Grand Champion Dainichi Kohaku from All Japan Koi show 2013
Shiro Utsuri, translates from Japanese as Reflection
Rodger Foremans & Linda Hensleys pond built in 1998
Photo by Leslie Grigsby,  from Winterthur Garden
Bryan and Bay Batemans 9,000-gallon pond holds award-winning champions
Lori and Scott Daviss pond built in 2004
Photo by Scott Davis


Midwest Pond & Koi Society

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society (MPKS) are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping and plants! We meet the 3rd Friday of the month from February through October. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting.

Event and Meeting Update

The next meeting of 2023 is Saturday June 10th. The program is Questions and Answers about Koi and Koi health.  Questions may be submitted through the contact page before the meeting and they will be answered at the meeting. There will also be a fish sale at this event. Fish sale starts at 1:00 PM.

The meeting starts at 2:30 PM. The meeting will be held in the barn at The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Rd, Aurora IL.  Head towards evergreens, through the gate, to the barn. Bring a chair, bring water, no food will be served.

Visit the events page for more details about the meeting.

We will continue to update you through email and the MPKS web site.

MPKS 2023 Garden & Pond Tour

July 15th – 16th    and    July 22nd – 23rd   2023
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
The cost is $20.00 per family and allows you to tour all four days.

This is our 33rd year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The Garden and Pond Tour is divided into regions to help minimize the travel time and increase your enjoyment of leisurely visiting the gardens and ponds. The Tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed. Learn more >

The Garden and Pond Tour maps are currently available for purchase. Select Pond Tour Info under What’s Happening  (upper right corner of this page) to see a list of vendors selling the pond tour maps.

The MPKS table will be at the following locations where maps may be purchased on the following dates from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

June 3rd – White Water Filters, Batavia IL     June 4th – Lurvey’s, Des Plaines IL     June 17th – Hawthorn Garden Center, Hawthorn Woods IL

MPKS current members may pick up their free maps from the MPKS table at these locations, only on these dates.

Pond Tour Updates:  None

MPKS 2023 Tosai Auction

May 20th 2023

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  Preview of fish starts Noon.

This event is for MPKS members. If you are not a member, you may join or renew your membership at the check in table.

40 to 50 beautiful Koi will be auctioned.

Watch our web site for more details.

About MPKS

MPKS is a not for profit, hobbyist organization whose members share a common interest in koi (Japanese colored carp), goldfish, water gardens and backyard ponds. Our members reside mostly in Chicago and surrounding counties as well as Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

MPKS PO Box 3011 Lisle, IL 60532
Voice Mail: (312) 409-2081