Celebrate the Art of Puppetry at Navy Pier


The Chicago International Puppet Theater presents the Festival Neighborhood Tour at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens on Jan. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Designed to foster an appreciation of puppetry in every corner of the city, this multi-location event presents three Festival artists—Schroeder Cherry, Interstate Arts, and Magali Chouinard—in six locations throughout the city. These free events invite families to share a full day of activity, or to sample performances and drop in on panels as they please. Each show runs approximately 40-45 minutes.

In The White Woman, Magali Chouinard takes a tender look at how solitude can be a special place, a place where we discover and rediscover ourselves. By daring to be silent, to move slowly and deliberately, and by steering away from a linear narrative, Chouinard invites audiences to invest themselves in an otherworldly visual poem.

Designed for families and kids, this original piece by Detroit-based Interstate Arts mixes hilarious and bizarre live performers with sweet and spectacular puppets of all sizes in celebration of the universal human experience of eating. PLAY with your food invites audiences to learn urban gardening and cooking how-to’s, hear from a chatty muffin, and get down with the sweet sound of a veggie synthesizer.

In Underground Railroad, Not A Subway, Schroeder Cherry shares the story of a young boy who escapes slavery and run North, encountering free blacks, sympathetic whites, and slave catchers along the way. Will he make it? This 45-minute presentation is performed with a variety of puppets constructed by Schroeder Cherry: rod puppets, hand puppets and wood cut-outs.


The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival was founded to establish Chicago as a prominent center for the art of puppetry. This biennial Festival will present the highest quality local, national, and international puppet shows in venues across the city. Invited artists will lead workshops, public presentations and talks as an integral part of the Festival offerings. Additionally, the Festival will host the Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium devoted to the advancement of scholarship and research in the field of puppetry.

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