400 years in the making
1,000 artists. 850 events. 120 sites across Chicago.
Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we've been lifelong lovers of Shakespeare. We love his witty wordplay and endearing, enduring characters that have forever altered the course of our language and our very society. This year we've hit the milestone of four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, and Chicago's celebrating in a big way with 850 events slated for the year, which will entertain more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City! We're elated to be on board to help spread the word. Check back early and often for the full scoop, early warnings, and photo filled recaps and reviews.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events. Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and with leading support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library, this quadricentennial celebration is anticipated to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive celebration of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy.