Support Welles and Stay Safe


Interested in supporting Welles while showing your park pride?

These masks are available for purchase and funds go to support the Welles Park Advisory Council.

Adult and Youth sizes are available. Only available in black with white print on recycled content fabric. Cost is $10 per mask.

To purchase, click here and make a donation to the Welles Park Advisory Council ($10 per mask). Once you have paid, please forward your receipt to and don’t forget to enter the number of masks and sizes you would like. Once we receive your order, we will set aside a bag with your purchase to be picked up at the Welles Park Fieldhouse during usual hours Monday – Saturday and confirm your order by email.

If you would like to purchase a mask using check or cash, please email us at to arrange this.

Of course donations in support of Welles Park programs and improvements are welcome and tax deductible as a charitable donation at any time! Click here to learn more.

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Early voting at Welles Park

Early voting has started and Welles Park is one of the more than 50 sites citywide where you can make your voice heard. Early voting information is below.

Get out and Vote

The Nov. 3rd election is coming up and there are lots of questions about voting. The Chicago Board of Elections is the one-stop shop for all things related to voting but here are some specific answers from Alderman Matt Martin:

Registering to Vote

I recently moved. How do I update my voter registration?

Illinois voters can update their voter registration online here. You can also use a paper form available online here.

I am not sure if my voter registration is up-to-date. How can I check?

You can check the status of your voter registration online here.

Mail-In Voting

I’d like to vote by mail, but I am concerned that my ballot may get lost in the mail. Are there other options?

Chicago voters with mail in ballots have the additional option of returning their ballot via secured drop box. These secured drop boxes will be located inside polling locations, and will have a separate line from regular early voting to avoid crowding. There is a secured drop-off box at Welles Park and you can find the full list of secured drop box sites here.

The Chicago Board of Elections plans to mail the first vote by mail ballots out to voters between September 24 and October 5. You can confirm that they received your vote by mail application here.

Early Voting

When and where can I early vote?

Chicago voters can use any of the city’s early vote locations. The full list is available here. The early vote location physically located in the 47th Ward is Welles Park. Some neighbors may also find that Truman College is the early vote location nearest to their home.

This year, Chicago expanded its early vote hours to minimize crowding and lines. You can early vote at ward-based sites starting on October 14. For a full list of hours and dates, check here.

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Pitch In for Welles

Welles Park Advisory Council is partnering with the Chicago Parks Foundation to assist with some fall clean ups. There are two of these scheduled but you can help out anytime!  Read below to learn more.

Scheduled clean up days – We need help to tidy up the park and get it ready for the winter. We will be raking out woodchips in the playground and NaturePlace, collecting all the NaturePlace play items, and cleaning up litter from around the park.

October 17 8-10 am

November 8 8-10 am

Register HERE

Can’t make one of those days but want to volunteer? Pitch In on your own!

Chicago Park Foundation encourages you to do your part every time you visit your neighborhood parks! Don’t litter, and pick up trash safely by bringing along a trash bag and gloves. The extra effort is welcomed and appreciated – every bit helps!

Send your “pitch in” photos to us at or tag them on Instagram @ChiParksFdn

Organize a Clean Up

If you want to organize a clean up at Welles with your group (block club, school, scout pack) you can! Gather your neighbors, coworkers, religious group, friends, family – all are welcome. Contact us at to get access to clean up materials.

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Midnight Circus is coming back to Welles!

We are so excited to see Midnight Circus back home at Welles Park. Although things will be different due to Covid-19, we are looking forward to a great event.

Showtime is Oct. 3 at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm

45 minutes of Open Air Circus Fun! FREE, but Preregistered Tickets are Required

To reserve your spot, visit this site. NOTE: Tickets will be available to reserve here at 12am Tuesday, September 29th

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: We need volunteers to assist with the event. Visit this sign-up sheet for volunteer opportunities to help with set up/ tear down and guest seating.

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NaturePlace Update

It has been so nice to see everyone enjoying the NaturePlace as it continues to develop into a more mature nature area. As the native species fill in and the cover crops thin, it can look like a space for making play areas and exploring and some areas are being hurt by overuse.

We need your help in keeping all guests out of the plantings and on the paths. It can be really fun to make paths through the tall grasses and use the shaded areas under the lower trees but we would ask that all users of the NaturePlace stay on the paths and encourage other to do so.

