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Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

Find your inner clown and juggle your kids at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival June 17-21, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival is modeled on modern European-type circuses emphasizing skills, theater, dance and music. The festival will take place in three venues, most notable the audience-friendly Athenaeum Theatre, and feature shows, workshops and community outreach programs. This is circus as serious art.

There will be thirty performances in thirteen shows including: Pedal Punk-Cirque Mechanics; Smashed-Gandidni Juggling; Knee Deep-Casus Circus; Third Coast Cabaret-Bindlestiff Family Cirkus; Ayco Showcase; The Girly Show-Bearded Lady Productions (this writer will be there!); Tossed and Found-Peter Davison; Suhde-Kate & Pasi; The Submarine Show-Slater Penny and Jaron Hollander; and Magmus Show-Magmanus Company.

The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival’s goal is to educate the American circus artist and promote the artistic view of circus performance in America. For a preview of a show, go on You Tube and see a several three to four minute teasers.

The Athenaeum Theater is located at 2936 North Southport Avenue in Chicago and is near bus and el lines. For tickets, a full schedule of events and more information, call (312) 620-2223, or go online to

Make your Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet, Friday nights.