Hamlin Park Says: Send in the Clowns

By Geoff Dankert | Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hamlin Park. Credit: Courtesy of Chicago Park District

For the first time, Chicago’s Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., will host the popular Circus In The Parks. Members of the Hamlin Park Advisory Council were notified that the Hamlin Park performances of Chicago’s well-known “Midnight Circus” will open the program’s 2012 season the weekend of September 8.

The park cleared the final hurdle when program leaders confirmed that the Circus’ 70-foot big top will fit in the green space to the east of the park’s fieldhouse. The circus performances are expected to raise approximately $15,000 for the park’s ongoing playground renovation project. The addition of Hamlin to the Circus In The Parks calendar marks a victory for the still-new Hamlin Park Advisory Council, which has been campaigning for the circus for months.

“I’m just excited to have the civic community there in addition to the fundraising element,” said HPAC chair Jody Boutell. She added that HPAC members will begin meeting soon with other park advisory councils to collaborate on a marketing plan. “We’re going to get our hands dirty very soon,” she said.

The Circus, which features acrobats, aerialists and “progressive clowns,” will perform Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. Tickets are expected to cost $15 per person and will be sold through the Circus website. A small number of tickets are expected to be available for sale at the Hamlin Park fieldhouse, to accommodate people with limited access to the Internet. The complete Circus In The Parks calendar is expected to be announced soon.

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