Timeline Stories

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Free Street (too)- Senior Ensemble

Free Street (too)- Senior Ensemble

Free Street’s multigenerational Ensemble, Free Street (too), toured an original project called “Such a lot of Living to Do”, directed by Patrick Henry Ensemble included: Barbara Steele, Julia White, Maria McCray, Louise Lovrich, Pete Lovrich, Pauline...

A Big Split

A fifty year history will include some truly difficult moments, and here’s one we think is important to talk about. In 2011, the longtime creative leadership at Free Street, Ron Bieganski and Anita Evans, were ousted by the board. Soon after, the Executive...
Welcome to our ever-growing timeline!

Welcome to our ever-growing timeline!

This is an online archive that documents the many, MANY cool things Free Street has done in the past 50 years. It is a work in progress – we add a post or two a week with the goal of filling in at least one post for each year of our history. Know something we...
Celebrate The City

Celebrate The City

Celebrate the City was a three-week festival of music, dance, and theater designed to help raise much needed funds for Free Street as its original grant from the city ran out. Guess what! We’re still fundraising, though not sure our posters are as cool as this...
Numaro

Numaro

To be honest, we’re still learning more about NUMARO, which started as the Free Street Band but spun off on its own in 1977. Read about them here.
The Storyfront Brings “Tiendita Theater” to Back of the Yards

The Storyfront Brings “Tiendita Theater” to Back of the Yards

Free Street opened our Storyfront in Back on the Yards in Spring 2017. Designed as both a story gathering site as well as a performance/program space, the Storyfront is as example of not settling for what already exists! Read more about it  here or here ...

Free Street Founder Patrick Henry dies

From the Chicago Tribune, April 16th, 1989: “Patrick Henry, founder and director of the Free Street Theatre of Chicago, died Saturday in St. Joseph Hospital after a long illness… Mr. Henry, 53, a native of Portland, Ore., was a fifth-generation descendant...
Studs Terkel narrates Free Street Documentary

Studs Terkel narrates Free Street Documentary

This documentary, created circa 1973, is our favorite thing to watch whenever we feel blue! Can’t you just feel the joyful early days of Free Street, when everyone was dancing and singing in the park?