A central-Illinois highlight of summer, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival soft-opened its 39th season last week in Bloomington-Normal. Held outdoors at the Ewing Manor, just a short drive west on 74, this showcase of traditional and creative productions of Shakespearean plays is one of the few reasons I’d suggest you leave town. ISF offers consistently high-quality stagings by local, regional, and national-level casts and crews, but without the big-city price tag. It’s a great opportunity to experience a cultural event for about the same price it would cost to park in Chicago. On top of that, with picnic-ing encouraged, gorgeous weather, and events for families, it’s a fun evening out for anyone.
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