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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2019 Midnight Circus in the Parks!

Welles Park is thrilled to share the schedule (and ticket link) for Midnight Circus in the Parks performances all over the city. Remember that ALL SHOWS benefit ALL PARKS involved – so while we know Welles is our “home park,” you can enjoy this year’s all-new show in any other neighborhood park and still generously support Chicago’s parks and playgrounds.




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Winter at Welles

What a terrific summer and fall we just had at Welles Park!

Whether you were in the NaturePlace, a baseball game, a summer camp, the Midnight Circus, a summer concert, or the pool, Welles Park was the PLACE TO BE in 2018. How lucky are we to have such an amazing resource in Lincoln Square? Please consider giving back to the Welles Park Advisory Council so we can sponsor even more events next year. Click on the DONATE link to support Welles Park.

Don’t forget to register for courses and camps with the Chicago Park District, enjoy the quiet time in the gazebo, and think about those picnics and warm days to come next year.

As the park settles down for the winter (at least outdoors), here’s hoping we will see you in 2019.

Image courtesy James D on FourSquare

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NaturePlace is still a work in progress

Welles Park Advisory Council is very excited with the progress of the Nature Place.

The fence has been removed from the new Welles Park NaturePlace. The space is still a work in progress with new elements to be added in the coming months.

While we complete the space and anxiously await the growth of the plants planted last fall, please be careful to respect the space. We ask that everyone stays off the planted areas (mats of straw on the ground seen in the picture below) and remain on the trails or mulched areas. Also, dogs are never allowed in Chicago Park District natural areas.

We want to thank our community for its support in creating and maintaining this unique new space!


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NaturePlace Groundbreaking


The Park District has started work on the nature play area for Welles Park. Thank you to everyone that has supported this project!

An overview:

Primary construction will take place from July 17 through August 17th, 2017. The area will be completely fenced off during this time.

In late August, the construction fences will come down but the site will only be partially accessible. Due to the nature of the project, there are some activities that can only happen late in the season, such as tree planting. Other areas that are planted with seeds or small plants will be protected by shorter fencing. It is very important to stay out of these areas while plants become established and seeds germinate or we will have increased weed issues in future years.

Many of the main play elements will be in for the fall but more may be added going forward based on resources of the Park District and Advisory Council.

In 2018 and 2019, the plants will start to fill in and the prairie and savanna landscape that has been designed will start to be realized. Be patient please!

Thank you to ABC7 Chicago for coming out for the groundbreaking ceremony and featuring this great project.  Link to video is here.

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Nature Events Coming Up!

Please join the Welles Park Advisory Council Greening Committee for two upcoming events.


Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5 – 7 pm

Nature Play Date

Join staff from the Chicago Park District Natural Areas team for kids activities in the space soon to be transformed into the Nature Place (southwest corner of Welles). There will be;

  • Tree cookie painting
  • Fort building
  • Nature play with logs and branches
  • Insect exploration

No pre-registration necessary.


June 17, 2017, 9 to noon (MUST REGISTER BY June 9th if you want a shirt)

It’s Your Park Day

Welles Park is participating in It’s Your Park Day, a day to join together as a community, help our park and receive an update about the upcoming Natureplace. Join us and @ChicagoParksFoundation on June 17th from 9am-noon at Welles Park.

Pre-registered volunteers receive an It’s Your Park Day t-shirt, snacks and water. Sign up before June 9th at: http://www.chicagoparksfoundation.org/event/its-your-park-day/




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Help us “Meet our Match”

A very generous neighbor has stepped forward with a challenge donation of $3,000. If we can receive $3,000 in donations, she will match those funds with another $3,000 up till June 21st.

So far we’ve raised $1,500 under this challenge but we need another $1,500 to get the full amount. Please take a moment to make a donation or reach out to neighbors, friends or family that might want to give back to Welles!


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Got a second to help us win $20,000?

  • Our project, the Welles Park Nature Place, is one of three park projects in
    the city of Chicago nominated to receive $20,000 through the National
    Recreation and Park Association’s “Meet Me at the Park” grant. This funding
    would place us within reach of our $30,000 fundraising goal, but we need your

    Vote, Vote, Vote!

    Vote daily between April 1st and 30th for the Welles Park Nature Place project. There are two ways to cast your vote:
    Online: Visit www.nrpa.org/beinspired and select the Welles Park Nature Place
    By Phone: Text the code welles to 35350. Message and data rates may apply.
    Remember, you can vote for the project each day between now and April 30! Set a
    reminder in your phone so you don’t forget, and vote both ways to double your impact.
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Over 1/3rd of the way to our own NaturePlace!

We are so excited to report that we have raised over $11,000 towards our $30,000 goal. Thanks to all of you that have contributed so far.

There has been some exciting media coverage and with Spring around the corner we know we’ll be busy planning for the ground-breaking. Take this moment to contribute to our project so we can make every log, bench, and adventure a reality.

We are now reaching out to local businesses to ask about their capacity to support this project. If you are a local business and you like the idea of bringing a bit of nature to Welles, please contact Becky Kliber for contribution levels or other ways you can help.

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