Navy Pier to host Chicago Live Again for free with show jumping, Lyric Opera and fireworks performances

CHICAGO (WLS) – Navy Pier announced on Tuesday that the Chicago performing arts community will come together for a special two-day event later this month.

Chicago Live Again will be a free event that will take place over two days on two different stages at Navy Pier next weekend.

“We hope Chicago Live Again serves as a reminder to our community of how important the performing arts have been to the vitality of the city,” said Marilynn Gardner, President and CEO of Navy Pier.

The lineup will be filled with shows from over 40 organizations including Broadway Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, Black Ensemble Theater, Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center.

“We need the audience just like the audience needs the music of musicians,” said Esteban Batallan, principal trumpeter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Batallan said not being able to play during the pandemic has been difficult.

“I think we were trying to survive like everyone else did during this strange time,” he said.

For 18 months, theaters have been dark and symphonies and operas have been silent. Performing workers on stage and behind the scenes have found themselves out of work.

“Chicago Live Again is a celebration of bringing the creative sector back as the backbone of our city’s social, emotional and economic recovery,” said Eileen LaCario, of Broadway in Chicago.

There are also options for young people who aspire to a career in theater. Students can participate in free public master classes offered by professionals.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for them,” said Tina Boyer Brown of Chicago High School for the Arts.

Boyer Brown said this is a great opportunity for students to learn their trade.

“We have students from all parts of the city,” she added.

The free event will take place on September 24 and 25 at two stages, the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park and the East End Stage, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
There will also be a special fireworks display on September 25 at 9.45 p.m.

Guests will be required to show proof of a COVID vaccine or negative test within 48 hours of the event.

ABC7 will air a 30-minute special hosted by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini with performance highlights.

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