Chicago celebrates the Bard with a fireworks spectacular and more

Chicago celebrates the Bard with a fireworks spectacular and more

No need to wait until Memorial Day for fireworks this year, thanks to Shakespeare. Chicago is staging a spectacular celebration for Saturday, April 23, 2016 complete with fireworks marking the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death–and coincidentally the day on which the Bard was born 52 years earlier.

Tomorrow’s special events are part of Chicago’s Shakespeare 400 celebration–a yearlong citywide initiative that showcases 850 events and unites 60 of the city’s world-class institutions.

Events that span theater, opera, music, dance—even cuisine–to celebrate, interpret and reimagine Shakespeare’s work on stages, in museums, restaurants, parks, schools and neighborhoods across the city.

Highlights for Saturday, April 23 include:

Maestro Riccardo Muti will conduct Verdi’s Falstaff at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Center April 23 as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Maestro Riccardo Muti will conduct Verdi’s Falstaff at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Center April 23 as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

  • Riccardo Muti conducts Verdi’s Falstaff. Muti will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Chorus and internationally celebrated soloists in Verdi’s Falstaff at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule will host an event for the city’s civic community at Chicago Shakespeare Theater that features a special guest performance by Tony, Olivier and Golden Globe winner Alan Cumming.
  • April 23rd is “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” Since 2009, when Chicago Shakespeare Theatre proclaimed it to be so, the day has become an annual event in Chicago and around the globe for people to celebrate Shakespeare’s words online and in daily life.
  • A spectacular “Celebration of Shakespeare” fireworks display will take place on Navy Pier overlooking Lake Michigan. The display will be set to a Shakespeare-inspired score. The fireworks spectacular can be viewed from the dock or aboard an evening cruise that will be offering extended hours for the celebration.
  • As part of the culinary celebration of the Bard, TWO’s Chef Kevin Cuddihee is serving up his interpretation of Antony and Cleopatra’s “Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast, and but twelve persons there. Is this true?” (Act II, scene 2) with a special homemade boar sausage, potato hash and a fried quail egg. TWO, 1132 W. Grand Avenue 312 624 8363.

If you’re looking for more fun ways to celebrate the day, go ahead and Download a Shakespeare mask so that not only “Will” thee be able to talk like Shakespeare but thee can also look like the Bard.

Whereas if all’s well that ends well, I bid thee adieu for today noting that “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

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