Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden: a look inside

PLEASE NOTE: The Orchid Show has been canceled due to COVID-19 but the Garden is open

The perfect prescription for the winter blues, Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual explosion of color featuring over 10,000 blooms. Here’s a look:

Five Takeaways from the Show

1. COLOR. Be prepared to be greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors enhanced by light, reflection and translucent panels that change as the sun moves throughout the sky.

2. BRILLIANCE The Orchid Show will highlight and enhance the hues of 10,000 brilliant blooms in engaging and energizing ways that incorporate new materials such as chrome spheres and black bamboo. Attendees will experience bright shades of orchids, through floor-to-ceiling artistic installations including a towering canopy of color, a floating orchid carpet, and a dramatic chandelier and more.

3. NIGHT AND DAY. The show shines at night. On Thursday evenings, Orchids After Hours is a luminous way to experience a nighttime viewing of the Show. Cocktails and street food-inspired fare such as pork skewers with coconut rice, Korean barbeque on a steamed bun, and tuna poke bowls will be available for purchase.

4. VALENTINE’S DAY. A special Orchids After Hours will be held on Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) and will feature special desserts, prosecco and champagne splits and a photo booth.

5. LEARN. Fun facts and educational information is available throughout the exhibition. e.g. Do you know what a Hummingbird’s favorite color is? Do you know what Bee’s Purple is? Go to the show and you’ll discover the answer to these questions and more.


Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL.


Adults: $12/$14
Seniors 62+: $9/$11
Children age 3–12: $9/$11
Buy parking in advance for faster entry.
Orchid Two-Pack: parking and two tickets


Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; except for Thursdays, when the Show stays open until 8 p.m. for Orchids After Hours.

Run of Show:

February 8 through March 22, 2020


The Chicago Botanic Garden offers dining options or you may want to check out some restaurant week specials in nearby Lake Forest or other restaurant weeks running late February through mid March.

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