CircEsteem’s A Space Odyssey – Spring Circus 2014


Alternatives Inc.,
4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640

Buy your tickets in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. They can also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

CircEsteem, Chicago’s premiere youth circus, is thrilled to announce CircEsteem’s A Space Odyssey – a performance by the youth of CircEsteem, taking place Apr 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th, 2014 at Alternatives Inc., 4730 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640. A CircEsteem Space Odyssey will launch you on an intergalactic adventure navigating asteroid belts, racing with Martians, free floating astronauts, and hazardous lunar landings. CircEsteem’s performers are ages 3-18 from beginner students through our advanced performing troupe.

General admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children. Purchase two general admission adult tickets and receive a child’s ticket free. VIP reserved seating is $35 and parking is available for $20. Purchase your tickets in advance at Brown Paper Tickets

Saturday April 5th 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Sunday April 6th 3:00 p.m.
Saturday April 12th 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Sunday April 13th 3:00 p.m.

CircEsteem celebrates its 13th year as Chicago’s premiere youth circus; we’ve had the honor of working with thousands of kids from all around Chicago, in addition to many refugee youth who are newcomers to the United States. CircEsteem’s mission of uniting youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and helping them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts is the guiding force behind this show.
CircEsteem’s A Space Odyssey is directed by Jamie Olah. Jamie is the founder of Firefly Storytelling and the co-founder of Grassroots Theatre Project where she served as Artistic Director. She is also a professionally trained red-nose clown.

CircEsteem’s A Space Odyssey promises to excite and delight audiences of all ages and is the perfect affordable outing for those seeking a fun springtime activity for families, schools, groups and friends. Proceeds benefit CircEsteem’s free afterschool tutoring program HomeWork & CircusWork.

VISUALS: Youth ages 3-18 performing circus skills including acrobatics, trapeze, clowning, juggling and much more!

Check out our event page and invite your friends!



CircEsteem Interview on 93XRT

Click on the photo above to read about and listen to Terri Hemmert interviewing CircEsteem on her show: Let’s See Action!

Spirit of Giving-ABC7

December 16, 2010 (CHICAGO)  – Children hanging upside down and pins flying through the air are pretty common sights at the non-profit afterschool program CircEsteem. ABC7 spends an afternoon with CircEsteem as it prepares for its 10th Annual Winter Circus.

CircEsteem on Chicago Public Radio

CircEsteem’s Executive Director speaks to Jerome McDonald on Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview. Listen to the interview here.

Chicago Parent Magazine Features CircEsteem Classes

Chicago Parent Magazine takes a look at what it is like to run away with CircEsteem for the day.

Circus Group Helps Kids Get Their Act Together

Brave New Circus

Chicago Sun Times article talks about CircEsteem’s impact on young people.

CircEsteem on WGN Midday

Watch CircEsteem on WGN’s Midday Fix.

Shakespeare is going to the circus! On May 21 and 22, CircEsteem and the Chicago Youth Circus will present A Springtide Circus, a theatrical production that combines the Bard and the Big Top! The audience will be wowed by elaborate juggling choreography, hilarious clown performances, daring tightrope and trapeze acts, and spellbinding feats of strength and skill on the gym wheel.

CircEsteem’s mission is to unite youth from diverse backgrounds and help them build self-esteem through circus arts – we promote confidence and cooperation among its students. CircEsteem teaches more than 300 students each year, 70 percent of whom participate through scholarships. Students come from all over Chicago and the suburbs and as far away as Sudan and Ghana. Many children in the program have gone from earning Cs and Ds to earning As and Bs. Graduates have received more than $300,000 in college scholarships.

An Uptown circus brings together a city

Winter Circus 2008

CircEsteem, located in Uptown, provides a fun, safe and healthy environment for children and teens. Payment is on a sliding scale basis, making it affordable for every child in Chicago to learn circus skills. Click here to listen to Erica Demarest’s audio report from the Medill School of Journalism.