There's something to do every summer night
at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening.
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.
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 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.
Adventurous diners won’t want to miss the Garden’s fourth season of Farm Dinners, celebrating the connection between midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat.
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 onsite.
The Garden is open until 9 p.m. from June 1 through September 2.
Host a group outing during one of the evening concerts. Packages include a designated concert seating area, private dining area for one hour, and a dinner buffet. Parties of 15 or more.
Take a moonlit walk through the display gardens and natural areas. Sunsets and lights are spectacular on Evening Island! Stroll past the Crescent Garden, brilliant with annuals sloping down to the water. Relax along the Esplanade's Lakeside Terrace, for maximum views of the spectacular sunsets.
Dine outdoors at the Garden Grille until 8:30 p.m., June 1 through September 2.
Browse at the Garden Shop to find unique items from jewelry to accessories for home and garden.
The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School offers many evening classes.
If you are interested in having your band considered for future music programs at the Garden, please send a press kit with samples of your music to Coordinator of Visitor Events & Programs, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. All entries will be kept on file and considered when booking future entertainment.