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May 2022

A hand-drawn poster for the show features an all black starry background in a cityscape. A train zooms from left to right through the poster past the FREE STREET logo and on a track made of the link "FREE-STREET-57-BLOCKS.EVENTBRITE.COM." Hovering above various black and white two story buildings, In giant mustard colored block letters the poster reads 57 BLOCKS. A billboard behind and to the left of the train shows white text on a black background that reads "Directed by Katrina Dion, Marilyn Carteno, and Sebastian Arboleda." On the same billboard in mustard colored text it reads, "Written and Performed by The Free Street Youth Ensemble." The bottom of the poster features a mustard colored bus and a sign on the side that shares the dates of the "Virtual Show June 11, 14, 18, 21 at 7pm CST, PAY WHAT YOU CAN." On the bottom of the poster in white font we expressed gratitude with our donor support statement: "Free Street Theater is a long standing artist-in-residence for the Chicago Park District and receives support from the Arts Work Fund, the Crossroads Fund, The Chicago Community Trust, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Field Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, MAPFund, After School Matters, the Network for Ensemble Theaters, The League of Chicago Theatres, and United Way."

57 Blocks

May 25 - June 23
Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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During 57 Blocks, this 2 hour “orientation,” audience members will learn about the history of education in our city, while being invited to listen to the personal stories of the youth leading them. Audience members will take a bus ride between our two locations. This is part of the performance, and the show will continue while inside the bus.

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July 2022

A sunny poster featuring a neon sign 'Drag Loteria Night'

Drag Loteria in Collaboration with Star Farm Chicago

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Star Farm, 944 W 50th Place
Chicago, IL United States
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Corre y se va!

Free Street and Star Farm come together to host Drag Loteria Night in Star Farm’s garden in Back of the Yards. Grab your carta and prepare for a night of performances, and loteria. We will be featuring Cindy Nero, Cosmo Dragon, and Roma.

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A color path featuring a clown shoe, ventra card, a pink goose and an African American clown peering playfully showcases the journey of A Mild Goose Chase.

Night Out In The Parks A Mild Goose Chase

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - August 1 @ 7:00 pm
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One event on July 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on July 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on July 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on July 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Free Street Theater and Night Out In The Parks presents The Chi Clowns presents 'A Mild Goose Chase' #ChiParks #ChiClowns #BeFreeStreet

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August 2022

Featuring a shining sun, the date and time of the Back to School Event: Saturday August 6th 11am to 3pm.

Back to School Event

August 6 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Davis Square Park, 45th and Marshfield
Chicago, IL United States
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Free Street Theater and DCASE present free dance lessons, youth storytelling, drag performances, back to school supplies, Star Farm paletas, and of course all of your favorite sustainable vendors!

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Summer at the Storyfront

Summer Dance with Free Street Theater

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Davis Square Park, 45th and Marshfield
Chicago, IL United States
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Join Free Street Theater, in collaboration with DCASE for a Summer Dance event at Davis Square Park from 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy and learn how to move to house music and cumbia in the summer breeze. Bring the whole family for an unforgettable evening of fun.

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October 2022

Free Street Youth Ensemble Audition

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Free Street is inviting youth ages 14-19 to join our ensemble! Every year, this ensemble comes together to create an original play about issues affecting Chicago youth. During this process, our ensemble learns performance and writing techniques, while partnering with community organizations, and learning from arts professionals through weekly workshops. We welcome youth with all levels of theatrical training, from all across the city. WHERE: 1419 W Blackhawk St. Floor 3 Chicago, IL 60642 Masks are required Pulaski Park is…

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Free Street Youth Ensemble Audition

October 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Free Street is inviting youth ages 14-19 to join our ensemble! Every year, this ensemble comes together to create an original play about issues affecting Chicago youth. During this process, our ensemble learns performance and writing techniques, while partnering with community organizations, and learning from arts professionals through weekly workshops. We welcome youth with all levels of theatrical training, from all across the city. WHERE: 1419 W Blackhawk St. Floor 3 Chicago, IL 60642 Masks are required Pulaski Park is…

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November 2022

Open Workshops for Youth

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 2, 2022

Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Free Street Theater is hosting open workshops for youth ages 13-19 looking to start their training in creating theatre. Whether you have been doing theatre since you were 4, or have never stepped foot on stage, Free Street welcomes all youth looking to learn and collaborate with others. Masks required. You are paid $25 for participation, and can receive Ventra reimbursement.

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Joy & Justice: Writing & Storytelling Workshops

November 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 19, 2022

Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave
Chicago, 60609 United States
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Join us for our free upcoming Storytelling Workshop Series at Plant Chicago (4459 S Marshfield Ave) starting Saturday October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th and November 26th. Every week we will follow a theme that explores different facets of community wellness, labor justice, environmental justice and mass incarceration. Joy + Justice storytelling workshops invite us to imagine a Chicago where no human being is disposable and where the health and wellbeing of our communities, especially Black and immigrant…

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Ghosts on the Bloomingdale Trail

November 28
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until November 30, 2022

The Ghosts on the Bloomingdale Trail story walk is back! This collaboration between Free Street, the Chicago Park District, and the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail features real ghost stories as told to us by Chicago residents. Starting October 22, walk along the Bloomingdale Trail (aka the 606) between Humboldt and St. Louis to find QR codes that take you to a mix of stories - some of our favorites from last year are back plus some new (and only…

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