Press Release


The Public Square presents a theatrical journey on food that nourishes the body and spirit

CHICAGO –  Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Albany Park Theater Project, for a special performance of Feast! on Friday, April 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Laura Wiley Theater, Eugene Field Park (5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago). This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing or by calling 312.422.5580

Feast  is a collection of the stories of home cooks, restaurant owners, street vendors, grocers, butchers, fishermen, farmers, and migrant workers. Following the performance by this award-winning youth theater ensemble, there will be a facilitated conversation exploring the power and pleasure of food.  Panelists include food-justice activist Dara Cooper; Lucy Gomez-Feliciano, Chicago Partnership Director for “Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities”; and Lisa Lee, Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and innovator behind the Museum’s weekly soup kitchen.  This special performance of Feast is not appropriate for children under 11 years of age.

This event is co-sponsored by The Public Square and the Albany Park Theater Project. It is partially made possible by support from The Cricket Island Foundation.


The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at


The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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