think summer is a down time for Chicago theatre, but there is actually a lot of great stuff playing -- from family-friendly fare to art rock to split-yer-pants comedy. Here are some must-see shows and stages for this weekend, no jean shorts or wristband required.

Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier

Valentine's Day has come and gone, yet true love lingers at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The kid-friendly Short Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet will be hitting the stage every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Chicago Shakespeare Courtyard Theater, the cultural gem of Navy Pier. Now is your chance to introduce your children to the joys of Shakespeare!

A Landmark Painting Comes to Life in Chicago

Friday, September 21, 2012 12:00 AM by Robert Bullen

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Last week, visitors of the Art Institute of Chicago got a surprise when the famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by George Seurat came to life in song. At the top of the museum's Grand Staircase leading to the Impressionist Galleries, a full-sized replica of Seurat's masterpiece was installed but devoid of most of the foreground characters, leaving visitors puzzled by the strange new version.

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