Join us for the next Festival: January 15-26, 2025

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Chicago Puppet Fest  in partnership with The Spoke & Bird Cafe presents:

The Puppet Hub

In addition to the incredible pageant of international and U.S. puppetry artists, the Puppet Hub is back and open throughout the festival. It’s the perfect place to relax between shows, get a bite to eat, meet up with friends, make new ones, and learn more about contemporary puppetry. Attractions include:           

The Materiality of the Puppet
A special exhibit showcasing design renderings from the 2024 festival productions.

¿Lobo lobo estás ahi? (The Beasts wait inside)
An up-close look at the preliminary drawings and wild animal puppets in The Beast Dance by visiting company La Liga Teatro Elástico, Mexico. Catch their free spectacle production, The Beast Dance, one-show-only, Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Pilsen.

Pop-Up Puppet Shop
The perfect spot to stock up on your newest Chicago Puppet Fest swag and all of the books featured in the Book Talks.

The Spoke & Bird Pop-Up Cafe
Stop by The Spoke & Bird Pop-Up Cafe if you’re coming to a show at the Studebaker Theater, workshops, readings and special events in the Fine Arts Building, or any Puppet Fest show downtown. Enjoy coffee, tea, winter soups and baked treats in a cozy, puppet-inspired setting, and check out the surrounding exhibits. 

Event Details

Friday, January 19
: 10 am-10 pm
Saturday, January 20: 9 am-8 pm
Sunday, January 21: 9 am-6 pm
Closed Monday, January 22
Tuesday, January 23: 10 am-6 pm
Wednesday, January 24: 10 am-6 pm
Thursday, January 25: 10 am-6 pm
Friday, January 26: 10 am-10 pm
Saturday, January 27: 9 am-10 pm
Sunday, January 28: 9 am-7:30 pm

Location: Fine Arts Building Studio 433, 4th floor, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

ADA Accessible? Yes