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Mums in the Circle Garden

Welcome to the Chicago Botanic Garden Press Room. The public relations staff is happy to assist journalists with stories, on-site visits, interviews, experts, and photos.

Upcoming Event Highlights

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns – Wednesday, October 23, through Sunday, October 27 (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, visitors will encounter entertaining characters, watch intricate jack-o’-lanterns being carved and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. 

Fine Art of Fiber – Friday, November 8, through Sunday, November 10 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Opening Night: Thursday, November 7 (6:30 – 9 p.m.)
Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders and breathtaking beadwork are among the handcrafted items on view and for sale during the Fine Art of Fiber. The event is hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. 

Lightscape – Friday, November 22, through Sunday, January 5 (4:30 – 10 p.m.)
We have new magic for the holidays with the introduction of Lightscape, an enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail inspired by and created just for the Garden. Along a mile-long path, the night will come alive with color, imagination and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Attendees will find themselves in the center of it all — stepping inside a sparkling tunnel, walking among immersive ribbons of light, enjoying a stunning festive finale and toasting marshmallows over a fire.