Nature Place fundraising update

Holy cow! The support for the new nature area and play space is getting great support from across the community. We’ve almost raised $5,000 of our $30,000 goal!

If you want to support the project visit the Crowdrise site or drop off a check at the Field House. If you are a local business that has ideas on how you might provide support in funding, product donation or event hosting, please reach out to Becky Kleiber with ideas.

We still need your help so take a moment to make a donation and help us make this unique opportunity a reality for all.


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NaturePlace coming soon

The Welles Park Advisory Council has been busy this fall!

Midnight Circus, renovations to the field house and pool, not to mention the usual activities, classes and events that bring thousands of visitors to the park each weekend.


And now we need your help! We are fundraising to develop a unique new playground for the southwest corner of the park. A playground based on play in nature. Please take a moment to read more about this exciting addition to our beloved park.

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2017 Tentative Meeting Dates

2017 General Advisory Council Meetings: 7pm start at Welles Park Field House

  • Tentative for either January 9 or February 13
  • March 13 (Officer Elections)
  • May 8
  • July 10
  • September 11 (Circus Planning for Welles Park)
  • November 13

Tuesdays at the Gazebo:  June through August 2017 – lineups and dates TBD

Midnight Circus in the Park: Fall 2017 – performance locations and dates TBD

To receive updates on meetings please email us at to get on the notification list or follow us on Facebook.

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2016 WPAC Dates

2016 General Advisory Council Meetings: 7pm start at Welles Park Field House

  • March 14 (Officer Elections)
  • May 9
  • July 11
  • September 12 (Circus Planning)
  • November 14

Tuesdays at the Gazebo:  June through August 2016 – lineups and dates TBD

Midnight Circus in the Park: Fall 2016 – performance locations and dates TBD


For upcoming events at Welles Park, through the Park District, visit:

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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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