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July 2023

Drag Loteria

July 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Star Farm 3, 944 W. 50th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60609 United States
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Free

“Corre y se va y nunca volvera”  It’s Drag Loteria Night with Free Street at Star Farm! Back by popular demand, we are hosting Drag Loteria on July 6th from 6-9 pm. Join us for an evening of dancing, loteria hosted by our favs Kings and Queens for all ages. Featuring performances by Cosmo Dragon, Cindy Nero, and Male Spice. We have some cute prizes for playing and will be BYOB. Join us for a night out in the garden…

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Summer Dance

July 27, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Davis Square Park, 4430 S Marshfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60609 United States
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Free

Hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, come through Davis Square Park for a night of dancing, dance lessons, drag, and more. Stop by the Free Street booth to participate in a short activity, and learn more about our next season.

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There is a Future/Tenemos un Futuro

July 29, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until July 28, 2023

One event on July 29, 2023 at 3:00 pm

A fun, interactive, bilingual play for all ages about what to do when you’re being poisoned. What's the gap between the future you dream of for your community and the future being planned by developers? What's already in the dirt, the water, the air and in planning agendas that leave community members out? "There Is a Future/Tenemos un Futuro" is an interactive performance that invites audiences to imagine a future that centers the health, wellbeing, and joy of Black and…

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August 2023

Story Night

August 10, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Star Farm 3, 944 W. 50th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60609 United States
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Free

Join Free Street for an evening of storytellers from Back of the Yards and surrounding neighborhoods. Limited open mic opportunities will be available for attendees looking to share a 5 minute, or less, story.

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Back to School Party

August 19, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Davis Square Park, 4430 S Marshfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60609 United States
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Free

Free Street will be hosting a free outdoor event for CPS students to get free backpacks, notebooks, and other school supplies. The event will feature some live performances, including music and poetry, as well as other vendors like Plant Chicago to sell local products and goods.

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Gallery in the Garden

August 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Star Farm (2), 5136 S Laflin
Chicago, IL 60609
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Free

In partnership with Star Farm Chicago, join us for a pop up of our Culture Maker’s gallery, with a painting workshop for families! A local artist will lead a painting workshop, where we will supply the materials. Join us to paint, garden, or see art from local artists! 

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October 2023

Open Workshop for Youth

October 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until October 5, 2023

Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Free Street is welcoming new members to our youth ensemble program! In this paid program, participants work with youth from across Chicago to create an original play that investigates environmental justice in our city. Youth will meet weekly Tuesday, and Thursday, from 5-7 through the fall, and then start back up in February to prepare for their show premier in May of 2024. Youth interested in joining should attend at least one open workshop or contact Producing Artistic Director Katrina…

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Free Event: How to Tell a Spooky Story

October 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Facilitated by Strategic Director Coya Paz, come learn how to tell a spooky story, just in time for all of your Halloween gatherings. Join us at 5254 S Ashland Ave on Oct 12 at 6pm, no need to sign up.

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November 2023

AmericanMYTH: Crossroads directed & created by Jerrell L. Henderson

November 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, repeating until November 10, 2023

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 11, 2023

Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Presented through Free Street's In/House Series, and created and directed by Jerrell L. Henderson, AmericanMYTH: Crossroads is a visually stunning take on the mythologies that have shaped North American culture. Using shadow puppets, live music, and highly physical performance, AmericanMYTH asks audiences to consider what stories have shaped our sense of who belongs in America. What’s a myth? What’s a folktale? And where do our histories fall on the spectrum of true, false, or something altogether different? “So much of…

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December 2023

Winter Market

December 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave
Chicago, 60609 United States
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Join us for the third annual Winter Market with Plant Chicago. Featuring performances, vendors, and holiday cheer, you won't want to miss this!

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