Activities and events for every age group occur year round at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Whether you're interested in learning more about our collection of contemporary sculpture, experiencing the most unique cocktail party of the season or helping to restore our prairie, we have something for you.


Tour of Hyde Park: Public & Private with Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Director Geoff Bates

Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 - 5:45

All-inclusive fee: $125
$25 tax deductible contribution to the NMSP included  
For Reservations: 708.235.7559

Tour Includes:

  • Visit the Hyde Park Art Center featured exhibits "Who Cares for the Sky?" and "Rodrigo Lara Zendejas' La Paz"
  • University of Chicago's Smart Museum
  • Enjoy Lunch at The Currency Exchange Cafe
  • Tour of Theaster Gates most recent project, the celebrated Stony Island Arts Bank
  • Conclude the day with a private wine reception at the home of noted Hyde Park collector Professor Dan Parker


Custom, individualized tours of the park are available by contacting the park staff at or 708.534.4486. More information about arranging a tour of the park for a group can be found at Visit the Park. 

Carts & Cocktails

5th Annual Carts & Cocktails

Saturday, September 26, 2015
2 - 5 p.m.

Carts & Cocktails is an annual benefit fundraiser for Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and the hottest cocktail party in town.
Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, visit selected sculptures and travel through the natural prairie landscape on motorized carts.
Limited to 200 guests, so reserve your space early!
Special Guest: Chicago-based sculptor Richard Hunt
Host: Stefan Holt of NBC 5

For sponsorship and ticket information contact Gina Ragland at 708.235.7559.

Reclaim the Prairie

Reclaim the Prairie! 

Saturday, Oct 10, 1-4 pm



Get outdoors & help conserve the natural prairie - Join us for family fun with a purpose!
Gather and sow seed, view modern sculpture, and warm up with hot cider and pumpkin squares.

Presented by BMO Harris Bank