When does the Box Office open?
The box office is open one hour before the performance. If you come early for your picnic or to stake out your preferred spot, just check in at the box office once it is staffed.
What are the seating options?
Beautiful Austin Gardens has a lush green lawn and plenty of space. We have accommodated as many as 350 with no worries of crowding or sight lines.
- There are bleachers set up towards the rear of the “house.”
- We offer plastic chairs for a $2 rental but most patrons prefer to bring their own chairs or blankets along with their picnic hampers. Chairs are not set up in advance except for some group sales.
- Children (children 12 and under are our guests and do not need a ticket) are encouraged to sit close to the stage.
- If you need help placing or setting up you chairs/blanket we will be happy to assist you.
When does the park close?
Austin Gardens is a public park. The gates except the main entrance/box office are closed 45 minutes before the performance.
Are there a lot of insects in the park?
Any outdoor event may have small unwelcome guests. It very much depends on the particular summer. Our last several seasons have been reasonably bug free but we do offer complimentary insect repellant. Citronella candles are also a good idea.
What’s the restroom situation in the park?
There are three indoor restrooms available in Austin Gardens directly behind the stage at the Environmental Education Center Building by our concession area.
May I bring my dog?
YES! As long as they do not disrupt the performance. According to Oak Park statute, all dogs must be on a leash of a maximum 8 feet in length.
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MAJOR DONORS AND SPONSORS
Oak Park Area Arts Council • Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest • Village of Oak Park • Park District of Oak Park • Austin Trust • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation • Illinois Arts Council • Chicago Saints • Lois Ebinger Charitable Fund