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Short Shakespeare on Chicago's Navy Pier, a perfect Saturday family outing

When you think of Navy Pier you think of food, the Ferris wheel, you may even think of the Children’s Museum. But there is another gem available on Navy Pier. It may be new to you, but it’s known throughout the World. The Nationally celebrated Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre has a long history of providing award winning works of art to visiting patrons. However, CST is not only the largest midwest professional theatre dedicated to the works of Shakespeare, it is also a leading cultural center for young audiences, producing works targeted for families and schools. Their specialty is a short Shakespeare series; an abridged work of Shakespeare that is followed by a post show discussion. The current CST short Shakespeare production is The Comedy of Errors, an entertaining show about an identical sets of twins mixed up in a World of mistaken identities. With a running time of only 75 minutes it is a great choice for families with children 3rd grade and up. This production takes place in CST’s courtyard theatre on Saturday’s at 11am, now through March 6th. Tickets are $16 for students and $20 for adults. Ticket prices includes the show and a post show discussion with the cast and education coordinator.

Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.

by William Shakespeare
directed and adapted by David H. Bell

Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater
January 23 – March 6, 2010
Saturday morning performances at 11am
Students $16 adults $20

Guaranteed Parking at a 40% Discount
Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. When parking says "full," simply tell Navy Pier Security that you're "here for Shakespeare," and continue to the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater's dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

After your show, pay with cash or credit card at the Parking Pay Station on Level One near Door 5, or pay with a credit card at the exit. There are no cashiers at the exit.

The Chicago Transportation Authority's Trip Planner provides detailed instructions on how to use public transit to travel to Navy Pier.

A free trolley service runs between Navy Pier and State Street along Grand Avenue and Illinois Street. Trolleys typically run every 20 minutes. Pick-up points are indicated by "Navy Pier Trolley Stop" signs posted along the route. Visit Navy Pier’s website for more information.

During the summer months, daily trolley hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

During the fall, trolley hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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