The Midnight Circus soars again in Chicago

The fun annual Chicago family tradition that should be on everyone’s must-do list, The Midnight Circus has returned to Chicago parks, bigger and better than ever, organizers say.

The “One City, One World” circus tour adds more parks, more Friday night performances and new acts from around the world in addition to audience favorites. Here is the 2019 tour schedule: 

  • Aug. 30-Sept. 1: McKinley Park
  • Sept. 7: Foster Park
  • Sept. 13-15: Holstein Park
  • Sept. 20-22: Lake Shore Park
  • Sept. 28-29: Ridge Park
  • Oct. 5-6: Kosciuszko Park
  • Oct. 12-13: Jefferson Park
  • Oct. 18-20: Welles Park

Founder Jeff Jenkins, a Chicago parent, calls this year’s cast the “most talented cast to date.” The 2019 lineup includes performers from across the United States, France, England, Africa and Mexico. The show includes aerial acrobatics, tumbling, juggling and feats of dexterity with a heartfelt story, organizers say in a news release.

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In addition to the Jenkins family (Jeff, Julie, Maxwell, Samantha and Rosie Rae, the rescued Pit Bull who performs K-9 acrobatics and comedy), this year’s two-hour show also features the return of My Boy Elroy who serves as DJ, beatboxer and performance soundscape creator.

The Midnight Circus, which is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative, has raised more than $1 million over 13 years to fund park improvements. Tickets are $5 to $25 and are available at Kids under 2 are free.  

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