Engage with the arts via virtual opportunities with TAP and our arts partners.

Tune in to LIVE events

Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary: From virtual performances & festivities to a thought-provoking speaker series, Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary calendar of events offers something for everyone. Up Next:

  • Art & Healing is the fourth event in a 6-part speaker series (Art &) that explores the connections between the arts and a variety of timely topics. Join us on August 11th  at 7PM CT for dialogue around art as therapy, trauma-informed expression, and how the arts can heal, rejuvenate, and strengthen our communities.

The Liminal Space: A favorite ritual: Sit alone in an empty, dark theatre, long after the audience and the artists have gone home. This live stream of the Abelson Auditorium at Court Theatre will go on until it’s time to open the curtains once more.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: The Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly opera streams. Enhance your enjoyment of these by listening to Lyric Opera Commentaries for the synopsis, music, and some historical insight into each piece.

Goodman’s Live series is a new artistic endeavor that captures the ephemeral experience of theater itself—once it’s gone, it’s never to be experienced again. Dynamic performances, captured up-close with multiple cameras, deliver the intimacy of theater and give you a front-row seat to the action. Featuring three productions offered in limited runs this May, June and, July, performances will be live-streamed from Goodman’s historic Owen Theatre stage straight into your home,­ in real-time. Visit https://www.goodmantheatre.org/Live to get a ticket for $5 with the promo code: TAP

  • I Hate It Here, July 15 – 18: Acclaimed playwright-and-director duo Ike Holter and Lili-Anne Brown (Lottery Day) rejoin forces for the Chicago premiere of his newest work.

Enjoy Limited-Run Shows On-Demand

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay: PlayMakers Laboratory has extended its signature revue online with That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by professional actors and directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd. via Patreon, with a new line-up released every Monday.

Steppenwolf NOW: A new virtual programming stream featuring breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices. The Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage offers a dynamic and innovative slate of immersive and visual experiences, radio plays, bite-sized programming, and episodic work crafted and produced for the virtual platform. With this virtual membership, participants unlock access to exclusive Steppenwolf NOW virtual content. Starting in November 2020, members will be notified as new content is available for a one-time viewing session from any computer or mobile device at any time, day or night! TAP members can get a Steppenwolf NOW membership for free by contacting the box office at 312-335-1650. Upcoming performances include:

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, May 12 – August 31.
  • Where We Stand, June 16 – August 31.

Harris Theater’s Virtual Stage: FREE, on-demand access to music, dance, and conversation featuring artists from Chicago and around the world! New content premieres weekly, so keep checking back for exciting performances from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Spektral Quartet, Giordano Dance Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and so many more. Create a free account and you’re on your way! Some performances include:

  • The Eye and Eye’s Delight, through June 1.
  • Hansel and Gretel, March 13 – June 30.
  • Danzon!, April 1 – June 30.
  • Groove, in formed, March 17 – June 30.
  • Alicia Garza: On the Purpose of Power, April 7 – June 30.
  • Something to Write Home About, March 30 – October 5.
  • HOME, April 15 – October 5.
  • In/Motion Grand Juried Screening, through December 31.
  • A Tale of Two + Artist Conversation, through December 31.

Catch up with Favorites

Gram Gallery: The Urban Gateways Teen Advisory Council is delighted to bring you the inaugural Gram Gallery! Check it out at @gramgallery.ug! Thanks to all the Chicago teens artists who submitted their artwork!!

TAPtalks: Live conversations with artists & arts professionals on Instagram Live. Catch up on past TAPtalks on our YouTube channel.

Hello, I Am…Conversations with Artists: TAP and the Urban Gateways Teen Advisory Council present “Hello, I am… Conversations with Arts Professionals.” This series allows for dialogues between teens and arts professionals to learn more about different careers and pathways. Hosted by Isabella and Lee Nah! Watch previous convos:

Lyric Opera Streaming On-Demand – Experience the magnificent sound of full-scale opera free, whenever you like, with Lyric Opera Streaming On Demand. Revisit some of your favorite Lyric moments, or experience for the first time performances you’ve missed. Luisa Miller (2019), The Queen of Spades (2020), and Die Walküre (2017) are available now and more will be released soon!

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith powerfully explores the roiling currents of American history, race, and politics that exploded in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and sent shock waves across the nation. Goodman Theatre’s production of Until the Flood is available to watch on-demand through Fall 2023.

MLK Celebration: Watch the Dr. Martin Luther King 10th Anniversary Celebration 2021. Presented by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago in partnership with Black Ensemble Theater.

A Steep Theatre Radio Play: Ike Holter’s Moony is a brand-new 25-minute audio play featuring the work of nine Steep Theatre Ensemble Members!

Something Wicked: Stories for Halloween: These chilling stories from Writers Theatre stand their ground year-round. Dim the lights and listen to an all-star lineup of Chicago actors narrate works from Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Chesya Burke, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Keeping up with the Auditorium: Watch archived #AudTalk interviews with artists and performances from the #AtHomeWiththeAud series.

Explore Chicago Humanities Festival: Find interviews with your favorite authors, conversations with Chicago-based artists and leaders, lectures about world-changing ideas, and much more. Learn something new, deepen your understanding, and get inspired with Explore, a new online hub where you can easily browse topics and discover a wide range of programs from Chicago Humanities.

PITCHing In with Chicago Phil: Playlists curated by Chicago Philharmonic staff and musicians.

Chicago Sinfonietta’s Spotify: Perfect tunes for chilling, studying, and enjoying!

What’s Up? ~with Matthew Sitz~: Court Theatre’s Director of Audience Services, Matthew Sitz, takes time out of his day to chat with some familiar Court faces and play a few games while he has them on the line.

CSO from Home: Listen to the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Video archives of past concerts, newly recorded works, curated playlists, and more for your classical music enjoyment!

Intermission: A weekly update from the Goodman Theatre featuring videos, interviews, recommended reads, and more!

The Infinite Room Podcast: Lookingglass Theatre artists ask the Big Questions—about art and theatre and the planet we live on.

Lyric Lately: Enlightening articles, exclusive artist interviews, behind-the-scenes photos, engaging videos, and more from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Commons Online: MCA Chicago’s hub for video archives, creative projects, virtual programs, and more!

Half Hour: This podcast features candid, intimate, one-on-one conversations between members of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble.

Porchlight Friday Night: A mini-concert series from Porchlight Music Theatre (you may have seen their musicals at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts!).

UChicago Presents: Greenroom – Revisit performance archives, read musician interviews, and review histories and art movements that contextualize musicians’ work.

Do a Thing

Ballet Class: Take a virtual class with the English National Ballet. Professional, beginner’s, and chair-based classes are available, designed to be taken at home.  You may recognize them from the Harris Theater for Music and Dance!

Read a Book: Did you know that public libraries have remote options? Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, flip through eMagazines, and get online homework help. Getting an eCard is easy, too!

This list continues to grow. Check back soon!

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