Join us for the next Festival: January 18-29, 2023

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The Spoke & Bird, Fine Arts Building, and Chicago Puppet Fest presents:

Pop-Up Puppet Hub

Come check out our brand new Pop-Up Puppet Hub on the 4th floor of the Fine Arts Building. Bursting with site-specific activities, it’s the perfect place to relax between shows, meet up with friends and make some new ones? Enjoy The Spoke & Bird Pop-Up Cafe (Suite 433) serving coffee, tea, winter soups and baked treats in a cozy, puppet-inspired setting. Check into Motel, a puppet show exhibition that doesn’t move, created by Dan Hurlin (Suite 403). The Puppet Hub is also the host site for two photo exhibitions, “The Jim Henson Foundation presents American Puppet Theater Today: The Photography of Richard Termine” (Suite 410) and “The Art of Basil Twist” (Suite 404). Next door to the cafe, explore Vancouver, an exhibit showcasing the original storyboards, puppets, sets and props designed and crafted for the made-for-film puppet theater collaboration with Ma-Yi Theater Company (Suite 433). And, if you didn’t get a ticket to see as though your body were right, you can still pop in and check out the remarkable set designed for only seven audience members at a time (Suite 402). 

Event Details


Opening Night:
Wednesday, January 18: 8-9:30pm

January 19-29: 
Saturday: 9am-9:30pm 
Sunday: 12-6pm 

Location: Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

ADA Accessible? TBC

The Puppet Has Been Waiting.

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is returning in a big way, January 18-29, 2023, at venues large and small throughout the city. For 12 consecutive days, Chicago will be the puppetry capital of the world, home to more than 100 performances and events around the city that promise to astonish and delight.

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