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Friday, October 22, 2010

Circus stops in Des Plaines
Seven elephants unload from their train and lead a menagerie of animals for this season's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus shows at Rosemont's Allstate Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 in Des Plaines. (Chicago Tribune photo by Chuck Berman)
By Jennifer Delgado, Tribune reporter, October 21, 2010
The circus is coming to town – well, sort of.
The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus train will stop in Des Plaines Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. so the animals can make their way to the All-State Arena in Rosemont for a series of shows.
Police and members of the “Citizens on Patrol” will help block streets and intersections for the animal parade, which has happened for about 10 years, said Chris Terrazzino, the city’s community policing coordinator.
In the past, as many as 1,000 people have showed up to the event, Terrazzino added.
The parade route will start around 8 p.m. at the train tracks near Howard Street and Wolf Road, then continue east on Howard to Lee Street and finally east on Touhy Avenue to Chestnut Street. The animals are expected to return to the tracks shortly after their last performance, around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

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