It's a cool evening in Chicago's Humboldt Park at New Moon on
the Lagoon, a lullaby parade sponsored by Opera-Matic. People of
all ages and ethnicities follow lull-a-bikes around the lagoon,
carrying flashlights and singing lullabies as they visit "lost
Mention the word "opera" and people usually know what you're
talking about. Say the word "Opera-Matic" and people might wonder
if you know what you're talking about. Opera-Matic is a non-profit
organization formed by artists in the Humboldt Park
neighborhood who use their art to contribute to the community. The
name means stories told in song, delivered by people-powered parade
The creative minds at Opera-Matic work with diverse groups
of people who come together to create theater in large outdoor
"Some people think of the events as spectacle
performance," Chief Creative Officer Mark Messing
says. "We like to think of it as place-making; not just occupying
space, but having a reason to be there and a reward for gathering,
giving meaning to the space. The most amazing thing about it is
that here is a crowd of people talking and singing together - and
goodwill and well-being sneak up on you."
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