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 on I-57 past Interstate 80 to exit 339 - Sauk Trail.
Travel east at the end of the ramp and go right at Cicero Ave.
Travel south on Cicero to the first stop sign.
Turn left on Stuenkel Rd.
The entrance to the campus is on the right, about 200 yards after you cross
railroad tracks.

From the South
Drive north on Interstate 57 to exit 339 - Sauk Trail.
Travel east at the end of the ramp and go right at Cicero Ave.
Travel south on Cicero to the first stop sign.
Turn left on Stuenkel Rd.
The entrance to the campus is on the right, about 200 yards after you cross
railroad tracks.

From the East
Drive Interstate 80 West to Interstate 57. Take the exit to southbound
Interstate 57.
Continue Interstate 57 south to exit 339 - Sauk Trail.
Travel east at the end of the ramp and go right at Cicero Ave.
Travel south on Cicero to the first stop sign.
Turn left on Stuenkel Rd.
The entrance to the campus is on the right, about 200 yards after you cross
railroad tracks.

From the West
Drive Interstate 80 East to Interstate 57. Take the exit to southbound
Interstate 57.
Interstate 57 south to exit 339 - Sauk Trail.
Travel east at the end of the ramp and go right at Cicero Ave.
Travel south on Cicero to the first stop sign.
Turn left on Stuenkel Rd.
The entrance to the campus is on the right, about 200 yards after you cross
railroad tracks.

Group Tours

We welcome well over 1,500 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 timeframes and abilities - please contact park staff to discuss your particular needs.

Contact: 815.834.4486 or sculpture@govst.edu at least one month in advance of your visit to request a guided tour.

Fees for guided tours:  $5 per adult and $3.50 for students

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.

Student Group Specifics:

  • We request one teacher and one chaperone for every 30 students (Grades 4 to 12).
  • "Experiencing the Park," a PowerPoint presentation that introduces students to important concepts dealing with sculpture and 3-Dimensional design is available by pre-arrangement. This presentation, with a question-and-answer period, is approximately 40 minutes long. There is no extra fee for this presentation for school groups.

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

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.