CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city is about to raise the curtain on a "Year Of Chicago Theatre."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says 2019 will feature a big focus on the theatrical arts.
There will be pop-up performances and films at Millennium Park, new theater programs at the Chicago Cultural Center and theater-themed events in each of the city's 77 community areas including, improv, dance, opera, puppetry and more.
The announcement also includes $200,000 in grants for local theater programs.
Mayor Emanuel's office said Chicago is home to 250 theatres.
Mayor Emanuel to announce 2019 as 'Year of Chicago Theatre'