Midnight Circus in the Parks is BACK!


Welles is  thrilled to be the final park on the tour of the Midnight Circus this year, with five shows! Come see the Circus on Friday October 16 at 7pm, Saturday October 17 2pm & 5pm, and Sunday October 18 at 2pm & 5pm. Proceeds from your ticket purchases benefit not only Welles Park, but ALL of the participating parks throughout Chicago. Tickets are available NOW, and we expect a sellout. Purchase yours today!


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Tuesdays at the Gazebo 2015

Here is our wonderful lineup for Tuesday evenings at the Gazebo in Welles Park this summer. We couldn’t do it without our major sponsors Welles Park Parents Association, and special concert sponsors Senator Heather Steans, The Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation, and Alderman Ameya Pawar.

June 16 Irish Music School of Chicago (Irish)
June 23 Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta (Cumbias, Latin funk, and Soul)
June 30 Susan Salidor “Little Voices in my Head” (Children’s)
July 7 Part-Time Lovers (Minimalist 1980s Revivalism)
July 14 New Candy Store Prophets (Monkees Tribute)
July 21 Seth Boustead & David Keller (Modern Classical Music)
July 28 The Dreamtree Shakers (Children’s)
August 4 Congress of Starlings (Prog Folk-Rock Harmonies)
August 11 Old Town School of Folk Music’s Psychedelic Garage Ensemble led by Cathy Norden (Psychedelic Rock)
August 18 Pieptone! “Eine Sommernacht im Welles Park” (Family friendly music in German!)
August 25 Matt Brown & Friends (Bluegrass/Old-Time)

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Welles Park Greening Committee Meeting


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Welcome, Spring – Save the Dates and Join Us!

Lots of activities coming this spring and summer to our Park. We’d love to see you there, so please save the dates!
Saturday, May 23,  Welles Park welcomes for the first time the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s Welles Park Craft Beer Fest, the culminating event of Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015. VIP and general admission tickets, which allow a limited number of sample pours of the local brews are available here, but the festival is open to all to roam and look. From 1-5pm in Welles Park.

Our “Tuesdays at the Gazebo” Summer Concert Series begins on Tuesday, June 16, and runs every week through Tuesday, August 25. Bring the family for wonderful local music in all styles and genres. All shows begin at 6:30pm. Rain location is inside the Welles Park gym. Bring a blanket and a picnic! As always, FREE!

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will once again be held at Welles Park, featuring a show called “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” at 6:30pm on both Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8. FREE!

Midnight Circus in the Parks will come to Welles Park on Friday, October 16, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. This is a major Fundraiser for not only our park, but many of our partner parks in the city. We’ll let you know when tickets are available. 

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The Circus is Coming!

We’re very proud to be the founding park for Midnight Circus’s amazing Circus in the Parks Tour – a wonderful program that brings together the magic of the circus arts and dedication and support of our public parks all across Chicago. Welles Park will be the final stop on the park tour, on Friday, October 17 and two matinee performances on Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, and we look forward to seeing you here with us!

We usually do sell out, so please buy your tickets today!

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Summer has begun – Join us at the Gazebo for Music every Tuesday!

Here is our wonderful 2014 Welles Park Summer Concert series lineup – Tuesdays at the Gazebo! All shows are family friendly and begin at 6:30pm. You may also pick up a schedule at the park. See you at the shows!

6/17/2014: Mr. Bill & the Locomotion and Singer/Songwriter Bill Brickey (Children’s concert)
6/24/2014: Clayton Productions (Show tunes and dance)
7/1/2014: The Western Elstons (Country/Western Swing/Rockabilly)
7/8/2014: Chicago City-Wide Symphony Orchestra (Big band; 1-hour performance)
7/15/2014: Nelson Gill (Children’s concert)
7/22/2014: Four Star Brass Band (New Orleans Style Brass Band)
7/29/2014: Liam Davis and Steve Frisbie (Acoustic Pop Duo)
8/5/2014 Sean Cleland and Friends (Irish Traditional Music, Chicago Style)
8/12/2014: Corrientes (Traditional Mexican)
8/19/2014: Dill Costa Quintet (Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova)
8/26/2014: Jane Baxter Miller (Acoustic Country)

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End of Winter Warm-Up Fundraiser for Welles Park: March 29 at 7:00pm

Join the Welles Park Advisory Council for an End of Winter Warm-Up Fundraiser!

It will be on March 29 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Grafton Pub located at 4530 N. Lincoln

Tickets are $50 and all proceeds go to the Welles Park Advisory Council to directly fund programs and park beautification for Welles Park.

Ticket price includes 2 hours of beer and wine and light fare.

Don’t miss this chance to support your Park, mingle with Welles-Park-loving neighbors, meet your council members and learn how you can get involved!

To purchase your tickets, go to: http://wellesparkwarmup2014.brownpapertickets.com

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Welles Park’s wonderful Midnight Circus in the Parks weekend was a rousing, fun, and fund-raising success, thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers, The Midnight Circus, the Welles Park staff and Supervisor Becky Kliber, and our fantastic community. Thank you one and all. We’ll see you next fall!

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Midnight Circus in the Parks Tickets on Sale NOW!

We’re so proud to be the founding park for Midnight Circus’s amazing Circus in the Parks Tour – this year, expanding into new communities to share the magic of the circus with dedication and support of our public parks. While Welles has normally hosted the Circus in September, this year we will be the final stop on the park tour, October 25-27, and we are excited to be adding a Friday night performance!

Buy your tickets today!

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Kick off summer with our wonderful “Tuesdays at the Gazebo” concert series!

Each Tuesday from June 18 through August 27, Welles Park plays host to some amazing local performers in all genres in this family-friendly, picnic-friendly series. All shows begin at 6:30pm and most consist of two sets with a short intermission, wrapping up before it gets dark, at around 8:30pm. Bring a blanket, some dinner or beverages, and some friends, and enjoy music in the park every week!

6/18: Seth Boustead, piano, and David Keller, cello
6/25: Little Miss Ann children’s show
7/2: Midnight Moxie all-girl rock and doo-wop
7/9: Gerald Dowd (2nd set), Electric Dirt (1st set) Levon Helm tribute band, followed by singer-songwriter set
7/16: Kristen & Kasey harmonic pop duo
7/23: The Dill Costa Quintet – Brazilian melodies and rhythms with Dill Costa’s gorgeous vocals
7/30: The Lawrence Peters Outfit Country music for a summer’s eve
8/6: Ligon & McDonough – acoustic music with incredible harmonies. Don’t miss this pair!
8/13: Merit School of Music Wind Symphony – classical music by Merit student ensemble
8/20: Jim Gill children’s show
8/27: Aloha Lives joined by students of Ke Kula – the music, dance and chant of Hawaii

Downloadable pdf flyer here: gazeboseries2013

The Welles Park Advisory Council would like to extend very special thanks to this year’s series sponsors: Welles Park Parents Association Baseball, The Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation, State Senator Heather Steans, and Alderman Ameya Pawar.

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