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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" brings impish antics to several Chicago parks

Chicago Shakespeare Theater production at Loyola Park, 2013
Chicago Shakespeare Theater production at Loyola Park, 2013
Julie Stanton

Chicago’s neighborhood parks are about to host an Athenian duke, the king and queen of the fairies, an amateur troupe of actors and a gaggle of mismatched lovers influenced by a magic love potion.

If you know your Shakespeare you have figured out that you can see “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the bard’s hilarious comedy about plans that go wrong, in a city park.

A fun play that is perfect for the outdoors, it is adopted and directed by David H. Bell for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater housed at Navy Pier.

Indeed, one of the 18 venues that will have CST’s Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks productions will be near home base at Gateway Park. A stage will be set up on the park's South Lawn in front of the Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Gateway Park performances are July 18-19 at 6:30 p.m.

Find other park locations and dates at where and when. The performances are from July 18 through Aug. 17 and are free. Look for more information at Chicago Shakes.