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Secrets of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the must-visit destinations on Chicago’s North Shore, so you’ve probably frequently visited for annual events and attractions like the Orchid Show, Model Railroad Garden and Wonderland Express. But have you ever visited for Nature Nights programming or a farm dinner? If not, read on to discover Chicago Botanic Garden events that you might not know about, but should. You’ll be planning your next trip to the Garden in no time.
 
Garden Talks
 
This lecture series brings speakers from around the country to Glencoe to share their ideas and insights on nature, education, nutrition and more. Buy your tickets today to hear from Sam Kass, former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition for President Barack Obama, on May 20. Kass will also take part in a film screening of the documentary “The Kids Menu” and post-film discussion on May 21.

Rose Terrace Beer Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden
Rose Terrace Beer Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden

Rose Terrace Beer Garden

CBG’s Rose Terrace Cafe is now the Rose Terrace Beer Garden. The beer garden will then be open May 27-29 and daily June 3 to Sept. 4 with four to six beers on tap and a variety of canned or bottled beverages. Sandwiches, salads and snacks will also be available. This will be the place to unwind all summer long!

Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden
Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden
 
Garden Chef Series
 
On Saturdays and Sundays from May 27 to Oct. 8, visit the Garden to watch cooking demonstrations by some of the area’s best chefs. You’ll learn new recipes you can try at home using fresh fruits and veggies that you can buy at the Summer Farmers’ Market July 15-16. This year’s participating chefs include Ellen King of Hewn Bakery (June 3), Fernando Angelina of Guildhall (June 25), Michael Elliott of Hearth (Aug. 5) and Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Social House and The Barn (Aug. 27).

Secrets of the Chicago Botanic Garden
Nature Nights at Chicago Botanic Garden
 
Nature Nights
 
Families will love exploring the Garden after hours with a tram ride, planting project and s’mores by the campfire. Nature Nights take place throughout the summer and include themes like Ready, Set, Garden (June 3 or 10), Lush Landscapes of Brazil (July 8 or 15), Aquatic Adventure (Aug. 5 or 12) and Colors from Nature (Sept. 2 or 9).
 
Tuesday Morning Music
 
Throughout the summer, start your Tuesdays with a trip to the Garden for a variety of music including jazz and Spanish guitar. Groups from the Glencoe Academy of Music (June 13 and 20, Aug. 22), the Highland Park Strings (June 27) and the Midwest Young Artists Chamber (July 11 and 18) will participate this year.

Farm Dinners at Chicago Botanic Garden
Farm Dinners at Chicago Botanic Garden
 
Farm Dinners
 
Dine under the stars at the Garden this summer (July 12, Aug. 16 or Sept. 6). These farm dinners celebrate locally grown ingredients and come with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a tour of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden and multiple courses of delicious food from Chef Cleetus Friedman. Best of all, proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm, which guests will learn about firsthand from students.  

Heirloom Tomato Weekend at Chicago Botanic Garden
Heirloom Tomato Weekend at Chicago Botanic Garden
 
Heirloom Tomato Weekend
 
Learn all about the heirloom tomato at this Aug. 26-27 event. Experts will share tips on growing tomatoes, help you decide what varieties are best for your own garden and more. Plus, kids will enjoy a tomato toss and the “Sorting Supper” game while also being able to make an herb mix to bring home and use with pasta sauce. And local vendors will have their tomato products available for purchase.
 
One Book One Garden
 
The Garden knows what your next must-read book is! This book discussion returns for the second time with Hope Jahren’s “Lab Girl.” Cheryl Strayed says, “Lab Girl … introduced me to an inspiring woman — a scientist so passionate about her work I felt myself vividly with her on every page. This is a smart, enthralling, and winning debut.” Join the free discussion, led by reader’s advisor Becky Spratford, at the Garden on Nov. 14.
 
For directions to the Chicago Botanic Garden and more information, click here. Be sure to take photos and share you experience with us by tagging #chicagonorthshore.

Note: All photos courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

This entry was posted in Attractions, Events, on May 17, 2017.

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