The Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden

3 March 2020

Orchid flower over blurred background


We love keeping up with our friends at the Chicago Botanic Garden, a suburban oasis home to sweeping acres of aromatic gardens, year-round greenhouse displays and inventive special exhibits. With exhibits that always keep us on our toes, The Orchid Show is the latest and greatest exhibit to see there.


A Suburban Oasis

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a northwards drive from 1000M, nestled in the Chicagoland suburb of Glencoe. On the perimeter of the city, find reprieve from urban life in 27 lushly landscaped gardens and four natural areas across 385 acres. Bringing beautiful flora and fauna to the inclement Chicago seasons, the Chicago Botanic Garden is the perfect place to reconvene with nature, and to Seek Beauty.


The Orchid Show

Ushering in the spring season, 10,000 brilliantly blooming orchids enhance the greenhouses at the Chicago Botanic Garden during their Orchid Show. As if the flowers themselves aren’t enough, the garden explores new and inventive ways of displaying the blooms as living artistic installations. Explore orchids displayed in a towering kaleidoscope of color, an enchanting floating carpet and as a dramatic, petaled chandelier responsive to the sun’s rays. 

The Orchid Show is on display from February 3 – March 22, during which time the Greenhouses will be open to Orchid Show ticketed visitors only. Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free, while tickets to The Orchid Show are separately priced. Visitors have the option to experience The Orchid Show during regular visiting hours, or to explore the exhibit after hours on Thursday afternoons. Orchids After Hours, taking place each Thursday from 4 – 8 PM, pairs the dazzling orchid displays with cocktails and lightbites available for purchase, making for the perfect date night affair. And if you’re itching to take one of the orchids home with you, you can at their Saturday and Sunday orchid pop-up shops, where they sell blooms from the exhibit.

As spring inches closer and the days become warmer, we’re enticed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden to enjoy The Orchid Show, and all that their beautiful gardens have to offer.


The Chicago Botanic Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. For more information and to plan your visit, check out their website.