Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, please take note that the Midnight Circus is making its last stop on this year’s Circus in the Parks tour this weekend! So if you have yet to witness the desperately dangerous displays of unrivaled aerialism known to elicit songs of oohs and ahs from area families, don’t toss your hat into the ring just yet.
Circus in the Parks is a grassroots effort led by park activist groups to gain needed funds for Chicago parks. The effort dates back to 2007 when Midnight Circus founders, Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg (husband and wife team and long-time residents of Lincoln Square), heard about expansion plans for Welles Park. The need for a new playground in Welles Park was apparent, so Jenkins and Greenberg came up with a way to support the initiative: Why not hold a circus in the park and donate proceeds from ticket sales to the playground’s funding? 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter jumped on board and quickly connected the duo with both the Welles Park Advisory Council and the Friends of Welles Park Play Lot.
Since 2007, four other Northside parks have joined the campaign: Gompers Park, Holstein Park, Portage Park and Chase Park. Proceeds from each two-day circus stop on the tour’s schedule are funneled directly into the beautification, maintenance and improvement efforts of the participating park.
This weekend’s performances at Chase Park (4701 North Ashland) on Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m are the last stop on this year’s parks tour. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door for $15, free for children under 2 years of age. Please note that all ticket sales will end two hours before the first scheduled performance on both Saturday and Sunday.
Be sure to look for post-event coverage on Monday!