April 18, 2013

Prehistoric Production Transforms Millennium Park Into Jurassic Park

Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo™ Arrives Memorial Day Weekend

DCASE    312.744.3316

This Memorial Day weekend the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) welcomes Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo™. The interactive production is a petting zoo like no other with dinosaurs who roamed the planet millions of years ago. Performances begin May 23-24 at the North Park Village Nature Center and then move to Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, May 25-27. All performances are free.

Erth’s awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, are part of a cast of large-scale dinosaur puppets brought to life by creative design, theatrics and puppet mastery. These life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in an eye-popping display in this fun, educational and imaginative performance that will thrill and delight audiences of all ages.

Audiences can enjoy the journey back in time to the Jurassic Age at two Chicago locations. 

North Park Village Nature Center

5801 North Pulaski Rd.

Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24

7 p.m.

Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square

205 West Randolph St.

Saturday, May 25-Monday, May 27

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

5 p.m. “Dinosaur Parade” through the Park

Erth Visual & Physical Inc.

Erth [A3] brings the impossible to life. Over 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, the foundations of its unique visual theatre works. The company regularly tours internationally, to every major Australian festival, and to regional and major city venues around the country. More than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in performance works such as Dinosaur Petting Zoo™, and in museums.


Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts

sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the

City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

For information about the Dinosaur Petting Zoo™ and other family activities presented by DCASE, please call 312.744.3316 or visit  cityofchicago.org/DCASE.  For updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE.



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