The Park Advisory Council has committed to maintaining this area in partnership with the Park District and we hope not to spend our modest resources on more, visually un-appealing, fence and other barriers.

Thanks for helping us make the NaturePlace even better!

Photo source: Site Design Group

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WPAC adopts statement on inclusion

On June 7th 2020, a demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter, took place at Welles Park and then moved down Lincoln to Wrigley Field.

Welles Park Advisory Council supports the park through advocacy, events, and fundraising. As the voice of the users of Welles Park, we think its important to make the park welcoming, safe, and accessible for all. In that intention, the Advisory Council has adopted a new statement on inclusion. Beyond the steps we already take, we will dedicate time at our next meeting (date and format to be determined) to discuss more actions we might consider to build upon this intent.

The new Statement is under ‘About WPAC‘.



Source: Patty Wetli


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Support Welles Park in 47th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Process

Alderman Martin has introduced a youth-led participatory budgeting process for 2020.

One of the proposed projects is a new mural for Welles Park.PB-web-mural-01.png

Voting opens Monday, June 8 to allocate up to $150,000 to public infrastructure projects. To vote, follow this simple 2-step process:
  1. Fill out the form at this link to register to vote:
  2. After you register, we will send you an email with a link to the ballot and a unique Access Code. This code will allow you to vote on the projects of your choice!
All 47th ward residents age 14 and up are invited to vote on projects from June 8 to June 15.
Please help Welles bring this new amenity to the park.
Welles Park Advisory Council
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Reopening at Welles Park

As parks start to reopen physically and programmatically, we wanted to share this update we received from the Chicago Park District:

For parks west of Lake Shore Drive, today on June 8th, field houses will reopen for limited use of restrooms and cooling stations/shelter from rain. There will be no park programming offered in the field houses at this time. Programming is expected to start on July 6th. More detailed information on programs is provided below. While the field houses will be open, playgrounds, pools, and water features will remain closed. The 606 Bloomingdale Trail will remain closed. Park users are expected to maintain 6 feet of distance, wear face masks when social distancing is not permitted, stay home when sick, and clean up their garbage. A full plan for Park’s reopening in Phase 3 can be found in the Phase 3 Park Plan and you can review the City of Chicago’s Guidelines for Parks.

Landscape Operations

Due to the pandemic, Park District landscape maintenance crews are operating at a reduced capacity this summer.  Although garbage collection service is at full capacity as of June 1, it may take more time than usual to cut the grass in our fields. Here are some ways that you can help your park:

·         On your own or in small groups of less than 10 people, help pick up litter in your park! That helps park district crews to focus on weeding and mowing. The Chicago Parks Foundation is providing support for litter pickup (more information on this will be coming out soon).

·         If your park has a flower garden, there may be an opportunity to help with garden maintenance.  We have scaled back on annual flowers this year in order to focus maintenance efforts on perennial flowers. Contact if you are interested.

Masks in the Parks!

Across the State of Illinois we will be required to wear face coverings in places where social distancing is not possible. While headed out to your park we encourage park users to wear face masks. The Chicago Park District just added fun masks to the Chicago Park Store. Stay safe while supporting parks!


Visit for the most up to date information or contact the Welles Park Fieldhouse at the information listed to the right.

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A successful and fun Midnight Circus

Another terrific year at the circus.

Thank you to our friends from Midnight Circus for bringing your joy and revelry to Welles as the final stop on your summer tour of Chicago Parks.

See everyone in 2020!


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It’s Your Park Day – June 1st

It’s Your Park Day on June 1st is coming up soon.

Kick off the summer with a day filled with park enhancement and community bonding.

Community volunteers will mulch trees, replacing fibar on playgrounds, and cleaning our park’s green spaces. Families, company groups and individuals are invited to participate!

Volunteers will receive It’s Your Park Day shirts, snacks, and supplies provided by the Chicago Parks Foundation.

If you are interested in attending, register using this link

Pre-registration by May 20 required for a guaranteed event shirt in your size
This event is rain or shine!

Volunteers will meet at the Gazebo at 9am.
Arrive at the Gazebo at 8am to participate in a bird walk in the Welles Park NaturePlace.
Clean up activities will end at 12pm.

Can’t attend?
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to your park!

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