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

Free Neighborhood Tour

Free Neighborhood Tour: Fostering an Appreciation of Puppetry Throughout the City

The Free Neighborhood Tour fosters an appreciation for puppetry throughout the city by bringing free, family-friendly performances to locations outside of Chicago’s theaters, but areas in the city where people may not have the chance to see puppetry very often. The tour offers a range of high-quality puppetry styles and this year Krystal Puppeteers presents Tears by the River, a beautiful blending of traditional Kenyan puppetry, artistry and vocals.

The Free Neighborhood Tour is presented by Chicago Puppet Fest, Navy Pier, and Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks. Special thanks to One Lawndale Youth Advisory Council.

Dates and Locations

Family Friendly (All Ages)
FREE, no reservations required, 35 minutes

Thursday, January 18
4:30 pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 W. Armitage Ave.

Friday, January 19
4:30 pm
Marshall Field Garden Apartments/Art on Sedgwick
1408 N. Sedgwick St.
Old Town

Saturday, January 20
4 pm
New Location! (formerly Theater Y)
La Villita Community Church
2300 S. Millard Ave.
North Lawndale

Sunday, January 21
2 pm
345 Art Gallery
345 N. Kedzie Ave.
Garfield Park

Wednesday, January 24
6 pm
Berger Park Coachhouse
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Thursday, January 25 
10:30 am* and 7 pm
*The 1/25 10:30 am performance at Logan is completely filled with school groups. There may be a handful of walk up seats. We encourage you to attend the 7 pm performance or one of the other dates. Thanks for your understanding.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago
915 E. 60th St.
Hyde Park

Friday, January 26

6 pm
Mandrake Park
3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Saturday, January 27
Noon and 2 p.m.
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Downtown Chicago

Sunday, January 28
3 pm
South Shore Cultural Center Paul Robeson Theatre
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
South Shore

Tears by the River

by Krystal Puppeteers

Tears by the River is a beautiful blending of traditional Kenyan puppetry, artistry and vocals telling this classic folktale about the brave monkey called Libendi. A great famine sends him seeking a far away river and a better life. Crossing valleys, mountains, deserts, and barren land, Libendi risks everything and although the animals of the forest honor, respect and praise him, others will do anything for fame.

With support from: Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, Navy Pier, and UChicago. Special thanks to One Lawndale Youth Advisory Council