Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces Shakespeare 400 Chicago

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unnamed (68)Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson, and leaders of the City’s cultural institutions today to announce Shakespeare 400 Chicago—a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together our city’s resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to make Chicago their stage.

Pictured: Alpana Singh (Restauranteur); Rachel Potter (Senator Mark Kirk’s Office); Paul Sznewajs (Ingenuity); Stephen Bridges (British Consulate General, Chicago); Álvaro R. Obregón (Chicago Mariachi Project); Ra Joy (Arts Alliance Illinois); Taleah Thomas (CPS Student); Isabel Trujillo (CPS Student); Tracey Button (Art Institute of Chicago); Michael Tiknis (Harris Theater for Music and Dance); Jenny Gonzalez (CPS Student); Jeff Alexander (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Peter Taub (Museum of Contemporary Art); Criss Henderson (Chicago Shakespeare); Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival); Jill Gage (The Newberry); Michael Peters (Chicago Public Library); Ashley Wheater (Joffrey Ballet); Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Emily Faulkner (Chicago Public Library); Barbara Gaines (Chicago Shakespeare); Greg Cameron (Joffrey Ballet); Gary Griffin (Chicago Shakespeare); Anijo Matthew (Vamonde); Rick Boynton (Chicago Shakespeare); Anthony Freud (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Melissa Cherry (Choose Chicago); Bill Michel (Logan Center for the Arts); Yolanda Cesta Cursach (Museum of Contemporary Art); Rick Bayless (Chef); Angel Ysaguirre (Illinois Humanities); Phillip Bahar (Chicago Humanities Festival); Michael Kelly (Chicago Park District). Photo by Michael Brosilow.