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Revel in the best of fall family events at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Shop for bulbs, watch a dog costume parade and enjoy carved jack-o’-lanterns

Jasmine Leonas, (847) 835-6829

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bring the family for fun events going on all fall at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From weekends dedicated to celebrating the harvest to a railroad garden with spooky trains and treats, every member of the family will find something to enjoy. 

Sky Day—Friday, September 21
Help create a photo mosaic that celebrates something that unites us all—the sky. Tweet your photos of the sky with the hashtags #skydaychicago and #skydayproject and be part of SkyDayProject, a web-based art exhibition. 

Sukkot Family Activities—Sunday, September 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot with arts and crafts activities to decorate the branch-covered sukkah, which will be on display at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden through the holiday week. Activities are provided by JCC Chicago and North Shore Congregation Israel. 

Harvest Weekend—Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Learn how to harvest, preserve and store homegrown produce or farmers’ market bounty during Harvest Weekend. Hands-on activities help kids and families learn more about the harvest. Experts in beekeeping, growing garlic, broom making and more will be on hand to share their knowledge. 

Fall Bulb Festival—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5 – 7, 10 a.m. ­– 4 p.m.
Gardeners can start planning their spring gardens at the Fall Bulb Festival. Shop for all kinds of bulbs, from daffodils and tulips, to specialty varieties. Outdoor activities include live music, a harvest market and fall-themed drinks for purchase. Fun for kids abound, with a hay bale maze to explore, a picture-perfect gourd mountain and free family activities.

Spooky Pooch Parade—Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dogs take over the Garden for one day a year for a spooky Halloween parade. A costume contest awards the best-dressed pooches and their owners. Viewing the parade is free, but registration is required to participate and be considered for awards.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns —Wednesday to Sunday, October 24–28, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Intricately carved pumpkins line the pathways of the Garden for this Halloween-themed event. More than 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns light up the night with different festive and local themes. Dress in costume and see live carvings, interact with entertaining characters and sip on seasonal drinks along the way. Younger guests will enjoy visiting the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated with ghostly trains. It’s the last chance to visit for the year before the Model Railroad Garden closes for the season. 



Editors, please note: For digital images, contact Julie McCaffrey at (847) 835-8213 or at

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