Night Lights FAQ

Where will we see the luminaries?
The luminaries will light up safe, wheelchair-accessible paths in select areas, including the Crescent Garden and Esplanade.

Will there be any special displays?
Special scenic viewpoints will give visitors a panoramic vista of candlelit spots such as the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. And look for intricate displays that complement the design of our gardens, such as concentric circles of luminaries in the Krasberg Rose Garden.

How much time should we allow for this event?
That depends on how fast you walk and how many pictures you take, but in general, you should allow about an hour.

What is the best time slot to sign up for?
Any time! If you’d like photos of the candlelit Garden at twilight, you might consider getting tickets for an earlier slot. If you prefer a more atmospheric, romantic experience, a later time slot might work better.

Will there be places to get a snack or warm up?
Grab a drink and quick bite to eat at the Rose Terrace Beer Garden or Esplanade. Coffee and light fare will be for sale in the Garden View Café. The café’s Boyer Room will also be open so visitors can rest and warm up, and the Garden Shop will be open.

How do we post about this event on social media?
Post your photos and comments, using #CBGNightLights, and tag us: @chicagobotanic. No tripods or monopods, please.

What happens if the weather turns bad after we buy tickets?  
We’ll track any wind or rain closely and let you know as soon as possible if this pop-up event has to be canceled because of weather. If the event is canceled, full refunds will be issued to the credit card used to purchase tickets; look for the refund within 7 to 10 business days of your canceled ticket date. Also, check our website and social media pages for updates.

Should I arrive in advance of my visit time?
Do allow extra time for entry and parking, but do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the entrance time printed on your ticket. The time on your ticket allows you to enter at any time within 30 minutes of your time slot. After you are admitted, you may stay as long as you would like. The event ends at 10:30 p.m. Our goal is to reduce wait times by staggering ticket sales, although there may still be some waiting time.

I am visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden during the day. Will I have to leave the Garden before entering Night Lights in the evening?
The Garden will close each day at 6 p.m. and will reopen at 7 p.m. for ticketed guests only. If you have a ticket to Night Lights and are in the Garden prior to 6 p.m., you will be asked to wait in the Visitor Center until your entry time.

Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, we recommend booking in advance online. Each timed entry has a limited capacity and we expect this event to sell out. You can also purchase parking (parking fee applies to nonmembers) online before your visit to save time.

If I book the wrong date, can I transfer my ticket to another date?
No. It is important to make sure that you have chosen the right date and time slot at the time of making your booking as we are not able to offer exchanges or refunds once tickets have been purchased.

If I am delayed and miss my slot, can I join a later slot?
Yes. We will accommodate you in the next slots based on availability, but please be aware that the last entry is at 10 p.m. (timed ticket slot 9:30-10pm) and the event ends at 10:30 p.m.

Are the pathways wheelchair accessible?
The route is designed so that it can be navigated and viewed from paved paths. The Chicago Botanic Garden has wheelchairs that can be loaned, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have particular access requirements, please call the Chicago Botanic Garden at (847) 835-6801 for further inquiries.

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