Wonderland Express

November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

December 24: 3 p.m.
December 25: closed all day

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TripAdvisor.com: 5 star rating “Don’t miss!”
Chicago magazine: “The warmest kind of holiday fun.”
Examiner.com: “A magical adventure!”
WMAQ-TV: “Fun for the whole family.”

Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience.

Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look out for Thomas the Tank Engine, while the rest of the family is looking for aerialist Nik Wallenda on a tightrope between the Marina City towers! 


PHOTO: Picasso

Add the perfect touch of music to your Wonderland Express visit! From 10 a.m. to noon on November 28, 29, and 30, and on December 6, the beautiful sounds of the season will echo through Wonderland Express.

Find a one-of-a-kind creation for your front door. These holiday wreaths handmade by Chicago Botanic Garden staff members are on display—and for sale—in the Greenhouse Gallery. 

Fantastic figures emerge as ice sculptors set up shop outdoors, with blocks of ice, chainsaws, and carving tools. Watch their progress with two carving sessions snow or shine. Bundle up the kids—they love watching the “snow” fly, on December 13 and 27, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the courtyards of the Regenstein Center.

holiday market
Vendors will offer products such as seasonal produce, herbs, wreaths, handmade pottery, honey, and more, on Sunday, December 7.

The Wonderland Quiz: Win a free hot cocoa 
Do you think you know Chicago? Click here to fill in the answers on your smartphone while you navigate through the exhibition. Answer our six-question challenge correctly to redeem your free cocoa at the Garden View Café or Caboose Café. Limit one free cocoa per visitor.

PHOTO: Wonderland Express

It’s a light show!
It’s a greenhouse extravaganza!
It’s a railroad garden!
It’s the city of Chicago in miniature!
It’s snowing inside!

Click on the ComEd logo above for details of a special offer for ComEd customers.