William Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil in 1616, leaving behind a prolific collection of plays, sonnets and the like that's had an arguably unmatched influence on Western culture. To mark the 400th anniversary of his death, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is spearheading a new year-long festival of performances, panels and more exploring the Bard's work from dozens of angles. The events won't be confined to CST's Streeterville home; they'll take place at venues across the city and suburbs, including parks, museums and even some of the city's best restaurants. The initial slate runs into April, with more announcements expected later in January; we'll update this guide as they come.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago events
Rockefeller Chapel's professional vocal ensemble, the Decani, performs a cappella renditions of music by Thomas Tallis and other Elizabethan composers, as well as settings of Shakespeare texts by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and U. of C. music professor Shulamit Ran.