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"Circus Under the Stars" to Highlight Second Annual Canal Shores Campout

EVANSTON, IL - With activities that include circus workshops, a giant climbing wall, a late night movie, rollerskating, a challenge course, a backpacking workshop, a raffle and other prizes, and a Circus Under the Stars evening show, the second annual Canal Shores Campout on Sept. 19 promises to have something for everyone. Add in grilling and meals from local providers and you have a formula for an overnight of fun for everyone, with a focus on family, friendships and sports. The campout will be held on the first hole fairway and is set to begin at 3 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 19, ending the following morning. 


"It's great to see families connect by circling up their tents by school or block. Last year more than 200 people had fun while supporting great causes that are based in their backyards," said Dan Bulf, event organizer from Bold Experiences, Inc. Bulf is planning to reach 200 campers again this year, and the program has expanded to provide additional experiences for all attendees. "The organizers wish to thank the Board of the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association for hosting the event on their course; and we are thrilled to have the Actors Gymnasium providing programming and a special evening circus under the stars show. We hope that all attendees will go home with fond memories of a great experience. We appreciate the contributions that the Chandler-Newberger Community Center has made in promoting the event, providing assistance with planning, and hosting indoor activities."

What: Second Annual Canal Shores Campout
When: Sat., Sept. 19, 3pm through Sun., Sept. 20, 10am
Where: The First Fairway at Canal Shores Golf Course
1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL

Sponsors: Evanston-Wilmette Golf Course Association
The American Legion Post 42, Evanston
Ten Mile House restaurant
LL Bean, Old Orchard Center 

The Actors Gymnasium
Chandler-Newberger Community Center

Details: Passes and tickets for events can now be purchased online.
Passes for a family of four are now on sale through Aug. 31 at $99; $149 thereafter. Additional campers are $25/$40, respectively.
Day-passes are available for $10 per person. Day-of event only.
The Actors Gymnasium evening show $15 each. Click here for tickets.
Note: there will be a charge for some food items and that attendees may bring their own items for grilling.

Net proceeds from the campout will support Canal Shores 2016 youth golf program and The Actors Gymnasium.

To register for the campout and for more information, visit or call 847-528-1538.

About Canal Shores Golf Course (The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association)
The all-volunteer Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association operates Canal Shores, an 18 hole, par 60 golf course on the banks of the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River. It is established as a charitable organization and qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It offers programs that celebrate the game of golf, with special programs designed for families, youth and the community. More information can be found at No public funds or taxpayer monies support the operations. The Course hosts corporate and charitable golf outings, tent parties and banquets; year-round recreation is also offered, including walking, cross country running and skiing, family campouts, and support for the Northwestern Wildcats football team.

About The Actors Gymnasium
The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively. For more information, please visit

About the Chandler-Newberger Community Center
Chandler-Newberger Community Center is part of the City of Evanston's Parks & Recreation Division which is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all citizens by providing collaborative opportunities for our community to grow, learn, create and play. Chandler-Newberger Community Center offers comprehensive programs for infants through adults and manages a variety of citywide programs conducted at 20 sites throughout Evanston. Contact information: 847.448.8252,