Governors State University’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. Parking and admission to the park are free. The views surrounding our sculptures change with the seasons so it’s always a good time to visit. Whether you’re from across the street or across the country, a visit to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park will reward you with insights into distinguished artworks by internationally recognized sculptors as you establish a connection with our landscape.

Directions

From Chicago and North

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park can be reached from Chicago by taking the
Dan Ryan Expressway (90-94) south to Interstate 57.
Continue Interstate 57 south to exit 337 – Stuenkel Rd/University Parkway
Travel east at the end of the ramp.

Continue on Stuenkel Rd./University Parkway.

The entrance to the campus is on the right  after you cross railroad tracks, about 2.1 miles from the I-57 intersection.


From the South
Drive north on Interstate 57 to exit 337 – Stuenkel Rd/University Parkway
Travel east at the end of the ramp.

Continue on Stuenkel Rd./University Parkway.

The entrance to the campus is on the right  after you cross railroad tracks, about 2.1 miles from the I-57 intersection.


From the East
Drive Interstate 80 West to Interstate 57. Take the exit to southbound
Interstate 57.
Continue Interstate 57 south to exit 337 – Stuenkel Rd/University Parkway
Travel east at the end of the ramp.

Continue on Stuenkel Rd./University Parkway.

The entrance to the campus is on the right  after you cross railroad tracks, about 2.1 miles from the I-57 intersection.


From the West
Drive Interstate 80 East to Interstate 57. Take the exit to southbound
Interstate 57.
Continue Interstate 57 south to exit 337 – Stuenkel Rd/University Parkway
Travel east at the end of the ramp.

Continue on Stuenkel Rd./University Parkway.

The entrance to the campus is on the right  after you cross railroad tracks, about 2.1 miles from the I-57 intersection.

 

School and Group Tours

We welcome over 1,000 visitors, students and other guests, for guided tours of the collection each year. We hope to see your group in the park soon. Our tours are thorough and age-appropriate. We can accommodate school groups from Grades 4 to 12, college and graduate students, adults and seniors. Tours may be customized to a variety of time-frames and abilities - please contact park staff to discuss your particular needs.

Contact: 708.534.4486 or sculpture@govst.edu at least one month in advance of your visit to request a guided tour. 
 

General Tour Groups   

Fees for general guided tours:  $5 per adult and $3.50 for students. There is a $75 minimum charge for a guided tour.

Attire: Please dress appropriately for the season. Be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy, walking shoes as extensive walking on uneven paths is required.

Facilities: GSU buildings are open Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm; on Sunday they're open Noon to 6 pm. Our cafeteria is open Monday through Friday (Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 2:30 pm) The cafeteria is closed on the weekend.

Time Required: We recommend budgeting 2 to 2½ hours for your visit - this will allow bathroom breaks at the beginning and end and a full experience of our unique presentation.

Adult Groups: A history of the park Powerpoint presentation is available for adult groups. There is an extra fee of $5 per person for this presentation. Please let park staff know if you are interested in this presentation when you book your tour.

 Area Accommodations: Consider staying overnight in the region to enjoy the best the Southland has to offer. 

 

Hotels near the Manilow Park

 

School Groups

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park organization has developed a unique, full-day, outdoors and hands-on program called Outdoors@theNATE that has received rave reviews from teachers and students alike:

Thank you so much for hosting us today! We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was not only very well organized, but also incredibly educational and relatable to our students. It is amazing when students can connect what they are doing in the classroom with the outside world. Thank you for a wonderful field trip today! - 4th Grade Teacher, Flossmoor 

The most memorable things were when we saw the Windwaves and when we went hunting for plants in the sculpture that Mary Miss made.  -4th Grade Student, Chicago Heights 

 

Outdoors@theNATE is a hands-on, interactive program designed to build awareness of visual thinking, address elements of the Common Core Curriculum, satisfy aspects of the ISBE Standards and Goals for 4th and 5th grade, present artworks as part of a consideration of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math) principles, and create a chance for contact among differing schools from across our region. It is presented as a three-phased experience:

·         A pre-visit, in-school presentation is delivered by the teacher

Students are introduced to broad-based ideas about sculpture, three-dimensional design, and career opportunities.

·          A visit to Governors State University’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.

Students convene in the university’s Sherman Recital Hall (capacity 175) Center for Performing Arts where the Educational Outreach Coordinator introduces the sculptures to be visited.  Each student receives a bag of materials and our 16-page full-color Nate-book publication and are then escorted outdoors by Docents. Classes visit 4 artworks (encountering a number of others on the way). At each sculpture, they participate in a structured, interactive presentation which illuminates how the artist incorporated elements of S.T.E.A.M. principles into their creation or presentation at each of the artworks. They eat lunch on-site and return to their schools.

·         Post-visit opportunities for structured reflection, published on the NMSP Facebook page.

Students reflect upon their experience through a number of independent follow-up projects suggested by the park for the teacher. Once complete, students may “publish” them on the NMSP Facebook page.

The fee for Outdoors@theNATE is $7 per student and $5 per adult teacher or chaperone. This fee includes the Nate-book and all materials. It does NOT include lunch or transportation.

While there is a cafeteria on-site, we recommend students bring their lunch. Arrangements will be made to store the lunches and tables will be set for the entire group.

Because of its complexity Outdoors@theNATE is offered only on specific dates in May and September. Please contact the sculpture park office for these dates.

Guidelines for Your Visit

Please follow these guidelines to make your visit to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park even more enjoyable.

  • Pets are welcome and must be leashed at all times.
  • Parking is free, please park only in designated areas.
  • Do not climb on the sculptures - they are not playground structures. They are works of art, just as you would find in an indoor art museum, and are subject to the same issues of deterioration - and they endure the vagaries of our harsh climate. Many of the works have already spent nearly half a century outdoors and are quite fragile. Please be gentle with our art.
  • We want every visitor to be able to enjoy the same views you have experienced. Please do not pick our flowers or grasses.
  • Picnic tables are available from May through October on a patio overlooking the lake near the university's D-Wing
  • Please drop any disposables you bring into the park into the trash receptacles located near the buildings.
  • Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in the park. Smoking is allowed only at designated areas of the university.

EMERGENCY: In case of emergency, Dial 911 and tell the operator you are located in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University.

Download Our App

Now you can visit us anytime from anywhere on the globe! Download our FREE mobile guide to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park by searching for Otocast.com on either Apple or Android devices. Once you've added it to your device you'll be able to find real-time directions to the park and directions to your favorite artworks once you've arrived. There is text, a photo gallery, and even recorded messages from many of the artists included in the collection. Download your FREE guide to the park today! 

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