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

Free Neighborhood Tour

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. The tour offers a range of high-quality puppetry styles in order to create moments of community enjoyment while expanding the base of puppet enthusiasts.

The Free Neighborhood Tour has been supported by: Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, Navy Pier, UChicago, The Marshall Frankel Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and The Chicago Community Trust.
Special thanks to One Lawndale Youth Advisory Council for support in 2023.

Partnering Venues

345 Art Gallery
345 N. Kedzie Ave.
East Garfield Park

Berger Park Coachhouse
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Edgewater

Calumet Park
9801 S. Ave. G
East Side

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
The Loop

ETA Creative Arts Foundation
7558 S. South Chicago Ave.
Grand Crossing

Experimental Station
6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
Woodlawn

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Garfield Park

Hamilton Park
513 W. 72nd St.
Englewood

La Villita Community Church
2300 S. Millard Ave.
North Lawndale

Mandrake Park
3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Bronzeville

Marshall Field Garden Apartments/
Art on Sedgwick

1408 N. Sedgwick St.
Old Town

Marquette Park
6743 S. Kedzie Ave
Marquette Park

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Pilsen

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Downtown Chicago

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts,
The University of Chicago

915 E. 60th St.
Hyde Park

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 W. Armitage Ave.
Hermosa

South Shore Cultural Center Paul Robeson Theatre
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
South Shore

Southside Occupational Academy
7342 S Hoyne Ave.
Southside

Think Do House/Sweet Water Foundation
5749 S. Perry Ave.
Washington Park

Performances

Tears by the River
KENYA – Krystal Puppeteers

Festival 2024

My Night in the Planetarium 
Little Uprisings 

Festival 2023

Eagle Dance
FIRST NATIONS – Ty Defoe

Festival 2022

I Am the Bear
CHICAGO – Jerrell Henderson

Festival 2022

The Joshua Show
BROOKLYN – Joshua Holden & Jeb Colwell 

Festival 2022

The Beginning on Nothing
PUERTO RICO – Poncili Creación

Festival 2019

Pulcinella
ITALY – Gaspare Nasuto

Festival 2019

Jeghetto
NORTH CAROLINA – Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

Spring 2018
The Joshua Show
BROOKLYN – Joshua Holden
Spring 2018
The White Woman
CANADA – Magali Chouinard
Festival 2017
PLAY with your Food
DETROIT – Interstate Arts
Festival 2017
Underground Railroad, Not a Subway
BALTIMORE – Schroeder Cherry
Festival 2017
The Selfish Giant
CHICAGO – Blair Thomas & Michael Smith 
Winter 2017