Starting July 24th: Los Milagros/The Miracles

This summer, Free Street rolls out (literally!) a new performance that celebrates joy, resilience, and every day miracles in Chicago. Based on stories collected all around the city, Los Milagros/The Miracles is a modern day pageant wagon play performed on modified Radio Flyer wagons. Often funny, always celebratory, Los Milagros/The Miracles asks how every day people are surviving hard times.

Presented in collaboration with Night Out in the Parks, Los Milagros/The Miracles is an all-ages show performed for FREE in Chicago parks:

Riis Park- July 24th @ 6:30pm
Gage Park- July 27th @ 6:30pm
Walsh Park- August 1st @ 6pm
Harrison Park- August 11th @6:30pm
Indian Road Park- August 18th @ 6pm

Los Milagros/The Miracles in performed in English with some Spanish. This is an outdoor performance – shows are subject to cancellation pending thunderstorms. Note: Los Milagros/The Miracles is an interactive experience. Don’t worry – we won’t put you on the spot or ask you to perform, but the audience does move around from scene to scene.

Calling all miracles!

How do everyday miracles show up in our lives? In creating this play, we want YOU to be our miracle! Today, we launched our “30 Days of Miracles” campaign to prove Chicago is full of miracles. Each day, we will post a need and link for you to fulfill that need. It could be some chicken wire, or fabric, or even the wagon itself! Use the drop down below to fulfill this week’s needs. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and check our calendar for ways you can be our miracle for the next 30 days!

Week 1 of Miracles


Coming in September: Meet Juanito Doe

Meet Juan(ito) Doe brings together Chicago Mexican-American writers and performers to collect stories from the city’s Mexican-American community for a multi-media play production debuting Fall 2017. Created by Ricardo Gamboa.

The Meet Juan(ito) Doe “Storyfront” is now open!!!

The development site to this piece is the former office of electronic repairman and Mexican  immigrant, the late Jose Guerra. “He came to Chicago from Mexico with nothing. He worked to be able to buy this building, had a factory job and taught him self how to do electronic repairs. Between that, he had a wife, raised three daughters and a grandson, loved, lived and made his community better,” says Gamboa. “These are the kind of stories we’re interested in capturing here, the stories of everyday people who aren’t faceless nobodies, but really everyday heroes.”

The storyfront opened to the public May 7th and individuals and families wishing to share their story can arrange an appointment to do so in Back of the Yards. Additionally, the storyfrontwill host story circles, workshops, cultural and educational programming including acting classes, “know-your-rights” workshops, drag lotería and karaoke nights. Follow Meet Juanito Doe on Facebook for dates and information!



What you missed!


From taking a stand in the cafeteria to taking a stand in the government, Free Streets youth artists present a new play that asks how do you make change when you can’t vote?










Coming in May: Night of the Living Moms

Have you ever felt like motherhood is a nightmare? Is there a monster-in-law in your closet? Does your skin begin to scale when things don’t go to plan? Have you ever been told you can’t be a parent and have a career? Curated by Lani Montreal, “Night of the Living Moms!” is an interdisciplinary showcase featuring artists seeking to explore the tension between being a mother and being an artist through stories and monologues.













Training: Performance for Direct Action and Intervention

295500_10151523326604667_1468834857_nFree Street is rolling out a new training series focused on Performance for Direct Action and Intervention. The series is free, but space is limited. For more information, including how to apply, please read here.


No Hay Mal: A New Solo Show from Storyteller Lily Be


Own your truth. Own your shit. Own your story. Raw, straight from the hip, and only mildly filtered, Lily Be’s one-woman show No Hay Mal is a cheat guide to creating and being for anyone who has ever felt knocked down, rejected, or flat-out disposable. Performed in English with some Spanish.

Lily Be is a prolific Chicago storyteller and the founder of The Stoop, a monthly storytelling series in Humboldt Park. This is her first full length solo, developed in residence at Free Street Theater and directed by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke.