The Midnight Circus, an annual series of live acrobatic and clown performances held to raise funds for Chicago parks is coming to Welles Park this weekend. The misleading name, the performances are held during daylight hours, creates a bit of mystery around the kids-oriented festival.
Started in 2007 by Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg, a husband and wife team and long-time residents of Lincoln Square, to support the Welles Park playlot fundraising effort, other park advisory groups heard about the Circus and asked to be included. Now the Circus goes to six Chicago parks every fall. Ticket proceeds go to the local park advisory group to their respective park renovation projects.
Performances are at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 and 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 in Welles Park, 2333 N. Sunnyside Ave. Later in the fall, it will come to Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave. at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23. Tickets are $15 each, children under 3 are free. You can purchase tickets in advance here.