Press Releases

New Discovery: Prescribed Fires Help Prairie Plants Flower, Find Mates, Reproduce and Flourish

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A new study has discovered that fires are critically important to successful reproduction in prairie plants. Conservation scientists from the Negaunee Institute for Plant Conservation Science and Action at the Chicago Botanic Garden learned that fires help plants flower and find mates. Researchers observed the sex lives of 778 individual plants for 21 years on Staffanson Prairie in western Minnesota. During the study, which ran from 1996 to 2016, The Nature Conservancy conducted prescribed burns in nine different years, burning no more than half the preserve each time.

Enter a Modern World of Living Color at Brilliance: The Orchid Show

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020

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. 

Chicago Botanic Garden Marks Record 1.275 Million Visitors in 2019

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The 2019 attendance at the Chicago Botanic Garden was the highest ever, with 1.275 million visitors, representing an increase of 22 percent over 2018. Attendance exceeded one million visitors for the seventh year in a row, revealing that our Garden continues to be an ideal year-round destination for people who enjoy being immersed in nature.

2020 Calendar of Events

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2020 Calendar of Events

There’s always something happening at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From Brilliance: The Orchid Show in winter to Picturing the Prairie, the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms in summer, each day brings a new experience at the Garden. Visit chicagobotanic.org for more information. 

JANUARY

Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society Raises $325,000 at its Inaugural Lightscape Preview

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $325,000 at its inaugural Lightscape Preview on Thursday, November 21, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 335 guests enjoyed the event that supports the Chicago Botanic Garden’s many global scientific, research and conservation initiatives.

Third Annual Harvest Party Raises $100,000 for Chicago Botanic Garden

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The third annual Harvest Party was held recently on the beautiful late-summer grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden, raising $100,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Proceeds benefit Windy City Harvest, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative to help build a local food system, healthier communities and a greener economy.

Unleash Your Inner Sparkle This Holiday Season At Lightscape

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Friday, November 22, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

As evening falls, the magic will begin during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season. Starting November 22 and running on select dates until Sunday, January 5, 2020, this immersive experience along a mile-long path will allow visitors to explore all of their senses, with moments of bold colors, festive fragrance, and whimsical sounds. 

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns to Light Up for 10 Evenings in 2019

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, featuring a display of expertly carved pumpkins at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has been extended this year from five nights to 10 nights due to popular demand. More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights will light up the night and line the family-friendly path in a beautiful fall setting.

Summer Dinner Dance Celebrates Pollinators at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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More than 375 guests raised nearly $700,000 at the recent Summer Dinner Dance, the Garden’s most important fundraising event. The Board of Directors of the Chicago Horticultural Society presented the event on the summer solstice. The theme of pollinators was woven throughout the evening as a nod to Bees & Beyond, the Garden-wide program that inspires a genuine appreciation for the vital role pollinators play in our lives and in a healthy, diverse planet.

Chicago Botanic Garden Introduces Lightscape for 2019 Holiday Season

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Friday, November 22, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Chicago Botanic Garden has new magic for the holidays with the introduction of Lightscape, an enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail inspired by and created just for the Garden. Lightscape is making its U.S. debut this November with immersive experiences and artistic installations by international artists.

Chicago Botanic Garden Recognizes Volunteers for Service in 2018

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The Chicago Botanic Garden recently held a volunteer awards reception for 2018 service in Nichols Hall to recognize years of service, as well as the many hours contributed by more than 1,000 volunteers last year.

“I am so delighted to honor our dedicated Garden volunteers,” said Judy Cashen, the Garden’s director of volunteer administration and engagement. “Each June, we gather to celebrate the partnership between staff and volunteers, along with recognizing their exceptional gift of time and generous support to the Garden.”

Chicago Botanic Garden Reveals Vital Role of Pollinators During Bees & Beyond

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Explore the fascinating world of pollinators during Bees & Beyond at the Chicago Botanic Garden this summer. Bees & Beyond will inspire a genuine appreciation for the role pollinators play in our everyday lives and in a healthy, diverse planet. 

Visitors will learn about pollination basics, how it impacts our daily lives—from the food we eat to the air we breathe—and major threats to pollinators. Bees & Beyond includes such elements as pollinator-themed display gardens, topiaries, a floral carpet, an interactive exhibition and more throughout the Garden.

Chicago Botanic Garden Inspires Future Scientists at Unearth Science festival

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Friday, April 12, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Children learn about pollinators at the Unearth Science festival

Children can cultivate their curiosity about science and gain a greater appreciation for the wonders of our planet during the second annual Unearth Science festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. The two-day event celebrates science and nature in ways that encourage exploration with more than 40 hands-on activities geared towards children ages 7 to 12. 

An Island Escape Awaits at “In The Tropics: The Orchid Show”

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

A tropical getaway is closer than you think when “In the Tropics: The Orchid Show” opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Starting February 9 and running through March 24, the Garden’s Greenhouses and parts of the Regenstein Center will be transformed into a lush oasis, with the luminous feel of an endless summer.

2019 Calendar of Events

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

There’s always something going on at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From In the Tropics: The Orchid Show in winter to Bees & Beyond, the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms in summer, each day brings a new experience at the Garden. Visit chicagobotanic.org for more information.

JANUARY