Around Town in July: Find fun musical show outdoors and interesting artworks indoors


Chicago Shakespeare Theater's annual Shake Fest
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s annual Shake Fest

Check Chicago Park District neighborhood parks for pop, hip hop and blues takes on William Shakespeare’s words thanks to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Shakes Fest.  

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has partnered with local music and dance groups to bring a musical revue of the Bard’s words to six CPD parks where their antics prove that the Bard isn’t boring. Shows are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in different Chicago neighborhoods. They all start at 6:30 p.m.

So bring a chair or blanket this week to West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St. on July 14, to the West Town Ukranian Village’s Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave on July 15 or Little V neighborhood’s Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st St. on July 16.

Or go next week to Austin’s neighborhood Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave. on July 21, Englewood’s Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine Ave., July 22 or Chinatown’s
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave., July 23.

For more information visit Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Shakes Fest.



American Framing at Wrightwood 659
American Framing at Wrightwood 659

Get to know Wrightwood 659 , an unusual exhibition space west of Clark Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Housed in what appears to be just a four or 5-story building outside, Wrightwood 659 has open spaces, stairwells and changeable exhibition spaces for art and architecture exhibits, inside.

Currently there are four very different exhibits on view that are up only through July 30, 2022: “American Framing,” “Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s afraid of yellow, red and green,” “Moga: Modern women and daughters in 1930’s Japan and “We shall defy: Shahidul Alam.”

For more information visit Wrightwood 659/exhibitions


Jodie Jacobs

In the galleries


Work of Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People at Wrightwood 659. (Photo courtesy of the architect, Vitra Design Museum and Wrightwood 659)
Work of Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People at Wrightwood 659. (Photo courtesy of the architect, Vitra Design Museum and Wrightwood 659)

New Art Dealers Alliance

NASA is holding Chicago Gallery Open, a new, hybrid, online-offline event Sept 30-Oct. 4, 2020 of in-person and virtual visits to Chicago galleries, artist spaces and nonprofit art organizations.



Check out the works of Jake Trovli online or at MMG on North Paulia Street. The exhibit is Jake Troyli: Don’t Forget to Pack a Lunch!

MoniqueMeloche is at 451 N Paulina Street Chicago, IL (312) 243-2129.


Weinberg/Newton Gallery

Weinberg/Newton Gallery is working with the American Civil Liberties Union on the panel discussion “Art and Social Progress: Creating a Better World, Oct. 14, 7-8 p.m. CT.

The event complements the gallery’s current exhibition, “Anthem” which can be viewed online and at the gallery’s storefront windows, 688 N. Milwaukee Ave., through Dec. 10, 2020.

The event will contain Chicago area visual and performing artists  who use art to address social justice issues. The second of a three-part virtual event series called Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It: 2020 Election Series, the program is free but requires registration.  Visit Action/webformartand socialjustice.


Wrightwood 659

The fairly new, upscale gallery, Wrightwood 659, is featuring Balkrishna-Doshi: Architecture for the People,  through Dec. 12, 2020. The exhibition is in partnership with Vitra Design Museum of Germany.

A Pritzker Prize laureate, the renowned architect and urban planner has pioneered modern architecture in his home country of India.  The exhibit is a retrospective showcasing how his projects reflect local culture,  while adapted to  nature and resources. Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People is sold out this week but tWrightwood tickets are available Oct. 8-10 and for future dates.

The gallery is at 659 W. Wrightwood Chicago, IL  For questions call (773) 437-6601 or visit Info/wrightwood.