NileGuide Expert tip:
Make sure to stick around for high-flying, daredevil jump rope troupe The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team. You won't want to miss it!
Formed in 1997 by Lincoln Square locals Jeff and Julie Jenkins, the Midnight Circus provides delightful family friendly entertainment to Chicago at both private and city-wide events throughout the year. Originally created as a fundraiser for the playground in Welles Park, Circus in the Parks has grown into a major autumn event lasting more that a month. Each weekend, the group comprised of incredible international performers travels to a different park district and sets up their big top tent. The best part is that it's for a good cause--all proceeds go to the host park district. To date, the troupe has raised approximately $160,000 for park districts across the city. At $15 a ticket, you won't find a better deal for a weekend show. You'll see clowns, contortionists, jugglers, acrobats, and the occasional performing pitbull. It's truly fun for the whole family!
photo courtesy of Jason Ernst