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

Earth Day in-person Tour Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m.


2021 Program & Event Calendar 

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Ambassadors for theNate 


The Gift of Art - Nate and Frank: connections of Art and Architecture

Extended through Spring 2021


Wish for the World


If you missed it, watch it NOW! Prairie Party: A Date With theNate  


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. When you visit theNate, please remember:

Hours to visit are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. for access to restrooms at the “A North” entrance (see map) designated for use by visitors to theNate – please do not enter other buildings, entrances, or locations. Wash your hands.


  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others; face coverings are required while on campus - wear a mask; wash your hands.
  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
  • Visit alone or with members of your household;
  • Stay local and visit parks that are closest to where you live;
  • If you arrive at theNate or any other park and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit; and
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow.

downloadable PDF 



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

Stay up-to-date on new events through our website and social media pages: