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Summer Evenings

There's something to do every summer night at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The Garden is open until 9 p.m. through September 5, 2016. Free concerts nightly, Monday through Thursday. Bring a picnic or dine at the Garden Grille.

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Please note: Picnicking is allowed during the concerts on Monday through Thursday evenings. You are encouraged to bring your own chairs, as the Garden has a limited supply. Set up your picnic any time after 4 p.m.


Carillon Concerts by the water
Preconcert carillon tour and demonstration, 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert. You can even try your hand at ringing the bells.

Music on the Esplanade

Music on the Esplanade
Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from big band to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain.

Dancin Sprouts

Dancin' Sprouts
Free musical entertainment for the Garden's youngest visitors! Bring the family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting.

Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights
Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Professional dance instructors provide mini-lessons that correspond with the style of music that evening.

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