Tuesday, February 05, 2019

YOU'RE INVITED - It's Showtime, Chicago! Year of Chicago Theatre Official Kickoff event on Mon., Feb. 11 (Chicago, IL.)


The first-of-its-kind initiative will kickoff on February 11 at the Chicago Cultural Center
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres are pleased to announce “It’s Showtime, Chicago” – a kickoff event for the Year of Chicago Theatre on Monday, February 11, from 6–8 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The free admission, building-wide celebration invites everyone – from the curious to seasoned theatre-goers – for an inspiring and surprising look at the “fearless soul” of our city – Chicago’s theatre community. Participating artists and theatre companies include: The Second City, Walkabout Theater Company, Free Street Theater, Chicago Youth TheatreFest, Chicago Cabaret and many others presenting interactive performances, live music, youth project showcases and more. The Year of Chicago Theatre is a citywide, year-long focus on theatre and is the first of its kind in the U.S.

City-wide partners for the Year of Chicago Theatre include: Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Choose Chicago, FCB Chicago, Chicago Loop Alliance, Magnificent Mile Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre, visit ChicagoPlays.com and join the conversation on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) @ChicagoDCASE and @ChicagoPlays (#2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre).

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre
The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at ChicagoPlays.com.

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