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.
April 18 – September 25, 2016
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.
April 30 – August 21, 2016
Beyond the bark, wood is a naturally expressive medium; all of our regional trees have some distinct and celebrated characteristics. The Hidden Art of Trees showcases some of the Midwest’s most talented wood artisans and the materials that inspire them. The grain, the color, and even random defects in the wood motivate these artists to create some of the most stunning and unique furniture and bowls.
Featured artists: Mike Jarvi, Greta de Parry, Matthew Osborn, Michael Doerr, Sean "Lucky" Rice, Celia Greiner, Kelly Bresnahan, and Lou Pignolet.
The Hidden Art of Trees is a collaboration among the Chicago Botanic Garden, Philip Davis, Mike Jarvi, and Horigan Urban Forest Products.
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.
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.
May 28 – September 5, 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting
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.
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition: August 26 – September 18, 2016
Join us for the annual exhibition of botanical photography by students of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 29, 6 – 8 .m.
Exhibition: September 30 – October 16, 2016
Each autumn the Regenstein School's Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition features outstanding student and instructor works in the Joutras Gallery, Regenstein Center. Come enjoy vibrant landscape scenes, delicate watercolors, intricate pen and ink studies, amazing pastels and much more.
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.
November 25 – December 15, 2016
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 16 – January 2, 2017
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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!