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Event Highlights

Library Exhibition – Illustrated Orchids in Radiant Color Friday, January 17, through Sunday, April 12
This rare book exhibition in the Lenhardt Library features beautifully brilliant and colorful orchid illustrations. Hours are from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free library talks will be held on Sunday, February 9, and Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m.  

Story Time in the Lenhardt Library  Wednesdays, January 22 through March 20 (10 to 11 a.m.)
Children are invited to enjoy nature-themed activities and stories on Wednesday mornings in the Lenhardt Library. Story time activities include songs, games, crafts, and free play. Program is geared for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver.

Brilliance: The Orchid Show Saturday, February 8, through Sunday, March 22 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Friday, February 14)
The Chicago Botanic Garden radiates with bold and brilliant color this winter during Brilliance: The Orchid Show. Starting February 8 and running through March 22, the Garden’s indoor galleries will be saturated with color using light, reflection and translucent panels, changing as the sun moves throughout the day. Visitors will experience bright shades of 10,000 orchids, through floor-to-ceiling artistic installations including a towering canopy of color, a floating orchid carpet, and a dramatic chandelier filled with glistening blooms. The focus on color illuminates the brilliant survival strategies of wild orchids, which use color to attract their pollinators in order to reproduce. Visit for tickets and information.