CHICAGO – Midnight Circus returns to Welles Park for three performances at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, and State Senator Sara Feigenholtz is a big supporter.
“For nearly 14 years, Midnight Circus has been bringing communities together for fun entertainment while raising awareness for the importance of Chicago’s local parks,” Feigenholtz said. “This organization doesn’t just put up a tent, collect ticket fees, and then move on. They work hand-in-hand with communities to improve the parks and surrounding neighborhoods. The message is teamwork, tolerance, and shared responsibility.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was unclear whether Midnight Circus would be able to perform this summer. When Jeff Jenkins, the organization’s founder, got the green light, he chose to serve neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by the virus.
“We have to bring joy to kids and families who have struggled the most during this pandemic,” Jenkins said. “Everyone needs a little joy and empowerment, and of course, we will do it with the utmost care and follow strict guidelines.”
Since 2007, Midnight Circus has performed an open-air circus across Chicago. They have performed in front of nearly 20,000 people from all corners of the city and raised $1.5 million for city parks.
After taking on the role of State Senator, Feigenholtz worked with Jenkins to find sponsors for this abbreviated summer tour. Midnight Circus went to the Auburn Gresham neighborhood last month, and after Welles Park, the circus will move to Douglas Park for their final Oct. 10 performance.
“I was so appreciative of Jeff’s efforts to make the Midnight Circus a reality this summer, especially for kids in need of some outdoor fun before summer slips away from us, ” Feigenholtz remarked. “Finding sponsors was not difficult. If I have learned anything from COVID, it is that people want to help others. It is heartwarming to see the community come together for this special event.”
For more information about Midnight Circus, visit their website.