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Exhibitions

In addition to horticultural displays, the Garden presents a wide variety of exhibitions, including fine photography and an array of artwork. Click here for a map of the Garden's Regenstein Center, where most exhibitions take place.

PHOTO: Krehiebl Gallery

Krehbiel Gallery Plant Displays

The year gets off to a colorful start with bowls of amaryllis followed by the bright yellow and fragrant branches of canary broom contrasted with deep blue anemone poppies. The spring months bring tall flowering spikes of forced perennials such as foxglove, larkspur, and lupines, and a brief appearance of the fragrant, purple-boughed wisteria trees. In the summer, the pool is filled with a variety of tropical foliage and flowers. In the fall, the gallery is filled with baskets of cascading and specialty mums.

Anne Belmont, Orchids
Anne Belmont

Orchids

February 13 – March 13, 2016
Joutras Gallery

Twenty spectacular orchid images captured with a passionate eye, reproduced in large scale, highlighting the distinct features and character of each bloom.

Nature in View
Nature in View

Garden Photographic Society

March 19 - April 3, 2016
Joutras Gallery

See the Chicago Botanic Garden in a new light! In this exhibition, photographs of the natural world feature the work of Garden Photographic Society members. Their remarkable images capture fleeting moments of beauty—from the morning mist to the first spring bloom. Society members have held their meetings at the Garden for more than 30 years, appreciating it as a special place to perfect their craft.

Photograph by Marty Behn

Calliandra by Laurie Tennent
Botanicals: Intimate Portraits

Laurie Tennent

April 18 – September 25, 2016
Krehbiel Gallery
Note: From September 23 to 25, the exhibition will only be accessible with a ticket to the American Craft Exposition (ACE).

Laurie Tennent’s collection of photographs capture the dramatic color and texture of her plant subjects. Her use of soft and directional light that rapidly fades to black, combined with her polychrome on aluminum printing process give these images a three-dimensional element not often seen in photography.

PHOTO: Model Railroad Garden
Model Railroad Garden

Landmarks of America

May 7 – October 30, 2016
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 8 August 31, 2016
Extended hours on Wednesdays only until 8 p.m.

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The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America exhibition features trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings.

Butterflies & Blooms
Butterflies & Blooms

Butterfly Exhibition

May 28 – September 5, 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting

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The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the Annex Road, as you head out from the Visitor Center to McDonald Woods.

Fine Art of Fiber
Fine Art of Fiber

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 4 – 6, 2016, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders, and breathtaking beadwork are among the abundant handcrafted items on view and for sale during the Fine Art of Fiber, held at the Garden's Regenstein Center. The area's oldest, largest, and most unique fiber art event, the Fine Art of Fiber is hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. A complimentary opening night, including early buying privileges, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening.

Wonderland Express
Wonderland Express

November 25 – January 1, 2017
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Take a magical adventure to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds through more than 80 miniature Chicago-area landmarks, including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Chicago Stadium, the Chinatown Arch, the Art Institute, the South Shore Cultural Center, the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, and much more!