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.

Tours of the Park

Summer 2015: Monumental Sculpture in Small Bites 

Governors State University's Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park provides the Chicagoland region with a premier presentation of large-scale contemporary sculpture. This summer, explore the nationally-recognized park on one of four FREE guided mini-tours, ideal for a sunny Saturday morning.

Saturdays Schedule 

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Weather permitting; tours will be cancelled with inclement weather

RSVP to 708.534.4486 or Limited capacity of 20 people per tour so reserve early.

May 23 The Usual Suspects 

A mix of five works made from tires, cast bronze and steel; all are close to GSU’s main building. Level: Perfect for those interested in only a short walk. 

June 27 The South Side  - ***This tour has reached capacity. No more spots available.***

Families will love this collection of six eccentric shapes, and materials including rice paper, welded steel, limestone, wood and more! Level: Moderate activity. 

July 25 The Wild West 

If you’re new to sculpture, this is the tour for you! With names of flying objects, a lumberjack and more, this collection of six is for the curious. Level: Moderate activity.  

Aug 22 Into the Prairie 

Hiking deeper into the prairie, this tour is for the art lover who enjoys a good hike, and features works from Bruce Nauman, Mark DiSuvero and more. Level: Advanced, more walking. 

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. 

Coming Events

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.