A license that will allow Carson and Barnes to hold a circus in the parking lot of the was approved Monday by the , just two days before the first show.
It was a bit of a risk given that they've been advertising the Wednesday and Thursday performances before receiving the permit. The move could have irked the council and tempted them to say no, City Manager Tom Thanas acknowledged when questioned about it by the mayor.
But the shows will go on, with the big top setting up in the parking lot between the and stores.
Performances will be held at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 11, with $4 off coupons available at the Carson and Barnes Web site, www.carsonbarnescircus.com/buy-circus-tickets/.
The circus, which has been in operation since 1937 and was last in Joliet in 2009, features exotic animals, including camels, zebras and a pigmy hippo, as well as horses, elephants and goats. In addition to the show, the company also sets up elephant and pony rides, an air slide, a bounce house and a miniature train.