Live simulcasts from the Harris Theater to the Pritzker Pavilion
Starting a couple summers ago, Chicagoans have been able to pack some snacks, kick back on the big lawn and watch world famous dance companies for free, about 500 feet from the suckers who paid 100-plus bucks per seat. The Paris Opera Ballet, the opening night of the Chicago Dancing Festival (with performances from Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey and the Juilliard School), and performances of Hubbard Street Dance have all been simulcast to the forty-foot LED screen that hangs behind the stage of the Pritzker—and presented with remarkable on-the-spot editing and camera work to boot. Some of the best seats to the ballet—the ones that allow the kids to romp around and you to re-cross your legs without kneeing your neighbor to the front—are now the free ones.
Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph
Best of Chicago 2014