Currently playing: Checkmate!

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?

Show dates:

April 21-May 6
Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays at 3pm
(Free children’s co-programming offered during Saturday shows.)

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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.

Show dates are May 18-27
Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays* at 2pm (FREE co-programming for children)




Coming in July: 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



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.



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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.

Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3 at 7pm
Saturday, February 4th at 2pm
Monday, February 6th at 7pm
Friday, February 10th at 7pm
Saturday, February 11th at 7pm

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Title TBA: Free Street HQ Takes On Change and Youth Movements in the 1st 100 Days of theNew Administration


Look for a new show from Free Street HQ (artists age 13-19) about the first 100 Days of The New President. How do you make change when you can’t vote? What’s next for young people in Chicago? This play, currently in development, is based on conversations with activists, organizers and politicians all over the city.

Fridays at 6:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm
April 21st-29th


Night of The Living Moms: A Festival of Performance

In May, we welcome Artist-in-Residence Lani Montreal for Night of the Living Moms, a 4-day multimedia festival of performance about motherhood. Parenting, joyful as it is, can be an exhausting, and at times, a zombifying enterprise– particularly when you’re a mother who insists on having an identity beyond mom, mama, nanay, madre, who feels the need to create art, build your community, get your PhD, walk on a wire, and still have the time and energy to tell bedtime stories or make veggie lasagna for a son who decides to be vegetarian after watching a zombie movie… “Night of the Living Moms” is collection of narratives of those who lived to tell… DATES TBA


-In July, look for The Miracles/Los Milagros – a modern day pageant wagon show about everyday miracles, resilience, and survival in hard times.

-In September comes Meet Juan(ito) Doe, an ensemble-based show about Mexicans in Chicago, developed and directed by Company Member Ricardo Gamboa.