Spend Your Summer in the Parks

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Chicago’s known for its iconic skyline, but there’s also plenty of green scenery to enjoy during the sunshine season. With this year marking the Chicago Park District’s 10th annual Night Out in the Parks program, there is so much to do in parks across the city.

This summer, the Chicago Park District is partnering with more than 120 local artists and organizations to host cultural events and performances throughout the city.

Whether you’re interested in theater, music, movies, dance, nature programs, or festivals, there are plenty of arts programs to learn more about and engage with communities from across Chicago.

According to the Chicago Park District, the goals of Night Out in the Parks include ensuring that every Chicago neighborhood has access to quality arts and culture programming that reflects Chicago’s robust cultural landscape, supporting Chicago-based artists, and increasing the use of the city’s parks.

Stop by Wicker Park on June 7 at 6 p.m. for an evening of outdoor yoga, or stop by the Columbus Refectory on June 10 for a jazz concert starting at 7 p.m.

There are also plenty of cultural and dance performances, including by the Red Clay Dance Company at Mahalia Jackson Park on June 11 at 1 p.m. and “Mural Dances” at La Villita Park on June 25 at 1 p.m.

For those interested in theater, Porchlight Music Theatre has also organized Broadway in your Backyard, which is a free concert series beginning in July and taking place through September as part of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series. It is supported by the Mayor’s Office and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Night Out in the Parks is supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the 2022 Year of Chicago Dance.

For a full list of events, visit https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/night-out-in-the-parks. You can also download the My Chi Parks app for the Night Out in the Parks schedule.

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