Activities and events for every age group occur year round at theNate. Instagramers impress their followers with the unique shots of art and nature at theNate; Outdoor and Fitness Enthusiasts enjoy walking, jogging and exploring the grass paths through 100 acres of open landscape; Art Lovers visit this important world-class collection often - always finding something new; Nature Experts of all ages celebrate the Illinois prairie restoration of the Butterfly Ranch, chronicling the abundant Illinois native plants, insects, birds and animals. Join us for one of our community events, or explore on your own using the free Otocast app on your smart phone.

2021 Calendar of Events at theNate


Sculpture, Wine & Dine - Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 4 to 10 p.m. 

Parking / Arrival / Covid19 / Important information downloadable pdf


Please read this message carefully, and share it with everyone in your group.


We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday, September 11, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m.


Online Auction

You can register and begin bidding online for the art auction prior to your arrival.


Here, you can quickly and easily create a profile. All bidding will occur online and the artwork will be on display at the event.



Masks are required, even for those who are vaccinated, when indoors or when unable to maintain 6 feet distance. For your convenience, disposable masks and hand sanitizing stations will be available. Restrooms in F Entrance and E Lounge will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the event.


This is an outdoor event with a few indoor features. Wear shoes for walking in grass, and dress in layers for changing temperatures and conditions.


Pro tip: Attire is “Garden Party,” “Business Casual,” and “Artsy Creative” with the color themes

pictured here:



Please park in Lot East 3:

Schedule of Events

4 p.m. Registration opens

In line with GSU’s sustainability efforts, there are no printed or electronic tickets. Provide your name at the registration table located outside the F Entrance – next to the GIANT yellow sculpture, “Illinois Landscape, No. 5” by John Henry.


Proceed to E Lounge / Art Gallery / E Lounge Patio

·      Browse the art auction in person and bid online

·      See the exhibit “Crowd Gate” by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas in the Visual Arts Gallery

·      Enjoy a cocktail and passed hors d’ oeuvres

·      Take a golf cart tour, departing from the E Lounge Patio.

·      Visit “Stargazing with Contrails” by Terry Karpowicz - the newest addition to the collection. Walk around the lake or catch a cart tour to toast the artist and Paul and Linda Uzureau, who made the new acquisition possible.


4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. “Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel” screening (near F Entrance) - A 28-minute documentary featuring Mark di Suvero. There will be an additional screening after dinner.


6:30 p.m. Dinner is served

Join us for dinner, followed by Ernest Dawkins and The Young Masters performing a commissioned musical tribute to sculptor, Richard Hunt.


A special note: Due to Covid-19, dinner will be served in individual boxed servings. We have partnered with the caterer to provide an elegant, fun environment, while also keeping our guests, staff, and volunteers safe.


An Afterglow Party will follow on E Lounge patio with music and after dinner beverages – we

have so much to celebrate! Voted the BEST Sculpture Park in the nation by USAToday’s Reader’s Choice Award 2021, new acquisitions, the Lewis Manilow Common Ground Initiative serving our communities, and so much more.


For questions or additional information, contact:


Jeff Stevenson, Director & Curator                             Sara Tweddle, GSU Foundation                                     

708-534-4021                                                             708-235-7559




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Check out our Young Artist Sculpture Projects downloadable PDF - and by young we mean: we're all young at heart when it comes to making art - have fun on your own or with the kids. Post pictures of your results and tag us on Instagram so we can all share the results!




And on Facebook: @nathan.manilow.sculpture.park

Thank you for planning a visit to theNate! Free admission, free parking, open dawn to dusk 365 days a year. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our visitors.  Covid19 guidelines available 

Most events are free and open to the public, parking free, and the Metra Electric Line connects us to Millennium Park Station in Chicago. 

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