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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. from June 4 through September 5, 2016.
Dine outdoors at the Garden Grille until 8:30 p.m.

Park for free every evening, become a member!

Please note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. 


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

Bring your blanket and dinner and picnic on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, or stop by the Garden Grille for a preconcert dinner. Watch Evening Island light up as the sun sets to the west.

Music on the Esplanade

Music on the Esplanade and Cocktails
Enjoy beautiful views and quiet walks through the gardens before sipping a drink and having a light supper. Live music varies weekly and features Spanish guitar, blues, or jazz.

Dancin Sprouts

Dancin' Sprouts
Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for the Garden's youngest visitors! Bring the family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. For these evenings, picnicking will be allowed on the Esplanade only.

Farm Dinners
Adventurous diners won’t want to miss a new season of Farm Dinners, celebrating the connection between midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat.

Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights Music Series
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. Beverages and light fare will complement the specific music genre of the evening. Professional dance instructors provide mini-lessons that correspond with the style of music that evening. Light fare and beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

 NorthShore University Healthsystem