Wednesday – Sunday, October 24 – 28, 2018
6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Event has timed tickets; last ticket sold at 9:30 p.m. and last entry at 10 p.m.
The Garden will close each day at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for ticketed guests only. Tripods and monopods are not allowed during event hours.
Think spooky cool
More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area.
No fairy godmother here
Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America.
Ghoulish eats & drinks
Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare.
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