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.


SMall Bites Tours

Back by popular demand!

Come explore our internationally-acclaimed park on one of five FREE guided mini-tours delivered by our docent corps, ideal for a sunny Saturday morning. Visitors should gather on the patio behind D-Wing’s Hall of Governors at 10 a.m. (except for Wild West Tour on September 24 – gather in the parking lot across from Paul at 10 a.m.) Guests should wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.

RSVP to 708.534.3084 or

Limited capacity of up to 20 people per tour. Reservations open 2 weeks before the scheduled tour (E.G. July 25 tours open for reservations July 11).

Saturdays Schedule
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Weather permitting; tours will be canceled with inclement weather.

Saturday, May 28: The Usual Suspects

A mix of six works made from tires, cast bronze and steel; all are close to GSU's main building Activity Level: Easy


Saturday, June 25: The South Side

Join us as we cover "The South Side" of the sculpture park. We'll visit a collection of eccentric shapes and artworks made of unique materials such as rice paper, mild steel, limestone, wood, and more. We'll also visit a 'secret city' hidden in plain sight! Come on out and join the fun! Activity level: Moderate


Saturday, July 23: Into the Prairie

For this tour, we'll head north into the prairie and visit a temple/shed, a homage to jazz singer Billie Holiday and more. Activity Level: Moderate


Saturday, August 27: Prairie Property  - CANCELLED

This tour will take us deep into the park to visit Martin Puryear's poetical landscape-based masterpiece Bodark Arc, among the other works. Activity Level: Extensive walking 


Saturday, September 24: The Wild West

If you're new to sculpture, this is the tour for you! With titles that reference flying objects, Greek mythology, and a certain Midwestern lumberjack, this group of five works is for the curious. Activity Level: Easy


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

Carts & Cocktails is an annual fundraising event in support of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. An outdoor afternoon of fun, food, and Fine Art combine to provide an experience unparalleled in the Chicago region.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2 – 5 p.m.

E-Lounge and Patio
Includes Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Sweets and Sculpture Park Tour

Host: Marley Kayden
NBC5 Chicago

Honored Guest Tony Tasset
The Chicago Tribune’s Lori Waxman recently wrote, “Tasset . . . is the Midwest art world’s chief satirist, a conceptual artist who lives to level hierarchies as much as he loves to enjoy their luster.” Paul accomplishes both goals.

To purchase seats for the event online, visit our secure website at and follow
the directions.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, purchasing seats, or the event in general, please contact Gina Ragland at 708.235.7559.


Please Park in East Lot-3

Download Our App

Download Our App

Now no matter where you are on the globe, you can join us! Check out our new FREE mobile app! Download the APP by searching for the site on either Apple or Android phones. This new APP will provide real-time directions to the park from anywhere and, once you’re here, directions to any of your favorite artworks. It will have photos, text, and recordings by many of the artists whose work is included in our collection.