Inside Look: A historic announcement from Navy Pier and Chicago Shakespeare.
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Introducing an innovative new performance venue coming to Navy Pier.

Announced today: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, a forward-thinking new performance venue slated to hold its first performance during the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 2017-18 Season.

The Yard will be connected to the existing facility, which currently houses two theaters, through expanded lobbies. The year-round, flexible venue can be configured in a variety of shapes and sizes with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850, defining the audience – artist relationship to best serve each production.

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare is integral to Navy Pier's Centennial Vision, a reimagining of the Midwest's most visited leisure destination celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The new and renovated features are designed to expand Navy Pier's impact and audience, showcasing a vibrant cultural, environmental, educational and recreational landscape.

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, designed by UK-based Charcoalblue and Chicago’s Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Images courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
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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.
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