Berger Park Cultural Center - Art Showcase

Saturday Nov 23 and Sunday Nov 24 - 11am to 5pm

6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago

The artists of Berger Park Cultural Center invite you to see dance and theater performances, view visual art, and shop the pottery and jewelry show this weekend. All events are FREE and you are welcome to wander, Open House style. Light refreshments will be served.

DOWNEY MANSION [South Building]
11am - 5pm Jewelry and Ceramics Showcase
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm Children’s Theater Performances (3rd Floor)
GUNDER HOUSE [North Building]
11am - 5pm “Illinois Revisited” Art Show

DOWNEY MANSION [South Building]
11am - 5pm Jewelry and Ceramics Showcase
GUNDER HOUSE [North Building]
11am - 4pm “Illinois Revisited” Art Show

1pm Synapse Arts Dance Performance (excerpts from Light Hand)

1:20pm Chicago Playback Theater Performance
2pm - 4pm Closing reception for Art Show


*Please note that both mansions include stairs to reach the performance spaces. The wheelchair lift in Gunder House is being repaired. The first floor of the Downey Mansion (South building) is accessible.*

photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis


November events



Modern Dance Class Series

intermediate/advanced level, adults age 18+

Thursdays October 3, 10, 17, 24 - 2pm to 3:30pm

at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626


Kristina Fluty leads this intermediate/advanced modern dance class that improves dynamic alignment, increases spatial awareness, and patterns more efficient everyday movement through fun dance phrases. Class will generally begin with developmental movement on the floor and end with traveling through space.

Learn more about acclaimed teacher Kristina Fluty here:

Register by donation

For this class series, your registration fee is a donation to Synapse Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Here is how to register for the session (or pay per class) in advance:

Visit the registration page

$35 for the four week session - select $35 and “one time” donation

$10 per class - select $10 and “one time” or “weekly” and select your end date

Then select Modern Dance Class Series from the dropdown menu.

Payments will also be accepted at each class by cash or credit card, and drop-ins are welcome. The $35 rate for four classes will be available until midnight on October 3rd. Any additional donations will go towards the costs of presenting a class series, including marketing, staff hours, and classroom equipment.


You will find us within the main building of Loyola Park at 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Loyola Park is two blocks east of the Morse Red Line stop, and there is an inexpensive parking lot onsite. Our studio is called the Sky Room on the second floor, which is accessible by stairs or elevator.

Synapse is an Arts Partner in Residence with the Chicago Park District. We present programs and classes at both Loyola Park and Berger Park Cultural Center. 

We look forward to dancing with you!

Photo by Nadia Oussenko


Arts In The Dark Parade

Saturday October 19, 6pm to 8pm

Now in its fifth year, Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday”. See Synapse’s performance cycle as one of 14 companies selected by The Department of Cultural Affairs to lead the parade down State Street. 


More information on the Parade website here.


15th Birthday Benefit

Celebrate with us!



Toast to 15 years of dance for all ages, identities, and income levels with the staff, board, and artists of Synapse Arts. Enjoy candlelit performances by burlesque dancer Eva la Feva, saucy songs by Matt Griffo, and close-up magic by Stephen Hanthorn. This pirate party also includes:

Costumes are strongly encouraged - pirates of Penzance, the Carribean, Treasure Island, Firefly, and from the pages of history, mer-people, Peter Pan, and more.

Friday October 11, 7pm - 11pm

At Dizzy Cow Candy and Curiosity Shop, 2155 W Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618

Limited tickets are available for this special event. Tickets range from $15 to $50 to $150 - get your tickets right now so you don’t miss out!

Some tickets will be available at the door via cash, check, or credit card. 

Your generosity sustains our work. Your ticket is a suggested donation that makes it possible for us to provide free and low cost dance classes, mentorship opportunities, and performances.

Photo of Eva la Feva, sword in hand, by Greg Inda.

Our “Pay It Forward” raffle

We do raffle prizes a little differently - no tickets needed. Simply make an additional donation (in any amount) on top of your ticket. You will be automatically entered into the raffle for 3 different prize packages!

Your generosity sustains our work and pays it forward to those who cannot afford dance classes, mentorship opportunities, and performance tickets.

Make your gift now to get your name in the raffle right away:
Donate securely online HERE

Or Text to Give: text DONATE to (312) 836-5985

Please note that you must be present to claim your Pay It Forward prize package.

What could you win?