Thursday, January 21, 2010

Look For ChiIL Mama This Weekend: The Swedish Museum, Polar Adventure Day, & Vittum Theatre

Friday Fun:
Swedish Style

Jan. 22, is Family Night at the Museum! Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Come make crafts, participate in activities, and see the new exhibit, "Swedish Cows!  4-7pm at The Swedish American Museum

Saturday Fun:
Polar Adventure Day  All ages. Free. Don't let winter slow you down - come out and enjoy it at the fifth annual Polar Adventure Days series. Watch as amazing ice sculptures are created, meet live animals, make winter-themed crafts, sip on hot cocoa, and much more. Don't forget to dress warm.
Date: 01/23/10
Start Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: free
Location : Northerly Island

Click Polar Adventure Day in the side bar, for a photo filled blast from the past.   Remember how much fun Polar Adventure Day was in 2009. 

Sunday Theatrical Fun:
The Whipping Boy



New Play Workshop

Free Reading of
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
adapted by Beau Johnson

Sunday, January 24th, 2:00pm
Vittum Theater
Admission is FREE and reservations are recommended
Call our Box Office at 773.342.4141
Refreshments will be served

The Whipping Boy centers on proud orphan Jemmy and spoiled brat Prince Horace. In a time when striking an heir to the throne is considered a crime worse than murder, Jemmy is the unlucky boy picked to receive corporal punishment in the prince's stead. When the two young men run away from home, each sees the other in a new light and an unlikely friendship is born.

ASC's New Play Workshop Series is an opportunity for our audience to gain a sneak peek at and share their thoughts on new plays we are considering for full production in a future season. The audience is encouraged to remain after the reading for a talkback with the director and cast.

Musical Alternative:
Our Beatles show at Fitzgerald's last Sunday filled up quickly and many people were turned away - make sure you arrive early, or buy tickets in advance!
Tributosaurus For Kids!
Why should Tributosaurus be just for adults? We've had so many requests from our fans to do a show that is accessible to the little ones that we decided it's time to give the kids a show of their own.
As our fans know, this past November we embarked on our quest to play the entire Beatles catalog with Volume 1, encompassing the first 2 albums and the Singles of the same time period, and we've decided that this is music that speaks to everyone - so we're bringing it to the kids. We've cut down the mega-set to a more manageable 1 hour, and we're offering it to families all over town --
this Sunday we visit the north side at SPACE!
Trib For Kids Becomes THE BEATLES (Vol. 1) :
Sunday, January 24th at SPACE
2pm Show - $10 in advance, $15 at the Door / Kids Under 3 Free
1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL
Tickets available at


Tickets on Sale Now for New 40-Minute Multi-Sensory Adventure Created Specifically for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chicago Children’s Theatre presents “Red Kite Round Up,” Jan. 20 – Feb. 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Choral Rehearsal Room in Millennium Park. “Red Kite Round Up” is a 40-minute multi-sensory adventure created for children with autism spectrum disorder ages 5-13 and their chaperones. Guides take 10 children on the autism spectrum on a digitally simulated outdoor trip where they can chase butterflies, hike trails, star gaze and more.

“Red Kite Round Up” is part of CCT’s ongoing Red Kite Project for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is the second installation of its kind created by the company.  The driving force behind The Red Kite Project is Russell.  In her capacity as an artist in residence for the past decade at Agassiz Elementary School, she has had the opportunity to teach theater to students with autism since 1997 and has witnessed firsthand the benefits of drama for this unique audience. 

Chicago Children’s Theatre officially launched The Red Kite Project in October 2007 when it brought members of London’s Oily Cart to Chicago for a series of workshops at the Victory Gardens Biograph.  That work culminated in a four-week education initiative, “Red Kite/Blue Moon,” presented at the Chicago Children’s Museum Spring 2008.  Red Kite also includes “Camp Red Kite,” a summer arts camp for children with ASD and their families encompassing music, movement, drama, arts and crafts and led by a team of artists and special education teachers; and professional development workshops for child educators.

 “Red Kite Round Up” runs Jan. 20 - Feb. 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Choral Rehearsal Room in Millennium Park. The schedule will be as follows: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($20 covers total cost for a child and one chaperone; $10 observer tickets subject to availability). Due to the nature of the production, capacity for “Red Kite Round Up” is limited and advanced reservations are required. “Red Kite Round Up” is appropriate for ages 5-13. For more information visit or call 773.227.0180 x15.

Chicago Children’s Theatre aspires to enrich our community through diverse and significant theatrical and educational programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us. Chicago Children’s Theatre focuses on the production of first-rate children’s theater in Chicago, with top writing, performing and directorial talent and high-quality design and production expertise.  Led by Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, the company is supported by a dynamic Board of Directors comprised of dedicated individuals from the fields of entertainment, philanthropy and business and a committed Artistic Council of Chicago-based actors, directors, musicians and designers. 

Founded in 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre, a non-profit organization, provides affordable and accessible theater for families and area school children. To enhance the impact of any given production’s themes, Chicago Children’s Theatre also offers educational materials and programs for families and educators.  Since their Inaugural Production of “A Year With Frog and Toad” in 2006, Chicago Children's Theatre has continued to produce top-tier theater for families.  For more information about Chicago Children’s Theatre visit or call 773.227.0180.

The Red Kite Project is sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust – Audience Engagement Sponsor; The Field Foundation and The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation – Productions Sponsors; Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation and Helen Brach Foundation – Education Sponsors.  Millennium Park is Program Partner for “Red Kite Round Up.”

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