"The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival was founded to establish Chicago as a prominent center for the art of puppetry." This year's festival includes a wide array of puppets including marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets and Bunraku puppets that can be experienced at nearly 50 venues. Many of the performances and workshops are free while some require purchased tickets. The website has a great sorting feature to help you find the right event for you.
Events at some of Chicago's world class museums include:
An International Puppet Art talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday January 24, 2015
"Puppets!", an interactive installation at The Art Institute of Chicago from Saturday, December 6 - Sunday, January 25
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Wednesday, January 14–Sunday, January 25, 2015